Bobby Labonte and the ...
Bobby Labonte and the #43 Cheerios "Circle of Helping Hearts" Dodge team will start the race from the 39th position. Labonte had a fast primary car during the morning practice session. However, on a lap that would have put him near the top of the time sheet, the Dodge Charger came around on Labonte and hit the outside wall. The team was forced to pull out the backup car for the 400-miler. In all, six Dodges were involved in practice accidents.
"That deal was similar to Talladega last year when the car jumped around on me," said Labonte. "It was really good for the early part of practice and it was going to be a great racecar. I don't know. We never got any practice with the backup so we didn't qualify well. But we'll get it dialed in tomorrow."
Wells Fargo will adorn the side the No. 45 Dodge, driven by Kyle Petty, for the third consecutive race. Petty will roll of 41st for Sunday's event. The team knocked off the 22nd fastest lap in practice and the car is very quick in race trim. But the team drew an early qualifying slot and the car was not as good in the heat of the day. The 1.5-mile ovals, such as LVMS, have been good to Petty and the No. 45 Wells Fargo team over recent years. They are poised for a good finish on Sunday.
"I'm happy with the car," sounded Petty. "We did have a bad draw for qualifying, but that's the way it goes. The only bad part about that is we won't get the best pit stall. I would rather be fast on Sunday than Friday. This is another place that we tested over the winter so we feel like we have something we can work with for the race."