NASCAR driver Randy LaJoie on tour in Wiscasset

WISCASSET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Gearing up for Saturday night's race at Wiscasset Speedway, vehicles were given safety checks by the legendary NASCAR driver Randy LaJoie.

As a NASCAR Busch Series Champion, LaJoie saw a lot of wrecks, including the one that killed his friend Dale Earnhardt in 2001.

"I had a very blessed career, but going to funerals bothered me," said Lajoie. "Whether it was before Dale Earnhardt or Dale Earnhardt's... I didn't like that."

Since then, the sport of auto racing has become safer with new equipment, which LaJoie is bringing to the attention of local drivers.

"When you go to a larger facility they have inspectors looking at cars, telling people 'hey this is not safe', 'this is not safe'," said Lajoie. "But there was nobody doing that at say, Wiscasset Speedway."

The Safer Racer Tour has been to 100 tracks since 2007. Wiscasset Speedway is the first in Northern New England.

"Between a kit that you can add to your seat; head and neck restraint... At the end of the day, a thousand bucks goes a long way," said Lajoie. "Last time I checked, funerals are about 5-grand. So that's something I feel very passionate about."

The Safer Racer Tour raising money to continue, click here to learn more.


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