Part Three No. 48 Series: What Makes Corey LaJoie a Potential Candidate at Hendrick Motorsports

Part Three in the No. 48 Series explores the next driver to potentially fill the No. 48 seat at Hendrick Motorsports in 2021
HAMPTON, GEORGIA – JUNE 07: Corey LaJoie, driver of the #32 Built Bar Ford, walks the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 07, 2020, in Hampton, Georgia. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Part Three in the No. 48 Series explores the next driver to potentially fill the No. 48 seat at Hendrick Motorsports in 2021. What makes Corey Lajoie a potential candidate at Hendrick Motorsports?

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With the impending retirement of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet remains one of the biggest, most coveted open rides projected for the 2021 season and beyond.  So far, there’s no announcement of a successor to Johnson in the No. 48 car, which is leading to wild speculation among fans and lucrative writing opportunities for NASCAR media.

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The Lottery for No. 48 is Open; Who Holds the Winning Ticket?

Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 during the 2020 West Coast Swing
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The Lottery for No. 48 is highly sought after by several potential NASCAR Cup Series drivers. It’s a big win for one lucky driver. And perhaps for Hendrick Motorsports too.

Since seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has said the 2020 season is his last full-time year in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. The question most ask is who will replace him? Without an answer from team owner Rick Hendrick, speculation in the rumor mill is running rampant on social media.

So, who holds the winning ticket?

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Super Sunday for Hendrick Motorsports Raises Hopes for 2019

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 10: William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, poses for a photo after winning the pole award with second place Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo – Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Rick Hendrick smiled widely and acknowledged that his team’s one-twothree-four sweep of Daytona 500 pole qualifying is as good an omen as his championship organization could hope for. He loves the historical significance and the present message about their preparation for the season’s biggest race.

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William Byron Leads Hendrick Sweep of Daytona 500 Qualifying

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 10: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, Team Owner Rick Hendrick, William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, pose for a photo after Byron won the pole award during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Paired for the first time with crew chief Chad Knaus, sophomore driver William Byron put his No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on the pole for the Feb. 17 Daytona 500 on Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), leading a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top four spots and extending that organization’s dominance in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.

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Hendrick Crew Chief Shuffle Breaks Up Championship Pair Johnson and Knaus

Jimmie Johnson(L), the driver of the #48 Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet, and his crew chief Chad Knaus stand in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 5, 2018, in Dover, Delaware. Photo – Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Both driver Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus have had their eyes on a record-breaking eighth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver’s championship, ever since the duo won their seventh title together in 2016. Continue reading

Optimism Abounds for Chevrolet Owners and the Debut of the Camaro ZL1

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It was billed as a preseason Chevrolet news conference to discuss the manufacturer’s expectations and excitement for the 2018 season, but it also had a distinct vibe – as much like a NASCAR Hall of Fame meet and greet as a launch for Chevy’s new race car. And positive on all accounts. Continue reading

Innovative Evernham Finds Pot of Hall of Fame gold at the End of the ‘Rainbow’

A portrait of Ray Evernham, crew chief for the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Du Pont Chevrolet talking with his driver Jeff Gordon during the1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Pepsi Southern 500 race on 6 September 1998 at the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina, United States. Photo – Hulton Archive

Note: This is the fifth in a five-part series of features detailing the careers of each of the five inductees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The inductees, who will be officially enshrined on Jan. 19 (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), are Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Even before answering the first question from a ready group of racing reporters about his induction Friday into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Ray Evernham, 60, insisted on making an important point. Continue reading

Kelley Blue Book and Hendrick Motorsports Extend Partnership through 2020

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Three-Year Renewal Continues Sponsorship of Chase Elliott

CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2018) – Kelley Blue Book, the most trusted brand for car pricing, research, valuation and selling your car, has extended its relationship with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports with a three-year contract renewal through the 2020 racing season. Continue reading

Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth Say Goodbye to NASCAR in their Own Perfect Way

HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 17: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DeWalt Hurricane Relief Toyota, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 AXALTA Chevrolet, and members of their teams pose for a photo after qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2017 in Homestead, Florida. Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

The crew in black and yellow fire suits went methodically about its business, check-listing last details before the beginning of the final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Continue reading

Brad Keselowski Gives Up Truck Series Ownership for Long Term Plan

Brad Keselowski, the driver of the #2 Autotrader Ford, talks to the media during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18, 2017, in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo – Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Brad Keselowski is a thinker and a planner.

With an eye toward a future as a potential Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series owner, Keselowski announced this week that he will cease operating Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the end of the season. Continue reading