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Scott Lagasse and Corey LaJoie Will Race for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the Nationwide Series

February 1st, 2013 at 8:11 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Tommy Baldwin Racing made its fifth announcement in seven days on Friday and for the first time it has to do with the Nationwide Series program. Scott Lagasse Jr will race in 15 races and Corey LaJoie will race three times in the No. 8 Chevrolet which will be fielded under Scott Lagasse Racing in conjunction with TBR.

 'Milwaukee Mile (6.20.09) - #11 Scott Lagasse, Jr.' photo (c) 2009, Royal Broil - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/Lagasse, who turned 32 on Thursday, said he will race 15 times in the 2013 season in the No. 8 car with sponsorship coming from the Boy Scouts of America and HybridLight. Lagasse competed in three races toward the end of the 2012 season in the No. 8 Scott Lagasse Racing Chevrolet. He finished 26th, 24th, and 20th in those races.

“The three I ran last year were in total preparation for this year,” Lagasse said.

For his career, that dates back to 2005, Lagasse has 52 career Nationwide Series starts with five top 10 finishes. Brad Parrott will serve as the crew chief on the No. 8. Last season he was the crew chief for Tommy Baldwin Racing's No. 36 Nationwide Series entry.

“Scott has only run 52 Nationwide races … only three with this current car," Parrott said. "We’re looking forward to getting out there and getting him more experience.”
 
Lagasse also has 19 Truck Series starts to his credit and 16 ARCA Racing Series races with two wins in that series.

Corey LaJoie, the son of two-time Busch now Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie, will be behind the wheel of the No. 8 car for three races in 2013. It will be his first Nationwide Series action of his young career.
“I feel no matter what race I’m in, whether it be go-karts, K&N cars or Late Models, every race is a try-out,” LaJoie said. “You never know who’s going to be watching. The Nationwide Series is definitely a big deal. I couldn’t be more excited to run my first Nationwide race with Tommy; he’s just an old-school racer just like I am. I’m looking forward to opening, hopefully, another chapter in my career."
 
The 21-year old LaJoie had a great season in the K&N Pro Series East in 2012. He won five times and had 10 top 5 finishes in the 14 race schedule. He finished runner up in the standings.
“Seeing Kyle Larson jump in a truck and run really good; Brett Moffitt running a Nationwide car at Iowa, he ran really good; Ryan Blaney. All those guys have gotten in good stuff and ran really good," LaJoie said. "I beat all those guys last year. I think I can hold my own with the best of them.”
 
LaJoie's three races are scheduled at Dover in June, New Hampshire in July, and Atlanta in August.
Tags: Brad Parrott, Corey LaJoie, Motorsports, Nationwide Series, Scott Lagasse Jr, Tommy Baldwin Racing

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