Talladega II: Petty Enterprises qualifying report

Terry Labonte and the No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge will start the 500-mile race from the 23rd position. T. Labonte will be making his 53rd career start at Talladega. That experience, coupled with a solid day of practice on ...

Terry Labonte and the No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge will start the 500-mile race from the 23rd position. T. Labonte will be making his 53rd career start at Talladega. That experience, coupled with a solid day of practice on Friday, resulted in T. Labonte clocking in as the second-fastest Dodge. He will be looking to add to his career totals of 10 top-five and 14 top-ten finishes at the 2.66-mile oval.

"It's been a good weekend for everyone on this No. 45 Marathon Dodge team," said T. Labonte. "We basically backed up what we ran in practice yesterday and that was really all that we wanted to do. You like to qualify up front if you can so you can get a pit stall that's away from the middle of pit road, the congestion, but it doesn't matter where you start the race."

Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team qualified 32nd on Saturday. B. Labonte was 13th fastest in Friday's first practice session. He picked that up to third-fastest in final practice. B. Labonte and crew chief Jeff Meendering like the way the car drafts and that is the name of the game when the green flag falls on Sunday.

"We definitely thought we would qualify a little higher based on how our car ran on Friday," sounded B. Labonte. "The Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge is really good in the draft, especially if I have the right cars around me. The goal, though, is to be in position at the end of the race. You have to keep your car clean for 450 miles so you can do what you need to do at the end."

-credit: pe

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte