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Labonte Calling Attention to Reading Labonte Races with Spoonfuls of Stories Paint Scheme This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the ...

Labonte Calling Attention to Reading
Labonte Races with Spoonfuls of Stories Paint Scheme

This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the #43 Spoonfuls of Stories Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's Dickies 500. Sunday's race is the 33rd race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup season.

Labonte will be returning to his home state supporting the Cheerios® Spoonfuls of Stories® program by running a #43 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories Dodge this weekend. The Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program helps get books into kids' hands and encourages parents and children to read together. Over the past six years, Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories has distributed more than 30 million books free inside boxes of Cheerios cereal, and donated more than $2.5 million to support nonprofit partner First Book.

Throughout the season, Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories and First Book are donating 43 books for every lap Labonte and the team complete. If Labonte completes every lap at Texas, Cheerios and First Book will distribute more than 14,000 books to children in the region. If Labonte finishes in the top-10 the amount will be doubled.

Labonte is a two-time pole winner at the track with five top-10 and three top-five finishes. He has one top-10 finish with Petty Enterprises at the track.

Comments from Labonte as he prepares for this weekend's Dickies 500:

"It's going to be a pretty busy week going back to my home state. We have a lot of good things planned around the Spoonfuls of Stories paint scheme and that program. We're coming in early on Thursday to host a Speed Read event with First Book at the local Kroger store in Southlake. We're going to be running the paint scheme all weekend, and getting the word about the importance of reading with your child. We're trying to earn a lot of books for children and families who are in need too. That's going to be a big focus.

"It's pretty cool to be involved with a program like this. We've been a part of the Race for Books program all season with Cheerios. It makes you feel good knowing that you're making a difference. Coming back to my home state, hosting a Speed Read event, having the Spoonfuls of Stories colors on the car; it's just a good feeling to help out.

"We feel we're in a good position to get a top 10 if we can shake some of the bad luck we've had. The guys have been preparing some great cars out of Petty Enterprises and Doug (crew chief Doug Randolph) and I have been getting better and better. We've been unloading with fast cars and sustaining them throughout the weekend. We're just running into bad luck and not getting the finishes that show for it.

"It's awful frustrating for everyone, but you can walk away knowing that we are better. Things are going well, and it's only a matter of time when the finishes will come. You don't have good runs spoiled by bad luck all the time. We had good luck the last 10 races last season and we have kind of flipped it this year. It's strange because the team is just as strong if not better right now. I'm sure it's going to come to us.

"We really looked at Atlanta, Texas and Homestead to put up some good finishes. We feel good about Phoenix, too, with the new car, but I like our chances this weekend. It's so similar to Atlanta with the fast speeds and cornering. The car in Atlanta was a top 10 car and now we just need to find that same setup for Texas.

"There is a lot to look forward to this weekend. We can create a lot of excitement and energy on and off the track. We're all tired from racing and testing, but you get energized when you know you're making a difference. That gets everyone excited and ready to race. We'll be ready at Texas."

-credit: pr

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