SBRS: Skip Barber Grads make their mark

A third-place finish at the DirecTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway was enough to ensure that Skip Barber grad Bobby Labonte kept his lead in the NASCAR Winston Cup title race. Labonte finished just behind another Skip Barber grad in Jeff Burton ...

A third-place finish at the DirecTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway was enough to ensure that Skip Barber grad Bobby Labonte kept his lead in the NASCAR Winston Cup title race.

Labonte finished just behind another Skip Barber grad in Jeff Burton who was 5.9 sec away from victory. Jeremy Mayfield's sixth-place finish made three out of the top-six Skip Barber trained. Labonte's lead now stands at 84 points.

Paul Gentilozzi could not convert his Friday pole into Saturday win at Lowes Motor Speedway for the second round of the B/F Goodrich Trans Am Series, but it wasn't for lack of trying. After leading the start, the Skip Barber trained Gentilozzi suffered the misfortune of a cut tire at the midway point. From nearly dead last, he fought his way through a field bristling with door-to door racing to only to fall a heart-wrenching 0.689 sec shy at the checkered flag.

Skip Barber Race Series and Barber Pro Series driver G.J. Mennen came home seventh.

1997 Barber Dodge Pro Series Champ Derek Hill made his Italian Formula 3000 debut at Vallelunga over the weekend. He started the race from fifth on the grid, but was unfortunately side-lined during the race and was unable to finish. His team was renamed over the race weekend from Martello Racing Ltd. to Da Vinci.

-George Tamayo

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , Other open wheel , Trans-Am
Drivers Jeff Burton , Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Derek Hill , Paul Gentilozzi , Skip Barber