Daytona II: Petty Enterprises qualifying report

This weekend's track schedule is a bit different than a normal race weekend. There were two practices scheduled yesterday to prepare for qualifying today. The second practice session was canceled due to rain, forcing many teams to meet well into...

This weekend's track schedule is a bit different than a normal race weekend. There were two practices scheduled yesterday to prepare for qualifying today. The second practice session was canceled due to rain, forcing many teams to meet well into the night to develop a plan for Friday.

Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios Racing/Pillsbury/Cinnabon Dodge will start Saturday night's race from the 20th position. B. Labonte kept his Petty Enterprises entry as the fastest Dodge on the board until late in the session. When looking at the cars that qualified in "race" trim, as opposed to the cars that had to qualify on time and put in a "qualifying" setup, B. Labonte was 14th fastest overall.

"We didn't know what to expect after practice was canceled," said B. Labonte. "We decided to make a lot of changes and I was really happy with the car. The guys worked hard and I'm excited about the race tomorrow. We've got a little bit of momentum right now. If we keep working hard, good things will happen."

Terry Labonte and the No. 45 Richard Petty Driving Experience Dodge will start 41st for tomorrow's race. While it didn't make a fast lap in qualifying, T. Labonte was happy with the way the car handled. Daytona has become a rough racetrack over the years so having a good handling racecar is a premium.

"I was happy with how the car drove in practice and qualifying," said T. Labonte. "I've been here enough to know that there is no reason to panic if you don't put down a fast lap in qualifying. The guy that wins is the guy that can hold the throttle wide open for the most laps."

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Richard Petty