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Terry Labonte: I'm really honored to be a part of the celebration going on this weekend in Chicago for Richard Petty's 50th Anniversary. I started racing in the Cup Series in 1978 when 'The King' was still a pretty dominant driver. When I...

Terry Labonte:

I'm really honored to be a part of the celebration going on this weekend in Chicago for Richard Petty's 50th Anniversary. I started racing in the Cup Series in 1978 when 'The King' was still a pretty dominant driver. When I started out he was still the guy to beat, the guy that all the other drivers looked up to. When young drivers get into Cup these days they have a lot of different people to look up to. There were a lot of greats that came before me but 'The King' wasn't just great, he was a legend.

I've enjoyed my time driving for Petty Enterprises this summer. Of course I was excited about just being able to hop back into a Cup car but the fact that it was a Petty car was extra special. On top of that I was going to get to be driving alongside my brother, Bobby. I've gotten to work with some great people. These past few weeks, it has been fun being at the track again. Now that my stint with them is over, I'll go back to missing the racecar.

I think it's really neat that both the 43 and 45 Dodges will have 50th anniversary paint schemes this weekend and both cars will have a Labonte in the driver's seat. I feel really lucky to be one of the guys in a Petty Enterprises car this weekend and I know Bobby does as well. I'm hoping that we score a really good run for 'The King' in Chicago.

* Terry Labonte is a two-time Sprint Cup Champion, topping the points standings in both 1984 and 1996.

* He and his brother, Bobby, are the only brothers to both win the Cup Series championship.

* Labonte's best finish at Chicagoland is sixth, which he scored in 2004.

* Of a possible 1,605 laps at Chicago, Labonte has completed 1,357 (84.5%).

* Labonte's average start there is 29.3 and average finish is 24.0.

* This weekend the #45 Dodge is carrying the Richard Petty's 50th Anniversary logo to honor the anniversary of 'The King's' first race.

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Terry Labonte , Richard Petty