Justin Labonte

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Justin Labonte
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Labonte celebrates his 2004 Twister 300 win
Born (1981-02-05) February 5, 1981 (age 34)
Trinity, North Carolina
Achievements

1996 Summer Shootout Series Champion at Charlotte

1997 Summer Shootout Series Champion at Charlotte

2003 Late Model Stock Champion at Caraway Speedway
Awards 1998 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Consistency Award
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
2006 position 80th
Best finish 17th - 2005 (Busch Series)
First race 1999 BellSouth Mobility 320 (Nashville)
Last race 2006 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
First win 2004 Twister 300 (Chicago)
Last win 2004 Twister 300 (Chicago)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 3
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
First race 2006 Silverado 350K (Texas)
Last race 2007 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Statistics current as of November 26, 2006.

Justin Labonte (born February 5, 1981) is a former NASCAR Xfinity Series driver. He is the son of NASCAR driver Terry Labonte, and the nephew of Bobby Labonte. He currently races on short tracks in North Carolina.[1][2][3]

Racing career[edit]

Pre-NASCAR[edit]

Labonte was born in Trinity, North Carolina. He began racing at the age of 15 at Ace Speedway and Concord Motorsport Park. He also ran the Legends Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he won back-to-back championships in 1996 and 1997. During those two years, he split 25 career victories at Ace and Concord. In 1998, he moved to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, where he finished 3rd in points and posted thirteen top-tens. He also won the Consistency award for finishing nearly 97% of all possible laps during the season. The next season, he had three top-tens in seven starts.

NASCAR[edit]

In 1999, Labonte began sharing the #44 Slim Jim Chevrolet Monte Carlo with his father in the Busch Series. Qualifying nine times, he had a best finish of 14th at Myrtle Beach Speedway. He ran more races in 2000, his best finish a 20th at Nashville Speedway USA. He also made three starts in the ARCA series, posting two top-five finishes. In 2001, he ran a limited ARCA schedule, making five starts, including a race at Nashville Superspeedway, where he led 70 laps.

Labonte began running late model stock series in 2002 at Caraway Speedway. In his first season at the track, he won one feature event and had ten top-tens in twelve starts. He followed that up by winning the track championship the next season. Labonte also returned to the Busch Series in 2002, attempting but failing to qualify for three races in the #04 Victory Junction Gang Dodge for Kerry Scherer. He made his first start in three years in 2003, starting 23rd and finishing 29th at Michigan International Speedway in the #06 Dodge Intrepid for Scherer.

In 2004, Labonte announced he would make a limited run in the Busch Series that season in the #44 car owned by his father and sponsored by the United States Coast Guard. At the Twister 300, Labonte passed Mike Wallace on the last lap to win his first career race. Out of seventeen starts that season, it was his only top-ten, but finished 35th in points. For 2005, Labonte's team merged with Haas CNC Racing, and he posted two top-tens and finished seventeenth in points. At the end of the season, he was released from his contract. He ran his only Busch race of 2006 at Memphis Motorsports Park in the #5 for Hendrick Motorsports, finishing 22nd. He also made his Craftsman Truck Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway, driving the #24 Bill Davis Racing Toyota Tundra to a 22nd finish place finish.

He most recently raced in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2007 driving Michael Waltrip's #00 Aaron's Toyota Tundra. He finished 27th at O'Reilly Raceway Park, followed by a 12th place finish at Martinsville.

References[edit]

  1. ^ World of Outlaws Late Model Series, Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series at 311 Motor Speedway, April 20, 2013
  2. ^ Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series, Results, Fayetteville Motor Speedway, undated, 2012
  3. ^ Bobby Labonte Racing, Bobby Labonte Racing Starts Off 2013 with a Win, February 18, 2013

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