Corey LaJoie Reveals His Future Wishes for the NASCAR Cup Series

Published 08/02/2021, 7:49 PM EDT
Jul 18, 2021; Loudon, New Hampshire, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads the field during the start of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


The discussions about the shortcomings of NASCAR and their potential solutions have recently been gaining traction in the sports world. In light of this, Corey LaJoie suggested that the sport should bring in more 5/8 mile tracks. Evidently, the Spire Motorsports driver is fond of those type of tracks and there are not many of them.

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There were other responses, like Tommy Joe Martins, who felt that the sport lacked awareness. Interestingly, this question came up on the back of former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield’s visit to the SRX finale at Nashville Fairgrounds.

Admittedly, one of the biggest missing links in NASCAR at the moment is personality. Of course, there are the likes of Kyle Busch and Bubba Wallace, but they are just two drivers out of several others. A lot of drivers who used to have fiery personalities have toned things down a lot.

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What is NASCAR missing?

According to a Reddit user, NASCAR used to be cool, particularly between the late 90s and the mid-2000s. This ranged from the cars to the drivers and even the commercials. In other words, NASCAR fit in perfectly within that era.

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The user also confessed that country music was not exactly a right fit for the sport.

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 31: Corey LaJoie, driver of the #32 CorvetteParts.net Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on August 31, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Of course, those are all simply minor compared to the need for better racing. However, there is hope that the 2022 Next Gen cars could solve that problem. All throughout 2020 and 2021, there have been numerous tests going on to ensure that the cars are ready to hit the ground  ready when the 2022 season begins.

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Now, even though the cars have been launched, there are still a few last-minute tests to take care of. The launch does not mean that the cars are perfect, and there could be some minor niggling issues to iron out. Until then, it is a race against time to ensure that the cars are race-ready and can provide great racing and entertainment.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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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