Spire Motorsports Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 Race Advance

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  • In 10 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) races at Texas Motor Speedway, Spire Motorsports has led three laps, logged one top-15 and three top-20 finishes with eight different drivers. Corey LaJoie, driver of the No. 7 Schluter Systems Chevy Camaro earned a team-best 14th-place finish at the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 September 25, 2022. The Mooresville, N.C., team fields the Nos. 7, 71 and 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s in the NCS with LaJoie, and fellow drivers Zane Smith and Carson Hocevar, respectively.
  • The Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 from Texas Motor Speedway will be televised live on FS1 Sunday, April 14, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The ninth of 36 races on the 2024 NCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. NASCAR RaceDay’s pre-race coverage on FS1 will take the green flag at 2 p.m. EDT.

Corey LaJoie – Driver, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

  • Corey LaJoie heads to Texas Motor Speedway 28th in the NCS championship point standings. He started 32nd and finished 32nd last weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
  • Schluter®-Systems, a key partner for Corey LaJoie and Spire Motorsports NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) efforts over the last several seasons, will return to the primary position on the team’s No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for four races in 2024, beginning with this weekend’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Schluter Systems provides innovative, easy to use installation systems to support the durability, integrity and design of tile installations. With over 8,000 products within its growing portfolio, Schluter Systems is continuously improving the landscape of the tile industry. Their educational workshops and intuitive approach to product design supports Schluter’s position as an industry leader in quality and service. Schluter Systems services North America with multiple Training, Distribution and Manufacturing facilities in Plattsburgh, NY, Montreal, QC, Reno, NV, and Fort Worth, TX.  For more information, visit www.schluter.com
  • Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 will mark LaJoie’s 11th NCS start at Texas Motor Speedway and 245th career NCS start.
  • In 10 previous NCS starts at Texas Motor Speedway, LaJoie has logged one top 15 and three top 20s including a venue best 14th-place finish. The Concord, N.C. native recorded a 31.2 average start, a 27.8 average finish and completed 2,809 of 3,276 laps contested (85.7 percent).
  • Last September, LaJoie started in the 27th and finished 26th in the No. 7 Gainbridge Chevrolet Camaro.

Corey LaJoie Quotes
It’s been a challenging couple of weeks but you’ve got Schluter Systems on board at Texas Motor Speedway so that’s gotta provide an extra boost heading into this weekend. 

“We’re all ready for a rebound at Texas Motor Speedway for Schluter Systems’ first primary race of the season. These guys have supported my career from the beginning, so the timing couldn’t be any better for a comeback.”

Zane Smith – Driver, No. 71 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

  • Sunday will mark Zane Smith’s second NCS start at Texas Motor Speedway, but his first driving the No. 71 Ambetter Health Chevrolet Camaro for Spire Motorsports. 
  • This will be his first race driving the Ambetter Health paint scheme. Ambetter Health is on a mission to get everyone affordable, high-quality health insurance. Our drive to break down barriers and help make insurance more accessible to all has made us America’s No. 1 Marketplace health insurance. Learn more about how we are paving the way to better coverage at ambetterhealth.com.
  • Race fans can meet Smith on Sunday at the Ambetter Health activation in the TMS Fanzone at 11 a.m. local time.
  • Following his visit to the Ambetter Health display, Smith will stop at the Chevrolet activation for a Q&A at 11:45 a.m.
  • Last September at TMS, Smith started 33rd and finished 24th in the No. 36 Front Row Motorsports entry.
  • Smith started 24th and finished 31st last Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
  • Smith will drive the No. 91 Chevrolet Silverado in Friday’s SpeedyCash 250 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series (NCTS) race at TMS. It marks the 2022 NCTS champion’s third of four scheduled races with the McAnally-Hilgemann Racing team.
  • Smith owns five NCTS starts at TMS. He’s led 38 laps and posted two top-10 finishes. 

Tell us about your excitement to run the Ambetter Health paint scheme for the first time this season.
“This is the first race this season that I will be carrying Ambetter Health on my No. 71 Spire Motorsports Chevy Camaro. This paint scheme is really cool and I know it will stand out on the track. I’m fortunate for the partnership with Ambetter Health as we work together to help make insurance more accessible to all. Sunday, I will be doing a Q&A at the Ambetter Health Activation in the Fanzone, so I’m looking forward to meeting lots of fans on race day.”

Carson Hocevar – Driver, No.77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

  • Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 will mark Carson Hocevar’s second career NCS start at Texas Motor Speedway where Premier Security will return to the primary position aboard the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro.
  • TMS is home to Hocevar’s first NCTS win. The four-time NCTS race winner took the checkered flag in last April’s Speedycash.com 250. He went on to earn three more NCTS wins in 2023 and finished third in the division’s championship point standings.
  • In his lone NCS start at Texas Motor Speedway, Hocevar started 19th and finished 16th in last September’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400. This was the fifth NCS race of his career.
  • In three NCTS starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Hocevar has logged a 9.3 average start, a 5.3 average finish and recorded two top-five finishes. The 21-year-old racer has led five laps and completed 100 percent of the laps contested in NCTS competition at the Fort Worth oval.
  • Hocevar finished 17th in last Sunday’s Cook Out 400 at Martinsville Speedway. After qualifying 25th, the Portage, Mich. native worked his way through the field to bring home his fourth top-20 finish of the season.
  • Premier Security is a long-time supporter of Hocevar’s career. The Flint, Mich.-headquartered organization has been prominently featured alongside Hocevar dating to his time racing short tracks in the pavement late model ranks.
  • From the famous bricks of Saginaw Street in Flint, Mich., to industrial, residential, and commercial sites across North America, Premier Security Solutions has built an unmatched standard of security. Today, Premier has taken steps to advance technology and utilize new tools to combat theft and become an anti-crime organization. Premier’s Global Security Operations Center is a state-of-the-art facility, working around the clock to protect assets, corporations, schools, and families.
  • Premier deploys more than 1,000 guards around the country and protects homes, families, executive-level leaders, and major corporations. Premier’s team of retired law enforcement professionals protects more than 50 school buildings and high net-worth families, delivering an unparalleled level of service. Premier prides itself on a standard of service ensuring its customers receive the protection and peace of mind they deserve.
  • Hocevar is currently 25th in the NCS championship point standings. He sits two spots and four points behind fellow Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year contender Josh Berry.
  • Hocevar will greet fans and participate in a question-and-answer session at the Trackside Live/EchoPark stage in the TMS Fan Zone Sunday at 11:15 a.m. CT.  

What does it take to run well at Texas Motor Speedway? 
“It’s a lot of things. Being able to carry a lot of throttle to run through (turns) one and two. I don’t think anybody’s really ever going to complain about handling in (turns) three and four, so it’s only one end of the racetrack you’ve got to run really well, and the other end kind of takes care of itself. More important is track position. We need to qualify good. As we all say, we need to run good on Saturday to run really good on Sunday. I think we can make that happen.”
This track is home to your first NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series win and you also ran well last year in the Cup car. Does this make you more excited for the weekend or do you feel any added pressure to perform well based on your history here? 
“I feel more confident about the fact that I did well last year with Luke (Lambert) in a Cup car than I do about winning last year in trucks. Of course, that win means so much to me but they’re both so different and we had the chance for a top-10 car last year in Cup, so I know I can do well. I think the 77 team is plenty capable to make that happen and more than anything, just excited to get back on a mile-and-a-half because I think that’s where we really shine.”

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