Watkins Glen: Bobby Labonte preview

Road Course Brings Out the Best in Phoenix Racing Strong Finish at Infineon Earlier This Season Has Labonte Excited Spartanburg, S.C. (August 3, 2010) - Phoenix Racing and the No. 09 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet will head north to the...

Road Course Brings Out the Best in Phoenix Racing
Strong Finish at Infineon Earlier This Season Has Labonte Excited

Spartanburg, S.C. (August 3, 2010) - Phoenix Racing and the No. 09 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet will head north to the 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Raceway this weekend for Sunday's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Phoenix Racing and Bobby Labonte will be making their fourth start together this season. The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen is the second road course stop for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

This race will be only the second time Phoenix Racing has been to Watkins Glen. But, with a strong 12th-place finish at Sonoma in June with driver Jan Magnussen, Phoenix Racing and Labonte feel confident in their chances of having a strong performance.

Bobby Labonte has 17 starts, one pole, two top-five and six top-10 finishes with an average starting and finishing position of 18th at Watkins Glen International.

Comments from Bobby Labonte on Watkins Glen International and Safety Improvements at the track:

"I have a lot of confidence going into this weekend. James Finch and the No. 09 team had a solid finish at Sonoma earlier this year. I had a strong run going as well, but just got caught in some bad luck at the end. Hopefully all that bad luck is behind us and we'll be able to put everything together for a solid run.

"Watkins Glen is a fast, fast road course with high speed corners. There are two to three good passing points on the course and the rest is driver finesse. It's been really hard to pass here in the past, but with these new run-offs I think you will see more passing going on. It's a lot different than Sonoma, but I think a lot of guys like the higher speeds here.

"There have been a lot of changes to this track since we were there last year too. A couple areas have been paved with run-off areas and safer barriers added. It's always nice to see where tracks have made safety improvements. It's something we always need to be in front of.

"I was involved in a pretty bad wreck there a couple years ago. It was a hard hit for a few us. So, I'm glad that some changes have been made to improve the safety. After the scary crash last weekend at Pocono with Elliot Sadler, it's very important that our sport is making changes for the driver's safety. We've come a long way, but it's always best to keep moving forward too."

-source: phoenix racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Jan Magnussen
Teams Phoenix Racing