LABONTE- FATHER/SON COMPETE TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME NASCAR Champion Terry Labonte and Son Justin to Compete in Peterbilt 250 Fredericton, NB -- It's the biggest news to hit the Geary woods since the paving started in 1994, Texas Terry Labonte,...
LABONTE- FATHER/SON COMPETE TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME
NASCAR Champion Terry Labonte and Son Justin to Compete in Peterbilt 250
Fredericton, NB -- It's the biggest news to hit the Geary woods since the paving started in 1994, Texas Terry Labonte, two-time Nextel Cup Champion has entered the 2007 Peterbilt 250. To make things even more exciting, Terry's son Justin, a former BUSCH Series event winner, has entered as well. The interesting point here is that they have NEVER competed against each other, EVER! Fans of NBIS will witness history in the making as Justin and Terry go head to head on Canada's Fastest Short Track.
The Labontes announced their intentions today to compete in the Peterbilt 250 with the support of primary sponsor Irving Lubricants as well as supporting sponsor Peterbilt New Brunswick. "Justin and I are excited about coming to the Peterbilt 250. We've never actually raced against each other so we are really looking forward to it." Says two time Nextel Cup Champion Terry Labonte. Justin is just as enthusiastic about the chance to race against his father. "We have been running a lot of Late Model races down in North Carolina over the past year so hopefully we'll be able to surprise Dad and make this an even better race," said Justin Labonte.
Irving Lubricants will be the primary sponsor on both the Labonte's Pro Stock entries. "We can't express how excited we are to be able to bring the Labontes to the fans of the region. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with a quality product and this is an extension of that pride. To have a Champion like Terry Labonte and his son Justin representing our colors in the Peterbilt 250 is unbelievable. We, at Irving Lubricants, are launching a new line of Irving MAX 1 Advanced Synthetic Oil and Irving MAX 1 Plus Severe Duty Synthetic Blend this summer and we couldn't think of a better way to tell everyone about the new products." said Kevin Boyle, General Manager Irving Lubricants Division.
This news has also got the management at NBIS energized. "We are thrilled to have Terry Labonte and Justin Labonte racing in the Peterbilt 250," said NBIS co-owner Steve Burns, "The fact that they have NEVER raced each other is historic and we're happy it's going to happen here at NBIS."
Last year's Peterbilt 250 attracted a record number of 44 entries for the event. Early predictions are that the 2007 event could break the record for entries by a substantial amount. Throw in two more names like Terry and Justin Labonte and it's not hard to realize why the event has become the Premier Pro Stock race in the Northeast.
Terry will drive a car prepared by Dave O'Blenis out of Boundary Creek. O'Blenis is not new to the idea of putting a high profile driver in his equipment. O'Blenis fielded entries for NASCAR's Johnny Benson for the 2005 and 2006 Peterbilt 250 events. "We are pumped! This event is more fun every year and this year to have Terry driving our car is unreal. We are so excited to be part of this deal and to have a legend like Terry at the event". said Dave O'Blenis.
Justin's car will be prepared by none other than defending Peterbilt 250 Champion Lonnie Sommerville. "I can't wait, we've been on cloud nine since winning last years Peterbilt 250, but now to have one of our sponsors, Irving Lubricants, bringing a couple of guys like Terry and Justin to race with us, it's just awesome! I'm really excited about being part of this history making event with Justin and Terry racing each other for the first time. We'll see what we can do to get Justin out on top. It's going to be a lot of fun", said Sommerville.
Terry Labonte retired from Nextel Cup in 2006 after winning 2 Nextel Cup Championships and 22 Nextel Cup events. Most recently Terry has stepped back into Nextel Cup to compete in two road course events for Michael Waltrip racing. Terry's last Cup win came on Labour Day weekend in 2003 at the Southern 500 in Darlington. Hmmm.. Labour Day weekend???
Justin Labonte claimed his first NASCAR BUSCH Series victory in 2004 at Chicagoland Speedway in just his 31st start. In 2005 Justin ran a full BUSCH series schedule and finished 17th in points. Justin is currently running late models (and winning) in North Carolina on a limited basis. He also fills in for Kyle Busch in the #5 Hendrick Motorsports BUSCH Series entry.
The Labonte's entries are the 4th and 5th Irving Lubricants sponsored cars to announce their intentions to race in the September event. 2006 Peterbilt 250 Champion Lonnie Sommerville, Fearless Frank Fraser, and PASS standout Travis Benjamin are all sponsored by Irving Lubricants and have entered this years event. "We are really excited about the Irving Lubricants Team we have been able to bring together for this years Peterbilt 250", said Kevin Boyle, General Manager Irving Lubricants Division.
Irving Lubricants will also have a presence on Saturday night of Leisure Family RV Centers SPEEDWEEKEND as they are the primary sponsor on #83 Sportsman entry of Corey Little who will be competing in the O'Leary Pontiac Excitement Sportsman 150.
The Peterbilt 250
The 2007 Peterbilt 250 will take place on Sunday, September 2nd, 2007 and will be the highlight of the 6th Annual Leisure Family RV Centers SPEEDWEEKEND. The event will showcase the NBIS CARQUEST Pro Stocks against the best of the Eastern Canada and New England. The purse for 2007 will be over $70,000 with a guaranteed $15,000 to the event winner and possible winner's cheque of $28,000. Four years ago, the late Scott Fraser took home a record $25,400 including lap money. Only seven years old, the event as grown in crowd, atmosphere, and car count every year since its inception. Over 7,500 people attended the 2006 event to break attendance records at Canada's Fastest Short Track. A record 44 pro stock cars, including several Maine drivers, attempted to qualify for 28 spots on the starting grid.
Leisure Family RV Centers SPEEDWEEKEND
Just like the Peterbilt 250, Leisure Family RV Centers SPEEDWEEKEND continues to grow every year. Over 14,000 people attended last year's four-day stock car fest that includes a corn boil on Friday night, O'Leary Pontiac Excitement Sportsman 150 race on Saturday night, the Peterbilt 250 on Sunday, and finishes up with an Enduro 200 on Monday. While the Peterbilt 250 is the highlight of the racing event, the weekend has developed into an event on its own with over 475 campers turning NBIS into a small town over the weekend. It has become the destination of choice for the region's stock car fans.
New Brunswick International Speedway
New Brunswick International Speedway is Canada's Fastest Short Track. The 1/3 of a mile high-banked paved oval features three classes of racing on a weekly basis: CARQUEST Pro Stocks, Martin's Home Heating, and Coast Tire Street Stocks. Over 70,000 people are expected to attend over 20 events during the 2007 season. NBIS is located off Highway 7 on Route 660 in Geary, NB, and is within minutes of Saint John and Fredericton. NBIS can be found online at www.nbisonline.com.
-credit: jdPR for Labonte