New Hampshire Motor Speedway gets better with age: "The New Hampshire Motor Speedway race track has changed over the years," Labonte said. "It has aged a lot and that continues to be the best thing for racing. With cracks in the track and being abrasive the last couple of years have been better than normal."

Labonte favors Loudon: "I always look forward to racing in Loudon (N.H.)," Labonte said. "We had an opportunity to participate in a tire test there last year and got to take a closer look at the track. It's a place I really enjoy going to on the schedule."

Different engine package: "This weekend Triad (Racing Technologies) has a different engine package than the last time and we're looking forward to that," Labonte said. "We have ran well at Loudon in the past and have a top-10 finish there a couple years ago. We hope we can learn some things and perform better this time around."

Ryan Newman and Bobby Labonte
Ryan Newman and Bobby Labonte

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Stroke of luck: "I'm glad to be going into this weekend with a fresh start," Labonte said. "We had a tough time at Sonoma Raceway and we were not able to run a lap and then last weekend we were superspeedway racing at Daytona International Speedway and sustained damage to our car that hurt our track position. This should be a better weekend for us. We've got Kingsford on our Toyota Camry and they are one of our biggest supporters. We want to do well every week for our sponsors and manufacturer."

Traveling to London to see son and catch a peek at Tour de France: "I'm heading to London, England after the race on Sunday," Labonte said. "My son Tyler is finishing up his internship with a law firm over there. We are going to hang out and do some stuff.

"One of the cool things we are doing is going to the Tour de France the last couple of days," continued Labonte. "It's going to be a lot of fun. I know it's going to be a blast. My next trip over I'm going to take my daughter Madison. I'm pretty excited to go."

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