Las Vegas: Terry Labonte preview

TERRY LABONTE Looking for a little luck in Vegas CORNELIUS, NC (March, 6, 2006) -- Who doesn't go to Las Vegas hoping to get a little lucky? Terry Labonte and the No. 96 DLP®HDTV team are no different from anyone else who heads to Vegas...

TERRY LABONTE
Looking for a little luck in Vegas

CORNELIUS, NC (March, 6, 2006) -- Who doesn't go to Las Vegas hoping to get a little lucky?

Terry Labonte and the No. 96 DLP®HDTV team are no different from anyone else who heads to Vegas hoping to find a little good fortune. And fortunately, for Labonte on the DLP team, Las Vegas is one of six tracks on the circuit where testing is permitted -- which means the team can head to Las Vegas and actually say, 'Hey, we've been here before!'

Because NASCAR has limited testing to Daytona, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Richmond and Homestead, new teams like Hall of Fame Racing can have a difficult time getting up to speed quickly at tracks that the team has not been to before. For example, last week at California, the team had one hour and 30 minutes of practice to prepare for qualifying.

At least at Las Vegas, the team will have data from two days worth of testing in Jan. 2006.

Terry Labonte (No. 96 DLP®HDTV Chevrolet):

Overall thoughts on Las Vegas:

"It's a nice track. At least we did get to go test there, and we've got a car that has been around that track and a car that we've run some laps on. Hopefully it will go better for us than it did at California. When you go and have a car that you haven't run their before, and you haven't tested and you've only got an hour and half of practice, it really kinds of puts you at a disadvantage with a new team. So, hopefully, we'll be in a little better shape in Las Vegas."

Is Las Vegas like all the other 1.5-mile tracks?

"In a way, there all alike -- and I don't know why they got on a kick and built those, it must have just made sense to build a mile-and-half track, I guess. They are all a little bit different. Las Vegas is definitely different that all the other 1.5-mile tracks we run. It's flatter, at least it is now, I understand they're going to put some banking in there. It's flatter, but it's a fun track, it's a nice track."

How important is handling at a flat 1.5-mile track like Las Vegas, compared to Texas or Atlanta, where the banking is higher?

"You know, handling is important no matter where you go, because the cars are so close and Las Vegas is no different. The car just has to handle right. And, it seems like the mile-and-a-half tracks, handling is more critical than at some other tracks."

Do you enjoy going to the city of Las Vegas?

"Yeah, it's pretty cool. It's a different place, that's for sure. It's a little different than Corpus Christi, Texas."

-hofr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Terry Labonte
Teams Hall of Fame Racing