Bobby Labonte statement on his brohter's announcement

Bobby Labonte Reaction To Terry Labonte Announcement CHARLOTTE, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004 -- Terry Labonte, a two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion announced Oct. 12 that he would compete in 10 races in 2005 and 10 races in 2006 before...

Bobby Labonte Reaction To Terry Labonte Announcement

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004 -- Terry Labonte, a two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion announced Oct. 12 that he would compete in 10 races in 2005 and 10 races in 2006 before retiring from NASCAR competition.

The following are quotes from today's press conference from Bobby Labonte, the 2000 NEXTEL Cup champion and younger brother of Terry:

BOBBY LABONTE (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet):

"Obviously, there's a lot that comes to mind. I was five years old, and he taught me how to race. It's a pretty big deal. I can remember the first time I saw a racetrack with him -- actually, I can't really remember, but I was told I wrecked him.

"I can remember one story from Riverside in 1985 or 1986 Terry crashed on the frontstraightaway and went over the fence and onto pit road. I was working on the pit crew and took off running. I didn't see the pit wall in front of me, so I fell flat down. I still outran everybody to the car. I got there and Terry gets out of the car and we check on him and Terry says, 'That was big.' I said, 'Man you were upside down.' He said, 'I saw the gauges upside down.' I said, 'Yeah, you were upside down.'

"So, back at the hotel that night in San Bernardino in Riverside there, I went over to Terry and Kim's room and Terry's got big bruises on him. And I said, "Check this out, I have got scuff marks all over me from me trying to get to you (Laughter).' It's just one of those deals where you see your brother and you just run to him.

"Obviously, at Atlanta in 1996 winning the race and Terry winning the championship that day. I mean, what a cool deal. There in Victory Lane with Rick Hendrick, Joe Gibbs, Terry and I, Mom and Dad -- I look at that picture quite a bit. That was a monumental day. Our parents won twice that day. Their kids won both things that day. It was unbelievable. Bob (Father) and Martha (Mother) were there. I think we had to go find out if the Cowboys won or something like that (laughter). It was still a monumental day.

"All the times we've parked beside each other at the racetracks. Knocking on the door. From the first day we owned a motorhome to Saturday night, beating on the door saying, 'Hey, did you see this?' Stuff like that is really cool.

"This year, Joe Crowley, my PR guy asked me, 'Hey, they want a comment, because Terry has started a certain amount of races.' People had been wearing me out about how many races he'd started. I said, 'You know what, I think about it? I don't care, because nobody has asked me how many races I've been to with him (Laughter).'

"I was there in 1978 living in Terry and Kim's apartment, off some road in Charlotte, for the summertime after they got married, which I know really bugged them. I can remember going to Darlington for the first race. I was trying to sneak into the pits. Being there for the first win, 1979 at Darlington. Going to Victory Lane at Darlington -- it's changed three or four times since then. So, he's started a lot of races, but I've been there a lot too. I was working on the pit crew or I was hanging out at the fence or I was bothering them or whatever a young punk kid would do. So, I feel like I should be retiring or something. I've been going to a lot of races too, I guess.

"Anyway, it's just been awesome. To see what's happened today, I've known this was going to happen for awhile. It's just an incredible feeling, and I'm proud of Terry. Proud of the accomplishments he done, the marks that he's set, the people that he's met. Admiring him and the example he's set for all sorts of people in racing and -- I just wanted to grow up to be like my brother."

-bl/jc-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte