- Terry Labonte
Infobox NASCAR driver
Name = Terrance Lee Labonte
Birthdate = birth date and age|1956|11|16| Birthplace = Corpus Christi,
Years_In_Cup = 31
Total_Cup_Races = 857
Best_Cup_Pos = 1st - 1984, 1996 (Winston Cup)
Cup_Wins = 22
Cup_Top_Tens = 361
Cup_Poles = 27
First_Cup_Race = 1978
Last_Cup_Race = 2008
3M Performance 400(Michigan)
First_Cup_Win = 1980
Last_Cup_Win = 2003 Mountain Dew Southern 500 (Darlington)
Years_In_NBS = 11
Total_NBS_Races = 124
Best_Busch_Pos = 13th - 1996 (Busch Series)
First_Busch_Race = 1985
First_Busch_Win = 1985
Last_Busch_Win = 1999
Touchstone Energy 300(Talladega)
Last_Busch_Race = 2000
MBNA Platinum 400(Dover)
Busch_Wins = 11
Busch_Top_Tens = 68
Busch_Poles = 4
Years_In_Truck = 1
Total_Truck_Races = 3
Best_Truck_Pos = 37th - 1995 (Craftsman Truck Series)
First_Truck_Race = 1995
Copper World Classic(Phoenix)
First_Truck_Win = 1995
FasMart Supertruck Shootout(Richmond)
Last_Truck_Win = 1995
FasMart Supertruck Shootout(Richmond)
Last_Truck_Race = 1995
FasMart Supertruck Shootout(Richmond)
Truck_Wins = 1
Truck_Top_Tens = 3
Truck_Poles = 1
Awards = 1984 Winston Cup Champion 1993 IROC Champion
1989 IROC champion
1996 Winston Cup Champion
Named one of
NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers(1998)
inducted in the National Quarter Midget Hall of Fame in 1989 [ [http://www.quartermidgets.org/HOF/inductee.asp?ID=16 National Quarter Midget Hall of Fame] ]
Terrance Lee Labonte (born
November 16, 1956, in Corpus Christi, Texas) is a NASCARdriver who now races part-time in the Sprint Cup Series. Labonte was introduced to the sport through his father, who had worked on racecars as a hobby for his friends. He is the older brother of 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte, and the father of former Nationwide Seriesdriver Justin Labonte.
Terry Labonte started racing quarter-midgets when he was 7 and won a national championship at nine before moving onto the local short tracks in a stock car as a teenager. Driving on both dirt and asphalt, he won track championships in his hometown, in Houston, and in San Antonio from 1975 to 1977. During this time he also met
Louisianabusinessman Billy Hagan.
Labonte’s first NASCAR start came in 1978 at
Darlington Raceway. He qualified nineteenth in the #92 Duck IndustriesChevrolet and finished fourth that weekend. He ran four more races that season and had an additional two top-ten finishes. In 1979, he competed for NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Yearalong with Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, and Joe Millikanwhile driving the #44 StratagraphChevrolet for Hagan. Although Labonte failed to win the top rookie award, he was one of three rookies to finish in the top 10 in points. He ended the season with thirteen top-ten finishes. The following year, he won his first career Winston Cup race on Labor Dayweekend at Darlington. He won $222,501 in prize money for the year and finished sixth in the final points.
Labonte failed to return to victory lane over the next two years but did not finish outside the top-five in the final standings. He won his second career race in 1983 in the Budweiser Chevrolet. His team received sponsorship from Piedmont Airlines the following season, and he won races at
Riverside International Racewayand Bristol Motor Speedway, clinching his first Winston Cup championship. He dropped to seventh in the final points in 1985. During that same season, he made his Busch Series debut at Charlotte in the #17 Pontiacowned by Darrell Waltripand won the 400-mile race, the longest in Busch Series history. Waltrip asked Labonte to drive after deciding to focus his driving his priorities solely to Winston Cup racing during the middle of what would be Waltrip's 307-point gain over Bill Elliottin the final eight races of the 1985 season.
Labonte fell back to twelfth in the standings in 1986. Before season's end, he announced he was leaving Hagan's team to drive the #11 Budweiser Chevrolet for
Junior Johnson's team the next year. In his first season with his new team, he earned four pole-position starts and won the Holly Farms 400, leaping up to third in the final standings. He followed that up with a fourth-place points finish in 1988. In 1989, the team switched to Ford Thunderbirds. Despite two wins during the season, he fell back to tenth in the championship.
In 1990 He signed with the #1 Skoal Classic
Oldsmobileteam for Precision Products Racing. He had four top-fives and nine top-tens but finished 15th in the points standings. He returned to Billy Hagan's team to drive his #94 SunocoOldsmobile in 1991, winning his first pole since 1988. He began 1992 with finishes inside the top 8 in each of the first eight races. He had a total of four top-five finishes and sixteen top-tens, ending the season eighth in points. The following season, the team switched to the #14 Kellogg'sChevrolet. While he had ten top-tens, for the first time in his career, Labonte failed to finish a race in the top-five and he dropped to eighteenth in points.
In 1994, Labonte joined
Hendrick Motorsports, racing the #5 Kellogg's Chevrolet and responded by notching 3 wins in each of his first two years there. In 1996, he broke Richard Petty’s streak for consecutive races after winning at North Wilkesboro. Despite only two victories, Labonte went on to win the championship that year as well, a record-setting twelve years after his first. Driving with a broken hand during the last two races of the season, Labonte and his younger brother Bobby were able to perform a dual victory lap at Atlanta Motor Speedwayin the last race of the year; Bobby won the race and Terry the championship on the final day of the season, the only time a driver and his sibling won the race and the championship at the same time.
Labonte posted twenty top-ten finishes in 1997 and notched his only win of the year at the fall race at
Talladega Superspeedway. In 1998, Labonte was able to win the Pontiac Excitement 400and finished ninth in points. Despite a win at his home track at Texas Motor Speedwayand The Winstonall-star race in 1999, Labonte finished 12th in the championship points, the first time he had finished outside the top-ten since 1993. The year 2000 saw Labonte's consecutive start streak broken at 655 after he suffered inner earinjuries at the Pepsi 400and was forced to miss the Brickyard 400and the Global Crossing @ The Glen. He began 2001 with two top-six finishes in the first seven races but finished 23rd in the final point standings. He dropped back to 24th in 2002.
In 2003, Labonte won his first pole since 2000 at Richmond and won the
Mountain Dew Southern 500(where 23 years earlier he won his first race) at Darlington Racewayafter leading the last 33 laps. That helped lead him to a tenth place spot in the final standings. Late in the 2004 season, he announced that 2004 would be his final full-time year on the circuit and would run part-time schedules for the next two years. He borrowed the number 44, his former number, from Petty Enterprisesand ran Hendrick's #44 research & developmentcar with sponsorship from Kellogg's, Pizza Hut, and GMAC. His best finish in 2005 for Hendrick Motorsports came at Pocono Raceway, where he finished 12th. He also drove a few races in the #11 FedexChevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racingfollowing the release of Jason Leffler, with a top finish of 9th at Richmond.
Labonte began the 2006 season driving the #96
Texas Instruments/ DLPHDTV Chevrolet Monte Carlocar for Hall of Fame Racing, a new team started by former Dallas Cowboysquarterbacks Roger Staubachand Troy Aikman. Labonte's past-champion's provisional guaranteed the team a starting spot in the first five races. Labonte's finishes in those races left the team in 30th place in points, sealing a spot for the team in each race as long as they remained in the top 35. Tony Rainestook over the driving duties for the #96 car and ran the rest of the season's races, with the exception of the road-course races at Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, California, and Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen, New York. Labonte's best finish of 2006 came at Infineon, where he finished 3rd due to a fuel mileage gamble by the crew chief of the #96 DLP/Texas Instruments Chevrolet, Philippe Lopez. Labonte also ran ten races with Hendrick Motorsports research & devolpment car in 2006.
During the 2007 season, Labonte drove three races for Michael Waltrip Racing, both road course events, and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, in the 55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry. cite news| title =Terry Labonte to Drive #55 NAPA Camry for Waltrip at Road Course| publisher =Racing Milestones| url =http://www.racingmilestones.com/News.aspx?ArticleID=3911| date =
2007-06-12| accessdate =2007-07-16] cite news| title =NASCAR.COM - Labonte to sub for Waltrip in No. 55 at Indianapolis| publisher =NASCAR.COM| url =http://www.nascar.com/2007/news/headlines/cup/07/18/tlabonte.mwaltrip.indianapolis/index.html| date = 2007-07-19| accessdate =2007-07-19]
On May 11, 2008 it was announced that Labonte would drive the #45 car of Petty Enterprises for six races in the middle of the 2008 Sprint Cup season, replacing
Kyle Pettyon a temporary basis. Labonte was reunited with brother Bobby, who is the regular driver of the #43 for Petty. Labonte posted two solid top-twenty runs in the 6-race tenure, a 16th at Daytona and a 17th at Infineon, both the best finishes for the 45 car this season. It was later announced that Terry would drive for Petty again in the Brickyard 400and would also drive in place of Patrick Carpentierin the The American Red Cross Pennsylvania 500as well as driving in the Centurion Boats at the Glendriving for a team to be announced at Pocono, expected to be Hall of Fame Racing, a team Labonte had driven in at the road course races in 2006. Terry Labonte was back in the # 45 car for Petty Enterprises when the Sprint Cup Serieswent to the Michigan International Speedwayfor the 3M Performance 400on August 17, 2008. Terry Labonte would be back in the # 45 car again for the AMP Energy 500at the Talladega Superspeedwayfor the final time in the 2008 Sprint CupSeason.
NASCAR Official Duties
June 12, 2007, Labonte tested for Richard Childress Racingat the Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuvetrack in an official NASCAR compatibility test for the August 4 NAPA Auto Parts 200presented by Dodge Busch Series event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuvecite news| title =Labonte, Richard Childress Racing Team Ready For NASCAR Busch Series Montreal Test| publisher =autoracingdaily.com| url =http://www.autoracingdaily.com/article/terry_labonte_richard_childress_racing_team_ready_for_nascar_busch_series_m/| date = 2007-05-18| accessdate =2007-06-10] .
NASCAR wanted a driver they were assured would not race in the NAPA Auto Parts 200, and were concerned Childress drivers Jeff Burton or Kevin Harvick would race in the event.
In 1998, the senior Labonte was named as one of
NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. A park was renamed for the Labonte brothers in their hometown of Corpus Christi in 2001, and they were chosen for entry into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Labonte supports a variety of charities and due to his efforts, the Ronald McDonald Housein Corpus Christi, the Victory Junction Gang Campnear Randleman, North Carolina, and the Hendrick Marrow Programall have benefitted.
Labonte has lived in the
Thomasville, North Carolina, area for most of his career. Terry and Kim Labonte married in May 1978 during his first year with Billy Hagan's team after meeting at the car dealership where both worked while in high school in Texas. They have two children who have grown up around racing just as Labonte did years ago. Justin Labonte, born in 1981, was a late model track champion at Caraway Speedwayin North Carolina in 2003 and raced a limited Busch Series schedule in 2004 (including a win at Chicagoland Speedwayin July) with sponsorship from the United States Coast Guard. That sponsorship expanded to allow a full schedule in 2005. Kristy, born in 1983, graduated with a business marketing major from High Point University. Terry enjoys hunting and fishing, as he is an all out outdoorsman.
Labonte was the Sports Marshal for the 80th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in
Winchester, Virginiafrom May 1 to May 8, 2007.
In addition to his 22 wins in Sprint Cup, Labonte has won 11 races in the
Nationwide Seriesand 1 in the Craftsman Truck Series. He has been the champion of the 24 Hours of Daytonaand 12 Hours of Sebringas well as three all-star races: the Busch Clash(now known as the Budweiser Shootout) in 1985 and The Winston(now the Sprint All-Star Challenge) in 1988 and 1999. He also won the IROC championship in 1989. Including his two championship seasons, he has finished in the top 10 in the year-end standings 17 times, and his top-five and top-ten totals approach 25 percent and 50 percent, respectively, of his total races.
* Except for the 1989 season driving for
Junior Johnsona scant few races during the 1990s, and his most recent sub roles, Terry Labonte has only driven a GM car throughout his Winston Cup career.
* He is known as The IceMan, for his cool demeanor under pressure, and his calm and collective driving style, as he would normally strike near the end of a race when the time was right.
*His daughter Kristy dated fellow driver
Kasey Kahnefor a period of time.
* Terry Labonte made an appearance to meet and sign autographs for fans at the 2007 Carl Casper's Custom Auto Show in at
Freedom Hall Louisville, Ky. on February 25, 2007.
* [http://www.nascar.com/drivers/dps/tlabonte00/cup/index.html NASCAR: Terry Labonte]
* [http://www.racing-reference.info/driver?id=labonte01 Terry Labonte Career Statistics]
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