Track: Watkins Glen International Event: Cheez-It 355 At The Glen Date: Sunday, August 11 TV/Radio: ESPN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Finish: 10th Start: Fourth RACE RECAP:

Track: Michigan International Speedway
Event: Pure Michigan 400
Date: Sunday, August 18 at 12 p.m. ET
TV/Radio: ESPN / MRN Radio / SiriusXM

BOBBY LABONTE NOTES:


Bobby Labonte has three wins (8/22/99, 8/20/95, 6/18/95), four poles, three top-five finishes, nine top-10 finishes and has led 241 laps in 41 starts at Michigan International Speedway. His average start is 16.214 and his average finish is 17.667.

The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series best finish of the season is 15th, which occurred at Daytona International Speedway in February.

QUOTES:

Ready for another good weekend: "I talked to my crew chief Brian Burns a few times and it seems like from what we have done recently, we have narrowed some things down and made some gains with the No. 47 Kingsford Toyota," Bobby Labonte said. "I have been talking to him on what we can take to Michigan International Speedway. There are some things we have eliminated that we should not try during the weekend. We are going to go with what we think is going to better for us in the long run. We have a different engine package as well, which should be good for us. It's one of my favorite tracks and always has been. With their excitement and mine, we're looking forward to a good weekend."

Burns reunites with Labonte at MIS: "After a good finish (10th) at Watkins Glen International with AJ Allmendinger, it is good to have Bobby Labonte return to the No. 47 Kingsford Toyota Camry at Michigan International Speedway (MIS)," crew chief Brian Burns said. "Michigan is one of the tracks he likes the most and he has three wins there."

Aiming to improve upon Allmendinger's 19th-place finish in June with Labonte: "We are looking forward to being back at Michigan after having a solid finish (19th) with AJ Allmendinger in June," Burns said. "When we tested recently at Atlanta Motor Speedway with AJ, we learned some things that can translate to Michigan with Bobby. Since the last visit, we have a different front suspension package to show up with that will be even better than before."

Reflecting on the Watkins Glen International race: "Having AJ Allmendinger run up front and finish in the top-10 (10th) at Watkins Glen International helps boosts the team's confidence and assures us we are working in the right direction," Burns said. We are going to keep pushing as hard as we can in the same direction with Bobby Labonte behind the wheel of the No. 47 Kingsford Toyota Camry this weekend at Michigan International Speedway."

Team Morale: "I think running as well as we did at Watkins Glen International lifts everybody," competition director Bobby Hutchens said. "This JTG Daugherty Racing team has put in a lot of hours and hard work. It is finally paying off with all the times we have been to the wind tunnel, seven-post and pull-down rig. It paid off with a good finish last weekend."

Looking to improve at MIS: "The guys are working real hard to get our cars to run better from a handling standpoint," Hutchens said. "We learned some things with AJ at the Atlanta (Motor Speedway) test that will point us in the right direction at Michigan (International Speedway). We will use that data and the data from the previous Michigan race with AJ to help us this weekend with Bobby in the No. 47 Kingsford Toyota Camry."

Work that goes into having two drivers: "The biggest challenge with having two drivers mostly has to do with the interior of the car," Hutchens said. "The seats, belts and the location of the steering wheel and pedals are all different to name a few things. There is a lot of extra work on the interior. The team has done a great job of keeping things straight. Both drivers have been comfortable. When it comes down to being at the track, it is business as usual. We talk before practices and debrief after. The dynamic really does not change."



BOBBY LABONTE STATS:

Career Starts: 710
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 (329 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 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.

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