'IRONMAN' TERRY LABONTE SET TO DEFEND LYSOL 200 TITLE AT WATKINS GLEN
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Terry Labonte recently made NASCAR Winston Cup history when he competed in his 514th consecutive race to break Richard Petty's record. Labonte will be looking to extend another streak when he returns to Watkins Glen International for the June 28-30 Lysol 200. The quiet Texan will be looking to score his sixth consecutive top-three finish in the Glen's NASCAR Busch Grand National event in his Bayer Aspirin Chevrolet. Labonte won the Glen's inaugural BGN event in 1991. After finishing third and second the following two years, Labonte won the past two years, scoring a 3.9-second victory over Chad Little in the 1995 Lysol 200. "It seems like it's always tougher every year to win," said Labonte when asked about his chances for a Lysol 200 victory. "I just hope we have a pretty good car when we come back to the Glen in June, and I hope to have a good run." NASCAR's new "Ironman" has led 144 of a possible 330 Busch Grand National laps at the Glen, winning $70,620. He also captured a pair of pole positions, winning from the pole in both 1991 and in last year's race, while he came from 21st starting position to win in 1994. "I like racing at Watkins Glen," Labonte said. "I like road courses, and Watkins Glen is a good road course." Labonte admits it's getting tougher to win over the Busch Series regulars. Little led a race-high 42 laps last year, and pressured Labonte all the way to the checkered flag. Points leader David Green, BGN returnee Todd Bodine, and Waterloo's Mike McLaughlin are among the Busch Grand National regulars who should be in contention. "It seems they (the Busch Series regulars) get better every time we go back up there," Labonte said. "Chad really gave us a good run last year." Labonte, rival Michael Waltrip and other selected Winston Cup drivers, and the Busch Grand National regulars will have opening practice and qualifying for the Lysol 200 on Saturday, June 29. The weekend also includes a pair of U.S. Formula Ford 2000 races, plus the SCCA Barber Dodge Pro Series, which open practice at 1 p.m. Friday. Tickets are now on sale for the Lysol 200. For additional information or credit card orders, call (607) 535-2481.