BOBBY LABONTE, JTG DAUGHERTY RACING, RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PREVIEW
By Official Release On Wed, Apr. 24, 2013
BOBBY LABONTE AND NO. 47 BUSH’S® BEANS TOYOTA CAMRY
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Track: Richmond International Raceway
Event: Toyota Owners 400
Date: April 27, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM ET
TV/Radio: FOX / MRN / SiriusXM
Richmond International Raceway
Bobby Labonte has one pole award, four top-five, and 10 top-10 finishes and has led 161 laps at Richmond International Raceway. His average start is 19.725 and his average finish is 19.250. The Corpus Christi, Texas-native’s best finish is second twice occurring on 9/11/99 and 5/3/03.
The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is currently 28th in the drivers points standings, 184 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Labonte is only 113 points out of 10th place.
JTG Daugherty Racing Quotes
BUSH’S Beans returns to No. 47 Toyota Camry: “BUSH’S Beans is on board this weekend,” Bobby Labonte said. “They are a great partner of ours and their new Pop-Top cans make them really easy to enjoy, anytime, any day. We’re always grilling out and having their beans as a side dish. We’re actually grilling out this weekend before the garage opens on race day. There will be a lot of folks doing that in he coach lot before we have to go to work. It’s a great time.”
Labonte favors Richmond: “Richmond has been a favorite track of mine for years,” Labonte said. “The last time we raced there it was a good race for us, but the rain got us behind. This is a better track for our group.”
Looking back: “We had a decent weekend at Kansas Speedway. We got our bearings straight on a couple things,” Labonte said. “This weekend qualifying will be important. Speeds will be fast for the new car. We were able to gain a couple positions in the points standings last weekend and we’re looking to capitalize this weekend.”
Track History: “I’ve been close to a win at Richmond International Raceway a couple times,” Labonte said. “I have a pair of second-place finishes and I’ve won a pole there. I’ve also finished third twice. Richmond has been a good track for me. We’re hoping this weekend will be a good race for us.”
Turning the corner: “Last weekend, we felt like we made the turn and are starting to get things back on track,” crew chief Brian Burns said. “Even though our finish does not reflect it, we were pretty competitive. We encountered some right-side damage to our Toyota Camry that hurt our finish. It upset the balance of the car. We feel like we are picking up on our intermediate program.”
Near future looks bright: “We’re looking forward to the next few weeks because we’re coming up on races at strong tracks for us,” Burns said. “Richmond will be a good one for us as well as Talladega Superspeedway and a few others in this stretch.”
Approaching 700th Career Start at Talladega Superspeedway: “You don’t go home after every race and count them,” Labonte said. “You don’t keep track. You just don’t. Looking back, it gives you a cold chill knowing how incredible that really is. It’s just an awesome accomplishment in this sport. It’s hard to achieve in a lot of ways. I’m thankful to be able to get to that point.”
Bobby Labonte Stats
Career Starts: 698
First Start: 06/03/1991 Dover
First Pole: 09/11/1993 Richmond
First Win: 05/28/1995 Charlotte
Last Pole: 04/04/2004 Texas
Last Win: 11/16/2003 Homestead (329 races since)
Driver DOB: 05/08/1964
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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Tailgater of the Week:
Last weekend at Kansas Speedway, Frosty Noland was awarded with Tailgater of the Week. He had a big group tailgating with the Kingsford brand propped up near his grills in a reserved area just outside Kansas Speedway.
His team of people included Dave and Nick Noland, Debbie and Stan Kroenke, and company. Debbie mentioned some of them are a part of the BBQ Team “Midnight Smokers.”
“Most of us have been coming here since the track opened,” Debbie Kroenke said.
“Thanks for picking us,” Frosty Noland said.
Frosty’s favorite food to grill is ribs, pork, chicken and brisket. They are big supporters of the Kingsford, Bush’s Beans and Clorox brands.
Do you have what it takes to be the “TAILGATER OF THE WEEK”?
Are you the ultimate “Grillmaster” at the race track? Do you want to win an all expense paid trip and be the VIP guest of JTG Daugherty Racing at the big race in Las Vegas in 2014?
If you answered yes, then get out to the track and let us know where you are tailgating! Each race weekend during the Sprint Cup season JTG Daugherty Racing will be scouting the infields and campgrounds, looking for the best tailgaters at the track. The best, most enthusiastic tailgaters each race weekend will win a custom prize pack and become eligible for our “TAILGATER OF THE YEAR” competition.
You can let us know where you are tailgating by tweeting us your location.
Throughout the weekend, leading up to the green flag, our team members, owners and maybe even Bobby Labonte himself will be patrolling the infield and campsites looking for the best tailgaters. So, fire up your grills with Kingsford® Charcoal, heat up a can of Bush’s® Grillin’ Beans and clean up your messes with Clorox® and Scott® Brand Products!
Simply follow us on Twitter @NASCAR47 , send us a tweet with your tailgate location and include the hash tag #TweetYourTailgate
Visit www.RaceSavers.com for more details!
Bobby Labonte Scheduled Appearances
April 25, 2013
4:30 to 5:30 PM WALMART AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Address: 7430 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA
April 27, 2013
3 PM to 3:20 PM TOYOTA OWNERS HOSPITALITY APPEARANCE
3:30 to 4:15 PM NASCAR AUTOGRAPH SESSION AT RIR AMPHITHEATRE
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