Event: South Point 400 (Race 26 of 36)
Venue: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)
Format: Three Stages - Stages End: Lap 80, 160, 267 = 400.5 Miles
Date/Broadcast: Sunday, September 15 at 7:00 PM ET on NBCSN
As the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season winds down, the NASCAR Playoffs are set to kick into high gear this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Over the course of the 26-race regular season, Corey LaJoie and the No. 32 Go Fas Racing (GFR) team secured five top-20 finishes and 10 top-25 finishes, including a 19th-place effort in the recent Brickyard 400, a career-best for the Charlotte, N.C. native at the 2.5-mile track.
The South Point 400 race weekend will mark the second year the Cup Series has visited the 1.5-mile track twice in the same year, and also LaJoie's fourth start at the Nevada track.
LaJoie had a stellar run in this race last fall, finishing just outside the top-15 in 16th-place, battling it out in the blistering heat.
Sweltering temperatures are expected again this weekend in Vegas and LaJoie and Crew Chief Randy Cox would love to bring home another top-20 with the Schluter Systems No. 32 to build on a hot streak headed into the final stretch of the season.
Schluter Systems offers an assortment of over 10,000 proven system solutions for the installation of tiles and natural stone. Their products include metal and PVC profiles to protect and improve the appearance of tile edges and transitions, uncoupling membranes to prevent cracks from appearing in tiled floors, waterproofing systems for showers and other wet areas, and a modular screed system to improve heat transfer in hydronic heating systems.
LaJoie on the upcoming weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
"Las Vegas Motor Speedway has turned into one of my favorite intermediate tracks on the schedule. We had good speed there in the spring so I'm looking forward to heading back with the Schluter Systems Ford. This is a big week for Schluter so we're going to do our best to give them a great weekend on and off the track."
LaJoie MENCS career highlights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Best Finish: 16th (2018)
Average Start: 32
Average Finish: 27.3
In the Rearview Mirror: Brickyard 400
Driving the Ark.io No. 32, Corey LaJoie scored his fifth top-20 of the season over the weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after starting from the 30th position. Early on in the Brickyard 400 the 27-year-old relayed to the GFR team that the No. 32 Ford was "about a three tight." By lap 33, LaJoie radioed in that it had increased to about a six tight just before reporting that he may have a tire going down on. Crew Chief Randy Cox called LaJoie to pit road for four tires and fuel simultaneously as the caution came out for Landon Cassill. LaJoie was able to get back on the lead lap and finished Stage One 27th. After a short red flag, the No. 32 Ford made a visit to pit road in preparation for the restart with 44 laps to go in Stage Two. Not long into the run, LaJoie relayed to the Ark Ecosystem team that he was about a three or four tight, running in the 29th position. By lap 85, the GFR driver cracked the top-25 as leaders began to pit with just 15 laps left in the Stage. After a caution for oil on the racing surface, he reported a vibration and Cox called LaJoie in for service. When the green-and-white checkered flag waved to end Stage Two, the No. 32 was scored 23rd. Soon after the start of Stage Three, a multi-car crash brought out a caution. Luckily, the damage to the nose of the No. 32 was minimal and the crew repaired it on pit road along with a fresh set of Goodyear Eagles and Sunoco Racing fuel under the caution. By lap 135 of 160, LaJoie had battled his way into the top-20. After multiple more cautions in the closing laps, the third generation racer was up to 18th with just five laps to go but would be relegated to a 19th-place finish after the No. 95 took charge of the 18th position.
About Schluter Systems:
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About Go Fas Racing:
Go Fas Racing (GFR) currently fields Ford Mustangs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for driver Corey LaJoie. Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, GFR has competed in the NASCAR's premier series since 2014; fielding cars for some of NASCAR's top drivers, including past champions. To find out more information about our team please visit www.GoFasRacing.com.
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