Tag Archives: Terry Labonte

Dodge Motorsports Notes And Quotes — 2008 Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono

KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) Finished seventh YOU LED 41 LAPS TODAY. HOW GOOD WAS YOUR CAR? “It was real good. I’m not sure how good Carl (Edwards) was at the end, but our Budweiser Dodge Charger was definitely a second- or third-place car. Carl had the best …

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Did You Notice? The Busch-Edwards Rivalry That Isn’t, Truex’s Public Posturing, And Touting Terry Labonte?

Did You Notice? In a story I first broke last April to many doubters, ESPN.com confirmed Tuesday night Tony Stewart will indeed leave Joe Gibbs Racing after a decade and jump ship to Haas CNC. Things remained on track almost exactly as I reported -- Stewart will own a 50% share in the organization, with the driver of the second car almost universally expected to be Ryan Newman.

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Bubble Breakdown: Last Lap Restrictor Plate Mayhem Ruins Night For Several Bubble Teams

As NASCAR made its first return trip to a racetrack in 2008, several bubble teams once again showed signs of life during Friday’s qualifying session. Joe Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, and Regan Smith turned laps that qualified them in the fourth, fifth, and eighth starting positions respectively, serving notice they planned to be a force during the race at Daytona the following day. On the flip side of that, JJ Yeley’s No. 96 Toyota and Scott Riggs’ No. 66 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet -- teams who sat 36th and 37th respectively in owner points -- both failed to qualify, giving somewhat of a break to those teams already (un)comfortably within the Top 35 in the owner standings. However, as I’ve stated here before, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. And when all was said and done, including a last-lap melee that held up the posting of the final results for several hours, several of the top bubble finishers had come from about as far back in the pack as you can get. With that in mind, let’s break down this week's bubble from the Daytona International Speedway:

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Drought Busters: Who’s Gone The Longest Without A Trip To Victory Lane?

Over the last couple of years Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered his own version of an epic drought, as NASCAR’s most famous son hadn’t won a race for more than two whole seasons. While Earnhardt finally got his win — a fuel mileage triumph at Michigan on June 15th — the streak lasted for a stretch of some 76 races, or 404 days for those so mathematically inclined. It’s fair to say the "Dale Jr. Drought" did not have the financial and societal effects of the Dust Bowl, but for those caught up in both — the workers so graphically depicted in Steinbeck’s tome and Junior Nation — it must have felt, for a while at least, as if it was never going to end. But end both did; and surprisingly enough, in each case the world continued to revolve safely on its axis.

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2007 Driver Review: Terry Labonte

The high point of Terry Labonte's 2007 season was simply being asked to come out of retirement to strap in for Michael Waltrip Racing. Waltrip himself was struggling to qualify for races, let alone accumulate Nextel Cup points with his new Toyota team; desperate for answers, he called upon the 50-year-old Labonte to jump behind the wheel of the No. 55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota. Labonte wound up coming back for both road courses - two of his all-time favorite tracks - as well as the prestigious Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.

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2006 Driver Review: Terry Labonte

By stretching his fuel mileage and not making a final pit stop with his competitors, Terry Labonte took the lead in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 on lap 72 in the No. 96 DLP car. When the rest of the cars made their stops he used an 18-second advantage over Jeff Gordon to lead the next 17 laps of the event, finally getting overtaken by the Rainbow Warrior after a series of late caution flags.

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Did Kevin Harvick Deserve A Pat On Or A Shove In The Back?

Kevin Harvick's bump was inexcusable. You could see it coming and it was almost like watching a train wreck unfold at slow speed. You couldn't believe he was going to run over Scott Riggs, and then he did. But honestly, can NASCAR punish him after he essentially did the same thing Jeff Gordon did to Matt Kenseth earlier in the year?

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That’s History: Time In a Bottle

Time flies inexplicably past us. We can't stop it... just simply go along for the ride. I wrote this article in July 2004, when it appeared that Terry Labonte was eyeing retirement. Texas Terry ended up choosing to be kind to his fans, giving us two years of limited racing to get used to the idea he would no longer be around... but when that final race came Sunday at Texas, it was still too soon.

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Frontstretch Breakdown: 2006 Dickies 500 at Texas

Dominating the race for the second straight week, Tony Stewart survived a green-white-checkered finish over Jimmie Johnson to take his first career win at Texas Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five. Meanwhile, Johnson's second-place finish catapulted him into the point lead with two races left in the season, moving 17 markers ahead of Matt Kenseth, who finished 12th.

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