Talladega: Petty Enterprises qualifying report

TSS's 2.66-mile layout is the largest on the circuit. It also has the distinction of being the first restrictor-plate track to host a race with the new chassis, which made its debut last fall. Kyle Petty and the No. 45 Marathon/Wells...

TSS's 2.66-mile layout is the largest on the circuit. It also has the distinction of being the first restrictor-plate track to host a race with the new chassis, which made its debut last fall.

Kyle Petty and the No. 45 Marathon/Wells Fargo/PVA will start 15th for Sunday's event. His lap of 185.481 mph, or 51.628 seconds, was good for fifth-fastest of the cars that had to qualify on time. Petty has plenty of confidence when racing at TSS. He has more top-10 finishes (19) at the track than any other in his career.

"This feels great," said Petty. "As I said before, our weekend begins with qualifying. As we continue to make races, we can work on getting our points back. They'll come through hard work. Everyone on this team gives everything they have. I couldn't be happier with the group of guys I go to the track with each week."

Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team will start 37th on Sunday. He toured the track at 184.019 mph, or 52.038 seconds. Labonte is very adept at driving through the field at a restrictor-plate race. He won last year's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at TSS from the 35th position

"We didn't pick up any speed like we wanted to," said Labonte. "But it is what it is. Not much you can do about it. Our car drafted really well yesterday, though. I was able to drive to the front of a pack of cars. So that's encouraging. We had a good race at Daytona in February so we know we can finish up front at these races."

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kyle Petty