By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
In a shocking turn of events it has been announced today that former two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie has been suspended from NASCAR for violating the substance abuse policy.
LaJoie, who was about to begin spotting for Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 car in the Nationwide Series failed a drug test on June 11th according to a NASCAR press release.
As we know all drivers and team members are subject to random drug testing at any time.
LaJoie admitted on the radio show Sirius Speedway that he indeed smoked marijuana after the Coca-Cola 600 in May. LaJoie did go on to say that this was an isolated incident.
“I’m not Cheech and Chong. I’m not a user.” LaJoie said.
Randy LaJoie of course is not just a former driver in the sport, but he is also frequently an analyst on television and radio as well as a safety innovator.
His company ‘The Joie of Seating’ has shifted the way that racing seats are designed and produced, and have been commended for their safety.
LaJoie was very emotional in his appearance on Sirius Speedway, and he mentioned that he is awaiting word on NASCAR as to what his steps are to regaining a spot in the sport.
Hopefully LaJoie completes the steps required for reinstatement, and more importantly hopefully he corrects his issues for his own sake.
LaJoie of course in his career as a driver racked up 15 wins in the Nationwide Series, along with the 1996 and 1997 championships in the Series. LaJoie has also made 44 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
His best finish in the Sprint Cup Series was a fifth place finish at Martinsville in 1998.