Indianapolis: Terry Labonte preview

Terry Labonte: "Indianapolis, man, I get goose bumps every time I get the opportunity to race there. I've only missed two Allstate 400 at the Brickyard races in my career. Just being fortunate enough to have competed in that first race, in 1994,...

Terry Labonte:

"Indianapolis, man, I get goose bumps every time I get the opportunity to race there. I've only missed two Allstate 400 at the Brickyard races in my career. Just being fortunate enough to have competed in that first race, in 1994, is one of the best memories that I have from racing. NASCAR has been around since 1948, and that's a long time, but there has been racing at Indy since 1909. It's amazing to think of all the history that the Brickyard has been a part of."

"Indianapolis is a pretty tough track for stock car racing. Even in the old car you were typically 'tight' at the end of your run because the track is so flat. Everyone will be working hard during the practice sessions because this new car is much 'tighter' by design. But I think you have seen teams become more accustomed to the car as the year has gone on. It just takes time. We've been able to get the No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge 'loose' on several occasions over the last couple of races. The key is finding the 'sweet' spot because you don't want to be too 'loose' or too 'tight' getting into the 90 degree turns at Indy."

"The King' Richard Petty celebrated his 50th anniversary in NASCAR two weeks ago at Chicagoland. It's hard to believe that I'm coming up on my 30th anniversary. To be able to race in my 30th year with Petty Enterprises and great sponsors like Marathon, Wells Fargo, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Richard Petty Driving Experience is an honor. I remember that first race in September 1978. I finished fourth and 'The King' finished right in front of me. I was on top of the world because I was up there racing with Richard Petty. It's funny how things come full circle."

* Labonte's best finish at Indianapolis is third, which he scored in 1996. That is the same year he went on to win his second championship.

* In 12 races at the track, Labonte has scored one top-5 and two top-10s.

* Labonte's highest qualifying position at Indianapolis is eighth, which he reached in 1998.

* Of a possible 1,921 laps at The Brickyard, Labonte has completed 1,736 (90.4%).

* Labonte's average start there is 27.0 and average finish is 20.2.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Terry Labonte , Richard Petty