Richmond II: Bobby Labonte preview

Labonte Ready to Rebound with Phoenix Racing Team Hopes Bad Luck is Behind Them, Looking for Better Results Spartanburg, S.C. (September 7, 2010) - This weekend, Phoenix Racing and the No. 09 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet team are excited to go...

Labonte Ready to Rebound with Phoenix Racing
Team Hopes Bad Luck is Behind Them, Looking for Better Results

Spartanburg, S.C. (September 7, 2010) - This weekend, Phoenix Racing and the No. 09 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet team are excited to go back short track racing with Bobby Labonte at the 0.75-mile Richmond (Va.) International Raceway (RIR). The Air Guard 400 is the final race of the "regular season" and the field for the "Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship" will be determined after Saturday night's 400-lap event.

Labonte has 35 starts with an average start and finish of 18th at Richmond. He has also attained four top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes and has completed nearly 99% of all laps.

Comments from Bobby Labonte on Richmond International Raceway:

"James Finch and this Phoenix Racing team have really worked hard. We had some bad luck at Bristol a couple weeks back. Right now, we are really hoping to find a lucky horseshoe or something. This No. 09 team deserves a great finish for all of the tough things we've been through. Hopefully this weekend we will be able to get one.

"This team has had great qualifying runs at Richmond these past few races. Hopefully we'll be able to use that set-up to put us in a good starting position for the race. Starting the race up front will definitely be beneficial in keeping us out of trouble. It's really easy to get caught up in traffic, and it's hard to race in 'dirty air' in the back. You just can't pass.

"I have had some really good races at Richmond. I've led some laps there and almost won there in the spring of 2003. We lost the race to Joe Nemechek under caution. We might have been able to pull off the victory if we had the green-white-checkered finish back then.

"This race is really exciting for all the fans. It's the race that determines the 12 drivers for the 'Chase', and even though we are not in it this year, it really gets the fans excited. This race gives me the same feeling the Bristol night race does. A packed house, under the lights, it's the way racing should be.

"This weekend will be extra special for the Labonte family. Terry (Labonte) will be making his debut with the Stavola Brother's. It's going to be a cool feeling to be racing again with Terry. We had a lot of great racing battles together over the years and it'll definitely be a great feeling to be with him on the track again."

-source: bobby labonte PR

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte
Teams Phoenix Racing