Corey LaJoie “applied” to Joe Gibbs Racing as the replacement for Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the #18 Toyota in the NASCAR Cup Series.
During this past Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch grew extremely frustrated with the handling of his #18 Toyota to the point where he claimed that he would be resigning from his position within the current top team in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The 34-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada native obviously didn’t mean what he said, but nevertheless, it has caused some commotion on social media within the Cup Series paddock.
Here is what Busch had to say about his car during this race, according to USA Today.
“[Expletive] plowing. Plow plow, plow, plow, plow! I quit! Joe, I send in my resignation.”
Busch still managed to finish in third place in this 400-lap race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) Charlotte Motor Speedway oval in Concord, North Carolina, but he is a driver who is known to be frustrated with any finish of second or lower, so his frustration was to be expected.
Needless to say, despite his claims of “quitting” and “sending in his resignation”, expect to see Busch back behind the wheel of the #18 Toyota in this Sunday afternoon’s race at Pocono Raceway.
But Go Fas Racing’s Corey LaJoie isn’t taking any chances that Busch was joking around.
The 27-year-old Concord, North Carolina native took to Twitter to let the NASCAR world know that he is on his way to applying for the seat that Busch “vacated”.
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“Corey LaJoie, driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota” has a nice ring to it, especially after he recorded a 12th place finish, the third best finish of his 70-race NASCAR Cup Series career, in the Coca-Cola 600 driving the #32 Ford for the underfunded Go Fas Racing team. Let’s just hope he doesn’t actually expect an interview with Joe Gibbs Racing in the near future.