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Priceless Seat Time Earns Cory Joyce Solid Finishes At Greenville-Pickens

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Priceless Seat Time Earns Cory Joyce Solid Finishes At Greenville-Pickens

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management/Cory Joyce Racing
March 16, 2011

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (March 16, 2011)- - With hopes of making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway later this month, Mooresville, North Carolina native packed up his Cory Joyce Racing (CJR) team for the short trip South for two Late Model events this past Saturday night.

Never seeing the notorious short track before Saturday, Joyce would lean on his team led by crew chief Chuck Myers for the ideal set-up around the race track. After turning respectable lap times during practice, the 19-year old Joyce was optimistic heading into the first of two 50-lap events that night.

In the first race, Joyce held his own. Despite battling a loose No. 20 CoryJoyce.com Chevrolet Impala, the youngest fought for every position on the race track and found himself knocking on the door of a top-10 finish when the caution flag waived late in the race.

Taking a gamble, Myers brought his pilot to pit road for a minor chassis adjustment and some encouraging radio chatter before the last green of the night. Despite the chassis change, Joyce’s Chevrolet bowtie continued to swing on the loose side but the rising star never came up and took the checkered flag in the 10th position.

With a short break in-between the event, Joyce and his crew went to the drawing board and made a few more tweaks to their No. 20 CoryJoyce.com Chevrolet Impala in hopes of the second-race allowing them to become contenders.

At the drop of the green, Joyce again fought for each position. Earning respect and racing his competition clean, Joyce would hover in the top-15 but instead of battling a loose race car the handling changed with the driver having to battle an extremely tight handling automobile. Despite the car’s condition Joyce continued to log laps and kept his fenders clean. When the checkered flag flew, Cory Joyce claimed 12th in the quickly run 50-lap shootout.

“You cannot trade nor buy track time like we experienced at Greenville,” sounded Joyce, a development driver for Tony Ave Racing. “We had to fight with the handling of the car for much of the night but I think a lot of that had to do with the changing track conditions. We tried our best to counteract but our CoryJoyce.com Chevrolet Impala was just a little off. I want to thank Chuck (Myers, crew chief) and everyone else on the Cory Joyce Racing team for coming to Greenville with me. Hopefully, we’ll be able to solidify our NASCAR K&N program in the next couple weeks and I’ll be back here racing for an even better outing with Tony Ave Racing.”

Marketing partnerships are still available for Cory Joyce Racing for the 2011 Motorsports season. For serious inquires, please contact Thom Mendola at thom@coryjoyceracing.com or 704.264.4923.


NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management (KMM)
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

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