Corey LaJoie, a long-time driver in NASCAR, has gained quite the reputation for his driving style. Many drivers, including Kyle Busch, have complained about LaJoie’s on-track maneuvers. LaJoie found himself in another controversy at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday when his former teammate publicly criticized him for his actions during the race.
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LaJoie has been racing in the Cup Series for eight seasons but has yet to secure a win. While he drives for Spire Motorsports, he is not considered to be one of the most successful drivers in the competition. However, he has gained notoriety for his involvement in crashes.
Former Teammate Slams “Typical” Corey LaJoie
Towards the end of the race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, LaJoie spun around his former teammate, Josh Bilicki. Bilicki, who drives the #78 for Live Fast Motorsports, is a part-time driver in the Cup Series. The incident occurred near the pit exit.
It appeared that LaJoie made contact with Bilicki despite having enough space. As a result, Bilicki’s car spun around and lost several positions, ultimately finishing in 26th place. In contrast, LaJoie finished in the top 20, securing 17th place. The caution caused by the incident affected the tire strategy of a few cars around them, including a former champion.
Chase Elliott, a driver for Hendrick Motorsports, was planning to pit for a tire change in that exact lap. However, due to the caution, he had to abort his plans. This significantly impacted Elliott’s race as he reemerged from the pits well outside of the top 15 in the final stage and ultimately finished in 9th place, despite leading Stage 2.
After the race, Bilicki expressed his anger towards his former teammate and criticized his actions on the track. “We just got ran over. Second, actually the third time this season by a Spire car. It’s almost like we got a target on our backs,” Bilicki said. He also mentioned that LaJoie would likely offer a half-hearted apology.
Bilicki did not stop there and took to social media to vent his frustrations. He acknowledged that his team did a good job despite the unfavorable circumstances and shared his disappointment at missing out on a top 20 finish.
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On Twitter, Bilicki once again expressed his frustration at LaJoie for “dumping” them during the race. However, he also praised his team for their efforts on a challenging day. Bilicki felt that his team had a target on their back this season and detailed how the incident set them back and affected their track position.
Overall, the day left a bitter taste in Bilicki’s mouth. It could have been a memorable race for him, but unexpected events prevented that from happening.
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