* Labonte and Foyt are fan favorites in Fort Worth DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2005) -- When you have the last name "Foyt" or "Labonte" you're going to be a popular figure at Texas Motor Speedway. Justin Labonte (No. 44 U.S. Coast Guard ...
* Labonte and Foyt are fan favorites in Fort Worth
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 1, 2005) -- When you have the last name "Foyt" or "Labonte" you're going to be a popular figure at Texas Motor Speedway.
Justin Labonte (No. 44 U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet), the 24-year-old son of Texas' favorite NASCAR son, Terry Labonte, will be making his second appearance at the track, while A.J. Foyt IV (No. 38 Great Clips Dodge), the 21-year-old grandson of racing legend A.J. Foyt and a native of Hockley, Texas, will be attempting his second NASCAR Busch Series start in his first stock car race in his home state.
For both young drivers, Saturday's 200-lap O'Reilly Challenge should be a memorable race.
"I'm excited about it. We've had some good runs in the past couple of weeks and our team's in pretty good shape," Labonte said. "Texas is a fun track to race. The first time I went there, I loved it. It's a fast track -- the kind of track I really enjoy racing on."
During the series' first visit to Texas in April, Labonte posted a top-five qualifying run and was putting on an impressive performance in the race, until an accident relegated him to a 33rd-place finish.
Foyt should shrug off any difficulty just as well. Despite his young age, he's already performed on one of racing's biggest stages -- in 2003, he was the youngest driver ever to start the Indianapolis 500 at age 19 -- and has been racing since he was 10.
Labonte, meanwhile, hasn't quite found the success he enjoyed in 2004, when he earned his first victory at Chicagoland Speedway, but he's made 32 starts this season and is ranked 17th in the NASCAR Busch Series points standings, both career-high marks for the second-generation driver.
"At times it's been worse, and at times it's been better," Labonte said. "This year I expected more than what we've done. Sometimes, we just haven't performed the way I've wanted, and other times we've had a great run going and just had some problems. That's in the past now and we're just concentrating on these next three races."