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Labonte Family: Bobby Labonte, Justin Labonte, and Terry Labonte
Bobby Labonte
Born: May 8, 1964 Currently: Inactive/unemployed
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX, United States of America Fun Fact: This Driver Has a Page on The Third Turn!
BIOGRAPHY CAREER RESULTS
Bobby Alan Labonte (born May 8, 1964) is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver of the #71 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet for TRG Motorsports. As of 2006, Labonte is the only driver to win both the NASCAR Winston Cup championship (2000) and the NASCAR Busch Series championship (1991). He also won the IROC (International Race Of Champions) title in 2001.

From 1995 to 2005, Labonte drove for the Joe Gibbs Racing Team where his car, number 18, was sponsored by Interstate Batteries. In 1993 (his rookie season) and 1994, he drove the number 22 Maxwell House car for Bill Davis Racing.

Bobby was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. His older brother, Terry, is also a prominent NASCAR driver; the two are the only brothers to have both won the championship in NASCAR's top series (the other family pairs to have titles, Lee and Richard Petty and Ned and Dale Jarrett, are father-son combinations).

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Beginnings

Labonte was born on May 8, 1964 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He began racing in 1969 in quarter midgets in his homestate of Texas, winning his first feature race one year later. From then until 1977, he drove in quarter-midgets throughout the United States, winning many races. In 1978, he advanced to the go-kart ranks, but moved to North Carolina with his family following his older brother Terry's advancement to the Cup series. After competing in several different divisions, Labonte made his Busch Series debut in 1982 at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 30th. Following his graduation from Trinity High School, he worked as a fabricator on Terry's cars at Hagan Racing. After a few years of racing in various divisions, Labonte returned to the Busch Series in 1985, running two races in a car he owned himself at Martinsville. In his first race, he finished 30th, bringing home only $220. In his next race, though, he finished in 17th, his best finish so far. The next season, running his own Bobby Labonte Racing car, he won his first Busch pole position and finished second at Road Atlanta.

While he continued to run races in the Busch Series, his main success came driving late-model stock cars. In 1987, Labonte won twelve races at Caraway Speedway, clinching the track championship, in addition to working for Jay Hedgecock. The following season, he competed at Concord Motorsports Park, winning six times, and ran six more Busch races, finishing 16th at Darlington Raceway. The next season, he ran seven races and had his first top-five finish at North Carolina Speedway. He had two more top-tens that year.

1990-1994

By 1990, Labonte had finally earned enough money to race in the Busch Series full-time. He founded his own team, and drove a Slim Jim sponsored #44 Oldsmobile. He was successful, winning two poles (both at Bristol Motor Speedway), scoring six top-5s, and ten top-10s. He ended up finishing fourth in the standings and was also voted the Busch Series' "Most Popular Driver".

Next season, he continued his second-division success by winning the NASCAR Busch Series championship with two wins, 10 top-five and 21 top-10 finishes. He also won his first Busch Series race, at Bristol, then won again at Indianapolis Raceway Park in August. In addition to his Busch Series schedule, he made two Winston Cup starts in a Bobby Labonte Racing car at Dover International Speedway and Michigan International Speedway, finishing 34th and 38th, respectively.

The following season, 1992, he continued racing in the Busch Series. His season was a successful one, and he ended up winning three races (at Lanier, Hickory, and Martinsville speedways respectively), but lost the Busch championship to Joe Nemechek by three points. That championship finish is, to date, the closest finish in either Sprint Cup, Nationwide, or Camping World Truck Series history.

In 1993, Labonte was called up by Bill Davis Racing to drive in the Winston Cup Series. He signed a contract to drive the #22 Maxwell House Ford Thunderbird. In his rookie season, he won his first pole at Richmond International Raceway, collected one top-five and two top-tens, and finished 19th in points. He was also second place behind Jeff Gordon for Rookie of the Year honors. He also competed in two Busch Series races, winning a pole and finishing 2nd and 24th respectively. Also, Labonte continued to operate his main Busch Series team, hiring David Green to drive for him. Green finished third in points for Bobby Labonte Racing.

The next season, 1994, Labonte achieved his second major success as a car owner when his Busch Series driver, David Green, won the championship. It was the second championship, and fifth top-five points finish in five years for Bobby Labonte Racing. He also ran in the Busch Series himself, making 12 starts and earning a victory at Michigan in August. In addition to his Busch Series exploits, Bobby continued running full-time in the Winston Cup series for Bill Davis Racing. He collected one top-5 and two top-10s and finished 21st in the standings, just missing out on the top 20 because of Todd Bodine's two-position points standings gain in the final race of the season.

1995-2000

Bobby Labonte's former JGR car on display at the Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters.

At the end of the season, Labonte departed to drive the #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing. Bobby would pick up his first career win at the Coca Cola 600 in 1995. He would also go on and sweep the races at Michigan, and finish 10th in the standings. In 1996, he won the season ending race at Atlanta, the same race where his brother Terry won the championship. The two took a victory lap together in what Labonte said was one of the most emotional and memorable moments of his life. That year, he finished 11th in points. In 1997 Bobby switched car makes to a Pontiac Grand Prix. Bobby would go on to win the season ending race at Atlanta for the second year in a row. He ended up in 7th place in the standings, his best finish at that point in his career. In 1998 Bobby won the pole for the Daytona 500, where he eventually finished 2nd to Dale Earnhardt in Earnhardt's emotional first Daytona 500 win. Bobby would later win at Daytona's sister track, Talledega, in the spring. Bobby also again won at Atlanta and also won the pole for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in summer. He finished the year in 6th in the standings, improving by a position. In 1999, Labonte won five Winston Cup races, the most he has ever won in a single season. However, during the season, he suffered a broken shoulder in an accident while qualifying for a Busch Series race at Darlington Raceway, but raced in the Cup event two days later. Bobby started the race, but at the first caution a young Matt Kenseth would take over for him in the race. He finished second in the points to Dale Jarrett, losing the championship by 201 points. In 2000, Bobby went on to win 4 races at Darlington, Charlotte, and Pocono (where he swept both races). He was the first to accomplish this particular sweep, which has been followed by Jimmie Johnson in 2004 and Denny Hamlin in 2006. He led the point standings for 25 weeks after taking over at California, and never relinquished it. Bobby would go on to win his first ever Winston Cup Championship, finishing ahead of Dale Earnhardt by 265 points.

2001-2005

Labonte #43 races to the end of pit lane in 2006
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Labonte's 2007 car

In 2001, Labonte finished 6th in the points standings. He also won twice that year at Atlanta and at Pocono. In 2002 Bobby only had 1 win, which was at Martinsville in the spring. He also drove a 9/11 Tribute car in 2002 with the phrase "Let's Roll" on the hood of this stock car. It was his first career short track win at Martinsville. He went on to finish 16th in the standings, and failed to finish in the top 10 for the first time since 1998. In 2003 Labonte rebounded and finished 8th in the standings while winning 2 races at Atlanta, and at Homestead (leading only the final lap). Also Bobby went on a tear during the spring with 3 straight 2nd-place finishes. In 2004 Bobby didn't win a race for the first time since 1994. Labonte finished 12th in the standings. 2005 saw much of the same. Bobby fell out of the top 20 in points, and only had 4 top-5s, one of which was a dramatic 2nd at Lowes Motor Speedway. He also went on to race some truck series events, which included a win at Martinsville. His win there made him join an elite group of drivers that have won in all 3 divisions at one track. In fact, with his win, he became the first driver to do so. He also ran the 24 Hours of Daytona road race, sharing a car with his brother Terry, Jan Magnussen and Bryan Herta. After the disappointing 2005 season, Bobby asked and was granted to be released from Joe Gibbs Racing, having spent the last eleven seasons there. Bobby joined the Petty Enterprises to drive the famous #43.

2006-Present

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Bobby Labonte brings his car in after a crash during the 2007 Ford 300 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In his inaugural season in the #43, Labonte collected 3 top-5's and 8 top-10s. His top-5s included an impressive run at the Martinsville Speedway where he finished 3rd after being in contention for the win much of the day. He ended up finishing 21st in the points standings, three spots better than in 2005.

Bobby began the 2007 season with a 21st place finish in the Daytona 500, after avoiding the many accidents the race had.

Bobby won the Busch Series race at Talladega Speedway in April 2007, edging Tony Stewart to the line in a thrilling finish. This was his first Busch Series win since 1998. Bobby would end the year with no top-fives and only three top-ten finishes, but due to a more consistent season, he finished in 18th place in the standings, a three-position improvement over 2006.

In the off season following the 2007 season, Labonte agreed to a 15 race contract to drive the # 21 chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 2008. RCR's No. 21 team earned six victories in 2007 with driver Kevin Harvick, and has earned two of the organization's four series championships.

In November of 2007, Labonte formed a full-service marketing agency,Breaking Limits

File:Bobby Labonte 2008 Cheerios Dodge Charger.jpg
2008 Cup racecar
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Grand National Division Results
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Modified Tour Results
Whelen Modified Tour Results
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Whelen Southern Modified Tour Results
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International Results
Canadian Tire Series Results
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Mexico Corona Series Results
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Elite Division Results
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Northwest Series Results
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Defunct Touring/Regional Results
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Grand American Results
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Grand National East Results
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Goody's Dash Series Results
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North Tour Results
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All-American Challenge Series Results
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O'Reilly All-Star Series Results
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Local/Weekly Racing Results
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1992 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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1995 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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1999 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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2000 style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" style="background:#FFFFFF" colspan=2|
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ARCA West Late Model Challenge Series Results
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ASA National Tour Results
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ASA Southern Modified Race Tour Results
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ASA Midwest Tour Results
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ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour Results
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USAR Pro Cup Results
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Pro All Star Series (PASS) Results
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PASS Sportsman Results
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ASA Late Model Series Results
ASALMS Northern Division Results
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CRA Super Series Results
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S.M.A.R.T. Modified Tour Results
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Results For Select Stock Car Races
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