Watkins Glen II: Doran Labonte qualifying report

Terry Labonte Qualifies 13th Thursday For Friday Night's CompUSA 200 Rolex Race At Watkins Glen International WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 11 - Even though NASCAR NEXTEL Cup stars Bobby and Terry Labonte are only running a handful of Rolex series ...

Terry Labonte Qualifies 13th Thursday For Friday Night's CompUSA 200 Rolex Race At Watkins Glen International

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 11 - Even though NASCAR NEXTEL Cup stars Bobby and Terry Labonte are only running a handful of Rolex series events this year just for fun as their stock car schedules permit, Terry Labonte's qualifying time Thursday afternoon at Watkins Glen International in the Doran Labonte Racing Daytona USA DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 44 was less than 1 second off the qualifying time recorded by the Rolex series' current point leaders, who qualified fifth.

Terry Labonte will start 13th in the 45-car field for the CompUSA 200 Rolex race Friday night due to his fastest lap in Thursday's qualifying session on the Glen's 2.45-mile, 11-turn short course of 1:10.006 for an average speed of 125.989 mph.

In contrast, the point leaders were just .921 of a second faster but they will start fifth.

A sister car to the Doran Labonte Racing entry, the Doran Racing Crown Royal Special Reserve car, won the pole.

"It went OK," Terry Labonte said immediately after qualifying. "The car is good. We've gone faster every session."

"We're doing OK," his brother and co-driver concurred. "We're having fun."

Crew chief John Wright was very pleased. "Both Terry and Bobby are doing a great job," he said. "They're 20 times more comfortable than they were in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which was their first race in this car. They're both feeling more comfortable and they're great to work with. They're both very consistent and they give great feedback. So far, we're in good shape for tomorrow."

Tomorrow night's 200-mile, 82-lap, two-hour race will be covered on a same-day, tape-delayed basis beginning at 10 p.m. ET Friday night on SPEED.

For more information, please see doranracing.com. Bobby Labonte's Web site is at bobbylabonte.com, and information on Terry Labonte can be found at hendrickmotorsports.com.

Other interesting information can be found at grandamerican.com, theglen.com, speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , John Wright
Teams Doran Racing