Atlanta: Bobby Labonte race report

BOBBY LABONTE GOLDEN CORRAL 500 RACE REPORT HAMPTON, Ga., Sunday, March. 20, 2005 -- The following are Golden Corral 500 notes and quotes from Bobby Labonte, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet. He finished 37th...

BOBBY LABONTE GOLDEN CORRAL 500 RACE REPORT

HAMPTON, Ga., Sunday, March. 20, 2005 -- The following are Golden Corral 500 notes and quotes from Bobby Labonte, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet. He finished 37th and completed only 266 of the 325 laps.

GOLDEN CORRAL 500 NOTES:

* After starting 19th, Labonte was involved in a multi-car Lap 1 accident. He returned to the track on Lap 48 in 39th.

* On Lap 158, Labonte was struck in the hand by a piece of debris from the No. 97 car of Kurt Busch. When Busch experienced a tire problem, Labonte stuck his left hand out the window in order to signal to the cars behind him to slow down. While his hand was out the window, a piece of debris struck the front of his hand. He was uninjured.

* Near the end of the race, Labonte was in 37th-place and had enough laps to pass 36th-place Kyle Petty when a drive-train broke with less than 10 laps remaining.

* The 37th-place finish is Labonte's worst finish at Atlanta since spring 2002 when he also finished 37th.

GOLDEN CORRAL 500 QUOTES:

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet): "(How's your hand): "It's fine, it stung a little at first, but it's fine now. (About the first lap accident): "Well, you know, like I said I just don't know. I watched a little bit of it on TV, there. You know, a couple of guys already got into two guys. Two cars got into two other cars off of Turn 2. It's 500 miles. That's all I can say. It's 500 miles, not one lap." (About the possibility of being outside of the top 35): "It's probably reality. I don't matter to me, it's just the way it is. It's pretty much obvious the way we finished and what's happened to us and how we've finished and that's the way it is. Make's for good stories I guess, which is why you're all here." (How do you bounce back): "Race every week."

-jgr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kyle Petty , Kurt Busch