Texas: Petty Enterprises qualifying report

Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios Racing/Sam's Club Dodge will start Sunday's event from the 30th position. Labonte, a Texas native, is looking for his first win in his home state. He does have two pole positions to his credit. After having...

Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios Racing/Sam's Club Dodge will start Sunday's event from the 30th position. Labonte, a Texas native, is looking for his first win in his home state. He does have two pole positions to his credit. After having great cars the last two weeks, only to have been involved in other driver's mistakes, Labonte is looking to lasso the momentum that the team enjoyed earlier in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

"The car was just a little too snug, especially coming off turn two. That's a tight turn anyway," said Labonte. "Jeff (Meendering, crew chief) and I talked and we have a plan to get it to turn better tomorrow. I'm running the Nationwide Series race too, so maybe that will help."

"I'm just glad that Michael McDowell walked away from that wreck with no injuries," continued Labonte. "I called him to make sure he was okay because those can be a little scary. But you have to tip your hat to NASCAR and the new car. You know, its No. 1 goal was to improve safety. Anyone that was in attendance today can verify that this is a safe racecar."

Rookie Chad McCumbee was behind the wheel of the No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge this weekend, replacing Kyle Petty. McCumbee's lap of 29.390 seconds was not enough to make it into the field of 43.

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kyle Petty , Michael McDowell , Chad McCumbee