Michigan II: Bobbly Labonte preview

Labonte Ready for MIS in TaxSlayer.com Chevy Mooresville, NC, (Aug. 10, 2010) - Bobby Labonte will be at the controls of the No. 71 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet Impala SS for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CarFax 400 to be run at Michigan ...

Labonte Ready for MIS in TaxSlayer.com Chevy

Mooresville, NC, (Aug. 10, 2010) - Bobby Labonte will be at the controls of the No. 71 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet Impala SS for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CarFax 400 to be run at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), Sunday, August 15.

Bobby Labonte MIS Labonte will be working with TRG Motorsports crew chief Dan Stillman for the first time at MIS. The team has shown significant improvement with their oval package heading into the second half of the season. Labonte has recorded three wins at MIS, two in 1995 and one in 1999 to go along with 15 top ten finishes at the track located in the Irish Hills, 70-miles west of Detroit.

"I am looking forward to the weekend," Labonte said. "The cars that Dan and the guys are putting together for the ovals have gotten better with each race. I like Michigan, so we should have a good weekend."

MIS has certain nuances not shared by similar layouts on the NASCAR schedule.

"Michigan is different than Atlanta, Fontana, Charlotte, and the Las Vegas type of tracks. It is still flat. You really have to keep your momentum up, which means having a good engine. It is an exciting track. It is a multi-groove track. You can enter the turns high, low, or in the middle and exit them the same way. It has a lot of different characteristics that lend to some great racing, including running two tires below the white line or the right side up against the wall all the way through the corners."

Drafting plays a role, but handling rules the day.

"You can have your car where it runs flat down the straightaway, a Daytona type look. At the same time you have to be aggressive on the set-up to go faster through the corners all day as opposed to worrying about the speed down the straights. Years ago teams would take their Daytona car to Michigan. Those guys would go fast down the straights and then hit the corners and they would be in trouble. You feel the draft towards the end of the straightaway more than you do at those other places. The draft helps you to a certain extent, but not really through the corners. It is to your advantage to catch guys down the straight and pass them into the turns with your handling."

TaxSlayer.com Chevy MIS MIS has a history of clean races with few cautions.

"There are not many yellows historically at Michigan. This means we will have to focus on track position and knowing when to come for tires. Track position is so important these days. Sometimes tires will be better for you, but track position is always important at Michigan."

Kevin Buckler, team principal, hopes that Labonte and the team can put together a solid finish this weekend.

"We have some momentum going into Michigan with our group," Buckler said. "We had a good team outing at Watkins Glen. Everyone really came together on pit road to help get a good top 20 finish on a day when the car really didn't deserve it. Bobby is fast on these two-mile ovals and we will give him the best car we can field. We have TaxSlayer.com onboard this weekend and those red suits always give us a little extra motivation."

-source: trg

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kevin Buckler
Teams TRG Motorsports