Bobby Labonte and Joe Gibbs Racing reunite

Bobby Labonte will be back behind the wheel of the JGR No. 18, but in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona.

Joe Gibbs Racing revealed the surprise news earlier today. Labonte drove for the team for a decade between 1995 and 2005, winning 21 races and the 2000 Sprint Cup championship.

He will drive the No. 18 NOS  Energy Drink Toyota Camry in the season-opener for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. It will mark Labonte's first NXS start since 2008 at Texas. Along with his impressive Sprint Cup resume, Labonte has also scored ten victories at the Xfinity level with his most recent win actually coming in a restrictor plate race at Talladega.

Bobby is also running the Daytona 500 for Go FAS Racing in the No. 32 Ford, which will be his 24th start in the Great American Race.

The one-off opportunity came about because Kyle Busch is not running any plate races in the secondary division of NASCAR this year, following the leg injury he sustained last February.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to drive for JGR again," Labonte said in a JGR release. "I didn't think this would ever happen and when Joe called me about the program, it was a 'no-brainer.' Great race team, great cars, the opportunity is a good one."

The No. 18 will be piloted by Busch for 16 races in a reduced schedule and newcomer Matt Tifft for 13.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Event Daytona
Track Daytona International Speedway
Drivers Bobby Labonte
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Article type Breaking news