In all seriousness, there wasn’t much for Bobby Labonte to smile about in 2012, as has been the case for the last several years for a former Cup champ who’s now almost a decade removed from victory lane.
The season-opening Daytona 500 saw Bobby Labonte in contention to win, as he was right on eventual winner Trevor Bayne’s bumper coming off the final turn before coming home in fourth.
Since Tony Stewart was at the top of the points at season’s end, the 2011 champ was also the highest-ranking driver within the Stewart-Haas stable.
After nearly three months of hibernation, the green flag drops on NASCAR’s 2011 points championship this week. As usual, there are several new obstacles for the teams to deal with as they get ready to compete in the Sprint Cup Series this year: A new type of racing fuel, a new fuel delivery system, one …
Hendrick Motorsports played crew chief musical chairs this offseason, giving Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin a breath of fresh air. Will any of the three benefit from the arrangement, and if Junior struggles again, do you expect him to leave the Hendrick camp a year early?
Today’s Season Preview Topic: While the NASCAR Nationwide Series eliminated Cup full-timers from championship contention this year, they stopped short of keeping them from running the full schedule. Do you expect them to do so when all is said and done, and with no rookies or new teams on the horizon are these moves too late for the series to survive over the long-term?
Today’s Season Preview Topic: There’s been increasing criticism in recent years over NASCAR’s TV broadcasts. What do you think is the biggest hurdle these broadcasts have been facing, and what network needs to revamp its coverage the most for 2011? How?
Greetings race fans, can you believe we are less than two weeks away from the Daytona 500? The month of February is without a doubt the best part of the season; drivers, fans, and the media are refreshed after a nice three month break and all the teams get another opportunity to win the sports …
Today’s Season Preview Topic: NASCAR chose to address the issues of the past few years by… tweaking the Chase (slightly) and revamping the points system. Good move? Bad move? What’s the one thing they didn’t fix you wish they had?
A chain of events that started with the announcement of Kasey Kahne leaving Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of 2010 left Bobby Labonte as perhaps the biggest benefactor.