Daytona II: Terry Labonte preview

Quotes from Terry Labonte: "This will be my first restrictor-plate race with the new chassis, but after watching this year's Daytona 500 I thought they put on a good show. You saw a lot of passing from the front of the field all the way to the...

Quotes from Terry Labonte:

"This will be my first restrictor-plate race with the new chassis, but after watching this year's Daytona 500 I thought they put on a good show. You saw a lot of passing from the front of the field all the way to the rear. With the old car you could drive up to someone's bumper, but passing was another matter. It looked to me like the old "slingshot" move is back. I know all about that from the big-bodied cars that we used to race around there in the early 80's. I'm looking forward to practicing that move one more time."

You know, I haven't competed in the July race at Daytona since 2004. I've actually missed going down there quite a bit. Especially since they moved it to a night race. The cars look so cool running around there at 200 mph, side-by-side and under the lights. I can remember what it was like when we ran that race on Sunday afternoon. It was, without a doubt, one of the hottest races of the year. So I think the move has worked out well on several fronts."

"I have no regrets in my racing career. I've accomplished everything that I could ever imagine. That being said, it would be nice to finish my career as a Daytona winner. I've had some success at Talladega, but Daytona has always eluded me, for whatever reason. I've run well there all the way up to my retirement from full-time competition, with a top-5 coming in one of my last starts. Bobby ran well there in February and that gives me confidence that we can do the same this weekend."

Terry Labonte Fast Facts

* Terry Labonte is a two-time Winston 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 Daytona is second, which he has scored five times; he has a total of 26 top-10s at the Florida track. * On twenty occasions Labonte has started within the top-10 at Daytona. His highest qualifying position is second, which came in 1984 and 1998. * T. Labonte is second, behind Bill Elliott, on the list of active drivers for most races at DIS. * Of a possible 9,429 laps at Daytona, Labonte has completed 8,689 (92.2%). His average start there is 18.3 and average finish is 14.9.

-credit: pe

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Terry Labonte