Corey LaJoie almost became the 14th different NASCAR Cup Series winner Sunday in what would have definitely been “a Cinderella story”.
Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott used a block to take home the victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway securing his third Cup win of the year.
A win would have moved LaJoie closer to a playoff spot however he would need another 30 points to be eligible.
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“I’ll watch it back probably 100 times. I’ll replay it 100 times in my head on the way back on the plane, but I don’t think I’d change anything right now, because I was going for it, and I was not content to push (Elliott) to the win. Said LaJoie.
Corey LaJoie went in victory lane to congratulate Chase Elliott.
Corey LaJoie made it a point to stop in victory lane to congratulate Chase Elliott. pic.twitter.com/SZPxTAVxjO
— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) July 10, 2022
There’s a little bit of a Chevy alliance and Hendrick help here and there, but I didn’t come here to be a good friend to somebody. He concluded
Corey LaJoie made a desperate late push for the lead, but Chase Elliott fended him off to win rye race, the Spire Motorsports man ended up wrecking but had no regrets about his actions.
Corey Lajoie says it's the last lap, "the pay window is open" and wins are too important to not do whatever you can.
That applied to him and it applied to Chase Elliott, whom he has no ill will towards, and says Chase earned the right as the leader to defend. pic.twitter.com/XdxOqjFJzw
— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverRA) July 10, 2022