Track: Texas Motor Speedway
Event: NRA 500
Date: Saturday, April 13th
Texas Motor Speedway Recap
A stomach virus plagued Bobby Labonte's efforts on Sunday afternoon forcing him to leave the track and head to the garage with his No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota Camry approaching Lap 42 of the 334-lap event. Michael McDowell ended up climbing in the No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota as he became available before Mike Bliss. Bliss had sat in Labonte's car earlier in the day, but was still on track when Labonte became too sick to continue. Labonte was treated and released from the infield care center at approximately 9:30 pm Central. Not long before, the team experienced an engine problem, which ultimately ended their night.
JTG Daugherty Racing Quotes
"We were going to run until the first caution and then put Mike Bliss in the No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota, but Mike ran longer than they anticipated and Bobby got really sick," JTG Daugherty Racing competition director Bobby Hutchens said. "So, we decided to park it and get Bobby out to be evaluated and treated at the infield care center. Michael McDowell became available and we worked the seat enough to get him in, but unfortunately he couldn't really move his arms. Then we had an engine problem that ultimately ended our night."
Bobby Labonte Stats
Career Starts: 697
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 (329 races since)
Driver DOB: 05/08/1964
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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Tailgater of the Week
The Tailgater of the Week goes to Billy Smartt from Sweetwater, Texas for his impressive grill setup in the infield of Texas Motor Speedway. Smartt has been coming to the track since the second year it was open.
When asked his favorite thing to grill, his answer was quick.
"I love to grill ribs and serve it with a side of Bush's Beans," Smartt said. "We'll also make some stuffed jalapenos with three different cheeses and bacon on the outside covered with honey. We usually have a big group. These guys are from Amarillo, San Antonio and Odessa, Texas.
"Not only do we take our grill to the races, but also to Texas Rangers and Texas Tech games," Sweetwater added.
Do you have what it takes to be the “TAILGATER OF THE WEEK”?
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
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
NASCAR Media Teleconference, this week Bobby Labonte was the NASCAR driver to field questions and answers for media below to recap season, talk about his upcoming 700th start at Talladega and preview driving the No. 47 BUSH'S Beans Toyota Camry at Texas Motor Speedway:
Sporting News, Bob Pockrass
RaceTake.com, Dwight Drum
CBS Radio Sports, Henry Clay
NASCAR.com, Holly Cain
Amarillo Globe News, Jacob Mayer
ESPN, Jen Kocse
ASAP Sports, Kristin Humphrey
SPEED.com, Mike Hembree
Totally Racing, Phil Thomas
Kansas City Star, Randy Covitz
Topeka Capital Journal, Rick Peterson
BRD Broadcasting, Robert Dorogi
Friday, April 12, 2013
FOX SPEED, No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota during practice
FOX SPEED, No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota qualifying lap live
SiriusXM Channel 90 No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota qualifying lap live
PRN Radio (100s of stations nationwide), Qualifying lap live
Saturday April 13, 2013
Amarillo Globe-News Sports Writer, Terrence Hunley interviewed crew chief Brian Burns
FOX, No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota Race coverage
PRN Radio, Race coverage
Dialed In with Claire B. Lang, Interview with Bobby Hutchens
NASCAR.com, Sprint using Bobby in his fire suit in banner ads for the Sprint Fan Vote
Bobby Labonte Scheduled Appearances
Thursday, April 11, 2013
11 AM to 12 PM Brookshire's Store Appearance at Texas Motor Speedway
***The following appearances were canceled due to Bobby having a stomach virus.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
2:15 to 2:30 PM Freightliner Appearance
2:35 to 2:50 PM Breaking Limits Hospitality Appearance
3 to 3:15 PM Texas Motor Speedway Suite Appearance
3:20 to 3:40PM Toyota Suite Appearance
4 PM Meet & Greets at 47 Hauler