Indy ORP: Justin Labonte preview

JUSTIN LABONTE TO DRIVE THE NO. 00 AARON'S LUCKY DOG TOYOTA TUNDRA AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK CORNELIUS, N.C. (July 23, 2007) -- Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership and Darrell Waltrip Motorsports are pleased to announce that Justin Labonte will be...

JUSTIN LABONTE TO DRIVE THE NO. 00 AARON'S LUCKY DOG TOYOTA TUNDRA AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK

CORNELIUS, N.C. (July 23, 2007) -- Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership and Darrell Waltrip Motorsports are pleased to announce that Justin Labonte will be behind the wheel of the No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Toyota Tundra for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) event at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) in Indianapolis this Friday night.

With one previous Craftsman Truck Series start and 76 Busch Series starts on his resume, 26-year-old Justin Labonte is anxious to showcase his experience in his return to one of NASCAR's top series. Poised to take full advantage of this opportunity in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the son of two-time NEXTEL Cup Series champion Terry Labonte has hopes of driving the Aaron's Lucky Dog Toyota Tundra to its first victory.

"Aaron's and Darrell Waltrip have given me such a great opportunity with this ride and I really appreciate it," said Labonte. "When I raced in the Busch Series, I had the chance to race against Michael Waltrip in the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine. It is awesome to me to think I will be racing for a Waltrip (Darrell) in the No. 00 Aaron's Lucky Dog Tundra. Aaron's has a strong market in Indianapolis, with a store not minutes from the track, so driving to victory lane would be a great way to show my appreciation to them."

This may be Labonte's first time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP), but the North Carolina native has competed in two NASCAR Busch Series events at the .686-mile oval.

""I have raced at ORP a couple of times in a Busch car so I know how to get around this place," said Labonte. "We didn't have the finish (25th in 1999 and 22nd in 2005) we had hoped for, but I was able to gain some experience and learn the track. The speeds are high and turns are tight here so there will be plenty of tight racing all night. We just need to keep our nose clean and I believe we can be right there at the end. Overall, anytime I can get out there and race, I am ready to do just that."

-credit: dwm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Terry Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Justin Labonte