Corey LaJoie Is Set To Make His NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut

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The members of the NASCAR Next 9 continue to move up within NASCAR, as Corey LaJoie becomes the next driver to make his way up.

In the upcoming 2013 NASCAR season LaJoie will be making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Tommy Baldwin Racing. The announcement was made on Friday, as TBR continues to finalize their plans for the 2013 season.

As a joint partnership between TBR and Team SLR (Scott Lagasse Racing) LaJoie will make his debut in the No.8 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. LaJoie will be sharing time in the No.8 car with Lagasse, as LaJoie’s debut won’t be until Dover on June 1st.

“I couldn’t be more excited to open this new chapter in my career with Tommy Baldwin Racing and TeamSLR,” said LaJoie in a statement released by TBR. “I’m looking forward to getting this opportunity to race in the NASCAR Nationwide series, and hopefully we can build on getting something big for 2014.”

LaJoie is the latest member of the NASCAR Next 9 to make his debut within NASCAR’s top three series. Ryan Blaney made his Nationwide Series and truck Series debut in 2012 with TBR, Penske Racing, and Brad Keselowski Racing, as well as Darrell Wallace Jr. in the Nationwide Series with Joe Gibbs Racing. Chase Elliott is set to make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013 with Hendrick Motorsports.

In the 2012 NASCAR K&N East Series LaJoie finished in second place in the point standings with a career best five wins.  He also held the most wins and the most top-five finishes within the series.

With LaJoie set to make his debut within NASCAR’s top three series sets up a great future for the future stars of the sport, and shows that the members of the Next 9 are not to disappoint. LaJoie’s debut is just one of many to look forward to in the upcoming season.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy