T. Labonte to rest, Ironman streak ends at 655

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 4, 2000) - For the first time in 655 races, Terry Labonte won't take the green flag Saturday at Indianapolis. The most impressive longevity record in NASCAR Winston Cup Series history is finished. The sport's "Ironman"...

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 4, 2000) - For the first time in 655 races, Terry Labonte won't take the green flag Saturday at Indianapolis. The most impressive longevity record in NASCAR Winston Cup Series history is finished. The sport's "Ironman" has decided to take a day off and rest. Terry Labonte said Friday afternoon that he was physically unable to continue his streak of consecutive starts on the circuit and would have Todd Bodine drive for him in Saturday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The decision means Labonte's run of consecutive races started will end at 655, a streak dating back more than two decades.

Labonte, a two-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion, planned to meet with reporters later Friday to discuss his decision to end the streak.

Labonte, still bothered by the effects of a fractured leg bone from a crash at the July 1 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, also began feeling queasy during practice Thursday at Indianapolis. He got out of his No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet before Bud Pole Qualifying and was replaced by Bodine, who qualified the car 25th on the starting grid.

Labonte returned to Charlotte, N.C., for medical tests, the results of which were inconclusive. He returned to Indianapolis in time for a practice session Friday, but after recording four laps in the car and discussing the matter with Hendrick Motorsports officials, Labonte decided to use Saturday as a rest day.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Terry Labonte , Todd Bodine
Teams Hendrick Motorsports