Randy LaJoie : biography
Randall LaJoie (born August 28, 1961, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA) was a driver in the NASCAR Busch Series (now the Nationwide Series), where he is a two-time champion. He is the father of racers Casey and Corey LaJoie.
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 straight 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
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.
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.
Mach 1 switched to the #34 Chevy 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.
LaJoie has not run a NASCAR-sanctioned race since 2006, focusing on team ownership for his son Corey, who finished second in the 2012 K&N Pro Series East championship to Kyle Larson despite five wins in the series.
Television work and suspension
In addition to his racing seat business, LaJoie was also a part-time co-host of The Driver’s Seat with John Kernan on Sirius Satellite Radio’s NASCAR channel 128. He also did television commentary for the ORP and Montreal Busch Series Races.
On June 22, 2010, LaJoie was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy while working as a crewman on the #18 Nationwide Series car. He smoked marijuana with some race fans following the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte and took full responsibility for his actions. On August 25, 2010, LaJoie was reinstated by NASCAR after a 2 month suspension due to drug use., June 22, 2010