Bobby Labonte positioned his No. 47 Clorox Toyota Camry at the front of the field leading laps 129 to 133 before being collected in an accident during the closing laps of the rain-delayed Aaron's 499. There were 30 lead changes among 17 drivers in the race that ended with one attempt at a green-white-checker finish.
The 20th place finish leaves Labonte 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings.
Bobby Labonte Stats
Career Starts: 700
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
JTG Daugherty Racing Notes and Quotes:
"We were trying to wait for the end, but typical Talladega," Labonte said. "We had to get gas one time because we didn't have enough gas. We were able to lead some laps and then they mowed me on the outside. I didn't move up the track fast enough. We were just running along there and knew something was going to happen. Looks like the No. 36 car moved abruptly because something happened big time. We got caught up in all that."
Tailgater of the Week:
Eddie Whitney's unique campsite on Talladega Boulevard in the infield of Talladega Superspeedway was hard to pass up for Tailgater of the Week. They took top honors with their mechanical bull as the centerpiece of their layout.
"Basically we were trying to figure out something that hadn't been at a track before and we said let's bring a mechanical bull," said Whitney, who is from Charleston, S.C. "It's an original idea and no one that we know has ever seem a mechanical bull at a track."
Whitney is a proud supporter of all of JTG Daugherty Racing's brands and is a big fan of Kingsford Charcoal. His most favorite thing to throw on the grill are steaks.
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
Visit www.RaceSavers.com for more details!
Friday, April 19
rpm2night.com, Bobby and Juan's transcript from press conference
Monday, April 29
SPEED Race Hub, Bobby in studio at SPEED's studio for nationally televised show
SPEEDTV.com, Video from Race Hub interview with Bobby
Thursday, May 2
NASCAR.com, Clorox paint schemes
Examiner, Bobby and Juan both use Clorox at Talladega
SPEEDTV, Video of Juan and Bobby on Trackside
Speedway Digest, Bobby Labonte Talladega Experience Release
Kansas City Star, story on Bobby Labonte and making 700th start, Bobby Labonte drives down memory lane
I4U News, Bobby Labonte drives down memory lane
The Examiner.com, Juan Pablo Montoya and Bobby Labonte both use Clorox at Talladega
Paddock Talk, Bobby Labonte Talladega preview
Friday, May 3
SPEED Channel, Practice laps
Saturday May 4
SPEED Channel, Bobby Labonte a guest on Trackside show highlighting Kingsford and Clorox Brands
SiriusXM Satellite, Bobby Labonte on Inside Lane with Claire B. Lang
MRN Radio Coverage
Sunday, May 5
FOX Sports, Krista Voda interviews Bobby Labonte during rain delay
SiriusXM Satellite, Bobby Hutchens interviewed by Claire B. Lang
MRN Radio, Race coverage
Bobby Labonte Scheduled Appearances:
Friday, May 3
11:30 AM to 12 PM
Clorox autograph session at their display in the midway
Saturday, May 4
9:25 AM to 10:25 AM
Catch a peek of Bobby while filming at SPEED Trackside Stage. He usually signs a few autographs for fans hanging around the stage.
4:30 to 5:30 PM
WALMART Autograph Session at 165 Vaughan Lane, Pell City, AL
6:40 to 7:15 PM
Race Fever Appearance for Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind at AT IMHOF SPEED Channel Dome on track property
Sunday, May 5
8:45 AM to 9 AM
Talladega Experience Q&A Supported by Coca-Cola at the track