The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is back in the JTG Daugherty Racing's Toyota for the night race in Daytona.
Bobby Labonte has six top-five, 10 top-10 finishes and has led 70 laps at Daytona International Speedway in 41 starts.
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Labonte's return: "It's great to be back in the No. 47 SCOTT Products Toyota Camry at Daytona International Speedway after a weekend off," Bobby Labonte said. "I am looking forward to racing at Daytona. I know we will not practice a lot. We will probably do a couple shake down runs and that's all. We will not need much practice."
Superspeedway night racing at its finest: "Racing under the lights at Daytona International Speedway has to be exciting for the fans to watch," Labonte said. "So much can happen in a hurry.
"We just need to stay competitive to be in the lead pack," Labonte continued. "We have to be as smart as we can to cross the start-finish line further up than where we start. We've got just as good of a chance as anybody to finish first."
Track position seems to be important: "We do need to have track position at Daytona International Speedway and it is more important than when we race at Talladega Superspeedway," Labonte said. "It's because the width of the track is more narrow. There is more of a chance to run side-by-side and at Daytona you will not relax as much. Your car may not handle as good as you want it to, so you may have to pick and choose your battles. You have to be conscientious. You can go three-wide to pass a guy, but not four-wide like you can at Talladega."
Crew chief likes the team's chances at Daytona: "This is one track where it is anybody's race and we have had some good runs there and we have had some back luck there," crew chief Brian Burns said. "At the same time, it's a place where we can turn our luck around. We have done a lot of work with our speedway cars and we should be even stronger than before. We are looking to benefit from this weekend.
"It is great to have a veteran driver like Bobby Labonte in the No. 47 SCOTT Products Toyota Camry," continued Burns. "He knows when to push the envelope and when not to push it. He came close to winning there in 2011 with the team. We hope to be in a good position like that when it comes down to the wire Saturday night."
Labonte taking some time for himself: "I took some time off this week," Labonte said. "When I get to the track, I might go fishing for trout or bass depending on where we go around Daytona (Fla.). I'm just taking some time to do some things that's relaxing. I brought my golf clubs as well. So, I may go play a round of golf."
Team owners reflecting: "AJ Allmendinger’s input has been really valuable and should help the team continue to progress throughout July," JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said. "His experience with fuel injection mapping with other teams is one specific area where we have been able to totally rethink our approach."
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