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Totino's Pizza Rolls Cover #43 Dodge This Weekend
Coming off their second consecutive top-10 finish, Bobby Labonte and the #43 Cheerios/Totino's Pizza Rolls Dodge team head to the two-mile California Speedway, located in the city of Fontana, for Sunday night's California 500. Labonte's #43 Dodge will be carrying the colors of Totino's Pizza Rolls this Labor Day weekend. It's the second time that Totino's Pizza Rolls has been on the car this season.
The team is looking to continue their success of recent finishes of ninth and eighth. Labonte has moved into the 17th point's position the past two weeks. The team is 156 points out of 15tth and only 52 points out of 16th. Labonte has had success in California.
He will be making his 15th start at the track on Sunday. He has finished second on two different occasions and in the top-five a total of four times. He has five top-10 finishes at California Speedway. Sunday's start will be his 499th career start.
Comments from Labonte heading into this weekend's California 500:
"It's a different race. It's a twilight race. The track totally changes once the sun goes down. It's a totally different game plan than what we've had for the past two races. We have that element of knowing that the track is going to drastically change as the race goes on, and it's a long race too. It's a long 500 miles as we go through the evening and into the night. That means we have to be on top of the track and ahead of the changes during the race.
"Michigan and Bristol, we had a good idea of what we were getting into once the race started. The track or weather conditions didn't change drastically. This race, we're going to see the sun at the start, but it's going to go down throughout the event. It's not the race or the track that is the challenge, but it's the change in track conditions that affect the handling that makes it tough.
"You will see the teams that have already come to the top this season run well here. They are good teams and adapt to the changes. I think we can be one of those teams too. The change with Doug coming in and helping us has made a big difference. He has done a lot of good things for us on top of the pit box during the past two races. That's what it's going to take Sunday night, and I think Doug is easily capable of doing that.
"You think if you have a good run at Michigan that it will translate to California, but that hasn't been the case all the time. They tracks have a lot of the same characteristics, but they are different. It's a different line or lines to get around California. We haven't had the success we have liked with Petty Enterprises at California yet. Who knows? Maybe Doug has the answers we are looking for. We have had good cars, but we haven't had the finishes. Hopefully that will change this weekend.
"It feels good to have some good runs, and we don't want to stop now. The momentum can help us build for next year, but it's helping us right now too. There are a lot of races left and we can get into the top 15 in points. We can get higher than that too. Right now, it's one race at a time. Every race is a building process with Doug and with the team. We are off to a good start and it has made us better. We just need to continue that."
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