Talladega II: Terry Labonte preview

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Terry Labonte #45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge

"I appreciate Petty Enterprises allowing me to race a partial schedule this year. It's been a lot of fun and I didn't realize how much I missed the sport until after that first race. I couldn't do it every week, but five to ten races is pretty nice. This may be the last race that my brother and I will get to run as teammates. I'm going to enjoy every minute of it and hopefully get a solid run for this No. 45 Marathon Dodge. We finished 16th at Daytona so I'm confident we can have another good day."

"Early in my career I had a love-hate relationship with Talladega. From our first race there in 1979 we knew that we could run up front and challenge for wins, but something always happened. Most of the time it was an engine problem. Talladega motors weren't nearly as durable as they are today because they turned a lot more rpm without the plates. If it held together we would usually finish in the top-10. In 1989 we were able to put a complete race together and get our first win. I'm proud of what I was able to accomplish down there, but that first win really sticks out."

"I think it's pretty clear that the 'Chase for the Sprint Cup' is going to come down to a three-man fight. That was evident after Kansas when they finished 1-2-3. All three drivers have been consistent all year and it's going to take one of them slipping up to give the others an edge. Biffle didn't have the wins that Johnson or Edwards had this year, but he was solid all year and is peaking at the right time. It's that kind of numbing consistency, with a few wins mixed in, that will give you a championship at the end of the year."

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Terry Labonte at the Talladega Superspeedway

* Talladega is one of Labonte's most frequented tracks. He has made 52 starts on the 2.66 mile oval * Labonte has enjoyed great success at Talladega, having garnered two wins, 10 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes. * Labonte won his only Talladega pole award for this race in 1995. * Labonte is a member of the Talladega Walk of Fame, a group that his brother Bobby will join this weekend. * Labonte has completed 8,087 of 9,707 laps (83.3%) at Talladega, including 362 laps led.

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2008 Season Stats

Starts

9

Laps Completed

1778 of 1788

(99.4%)

Laps Led

0

Wins

0

Top-5

0

Top-10

0

Avg. Start

32.0

Avg. Finish

28.4

Terry Labonte navigates the No. 45 Marathon Dodge around Michigan International Speedway

Contact:

David Hovis, MCG Sports

122 St. Alban's Lane, Suite D

Davidson, NC 28036

704.987.7959 Ext. 222

Cell: 980.722.1117

E-mail: david.hovis@mcg-sports.com

www.mcg-sports.com

www.pettyracing.com www.victoryjunction.org www.marathon.com

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