Terry Labonte to run part-time in 2005

Two-time NASCAR Cup series champion, Terry Labonte, will run a partial schedule in 2005 and 2006 as he prepares to retire from racing. Labonte joins a list of racing veterans slowing sliding out of the sport. He joins Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace...

Two-time NASCAR Cup series champion, Terry Labonte, will run a partial schedule in 2005 and 2006 as he prepares to retire from racing. Labonte joins a list of racing veterans slowing sliding out of the sport.

He joins Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin, who have announced their impending retirement from the sport.

Labonte will run approximately 10 races in 2005 in the No. 44 Hendrick Chevrolet, and about the same amount in 2006; which will be his final season of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing.

``I thought a while about just walking away and I couldn't do it, but I didn't want to do a traditional farewell tour,'' the 47-year-old Labonte said.

Rookie sensation, Kyle Busch, will take over driving duties of the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports making the leap from the Busch series (where he is currently second in championship standings) to a full time Cup ride. Busch is the 19-year-old younger brother of current NEXTEL Chase for the Championship leader Kurt Busch.

Labonte began his NASCAR career in 1978, and managed to earn two series titles in 1984 and 1996, as well as scoring 22 victories.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Terry Labonte , Rusty Wallace , Kurt Busch , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports