Randy Lajoie fails NASCAR drug test, suspended

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 11:06 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended former driver Randy LaJoie for violating its substance-abuse policy.

In an interview Tuesday on SIRIUS XM Radio, Lajoie says he smoked marijuana once in May.

LaJoie was tested by NASCAR because he wanted to become a spotter for one of Joe Gibbs Racing's Nationwide Series teams.

He has not competed at any of NASCAR's top three national levels since 2006 and has been an analyst for NASCAR the past several years.

In the interview, LaJoie says he also has been suspended from ESPN.

Lajoie raced in 44 races over 12 years in NASCAR's elite Cup Series. His success was in the Nationwide Series, where he won 15 races over 19 seasons.

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