NASCAR: Corey Lajoie set for four-race run in No. 98 Nationwide Series car


A few weeks after making his Sprint Cup debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Corey Lajoie is now set for a four-race run in the Nationwide Series driving the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford.

Lajoie, a Richard Petty Motorsports development driver, will contest the upcoming Nationwide races at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The No. 98 has been run in 11 Nationwide races this season, including two of the last three with RPM Sprint Cup driver Aric Almirola at the controls.

Lajoie drove the No. 98 himself this summer at Kentucky Speedway and finished 16th. He hopes that the new deal with Biagi-DenBeste will further his limited experience on high-speed ovals.

“I have to thank both RPM and Biagi-DenBenste Racing for giving me the opportunity to put four races together in the Nationwide Series,” said LaJoie in a statement. “This is a very good car with good people supporting it. They are a proven team that is capable of finishing in the Top-Five.

“These races will be another great opportunity to advance my learning curve on the bigger tracks and with cars with more horsepower.”

Said Biagi-Denbeste co-owner Fred Biagi: “Corey has shown that he learns very quickly on the track. Our first race together we finished 16th in only his second Nationwide Series start.

“We feel that we can compete in the Top-10 and Top-Five in these four races with Corey and that’s our goal.”

A lack of sponsorship has helped keep Lajoie to limited action this season across the NASCAR national series: The aforementioned sole outings in Sprint Cup and Nationwide plus two appearances in the Camping World Truck Series.

But now that he has a multi-race pact with the Biagi-DenBeste group, expect Lajoie to do all he can to impress during the tail end of the Nationwide calendar.