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Corey LaJoie to Make Sprint Cup Series Debut at New Hampshire

Another second-generation racer is going to be making a splash in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Corey LaJoie, 22, is entered to run the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend for his Sprint Cup Series debut.

LaJoie will race the No. 77 Ford Fusion for Randy Humphrey Racing. The team started out the year with Dave Blaney behind the wheel, yet he made just four races for the organization. Michigan was the last race that Blaney attempted with the team before it took a short hiatus. Nelson Piquet, Jr. drove the team’s car to a 26th-place finish at Watkins Glen. Meanwhile, Joe Nemechek raced the Ford at Atlanta; finishing that race with a 37th-place result.

This weekend’s race will mark his fourth NASCAR-sanctioned race of the year.

After signing a developmental deal with Richard Petty Motorsports, LaJoie has run just two NASCAR Nationwide Series events, one of which was a race at Kentucky for Biagi-DenBeste Racing earlier this year. Additionally, he ran two events for Ricky Benton Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014.

Over the course of his career, LaJoie has worked closely with his father, two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie.

His debut comes just a week after Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Marcos Ambrose will not return to the organization in 2015, instead moving back to Australia to race for Roger Penske and Dick Johnson in the V8 Supercars Championship.

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