By Thomas Chemris Justin Labonte pulled off the upset of the season by wining the Tropicana Twister 300 at the Chigagoland Speedway. Labonte, the twenty-three year old son of two-time Nextel Cup Champion Terry, was running behind Mike Wallace,...
By Thomas Chemris
Justin Labonte pulled off the upset of the season by wining the Tropicana Twister 300 at the Chigagoland Speedway.
Labonte, the twenty-three year old son of two-time Nextel Cup Champion Terry, was running behind Mike Wallace, but Wallace ran out of gas as the white flag fell, handing Labonte the first win of his career. Labonte returned to the Busch series this season after taking several years off to hone his skills in regional series, a move that is showing dividends.
"I couldn't believe when he ran out of gas," Justin said. "I about ran into him."
Father Terry celebrated in victory lane. "This is bigger than any win I have ever had", said the proud father.
For his part, Mike Wallace was disappointed but took the fuel situation in stride. Following up on his Daytona win Wallace believes the recent performance will bring attention to the once struggling team. "They knew we were, Wallace said.
Finishing behind the race winner was Jason Keller, who had a season best performance. Jeff Burton, Kasey Khane, and Aston Lewis rounded out the top five.
During an afternoon that seemed full of top teams dropping out due to mechanical problems, or contact most of the series competitors were glad to leave Chicago.
Polesitter Bobby Hamilton Jr, as well as point leaders Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch, all had their share of problems.
As a result, there was some shifting of positions in the championship standings.
Marin Truex still holds the top spot, fifty-two points ahead of Kyle Busch. Jason Keller was the big mover, stepping up three positions to third, followed by Ron Hornaday and David Green.
The series has a well deserved week off before heading though New Hampshire for the New England 200 where David Green is the defending race winner.