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LaJoie Concludes the 500 with a 32nd Place Finish in the Winn-Dixie No. 72 at Talladega Superspeedway

Tuesday, Oct 16 1177
Series: Monster Energy Cup Series
Venue: Talladega Superspeedway
Race: 500
Track Length/Configuration:  2.66-mile, superspeedway
Race Distance: 188 laps/500.8 miles*
Race Format: 3 Stages: Stages end on Laps 55/110/188
Cautions:  8 cautions for 32 yellow flag laps
Lead Changes: 15 among 11 drivers
Started: 40
Finished: 32
Laps Completed: 191/193*(overtime finish)
Points Gained: 5
Stage 1
Corey LaJoie started the 500 in the 40th position in the Winn-Dixie No. 72 at Talladega SuperSpeedway
Caution Lap 12 (spin): LaJoie was posted 38th on the leaderboard. He pitted for four tires, fuel, wedge adjustment and packers removed from left and right front. LaJoied rejoined the field 30th
Stage 1 Completion Caution: LaJoie completed the stage 33rd, one lap down from the leader but the recipient of the free pass. He relayed the No. 72 handling was tight. Crew Chief Wally Rogers made the call to be aggressive with changes calling for four tires, fuel and an aggressive chassis adjustment
Stage 2
LaJoie took the green flag in the 27th position, posted on the lead lap
Caution Lap 63 (incident): As LaJoie was entering his pit box, a competitor was exiting and the two made slight contact. The Winn-Dixie No. 72 sustained lower left rear quarter panel damage. The pit crew applied bear bond and fueled the car
Caution Lap 105 (incident): Running 36th, two laps down, LaJoie pitted for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustment to the Winn-Dixie No. 72. He restarted 35th, two laps down
Stage 2 Completion Caution: completing the stage 35th, two laps down. The crew serviced the Winn-Dixie No. 72 with fuel and a wedge adjustment
Stage 3
LaJoie started stage 3 in the 35th position, two laps down
Caution Lap 137 (incident): Crew Chief Wally Rogers kept LaJoie out on track to take the wave around
Lap 157: LaJoie pitted under green flag for right side tires and fuel. One of the tires removed from the Winn-Dixie No. 72 was uncontrolled causing a caution. During that caution, LaJoie came back to pit for left side tires and another splash of Sunoco fuel
Caution Lap 187 (incident): LaJoie was able to maneuver around a multi-car incident and avoid damage to the Winn-Dixie No. 72. The timing of the caution caused for the staging of a green-white-checker finish. When the field resumed under green LaJoie maintained his track position and finished 33nd in the Winn-Dixie No. 72 at Talladega Superspeedway
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