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COREY LaJOIE TO MAKE STAFFORD AND NORTHERN WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR DEBUT THIS WEEKEND IN CARQUEST TECH-NET SPRING SIZZLER
Apr 29, 2012 - updated Apr 29th, 2012 11:23am
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(Stafford Springs, CT)---Fresh off a third place finish in the K & N Pro East Series Blue Ox 100 Thursday night at Richmond, “Supershoe” Corey LaJoie will make a 12-hour drive up the coastline to Stafford Motor Speedway for this weekend’s CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler. LaJoie, who is running for
the K & N Pro Series east championship this season, will make his first ever start both at Stafford and with the Northern Whelen Modified Tour teams. LaJoie is the son of 2-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie and the grandson of New England Hall of Fame member Don LaJoie. Although the CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler will mark LaJoie’s debut race with the Northern Whelen Modified Tour, LaJoie has made 4 career starts with the Southern Whelen Modified Tour and he won his very first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, beating Tim Brown to the checkered flag. However, LaJoie knows he is facing an uphill battle in his first start at Stafford, but he is looking forward to the race.

“This is pretty cool to be racing at Stafford,” said LaJoie. “Usually I have about 2 months between races, so to be able to do 2 races in a span of 4 days is pretty nice for me. We’re on our way up to Stafford to run with the big boys and see what we can do. This is my first race at Stafford, so I’ve been asking around, talking to my dad about the track. I think I’ll try to follow Ted Christopher in practice, if anyone knows the way around Stafford it’s Teddy, he could probably drive that place with his eyes closed. I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I’m excited and looking forward to the race.”

In addition to the Sizzler being a first race for LaJoie both at Stafford and with the Northern Modifieds, it will also be a first for the Whelen Modified Tour Spec Engine. Robert Yates Engines has provided LaJoie’s #17 LaJoie’s Auto Wrecking / The Joie of Seating team with a spec engine to put the engine through its paces and see how it stacks up against the “built” engines that are on Tour.

“We’re going to be kind of a guinea pig for the Robert Yates Spec Engine,”said LaJoie. “Most of the K & N guys run the spec engines, but there isn’t anyone on the Whelen Modified Tour using them. We’re in a spot where we don't have anything to lose points-wise if we’re not fast enough or if we have a motor issue during the race, so Yates gave us a spec engine to use this weekend to hopefully show these guys that the spec engine can work in the Modified ranks.”

While LaJoie might be facing a very uphill battle in his first race at Stafford, he has posted an average finish of 9th in his 4 Southern Whelen Modified Tour starts, which gives him confidence that he can hang with the Tour regulars on Sunday.

“I don’t expect to be a top-5 car right off the bat,” said LaJoie.Stafford is the backyard for a lot of the guys on the Tour and they allhave a ton of laps at Stafford. Guys like Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher, they know exactly what they need for their cars while I’m going to be trying to figure out where the next turn is. Our goal is to get the car turning and keep up with everyone. If we can come into those guys’ backyard and come out with a top-10 finish this weekend, that will be a good day for us.”

The Whelen Modified Tour cars hit the track for the first time tomorrow at 11am for a hour and a half practice session. The WMT cars will qualify at2:15pm on Saturday and then the 200-lap CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzlertakes the green flat at approximately 3:15pm on Sunday. Tickets for the
Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $38.50 for adult general admission tickets,$5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating will be priced at $42.00 for all ages. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available.

For more information on the 41st Annual CARQUEST TECH-NET Spring Sizzler®,
or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at
860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.


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