NASCAR suspends two-time Nationwide champ LaJoie for drug use

June 23rd, 2010 by

Source: THE SPORTS NETWORK — NASCAR on Tuesday indefinitely suspended Randy LaJoie, a crew member for Joe Gibbs Racing’s No.18 team in the Nationwide Series, for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.
During an interview with Sirius NASCAR Radio earlier in the day, LaJoie, a two-time Nationwide driver champion, admitted to smoking marijuana once following the May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. On June 11, LaJoie was found to have violated NASCAR’s substance abuse policy after he took a random drug test in order to become a spotter for Gibbs’ team.
“I screwed up,” LaJoie told Sirius Speedway host Dave Moody during the interview. “NASCAR tested me the day when I wanted to go spot for someone at Nashville. I already have two NASCAR licenses, but they said I needed a spotter’s license, and that included taking a drug test. I took the test, and got a call a few days later, saying I had tested positive for marijuana.”
LaJoie competed in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series, including 44 starts in the Cup Series. He won his Nationwide titles back-to-back from 1996-97. LaJoie has not raced in a NASCAR event since November 2006 at Texas Motor Speedway.
He had been serving as an analyst for ESPN’s coverage of NASCAR.

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