Texas: Bobby Labonte preview

Bobby Labonte on racing at Texas Motor Speedway in the Samsung 500: "This is a big week for us in Texas. I always like racing in my home state and we're bringing a solid car this weekend that I had a lot of fun in a few weeks ago in Vegas. I'm...

Bobby Labonte on racing at Texas Motor Speedway in the Samsung 500:

"This is a big week for us in Texas. I always like racing in my home state and we're bringing a solid car this weekend that I had a lot of fun in a few weeks ago in Vegas. I'm really looking forward to driving the No. 96 Ask.com Ford to another solid finish this week. We've climbed a bit in the points but we've still got some ground to cover this season. Texas is one of those tracks that is like a ball of excitement to get to and I'm looking to build some momentum there this weekend.

"Before I get to think about racing though, I'm being inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame there at the speedway. It's really an honor to have the folks in Texas support what I do on the track. I'm really looking forward to that on Wednesday evening. Then, Thursday, I'm driving a 5th grader to school as part of the Ask.com Safe Search School program. It's a great program because it gives the schools new computers and helps kids learn how to stay safe on the internet all at the same time. The kids get so excited too that it kind of starts the weekend off on a good foot. I hope that excitement carries throughout the weekend and we find ourselves celebrating on Sunday."

Crew chief Todd Parrott on racing at Texas Motor Speedway in the Samsung 500:

"The whole team, including myself, is really excited about this weekend in Texas. Bobby has some great history here and the car we're bringing has some great history in Vegas too. I think the combination will help us on Sunday and get us further up there in the points. Yates Racing has a solid intermediate-track program and I am thrilled to see this thing on the track this weekend."

Chassis: RK-601, Finished 5th in Vegas
Backup: RK-574

* Labonte has two pole awards in 16 starts at Texas Motor Speedway.

* The Corpus Christi native has three top-five and five top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

* While in Texas, Labonte's career achievements will be honored by an induction into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame. Previously inducted individuals include Terry Labonte, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford and Mark Martin. Each year the award is presented to an outstanding individual in Texas motorsports, active or retired.

* Labonte is known for success on intermediate tracks like Texas Motor Speedway. In his career he has secured 16 pole awards, 12 wins, 64 top-five and 98 top-10 finishes at tracks similar to Texas.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , A.J. Foyt , Mark Martin
Teams Yates Racing