Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Event: Bank of America 500
Date: Saturday, October 12th
Time: 6:30 PM ET
TV/Radio: ABC / PRN Radio / SiriusXM
BOBBY LABONTE NOTES:
A vibration caused Bobby Labonte to make an unscheduled pit stop at lap 132 pinning him three laps down in an instant during the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night. The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion managed to make up several positions to cross the finish line in 28th-place behind the wheel of the No. 47 SCOTT® Products Toyota Camry.
Brad Keselowski snatched the victory besting Kasey Kahne by a margin of 1.022 seconds in the event that had 24 lead changes among 11 drivers and four caution flags for 20 laps. Matt Kenseth is the current points leader after 31 races with Jimmie Johnson trailing by only four points in second.
“We had a vibration and had to make an unexpected extra pit stop,” Labonte said. “It put us off sequence for the rest of the night. It was a good car. The balance was not too bad. There was a lot of grip out there. All and all, everybody did a great job with me not being in the car for two weeks. I am looking forward to Talladega Superspeedway this week. I know we are not going to practice much and the race will be a crap shoot. We have been right there most of the races. So, we will give it our best shot.”
“It is kind of hard to tell,” said competition director Bobby Hutchens on how the team faired overall. “We got behind because of that loose wheel. We had a decent car there at the end and kept up with the fifth place car. It was not all that bad, but we definitely did not get the finish like we needed."
“It definitely was not one of our better nights,” JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said. “I think we probably had a top 20 or top 25 car. We never got the track position.”
BOBBY LABONTE STATS:
Career Starts: 714
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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