Bristol: Bobby Labonte preview

Bobby Labonte: "The season is four races old and we're sitting 14th in Sprint Cup points. Obviously we're looking to be better than that. We're not satisfied with 14th. But, at the same time, we've went through a lot of change in the ...

Bobby Labonte:

"The season is four races old and we're sitting 14th in Sprint Cup points. Obviously we're looking to be better than that. We're not satisfied with 14th. But, at the same time, we've went through a lot of change in the off-season. New faces, new facilities, new car. So 14th is not a bad spot. To put it in perspective we're only 16 points out of the top-10. We're not going to go out and dominate races like the '18' and the '99' have. Our M.O. is to stay on the lead lap and put ourselves in position at the end so that when we have capable car, we can go up and challenge for the win."

"Bristol is this weekend and anything can happen there. It has to be the most exciting racetrack in the world. You know, NASCAR went to great lengths to try to build this new car to run on every type of track. From short tracks, like Bristol, to restrictor-plate tracks. It's ironic that those tracks are really similar. Both are high-banked. You're racing on top of each other. But most importantly, you can get caught up in a wreck that you have nothing to do with. At least Bristol is not aero-sensitive. You can let the rough side drag. That's really why I enjoy racing therel. It's old school racing."

"I know fans like the Bristol 'night' race in the fall. It's under the lights and it has that short-track Saturday night feel. But I think the actual racing is better this weekend. Think about it. The 'fall' race is in 'The Chase.' You've got the top-12 drivers out there not wanting to have a bad race. From a driver's perspective you don't really see those drivers getting aggressive in that race. This is the fifth race of the season. Nothing is guaranteed yet. So everyone is going to rub and lean on each other in hopes of getting into 'The Chase' because that is the goal."

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Labonte scored a 12th-place finish last weekend at Atlanta to move up to 14th in the points standings.

2008 Season Stats

Starts

4

Laps Completed

1041 of 1042

(99.9%)

Laps Led

1

Wins

0

Top-5

0

Top-10

0

Avg. Start

19.0

Avg. Finish

16.2

Points Position

14th

Contact:

David Hovis, MCG Sports

122 St. Alban's Lane, Suite D

Davidson, NC 28036

704.987.7959 Ext. 227

Cell: 980.722.1117

E-mail: david.hovis@mcg-sports.com

www.mcg-sports.com

www.pettyracing.com www.cheeriosracing.com www.bobbylabonte.com

For more of Bobby's insight on Bristol, fans can check out www.labonteslaw.com

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