Stacking pennies is Corey LaJoie’s motto, and it appears to be working quite well. The driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports is heating up just as the summer kicks off.
LaJoie is on pace for his best season yet, earning four straight top 20s after a rough two months to start the season. As he continues to settle in with Spire, he looks to sneak up in the standings.
BY JOSEPH WOLKIN, @JoeWolkin
“Shoot, I wouldn’t consider myself a road course racer, but it’s been a lot of hard work put in. I spent some money and bought a shifter car and an iRacing simulator. Unfortunately, I don’t get a lot of the tools that some guys do like getting to drive Trans Am cars or the OEM simulators. For now, I’m putting the work in and studying, and it’s nice to see the benefits and gains from it.”
“It’s been a little rocky. We started off with some mechanical failures, parts issues and a couple of crashes when we were having some decent days. The last few races were top 20s, and we’re starting to hit our stride and race where we’re supposed to race. We’re beating the guys we’re capable of beating. We’re starting to execute races and it’s nice to start doing that.”
“Internally, we all knew we could get here, but it took a little longer than we thought to figure out processes and these new cars. I had to figure out the Chevys versus Fords from last year. Now, Ryan has a good setup with the aero balance that we need for when we unload. We’re getting the right parts and pieces to make these things go. We had to get through the first part of the year with the west coast swing and Covid wiped out our shop for a couple of weeks. We hit every speed bump in the road, but our guys kept fighting and digging. It’s cool to see us compete how we expected to compete before the first half of the season.”
“I think we can get better incrementally. There’s going to be some weeks we can run 13th to 18th and some weeks where we run 26th. We can minimize those and figure out the areas we can keep pushing. You have to weigh the risk versus reward of pushing the limits. Some guys can risk getting fined, and we’re not in a position where we could handle a fine. If we can move up a couple of spots in points, that would be great. We can go to Daytona with the belts tight with the regular season finale and throw a Hail Mary to get in the playoffs.”
“You show up every week with the goal of trying to win, but you make more realistic goals to continue to keep striving. Everybody feels they have a chance to win at the speedways, and we have the cars, the people and the game plan to do it.”