What Was Randy LaJoie Thinking?

Meet NASCAR’s version of Percy Harvin.

It was announced the other day that former NASCAR driver and current(for now) ESPN NASCAR analyst, 48-year old Randy LaJoie, tested positive for marijuana after he took a drug test following the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.

ESPN has since suspended LaJoie, but when you hear the circumstances under which he failed the drug test, you’ll wonder what the heck this guy was thinking.

LaJoie wanted to spot for Joe Gibbs Racing driver Brad Coleman at Nashville the week after the 600. To do that, he needed a spotters’ license, which involved taking a drug test. That’s a mandatory drug test. It’s something everybody has to take before he or she can be a spotter.

Days before the test, Harvin…I mean, LaJoie, was driving people around on his golf cart following the 600. LaJoie claims he dropped one group off and there was a “pretty good party going on”, and he did something he shouldn’t have done.

Need I remind you that LaJoie is 48, unlike Harvin who was 22 when he failed his mandatory test.

LaJoie called this a “one-time, isolated situation”. But really? This guy is 48-years old, so he should know better. Plus, he wants to be a spotter, so he knows he has to take this test.

That, or while he was high, he decided it would be “hip” to spot for an up-and-coming Nationwide driver.

Either way, at 48 years of age, wouldn’t somebody know better than to get caught up in a “pretty good party”? Especially somebody like LaJoie, who knows he has to stay clean in order to make a good living as an analyst/spotter.

Not to make excuses for Harvin, but at 22, you’re still young and dumb. At 48, actions like this are just sad and inexcusable.

Randy LaJoie, what were you thinking?

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  • Jeff

    Yes, at age 48, Randy decided to finally decided to break down and smoke a doobie. Hmmm, odd isn’t it?

    • Ben Montedonico

      It really is.

  • https://www.BeSociable.Me curtbuthman

    On August 25th Randy Lajoie was reinstated by NASCAR. I’m a personal friend of Randys and Yes, I do find it Odd. Sure Randy is outspoken, and has been portrayed many different ways during his career, but it’s consistency that defines the man. Everyone is entitled to a mistake or err in judgment, but his entire career has been one of perseverance, honesty and for the last 12 years, doing is best to protect the lives of everyone in racing. And in a time where celebrities read scripted messages prepared by lawyers, have closed press conferences and hire Spin Doctors to rewrite history, I think he did the right thing, accepted his fate and continued on with his mission…to save lives. CONGRATS Randy Glad it’s behind you and you can focus on your passion, the joieofseating.com and save a few more lives!