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Encyclopedia > Randy LaJoie
Randall LaJoie
Born: August 28, 1961 (age 45)
Birthplace: Flag of United States Norwalk, Connecticut
Awards: 1981 Danbury Fair Racearena Modified Sportsman Champion

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1985 NASCAR Busch North Series Champion


1996 & 1997 Busch Series Champion The 1996 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 17 and ended November 3. ... The 1997 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 15 and ended November 9. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel...

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Statistics
44 races run over 12 years.
Best Cup Position: 40th - 1995 (Winston Cup)
First Race: 1985 Coca-Cola 500 (Atlanta)
Last Race: 2005 Advance Auto Parts 500 (Martinsville)
Wins Top Tens Poles
0 3 0
NASCAR Busch Series Statistics
350 races run over 19 years.
Best NBS Position: 1st - 1995 & 1996 (Busch Series)
First Race: 1986 Dixie Cup 200 (Darlington)
First Win: 1996 Meridian Advantage 200 (Nazareth)
Last Win: 2001 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis
Wins Top Tens Poles
15 118 9
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Statistics
7 races run over 2 years.
Best NCTS Position: 38th - 2004 (Craftsman Truck Series)
First Race: 2003 Las Vegas 350 (Las Vegas)
Last Race: 2004 O'Reilly 200 (Bristol)
Wins Top Tens Poles
0 1 0
All stats current as of December 10, 2006.

Randy LaJoie (b. August 28, 1961, Norwalk, Connecticut) is a driver in the NASCAR Busch Series, where he is a two-time champion. Presently, he does not have a full-time ride. He is the father of racers Casey and Corey LaJoie. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on February 12 and concluded November 12. ... The 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 10 and ended on Sunday November 17. ... At one time, two different NASCAR races were known as the Coca-Cola 500: For the race at Pocono Raceway from 1977 to 1980, see Pennsylvania 500 For the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway from 1981 to 1985, see Golden Corral 500 For the current NASCAR race held at Lowe... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ... The 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup season began on Saturday, February 12. ... The Advance Auto Parts 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. ... Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation-owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... The 1995 NASCAR Busch Series Season was held February 18 and ended November 5. ... The 1996 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 17 and ended November 3. ... Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. ... The 1996 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 17 and ended November 3. ... Nazareth Speedway Track was a motor racing circuit in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. ... The 2001 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 17 and ended November 10. ... The Sams Town 250 is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at Memphis Motorsports Park. ... Memphis Motorsports Park is a race track located in Millington, Tennessee, approximately twenty miles north of downtown Memphis. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... The 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season began on February 13 and ended on November 19. ... The 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was held February 14 and ended November 14. ... The Las Vegas 350 is a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race that takes place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. ... Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located at 7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North in Las Vegas, Nevada, is an complex of 4 different tracks for automobile racing. ... The 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season began on February 13 and ended on November 19. ... The OReilly 200 is a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race that takes place at Memphis Motorsports Park. ... Bristol Motor Speedway is a NASCAR short track located in Bristol, Tennessee. ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Motto: The Right Place, The Right Time Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Incorporated 1651 Consolidated 1913 Government type Mayor-council Mayor Dick Moccia Area    - City 36. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel...

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Early racing career

LaJoie started racing go-karts when he was 12 years old. In 1980 he began racing in full-bodied racecars. He was the 1981 track champion in the Modified Sportsman division at the Danbury Fair Racearena.


In 1983 he moved to the NASCAR Busch North Series, and he was the series Rookie of the Year. That season, he made his first attempt at making the Daytona 500, but did not qualify. In 1985 he had 15 victories on his way to the series championship. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series is a regional stock car racing division sanctioned by NASCAR. Formed in 1987, The series races primarily in the Northeastern United States, including Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ...


Early NASCAR career

LaJoie made his major-league NASCAR debut in 1985 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Driving the #07 Snellman Construction Chevrolet owned by Bob Johnson, he started sixteenth and finished fourteenth. He ran his next race the following season at Pocono Raceway, where he finished 29th after suffering engine failure. He also made his Busch Series debut that season, running four races in his own #03 Pontiac, posting a tenth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He ran another race in 1987 at Dover International Speedway and finished tenth. After a third-place finish the following season, he joined Frank Cicci Racing mid-way through 1989 and had a career-best second-place run at Hickory Motor Speedway. He ended the season 26th in points. Chevrolet (IPA: ʃɛv. ... Pocono Raceway is a superspeedway located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Long Pond; it is the site of two annual NASCAR Nextel Cup races held just a few weeks apart in June and July. ... This article concerns the automobile; for the Native American leader, see Chief Pontiac, for other uses see the disambiguation page. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... Dover International Speedway (nickname: The Monster Mile) is a NASCAR race track located near Dover, Delaware. ... Frank Cicci Racing with Jim Kelly is a NASCAR Busch Series team. ... The 1989 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 18 and ended October 29. ... Hickory Motor Speedway is a short track located in Hickory, North Carolina. ...


He did not return to Cicci in 1990, and ran a handful of Busch Races in his own #71, his best finish 23rd at Richmond. He did not run another NASCAR-sanctioned race until 1993, when he ran seven races for Dick Moroso and one for BACE Motorsports in the Busch Series. His best finish was second, twice. In 1994, he drove for Moroso full-time in the #20 Fina Lube Chevy, posting seven top-tens and finishing sixteenth in points. He also ran three Cup races, finishing in the top-20 in all three of them that season. Richmond International Raceway (RIR) is a A 3/4 mile, D shaped, asphalt race track located outside Richmond, Virginia. ... The 1993 NASCAR Busch Series season began February 13 and ended November 13. ... BACE Motorsports is a former championship-winning NASCAR team. ... The 1994 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 19 and ended October 22. ...


1995-2002

In 1995, LaJoie was called up to Cup again, driving the #22 MBNA Pontiac Grand Prix for Bill Davis Racing. LaJoie ran 13 races for Davis in his rookie season before he was released midway through the year. Following his departure, he returned to Busch to drive the #64 for Dennis Shoemaker. He had three top-tens and a pole at Richmond in nine starts. The following season, he was hired by BACE Motorsports to drive its #74 entry. LaJoie won five races over the course of the season and clinched his first Busch Series championship. He followed that up with another five wins and his second striaght championship in 1997. After falling back to fourth in the standings in 1998, as well as dealing with internal feuds with team owner Bill Baumgardner, LaJoie left BACE at the end of the season. He returned to the Cup Series that season driving nine races for Hendrick Motorsports The 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on February 12 and concluded November 12. ... MBNA logo, 2004-2006 MBNA Corporation was a bank holding company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, prior to being acquired by Bank of America in 2005. ... The Pontiac Grand Prix is an automobile produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. ... Bill Davis Racing is a NASCAR team that fields the #22 Caterpillar Inc. ... The 1997 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 15 and ended November 9. ... The 1998 NASCAR Busch Series Season began on Saturday February 14 and ended on Sunday November 15. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


He signed to drive the #1 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for James Finch in 1999, despite the fact his team lacked major sponsorship. After a season-opening victory at the NAPA Auto Parts 300, Bob Evans Restaurants came on board as the team's sponsor. Despite the added funding, LaJoie dropped to tenth in points. He moved up to seventh in the standings the next season with one win, but chose to depart the team at the end of the season for NEMCO Motorsports. Driving the #7 with sponsorship from Kleenex, LaJoie won two more races, but again fell to twelfth in points. He had fourteen top-ten finishes in 2002 and moved up one spot in the points. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is an American mid-size car. ... James Finch is a car owner in NASCAR. He fields the #1 Yellow Freight Dodge driven by Johnny Sauter in the Busch Series as well as the #09 Dodge driven by Sauter part-time in the NEXTEL Cup series. ... See also: 1999 in NASCAR The 1999 NASCAR Busch Series season began on February 13 and ended on November 13. ... The Hersheys Kissables 300 is the first race of the NASCAR Busch Series season. ... Bob Evans Farms, Inc. ... NEMCO Motorsports is a NASCAR team. ... Kleenex logo This article is about the Kleenex brand. ... The 2002 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 16 and ended November 16. ...


Recent years

LaJoie returned to the 7 team in 2003, and won two poles, but was dismissed from the ride midway through the season. He fillied out the year with one race apiece for Innovative Motorsports and FitzBradshaw Racing, as well as Craftsman Truck race for Kevin Harvick Incorporated. He began the 2004 season in FitzBradshaw's #82 car and ran five races with a best finish of 13th, before moving on, running one race each for Marsh Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing. He also teamed with HT Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series for six races, finishing eighth at Gateway. In the Cup Series, he had a 43rd place finish for Hover Motorsports at Richmond, and also ran two races in the #98 Ford Taurus for Mach 1 Racing, his best finish 36th. The 2003 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 15 and ended November 15. ... Innovative Motorsports is a former NASCAR team. ... FitzBradshaw Racing is a NASCAR team based in Mooresville, North Carolina, which is near Charlotte. ... Kevin Harvick Incorporated is a NASCAR team owned by NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, the former Delana Linville. ... Marsh Racing is a NASCAR Busch Series team owned by Ted Marsh. ... Gateway International Raceway is a race track in Madison, Illinois, USA. It hosts a NASCAR Busch Series event and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on a 1. ... Hover Motorsports is an inactive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team. ... Not to be confused with Ford Taunus. ... Front Row Motorsports is a relatively new team to the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit. ...


Mach 1 switched to tbe #34 Chevys in 2005, and he began the season with them before he was released. He reunited with Cicci in the Busch Series with Dollar General sponsorship and posted three top-ten finishes, finishing 19th in points. Dollar General left the team at season's end, leaving LaJoie without a full-time ride. He had signed to drive for Mach 1, which was under new management again in 2005, but was replaced early in the season by teammate Chad Chaffin. He drove one race apiece in the Busch Series for Davis Motorsports, Jay Robinson Racing, and Vision Racing. He also was a test driver for Richard Childress Racing, filling in for Kevin Harvick in the #21 United States Coast Guard Chevy during practice and qualifying sessions. The 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup season began on Saturday, February 12. ... Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is a chain of limited-selection consumable retail stores operating in 30 U.S. states. ... The 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season started at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 12 with the Bud Shootout and will end on Sunday, November 19 with the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. ... Chad Chaffin (born July 20, 1968 in Smyrna, Tennessee) is a rookie NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver. ... Jay Robinson Racing is a racing team that competes in the NASCAR Busch Series. ... Richard Childress Racing is a NASCAR team fielding Chevys for Kevin Harvick (#29 Goodwrench), Clint Bowyer (#07 Jack Daniels) and Jeff Burton (#31 Cingular) in the Nextel Cup series, as well as the #2 AC Delco Chevy for Clint Bowyer, the #21 Coast Guard Chevy for Harvick and Burton... For the racing team owned by Kevin Harvick and his wife Delana, see Kevin Harvick Incorporated. ... The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense. ...


As of right now, LaJoie has not confirmed plans for 2007, but Randy owns The Joie of Seating, a racing seat company for race cars. Michael Waltrip Racing uses his seats, and David Reutimann was using one of his seats at his crash at California Speedway in Feburary of 2007, that crash was one of the hardest ever recorded by NASCAR.


External links

  • Official website
  • LaJoie's NASCAR.com profile
  • Driver's statistics at racing-reference.info
Preceded by
Johnny Benson
NASCAR Busch Series Champion
1996, 1997
Succeeded by
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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