Event: Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Race 18 of 36)
Venue: Daytona International Speedway (Daytona Beach, FL)
Format: Three Stages - Stages End: Lap 40, 80, 160 = 400 Miles
Date/Broadcast: Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 PM ET on NBC and MRN
This weekend Corey LaJoie will return to the facility where he made his debut with Go Fas Racing and the start of his first full-time season in NASCAR's most elite series. On the heels of his debut, LaJoie attained his first top-20 of the season with an 18th-place payoff in the prestigious Daytona 500.
With half the season in the rearview after this weekend and the itch to continue improving week in and week out, the GFR team know they have what it takes to be there at the end and place in the top-15. A conservative strategy allowed LaJoie to nearly secure a top-10 at Talladega, finishing 11th and the organization looks to have the same success in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday.
The Ford driver is 30th in the standings as we head into the weekend signaling the halfway mark of the schedule and has two top-12s and five top-25s in 17 races with a season-best finish of 11th in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
For the 13th time this year, the No. 32 will have a new look with a new sponsor. The Roush Yates-powered Mustang will be backed by Shine Armour.
Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Shine Armor aims to bring affordable car detailing solutions to the general public. Before starting the business, owners Brandon Monaghan and Justin Kemperman recognized a problem within the industry. Not every car enthusiast has the resources and/or money to get a professional detail on their car. In creating Shine Armor, they hoped to solve that issue and, overall, serve the automotive enthusiast community.
Be sure to catch the Shine Armor brand make its first-ever laps in NASCAR this Saturday under the lights at the "World Center of Racing" on NBC at 7:30 PM ET.
"I'm excited to bring be going back to a place where we have a good chance at getting a great finish. We've had a couple of tough weeks with some results that weren't indicative of our speed, but we're going to rebound and give the Shine Armor guys some great exposure. [Crew Chief] Randy Cox and I are focused on being there at the end at these plate tracks, because we know if we can play our strategy right, we can bring the Shine Armor No.32 Ford back with a top-20 result."
LaJoie MENCS career highlights at Daytona International Speedway:
Average Start: 33.8
Average Finish: 24.8
Best Finish: 11th (2017)
In the Rearview Mirror: Camping World 400
Corey LaJoie and the No. 32 Coinlotto crew fought all day long at Chicagoland facing multiple obstacles. Although LaJoie qualified 31st for the 267-lap event, the Coinlotto Ford had to take the green from the rear due to a transmission change after final practice. Weather would be the next misfortune as the red flag was displayed after just 12 circuits around the speedway with lightning, strong winds and heavy rain blanketing the Joilet, IL facility. After a more than three hour red flag, the competition would resume and LaJoie would make a four-tire stop, lining up 31st for the lap 17 restart. With eight laps remaining in Stage One, the third-generation driver would return for service. LaJoie would make another visit for a loose wheel, fortunately with a caution coming out allowing the No. 32 team to address it without losing any ground pitting under green. Before completing Stage Two 31st, the GFR Ford would make multiple stops after LaJoie reported a vibration and to eventually diagnose a loose wheel. The team would slightly gain position in the final stretch as the Mustang moved up to 28th with 37 to go before being relegated to a 30th-place result in Chi-Town, multiple laps down. Despite a challenging day, the GFR team remained positive and look forward to returning to Daytona where the team opened the season with a top-20, finishing 18th.
About Shine Armor:
Shine Armor is a company based out of Jacksonville, Florida, that aims to bring affordable car detailing solutions to the general public. Before starting the business, owners Brandon Monaghan and Justin Kemperman recognized a problem within the industry. Not every car enthusiast has the resources and/or money to get a professional detail on their car. In creating Shine Armor, they hoped to solve that issue and, overall, serve the automotive enthusiast community.
To learn more about Shine Armor and check out the products they offer, visit shinearmor.com.
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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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