DAY ENDS EARLY FOR BOBBY LABONTE AND NO. 47 BUSH'S BEANS TOYOTA TEAM AT BRISTOL

DAY ENDS EARLY FOR BOBBY LABONTE AND
NO. 47 BUSH'S BEANS TOYOTA TEAM AT BRISTOL
 

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Event: Food City 500
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Finish: 41st (Engine)
Start: 39th

Bristol Motor Speedway Synopsis:

Bobby Labonte, whose best finish at Bristol Motor Speedway is third-place (3/23/2003), did not have the opportunity to top that finish due to an engine failure and was forced to settle for a 41st-place finish. Labonte completed 159 of the 500 laps before being faced with a mechanical problem. Kasey Kahne won the event.

The Corpus Christi, Texas-native is currently 29th in the points standings, 100 points behind leader Brad Keselowski.

JTG Daugherty Racing Bristol Motor Speedway Post Race Quotes:

"The car was pretty good, but something happened to the motor," Bobby Labonte said. "It started off really tight and was hard to pass. We were moving forward and running in the top 25 when we lost the motor. The car felt pretty good and felt comfortable. Unfortunately, we did not have the chance to finish."

Bobby Labonte Stats:

Career Starts: 694
Wins: 21
Top-five: 115
Top-10: 201
First Start: 06/03/1991 Dover
First Pole: 09/11/1993 Richmond
First Win: 05/28/1995 Charlotte
Last Pole: 04/04/2004 Texas
Last Win: 11/16/2003 Homestead (327 races since)
Driver DOB: 05/08/1964
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Crew Chief: Brian Burns



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Tailgater of the Week:


Do you have what it takes to be the “TAILGATER OF THE WEEK”?
This week Bobby Labonte and the JTG Daugherty Racing team searched high and low on the hills of Bristol Motor Speedway's campgrounds for the Tailgater of the Week. On Sunday, Bob Worden from Stevens Point, Wisconsin stood out among the other tailgaters with help from his friends Jim Koziol, Ron Witt, Ken Scheidt, Luke Olsen, Rick and Donna Bush.

Worden, who was pleasantly surprised when Bobby Labonte walked up to his campsite, has been camping at Bristol for over a decade cooking up some of his favorite foods that includes steaks, burgers and chicken.
"We've been camping here for 11 years and it's pretty cool to have Bobby stop by our campsite," Worden said. "More drivers should be like Bobby Labonte."

"If NASCAR wants to have even more fans in the stands, they should talk to Bobby Labonte," Rockin' Ron Witt said. "This is something else that Bobby has come to the campgrounds to interact with the fans."

Tailgating is a way of life. It's a way to bring friends and family together according to Worden and Witt.

"All the people that camp here have become our family," Worden said.

"We come together every year to swap stories," Rockin' Ron Witt said.

"We call him Rockin' Ron because he's our music man," Worden laughed.

"We love Bristol because there's not a bad seat in the house," Witt said. "We'll be back next year."

Labonte shook hands, signed autographs, talked with everyone and even played a game of cornhole before departing.

"This was a pretty neat deal," Labonte said. "I had a lot of fun hanging out with fans of our sport."

Are you the ultimate “Grillmaster” at the race track? Do you want to win an all expense paid trip and be the VIP guest of JTG Daugherty Racing at the big race in Las Vegas in 2014?

If you answered yes, then get out to the track and let us know where you are tailgating! Each race weekend during the Sprint Cup season JTG Daugherty Racing will be scouting the infields and campgrounds, looking for the best tailgaters at the track. The best, most enthusiastic tailgaters each race weekend will win a custom prize pack and become eligible for our “TAILGATER OF THE YEAR” competition.

You can let us know where you are tailgating by tweeting us your location.

Throughout the weekend, leading up to the green flag, our team members, owners and maybe even Bobby Labonte himself will be patrolling the infield and campsites looking for the best tailgaters. So, fire up your grills with Kingsford® Charcoal, heat up a can of Bush’s® Grillin’ Beans and clean up your messes with Clorox® and Scott® Brand Products!

Simply follow us on Twitter @NASCAR47 , send us a tweet with your tailgate location and include the hash tag #TweetYourTailgate

Visit www.RaceSavers.com for more details!
 

Media Recap:

Friday, March 15th

SPEED, BUSH'S car during practice

SPEED. Camera crew filmed Bobby Labonte scouting Tailgater of the Week on Friday

SPEED, Qualifying lap live

SiriusXM Channel 90 Qualifying lap live

PRN Radio (100s of stations nationwide), Qualifying lap live

96.9 The Kat Charlotte, Bobby Labonte interviewed by Paul Schadt

Saturday, March 16th

SPEED Channel, Shows No. 47 BUSH'S Beans Toyota Camry

Sunday, March 17th

SiriusXM
, Pat Patterson interviewed Jodi Geschickter

PRN Radio, Race coverage

Toyota PR, Interviews Bobby Labonte on 700th start at Talladega

i4u, Bristol Preview
http://www.i4u.com/2013/03/bobby-labonte/labonte-preview-bobby-jtg-bristol-racing-daugherty

RPM2Night
http://rpm2night.com/view/bobby-labonte-advance-food-city-500-at-bristol-motor-speedway.18084/

Elizabethton Star
http://www.starhq.com/bobby-labone-to-make-elizabethton-stop/

Motorsport.com
http://www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/bobby-labonte-all-set-for-some-short-track-action-at-bristol/

Sporting News
http://aol.sportingnews.com/nascar/driver/2/bobby-labonte



Bobby Labonte Scheduled Appearances in the Bristol, Tennessee market:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

4:30 to 5:30 PM WALMART AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Location: 1001 Over Mountain Driver, Elizabethton, TN

Friday, March 15, 2013

7 to 8 PM FOOD CITY RACE NIGHT AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Location: Hospitality tent outside Bristol Motor Speedway
For more information visit: http://www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/events_tickets/food_city_race_night/

Sunday, March 17, 2013

9:30 AM to 10 AM TOYOTA PITPASS APPEARANCE
Location: Bristol Motor Speedway vendor midway
Q&A, photo op and some autographs