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Encyclopedia > Bobby Labonte
Robert Alan (Bobby) Labonte
Born: May 8, 1964 (1964-05-08) (age 43)
Birthplace: Flag of the United States Corpus Christi, Texas
Awards: 2001 IROC Champion

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NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Statistics
Car #, Team 43 - Petty Enterprises
2006 NEXTEL Cup Position: 21st
Best Cup Position: 1st - 2000 (Winston Cup)
First Race: 1991 Budweiser 500 (Dover)
First Win: 1995 Coca-Cola 600 (Lowe's)
Last Win: 2003 Ford 400 (Homestead Miami Speedway)
Wins Top Tens Poles
21 195 27
All stats current as of October 29, 2007.

Robert Alan Labonte (born May 8, 1964) is an American race car driver and drives the #43 Cheerios Dodge Charger for the Petty Enterprises NASCAR Racing Team in the Nextel Cup Series and the #77 Dollar General Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Kevin Harvick Incorporated in the Busch Series. During the mid-1990s, he was diagnosed with Graves Disease. Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season started at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 12 with the Bud Shootout and will end on Sunday, November 19 with the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. ... The 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on Sunday February 13 and ended on Sunday November 20. ... The 1991 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began February 10 and ended November 17. ... The MBNA RacePoints 400 is the first of two NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car races held at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. ... Dover International Speedway (nickname: The Monster Mile) is a NASCAR race track located near Dover, Delaware. ... The 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup Season began on February 12 and concluded November 12. ... The Coca-Cola 600 (formerly the World 600) is a six hundred mile (966 km) stock car race held annually at Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) in Charlotte, North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a speedway in Concord, North Carolina, north of Charlotte. ... The 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Saturday February 8 and ended on Sunday November 16. ... The Ford 400 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. ... Homestead-Miami Speedway is a race track in Homestead, Florida southwest of Miami. ... is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Auto racing (also known as automobile racing or autosport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ... A box of Honey Nut Cheerios breakfast cereal brand. ... The Dodge Charger, in its current incarnation, is a rear-wheel drive full-size automobile built by the Chrysler Group for its North American Dodge brand. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is a chain of limited-selection consumable retail stores operating in 30 U.S. states. ... The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American mid-size car. ... Kevin Harvick Incorporated is a NASCAR team owned by NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, the former Delana Linville. ... Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs minor league circuit (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations... Graves disease is a thyroid disorder characterized by goiter, exophthalmos, orange-peel skin, and hyperthyroidism. ...


As of 2007, Labonte is the only driver to win both the NASCAR Winston Cup championship (2000) and the NASCAR Busch Series championship (1991). He also won the IROC title in 2001. The 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season began on February 10 at Daytona International Speedway with the Budweiser Shootout and will end with the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. ... The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs minor league circuit (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations... Sam Hornish, Jr. ...

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Beginnings

Labonte was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He currently resides in Trinity, North Carolina. His older brother, Terry Labonte, was also a prominent NASCAR driver, until he retired at the end of the 2006 season; the two are the only brothers to have both won the championship in NASCAR's top series (the other family pairs to have titles, Lee and Richard Petty and Ned and Dale Jarrett, are father-son combinations). He is also the uncle of former Busch Series winner Justin Labonte. Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Counties Government  - Mayor Henry Garrett Area  - City 1,192. ... Terrance Lee Labonte (born November 16, 1956, in Corpus Christi, Texas) is a former NASCAR driver. ... The 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season started at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 12 with the Bud Shootout and will end on Sunday, November 19 with the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. ... NASCAR Nextel Cup logo NEXTEL Cup trophy, adopted in 2004 4-time champion Jeff Gordon poses with the Winston Cup trophy (used prior to 2004) The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCARs top stock car racing series. ... Lee Petty (March 14, 1914 (near Randleman, North Carolina) - April 5, 2000) was an American stock car driver in the 1950s and 60s. ... Richard Lee Petty (born July 2, 1937) is an American former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver. ... Ned Jarrett (born October 12, 1932 in Newton, North Carolina) was a two-time NASCAR champion. ... Dale Arnold Jarrett (born November 26, 1956 in Newton, North Carolina) is an American race car driver. ... Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs minor league circuit (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations... Justin Labonte was born February 5, 1981 in Trinty, North Carolina. ...


He began racing in 1969 in quarter midgets in his homestate of Texas, winning his first feature race one year later. From then until 1977, he drove in quarter-midgets throughout the United States, winning many races. In 1978, he advanced to the go-kart ranks, but moved to North Carolina with his family following Terry's advancement to the Cup series. After competing in several different divisions, Labonte made his Busch Series debut in 1982 at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 30th. Following his graduation from Trinity High School, he worked as a fabricator on Terry's cars at Hagan Racing. After years of racing in various divisions, Labonte returned to the Busch Series in 1985, running two races in a car he owned himself at Martinsville, his best finish was a seventeenth. The next season, he won his first Busch pole position and finished second at Road Atlanta. Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Sarah Fishers Quarter Midget car in 2007 Jake Dempster in his Quarter Midget car at the North Carolina QMA in July 2007 Quarter Midget racing is a form of racing. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... A kart racer takes a turn on an indoor track Kart racing (as the word is so spelled by enthusiasts) or karting is a variant of open-wheeler motor sport with simple, small four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. ... Road Atlanta Raceway Road Atlanta is a 2. ...


In 1987, Labonte won twelve races at Caraway Speedway, clinching the track championship, in addition to working for Jay Hedgecock. The following season, he competed at Concord Motorsports Park, winning six times, and ran six more Busch races, finishing 16th at Darlington Raceway. The next season, he ran seven races and had his first top-five finish at North Carolina Speedway. He had two more top-tens that year. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Darlington Raceway during the 2006 Dodge Charger 500. ... Rockingham Speedway is a racetrack located in Rockingham, North Carolina. ...


1990-1994

In 1990, Labonte competed in the Busch Series full-time in the #44 Slim Jim Oldsmobile he owned. He won two poles, both at Bristol Motor Speedway, and finished fourth in points. He also won the Most Popular Driver award.
The next season, he won the Busch Series championship. He also won his first race at Bristol, then won again at Indianapolis Raceway Park that same year. In addition, he made two Cup starts at Dover International Speedway and Michigan International Speedway, finishing 34th and 38th, respectively. The following season, he won three races (Lanier, Hickory, and Martinsville), but lost the Busch championship to Joe Nemechek by three points, the closest Busch Series finish in history.
In 1993, Labonte moved up to the Cup Series, driving the #22 Maxwell House Ford Thunderbird for Bill Davis Racing. In his rookie season, he won the pole at Richmond International Raceway, had two top-tens, and finished 19th in points, second behind Jeff Gordon for Rookie of the Year honors. The next season, Labonte did not improve on his points finish, placing 21st, but won the championship in the Busch Series as a car owner when David Green finished first in the standings. The 1990 NASCAR Busch Series Season began February 17 and ended October 28. ... For other uses, see Slim Jim (disambiguation). ... Oldsmobile is a brand of automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. ... Grandstand in 2007 Scoring pilon in August 2007 Sign proclaiming the track the Worlds Fastest Half-Mile in 2007 Bristol Motor Speedway, originally known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway is a NASCAR short track located in Bristol, Tennessee. ... Indianapolis Raceway Park is a short track motor racing facility located in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... Dover International Speedway (nickname: The Monster Mile) is a NASCAR race track located near Dover, Delaware. ... Michigan International Speedway is a two-mile (3. ... Hickory Motor Speedway is a short track located in Hickory, North Carolina. ... Joseph Frank Nemechek III (born September 26, 1963) in Lakeland, Florida is a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver and owner of NEMCO Motorsports. ... The 1993 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Season began on February 7 and ended on November 14. ... Maxwell House is a brand of coffee. ... The Ford Thunderbird was a car manufactured in the United States by the Ford Motor Company. ... Bill Davis Racing is a NASCAR team that fields the #22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry for Dave Blaney, the #36 360 OTC Toyota Camry for Jeremy Mayfield in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, the #5 Toyota Tundra for Mike Skinner, the #22 Toyota for Ryan Mathews, and the #23 Toyota for... Richmond International Raceway (RIR) is a A 3/4 mile, D shaped, asphalt race track located outside Richmond, Virginia. ... Jeffery Michael Gordon (born August 4, 1971) is a professional American race car driver. ... The NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award is presented to the first-year driver that has the best season in a NASCAR season. ... David Green from Owensboro, KY was born January 28, 1958. ...


1995-2000

Bobby Labonte's former JGR car on display at the Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters.
Bobby Labonte's former JGR car on display at the Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters.

At the end of the season, Labonte departed to drive the #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing. Bobby would pick up his first career win at the Coca Cola 600 in 1995. He would also go on and sweep the races at Michigan, and in 1996 would win the season ending race at Atlanta, the same race where his brother Terry won the championship. The two took a victory lap together in what Labonte said was one of the most emotional and memorable moments of his life. In 1997 Bobby switched car makes as he drove a Pontiac Grand Prix. Bobby would also win the season ending race at Atlanta for the second year in a row. In 1998 Bobby won the pole for the Daytona 500, he would also go on and finish 2nd to Dale Earnhardt in 1998. Bobby would later on win at Daytona's sister track Talledega in the spring. Bobby also again won at Atlanta and would also win the pole for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in summer. 1999, Labonte won five Winston Cup races, the most he has ever won in a single season. He finished second in the points to Dale Jarrett, losing the championship by over 200 points. However during the season, he suffered a broken shoulder in an accident while qualifying for a Busch Series race at Darlington Raceway, but raced in the Cup event two days later. Bobby started the race, but at the first caution a young Matt Kenseth would take over for him in the race. In 2000 Bobby went on to win 4 races at Darlington, Charlotte, and swept both races at Pocono. he was the first to accomplish this particular sweep, which has been followed by Jimmie Johnson in 2004, and Denny Hamlin in 2006. Bobby would go on and win his first ever Winston Cup Championship in 2000, finishing ahead of Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Burton. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 2176 KB) Summary The #18 NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car, currently driven by Bobby Labonte. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 2176 KB) Summary The #18 NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car, currently driven by Bobby Labonte. ... Joe Gibbs Racing (also known as JGR) is a group of NASCAR racing teams owned by Joe Gibbs, who first started racing on the NASCAR circuit in 1991. ... Interstate Battery System of America, Inc. ... Chevrolet (IPA: - French origin) (colloquially Chevy) is a brand of automobile, produced by General Motors (GM). ... Joe Gibbs Racing (also known as JGR) is a group of NASCAR racing teams owned by Joe Gibbs, who first started racing on the NASCAR circuit in 1991. ... The 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup began on Sunday February 7 and ended on Sunday November 21. ... Dale Arnold Jarrett (born November 26, 1956 in Newton, North Carolina) is an American race car driver. ... Darlington Raceway during the 2006 Dodge Charger 500. ... For other persons of the same name, see Jimmy Johnson. ... Denny Hamlin is a race car driver currently contracted to Joe Gibbs Racing. ...


2001-2005

Labonte #43 races to the end of pit lane in 2006
Labonte #43 races to the end of pit lane in 2006
Labonte's 2007 car
Labonte's 2007 car

In 2001, Labonte finished 6th in the points standings. He also won twice that year at Atlanta and at Pocono. In 2002 Bobby only had 1 win, which was at Martinsville in the spring. It was his first career short track win at Martinsville. He went on to finish 16th in the standings, and failed to finish in the top 10 for the first time since 1998. In 2003 Labonte rebounded and finished 8th in the standings. Labonte won 2 races at Atlanta, and at Homestead. Also Bobby went on a tear during the spring with 3 straight 2nd-place finishes. In 2004 Bobby didn't win a race for the first time since 1994. Labonte finished 12th in the standings. 2005 saw much of the same. Bobby fell out of the top 20 in points, and only had 4 top-5s, one of which was a dramatic 2nd at Lowes Motor Speedway. He also went on to race some truck series events. His win at Martinsville in 2005 made him join an elite group of drivers that have won in all 3 divisions at one track. He also ran the 24 Hours of Daytona road race, sharing a car with his brother Terry, Jan Magnussen and Bryan Herta. After the disappointing 2005 season, Bobby asked and was granted to be released from Joe Gibbs Racing. Bobby joined the Petty Enterprises to drive the famous #43. Image File history File links EdwardsSadlerLabonte. ... Image File history File links EdwardsSadlerLabonte. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 499 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 639 pixel, file size: 430 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Template:Lickrreview File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bobby Labonte Petty Enterprises... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 499 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 639 pixel, file size: 430 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Template:Lickrreview File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bobby Labonte Petty Enterprises... The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup season began on February 11 and ended on November 23. ... The Rolex 24 1/2 at Daytona (also frequently referred to as the 24 Hours of Daytona) is a 24-hour sports car endurance race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Jan Magnussen is a race car driver from Denmark. ... Bryan Herta (born on May 23, 1970 in Warren, Michigan) is an American race car driver in the Indy Racing Leagues IndyCar Series. ...


2006-Present

In his inaugural season in the #43, Labonte collected 3 top-5's and 8 top-10s. His top-5s included an impressive run at the Martinsville Speedway where he finished 3rd after being in contention for the win much of the day. He ended up finishing 21st in the points standings, three spots better than in 2005. Bobby began the 2007 season with a 21st place finish in the Daytona 500, after avoiding the many accidents the race had. Bobby won the Busch Series race at Talladega Speedway in April 2007, edging Tony Stewart to the line in a thrillng finish. This was his first Busch Series win since 1998. Martinsville Speedway is an International Speedway Corporation owned NASCAR stock car racing track located in Martinsville, Virginia. ... The Daytona 500 is a 200-lap, 500 mile (805 km) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ...



Today Bobby Labonte and his brother Terry, are the only brothers to both win the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Title.


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Preceded by
Dale Jarrett
NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Jeff Gordon
Preceded by
Chuck Bown
NASCAR Busch Series Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Joe Nemechek
Preceded by
Dale Earnhardt
IROC Champion
IROC XXV (2001)
Succeeded by
Kevin Harvick
Petty Enterprises
Nextel Cup Drivers Bobby Labonte (#43) | Kyle Petty (#45)
Driver development program Drivers Chad McCumbee | Tim Andrews
Partnerships and Affiliations Gillett Evernham Motorsports
Other
Notable former drivers Richard Petty | Lee Petty | Adam Petty
Bill Davis Racing
Nextel Cup Drivers Dave Blaney (#22) | Jacques Villeneuve (#27)
Craftsman Truck Series Drivers Mike Skinner (#5) | Phillip McGilton (#22) | Johnny Benson (#23)
Development drivers Michael Annet | Ryan Mathews | Bobby Santos III
Other Bill Davis
Former Notable Drivers Mark Martin | Jeff Gordon | Bobby Labonte | Ward Burton

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Bobby Labonte - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (442 words)
Bobby Labonte's former JGR car on display at the Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters.
Robert Alan Labonte (born May 8, 1964) is an American driver and drives for the Petty Enterprises NASCAR Racing Team in the Nextel Cup Series.
From 1995 to 2005, Labonte drove for the Joe Gibbs Racing Team where his car, number 18, was sponsored by Interstate Batteries.
Joe Gibbs Racing (1468 words)
Labonte ran his first full Winston Cup season in 1993 for Davis and finished runner-up to Gordon for the Rookie of the year honors.
To this day, Labonte continues to say his biggest break in his racing career came when he was fired from Hagan at the conclusion of the 1986 season.
As Labonte looks to the 2002 season, don't be surprised to see him atop the standings again and proving not only to himself, but also to the rest of the world that he made the right decision to go racing again.
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