Corey LaJoie and Justin Haley to Pay Tribute to Stroker Ace Movie

Published 10/23/2021, 7:20 AM EDT
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Corey LaJoie, driver of the #32 Pala Casino Ford, prepares for practice at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)


In 1983, the cult classic movie Stroker Ace hit theatres. Now, several years down the line, Spire Motorsports duo Corey LaJoie and Justin Haley are paying tribute to the film. To be precise, their #7 and #77 cars will be decked in special liveries for the Kansas weekend.

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LaJoie’s car is inspired by Stroker Ace’s own car. Meanwhile, Haley’s car is inspired by rival Aubrey James’ livery.

The team took things a step further when they super-imposed a picture of LaJoie in a chicken suit. The chicken suit is significant because the main protagonist had to wear one as part of his ‘sponsor deal’.

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Even NASCAR got in on the action with a clip showing LaJoie’s crash at the Charlotte Roval. This was followed by a clip of LaJoie and his crew chief Ryan Sparks arguing about the race.

Later on, ESPN’s Ryan McGee also joined in to interview him. Apparently, he was also in on the joke and conducted the mock interview. LaJoie said, “I’m tired of equalising. Ate the wall. When Ryan Sparks is on the comms, your mother can drive it.” Meanwhile, Sparks quipped that LaJoie couldn’t drive the car, nobody else could.

What to expect from Corey LaJoie and Justin Haley

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Since the two of them are not in championship contention, they are not under any sort of pressure. Instead, the two of them will simply try and enjoy their respective races and keep things clean. With three races remaining on the calendar, LaJoie and Haley are aiming to deliver good performances for Spire Motorsports.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – AUGUST 28: Justin Haley, driver of the #77 FOE Chevrolet, participates in pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

If they are lucky, they could be rewarded with new contracts, especially Justin Haley. This is because, Corey LaJoie has already been confirmed for the 2022 season.

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LaJoie has had an up and down season, with a best finish of 9th at the season-opening Daytona 500. Meanwhile, Haley enjoyed a 6th place finish during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona. This proves that the track is a happy hunting ground for Spire Motorsports.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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