Pocono: Bobby Labonte preview

Bobby Labonte: "We have a saying around the Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team of 'never give up.' This new car can have you scratching your head because adjustments and changes that would have worked last year, they don't have the same effect...

Bobby Labonte:

"We have a saying around the Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team of 'never give up.' This new car can have you scratching your head because adjustments and changes that would have worked last year, they don't have the same effect with this car. So you have to work hard during the race to get your car to where it's comfortable. That's been the calling card of this team all year. We are always better at the end of the race. At Dover we never had to opportunity to do that. If we did, I know we could have made up some points. That's the unfortunate part."

"Looking at the schedule at the start of the year, Pocono was a track that I had circled as an unknown with this car. It could often be a handful with the other car. Pocono has three corners of different radiuses and three straights of different lengths. It's hard to be comfortable for an entire lap there. So it was cool that NASCAR gave us a test up there. Not only do we have two races at Pocono, but this will help us prepare for our second biggest event of the year, the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. Pocono and Indianapolis are similar in setup because they're both flat and 2.5 miles in length."

"This week starts the five-race stretch where Terry (Labonte) and I will become teammates again. It was always fun having him at the track. This was a great move by us because Terry is the same driver today that he was when he won the 2003 Southern 500 or when he finished third at Sonoma a few years ago. When he jumps behind the wheel of a racecar he is still the 'Iceman.' To have him as a teammate again is special for our whole family. It means a lot to me because I grew up wanting to be just like him."

Bobby Labonte at Pocono Raceway

* Labonte has scored three wins at Pocono; he swept the track in 1999 with two wins that year and scored his third win in 2001.

* The venue is tied for second on his list for most career wins at a track.

* Of all active drivers Labonte is tied for third on the list for most wins at Pocono, ranking behind Jeff Gordon with four wins and Bill Elliott with five.

* In his 30 starts at Pocono, Labonte has also amassed five top-5s and nine top-10s. His most recent top-10 came in 2006 when he finished eighth.

* On 11 occasions Labonte has qualified within the top-10 at the tri-oval.

* Labonte has completed 5,553 of 5,885 laps (94.4%) at Pocono, including 88 laps led. His average start at the track is 15.7 and average finish is 17.4.

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte