Martinsville: Winner interview

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 47 CHEVROLET RODEWAY INN/ECONO LODGE ALL STAR SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 5th, FINISHED 1ST: PRESS BOX POST RACE CONFERENCE: BECAME 12TH DRIVER TO WIN A RACE IN ALL THREE MAJOR DIVISIONS. TELL US ABOUT YOUR WIN: "I knew I had to...

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 47 CHEVROLET RODEWAY INN/ECONO LODGE ALL STAR SILVERADO, QUALIFIED 5th, FINISHED 1ST: PRESS BOX POST RACE CONFERENCE: BECAME 12TH DRIVER TO WIN A RACE IN ALL THREE MAJOR DIVISIONS.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR WIN:

"I knew I had to get a good restart from that last yellow because I had Ricky (Craven) and Ron (Hornaday) behind me and they were both good. Ron and I worked our way up through the field together so I knew he was strong and I knew Ricky was good as well. We got a good start, those two battled behind me and I got away enough to get the win. That's about it. We came so close at Atlanta that I really wanted this race for all the Morgan Dollar guys. It is pretty cool to have a win in all three divisions. I won a Busch race here at Martinsville back in '92 I think it was so to get a truck win here is pretty cool."

TELL US ABOUT TAKING THE CHECKERED FLAG:

"Well it seems like that is a Labonte thing. Terry did it at Darlington and Justin did it at Chicago and I really suck at burnouts so it seemed like the right thing to do. The flag man didn't get right away that I wanted the flag but he finally got it which is a good thing cause I think the crowd was headed down there to throw him and the flag out on the track. Like I said, I just am not any good at the burnouts and the truck was in pretty decent shape and I didn't want to risk tearing it up for these guys."

WHAT WAS THE LURE THAT BROIUGHT YOU TO THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES?

"Well, I used to run a lot of Busch races with my Cup races then I got hurt over there so I shied away from it for a while. Then last year Chevrolet put this deal together for several of the Cup guys to come and run a truck race and I got to do it. They have Randy Goss crew chiefing this deal and he has been around and really is good with the trucks. I had a blast doing it and we had two good runs here and at Homestead. So I figured out I was missing not racing more than just the Cup deal which is a good thing cause it means I still like what I am doing. Things haven't been going so well for us on Sundays so coming over here and running really well is good for me. Winning this trophy is good for me that is the deal, not prize money, but running good. So I ran two races so far and for sure we are running one more but want to get the money to do six if possible. I am running several Busch races and Grand American races and am really looking forward to them. It is all about racing and running good."

CAN YOU TRANFER ANYTHING YOU LEARNED TODAY TO THE CUP RACE TOMORROW?

"I would like to think I am smart enough to have learned something that will help but there are differences. I am running for Dave Dollar and his organization here and not driving for Joe Gibbs so it isn't my car guys down here working on the truck. I am not the best translator but I think I can carry a few things back to the other garage that will help us out tomorrow."

TALK ABOUT HOW FUN IT WAS FOR TRICK PONY TO BE ON THE TRUCK, BE HERE AND SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND THEN GET TO WATCH YOU WIN:

"Well, it seemed like that had a really good time. We were happy to have them come on board for this race. It is the first time they have been involved in a race other than watch. It was the first time they sang the National Anthem at a race and they did a really good job at that too. We got to spend a little time with them before the race and it seemed like they were pretty pumped up before the race. They came to victory lane and they seemed pretty excited. We had a lot of photos taken there and they had to leave and catch a plane for a gig in Indianapolis and said they might stop along the way and have a party in our honor. We had Phil Vassar on the truck at Atlanta and he was there as well and we came close to getting a win. It was great to get the win for them, for Chevrolet and everyone involved in this program."

-gm racing-

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