Tag Archives: Terry Labonte

Fantasy Insider: 36 Degrees of High Speed Bristol Bank

_Love it or hate it, the new Bristol Motor Speedway is a far cry from its older, one-grooved brethren. Perhaps the only half-mile oval out there that can boast legitimate three-wide racing, Thunder Valley may no longer boast the wrecks that made its night race so famous, but still poses a treacherous challenge to those striving to score their berths in the Chase. Still prone to the unpredictable, sparks will fly up front Saturday night as the laps wind down... and the Frontstretch Fantasy Insider will have your roster climbing the infield ramp to Victory Lane._

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Did You Notice? Mayfield Burned At The Stake, Sadler’s Recurring Nightmare, And A Champ Cashing In

*Did You Notice?* … Elliott Sadler needs to get over the Daytona 500? I was thinking this over when reading up on one of the driver’s favorite pastimes: golf. Most of us were captivated Sunday by Tom Watson’s near-miracle at the British Open, where the 59-year-old nearly turned back the clock in coming one hole and one shot from winning another major. But with the trophy firmly within his grasp, Watson missed an eight-foot par putt, and in an instant his impression changed from nervous anticipation to the pain experienced by a runner-up who still had to go through the motions. Sure, there was a four-hole playoff left – Watson had fallen into a tie for the lead – but the great ones already know when they’ve lost.

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Beyond the Cockpit: Bobby Labonte on Adjusting, Winning, and… Shooting The Truck?

_At a time when veteran drivers are becoming a thing of the past in NASCAR, Bobby Labonte is the rare fortysomething who's remained a fixture in the series. Indeed, the sport has changed quite a bit since the Texan captured his lone Cup title nine years ago -- but one thing that hasn’t is how hard it is to win races and championships. In fact, Labonte says, it’s tougher than ever these days, evidenced by a slump of his own that's gone on far longer than anyone might have expected. He last visited Victory Lane at Homestead in November, 2003, and has yet to make the Chase since the playoff began one year later. This season to date has been the worst of his career statistically, as he's got just one top 10 finish and ranks 28th in the standings in his first year driving the No. 96 Ford._ _Still, Labonte's NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup titles stand as a NASCAR record -- no other driver can lay claim to both. Amy Henderson sat down with Labonte to discuss whether that mark will ever be broken, why his season has been such a struggle, and how a little fun involving two brothers and a pickup truck may have been the coolest thing that's ever happened in his life._

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Bowles-Eye View: Beating And Banging At Its Best – NASCAR’s 5 Greatest Bristol Finishes

I hear you, guys… I hear you loud and clear. No matter what problems we face in the sport these days, the ½-mile track in Thunder Valley is still looked at as one where lightning strikes twice on the Sprint Cup circuit each year. While a repave has changed the type of racing we’ve seen over the past few seasons, Bristol still provides at least a threat of the type of action that’s attracted millions to sit down and get addicted to cars driving "round in circles." It’s classic, old-school NASCAR at its best, where side-by-side racing comes with donuts plastered on the side of the car, and slowpokes learn their lesson in the form of a slam on their rear bumper – one that may or may not turn them into the inside wall. The close competition is usually reflected in the attendance at this race track, with each date earning a sellout every year since 1983.

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Mirror Driving: Daytona Disappointment, Yellow Line Disgust, And Is Kenseth A Hall of Famer?

The Daytona 500 had several controversial moments, but the biggest was the race being shortened by over 100 miles due to rain. Did NASCAR do the right thing by starting at the scheduled time, or should the green flag have been moved up so that the entire race could be run?

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Mirror Driving: The Fallout Of No Testing At Daytona, Dueling For… What?, And Avoiding Short Fields

Saturday's Budweiser Shootout featured several multi-car crashes that took out some top contenders -- including rookie sensation Joey Logano and Cup champions Bobby Labonte and Jimmie Johnson. Was this to be expected in a non-points race, or is it an ominous result of the testing ban — and is there more to come as the ban continues?

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Side by Side: Should The Champion’s Provisional Be Dropped?

Today's Question: With the Daytona 500 the equivalent to NASCAR's "Super Bowl," should they automatically save a spot for a former champion who can't qualify into the field any other way? Or should the rule be relaxed and another, faster driver installed in their place?

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6 Points to Ponder: 2009 Speedweeks – Week 1 Edition

Drivers started complaining about the surface following Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout, saying that the current racecar is not built for this particular track and its surface. It would make sense to smooth the bumps, repave the track, and let ‘em loose like at Talladega -- but in a time in which NASCAR has so many cookie-cutter tracks, the rough surface at Daytona has made it unique. While it's still mentioned in the same breath as Talladega based on sheer look, the similarities stop there, and handling has taken precedence over anything.

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2008 Driver Review: Terry Labonte

Remember when Terry Labonte retired at the end of the 2006 season? Apparently, the part-time opportunities stemming from his past champion’s provisional are simply too much to pass up. In the last two years, he’s made 13 Sprint Cup starts, failing to score a top-10 finish but collecting over $1.24 million in winnings in the process. This year, the majority of Labonte’s work was focused around the No. 45 Dodge, jumping in as a substitute for Kyle Petty when he left for his annual six-race sabbatical as a booth analyst for TNT. Getting an opportunity to work with brother Bobby once more, Terry not only had a blast but gave the race team some of their best performances all season, earning him a handful of additional starts even after Kyle became available to drive once again. GEM also tabbed him to sub for a race at Pocono, the only other part-time ride Labonte chose despite being courted by several other teams throughout the season.

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Bowles-Eye View: Out With The Old, In With The Who?

For so many millions of us, favorite athletes become so much more. Role models for our kids, our communities, ourselves; they’re put on a pedestal of success we can only wish to achieve. Through them, we choose to live our wildest dreams, placed in a fantasy world in which a larger-than-life persona can show us the joys of perfection. Every once in a while, we get lucky in love, and the dream never dies. Our idols leave the sport we love at the top of their game, and we’re allowed to remember the end just the way we want it – like a fairy tale. But more often, the bubble bursts and we find out the truth – that these drivers we worship are human, too, unable to fend off the inevitability of age and time. And that makes it so much harder when you see their careers come crashing down.

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