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Bobby Labonte

Team: Driver is between rides
Age / DOB:  (53) / 5/8/1964
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 175

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Bobby Labonte will not return to the cockpit of the No. 32 in 2016 as his sponsor C&J Energy Services departs the sport.
C&J Energy’s owner Josh Comstock died last March, which caused the company to remove their backing on the restrictor-plate, superspeedway races. This was undoubtedly part of the decision to concentrate on a single driver in 2017. Sun, Nov 27, 2016 10:00:00 PM

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Bobby Labonte has made only three starts this season, but he has been solid on the restrictor-plate, superspeedways each time. He finished on the lead lap in both the Daytona 500 and Geico 500 with a best of 19th in Alabama.

Staying out of trouble is a key component to running well on the big tracks, but when a driver gets into an incident, they must also minimize the damage. In the Geico 500, Labonte was involved in at least three separate accidents. Notably, his worst finish of 31st at Daytona this February came after he ran a completely clean race.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 03:30:00 PM

Bobby Labonte inherited the No. 32 ride on restrictor-plate, superspeedways from his brother Terry and he has done fairly well in it. In six previous starts in that car his best result was a 19th this May on Talladega SuperSpeedway. The Coke Zero 400 will mark his lucky seventh start for Frank Stoddard.

Specialty drivers are not always a great value, but they have their place in games that limit allocations or where they are bargain-basement priced. Keep Labonte in mind when filling the final slot.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 02:24:00 PM

If Bobby Labonte qualifies for the Daytona 500, it will be his 91st start on one of the restrictor-plate, superspeedways. Drivers simply don’t come with much more experience.

Labonte has one win, 12 top-fives (13 percent of the time), and top-10s in more than 25 percent of his starts. His best finish since running a part time schedule was a 15th in 2014, however, and he should be expected to land somewhere in the mid-20s this week.
Tue, Feb 9, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Bobby Labonte competed in all four restrictor-plate, superspeedway races last year for Frank Stoddard and he will be behind the wheel of the No. 32 on big tracks once more in 2016.

Labonte was a solid, but unflashy competitor in three races when he was running at the end. His season got off to a strong start with a 24th at Daytona International Speedway in the 500 and ended well with a season-best result of 23rd at Talladega SuperSpeedway in the spring.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 11:14:00 AM

Bobby Labonte will make his fourth start of the year in Frank Stoddard’s No. 32 this week at Talladega SuperSpeedway. His other three 2015 attempts all came on restrictor-plate, superspeedways.

Labonte ran well in both the Daytona 500 and Geico 500 this spring with mid-20s results. He probably would have repeated in that same range at Daytona in July if not for a lap-two accident and should be considered one of this week’s best differentiators for the 500.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 08:18:00 PM

Consistently strong finishes in his last three restrictor-plate, superspeedway races have been Bobby Labonte’s best trait. He finished 15th in the No. 52 Harry Scott ride at Daytona International Speedway last year, 26th in Joe Falk’s No. 33 last summer, and was 24th in Frank Stoddard’s No. 32 this spring.

Labonte will be back behind the wheel of the No. 32, but he has not been to Talladega SuperSpeedway since 2013. That season, his results were a mixed bag with a 20th in the spring and 34th in the fall. Look for a result in the mid-20s this week and plan accordingly.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 04:41:00 PM

GoFAS Racing is pleased to announce that former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Champion Bobby Labonte will pilot the No. 32 C&J Energy Services Ford Fusion in 2015.

The Corpus Christi, TX native will run the four Superspeedway events with support from Texas based C&J Energy Services. "I'm excited for the opportunity to go racing next season with GoFAS Racing and C&J," Labonte said. "The people at C&J are good friends of our family, and like me, have a passion for the sport. I want to thank them, along with Frank and Archie for allowing me the opportunity to take over where my brother left off." With older brother Terry Labonte retiring after the fall event at Talladega Superspeedway where he qualified ninth, it was a natural fit to put the 2000 NSCS champion behind the wheel.-GoFAS Racing
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 04:34:00 PM

Rain will delay or cancel final practice on Saturday. If rain continues throughout the day and qualification is canceled, Juan Pablo Montoya, Trevor Bayne, and Matt Crafton would be the drivers who fail to make the show.

Bobby Labonte in a third Tommy Baldwin Racing car would make the show based on owner points, which would elevate him to the most favored dark horse status.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 09:04:00 AM

Bobby Labonte will get a chance to keep his perfect record of running in every Brickyard 400 held after getting the nod to drive a second Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet this week. In a field of 46 cars, he will need to qualify on time first, however.

Labonte has not scored a top-10 on this track since winning the 2000 edition for Joe Gibbs Racing, but he managed to finish on the lead lap in two of his last three starts with JTG-Daugherty Racing with a best of 17th in 2011. His equipment might not be quite as strong this week, but his skill should make up the difference and provide a top-25 finish.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 11:50:00 AM

At Phoenix, Bobby Labonte's average finish is 18.7 and his average running position is 21.9 over the past eight years.

In 30 career starts at Phoenix, he has three top-fives and nine top-10s. Labonte is 14th in the standings with 29
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 11:34:00 PM

Harry Scott Jr. announced today that Phoenix Racing has been renamed HScott Motorsports.

The re-branding of the team comes five months after Scott purchased the team from James Finch. During this past off-season, HScott Motorsports signed Justin Allgaier to drive the No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet SS full-time and Bobby Labonte to drive the No. 52 Chevrolet SS for a number of races, including the Daytona 500. The team also hired NSCS veteran Steve Addington to serve as competition director and the crew chief for the No. 51 driven by Allgaier. Jimmy Elledge, who served as interim crew chief for Allgaier in 2013, remains with the team and will be crew chief for Labonte's No. 52 team.-Tuckahoe Strategies
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 02:19:00 PM

Phoenix Racing formally announced today that Bobby Labonte will drive a second car for the team in the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014 at Daytona International Speedway.

The move reunites Phoenix Racing chairman emeritus, James Finch, with the 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Bobby Labonte. Labonte drove for Phoenix Racing for 13 races in the No. 09 in 2010 and for one race at Michigan International Speedway in 2013 in the No. 51. Labonte will run a number of races for Phoenix Racing. The team will provide additional information in the coming weeks about which car number will be entered, the crew chief for the team and sponsors supporting the car.-Tuckahoe Strategies
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 12:51:00 PM

In 41 starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Bobby Labonte has one win (4/26/98), one pole award, six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes and has led 159 laps.

His average start is 21.805 and his average finish is 18.878. The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion's best finish of the season is 15th, which occurred at Daytona International Speedway in February.-JTG Daugherty Racing
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 09:26:00 PM

In 37 starts at the 1.058-mile Loudon, N.H. track, Bobby Labonte has one pole award (9/16/00), five top-five, 11 top-10 finishes and has led 72 laps overall.

His best finish is second (9/17/2000). His average start is 16.595 and his average finish is 17.162 at Loudon.-JTG Daugherty Racing
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 11:39:00 PM