Terry Labonte and the No. 66 Window World Toyota, fielded by Prism Motorsports, finished 19th in the first Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race Thursday afternoon at the Daytona International Speedway. With the race determining the starting lineup...
Terry Labonte and the No. 66 Window World Toyota, fielded by Prism Motorsports, finished 19th in the first Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race Thursday afternoon at the Daytona International Speedway. With the race determining the starting lineup for Sunday's Daytona 500, Labonte and the Prism Motorsports team were already locked into the field.
Labonte started the event in 26th, but by the end of lap one had moved into 22nd. The Window World Toyota, co-owned by Randy Humphrey and Phil Parsons, had raced as high as 19th by lap 20 in the 60-lap event, but the veteran Labonte knew that by racing in the back of the larger packs would pay off. It did.
A major wreck on lap 52 involved a total of six cars as Labonte easily moved around the wreckage. The team restarted 22nd and finished the event in 19th just a few laps later.
Prism Motorsports and the No. 66 Window World Toyota will start 43rd in the Daytona 500. They will have two more additional practice sessions before Sunday's 500-mile race.
Team co-owner Randy Humphrey after Thursday's race:
"It's a pretty good result for the team. We're proud with what Terry (Labonte) did today with this Toyota. We are going to put our best foot forward for Window World on Sunday and do our best.
"For our team, to be this far in the time we've had to prepare, it's great. We owe a lot to Michael Waltrip Racing and their alliance and support. They have given us a great Toyota to work with. The support from Window World is going a long way and we want to make them proud."
Team driver Terry Labonte after Thursday's event:
"These races, yeah, you just want to get through them without anything going wrong. I'll tell you this, the car was pretty good handling. We held it wide open for about 20 laps and had no problems.
"A race like this, to stay out of trouble, and learn about the car is great. We will see what happens on Sunday."