12th at Charlotte like a win for LaJoie

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12th at Charlotte like a win for LaJoie

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12th at Charlotte like a win for LaJoie

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Corey LaJoie didn’t just have a good day in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His 12th place finish for Go Fas Racing and the No. 32 Ford team was worth celebrating.

“I mean, 12th is like a win,” LaJoie said. “It’s like three wins for us, because any time we finish 22nd we’re slapping hands and smiling, and all that. So, 12th is like an anomaly. But we’ll take it.”

LaJoie and his group ran a clean 400 lap race and capitalized when put in position. Admitting he only had 25th-place speed for most of the night,  LaJoie was where he needed to be when it mattered most.

The effort is the second-best finish LaJoie and crew chief Randy Cox have earned this year. An 11th-place finish a few weeks ago at Talladega tied LaJoie’s career-best finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, was the team’s best result so far this year, and third top-20 finish.

“There was that last restart where you get up on the wheel and make some stuff happen,” said LaJoie. “I’m just pretty pumped up. This is the best I’ve ever run at a mile-and-a-half (track) by far, and goes to show what kind of cars Go Fas has put on the racetrack, and they believe in me as a driver, and we’re making a lot of guys on the other end of the garage pretty pissed when the 32 car drives around them.”

This is the first season of the pairing of LaJoie and the single-car effort owned by Archie St. Hilaire. LaJoie is only in his third full season in the Cup Series.

“Everybody knows momentum only lasts until Thursday (of the next week) when practice starts, so we’re just trying to check the boxes and do what we can every week,” said LaJoie. “We don’t expect to run 12th; we expect to run 25th if we do our jobs. We did our jobs (Sunday night) and got some fortune and got a good late restart, and finished 12th.”

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