Track: Richmond International Raceway
Event: Toyota Owners 400
Date: April 27, 2013
Richmond International Raceway:
No. 47 BUSH'S Beans Toyota driver Bobby Labonte's Saturday night wrapped up with a respectable 19th-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 under the lights of Richmond International Raceway.
Periodically, Labonte was running lap times as fast or faster than the race leader and at one point he was knocking on the door of the top 10 drivers.
Labonte moved up a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points to 27th. He is currently 119 points out of 10th place.
Richmond International Raceway Notebook:
"We wished we could have finished better, but it's a step in the right direction," Labonte said. "Our BUSH'S Beans Toyota Camry started off tight in the center and middle off. We were decent on our laps times and good on the long run. As the race went on and we logged over a hundred laps or so, the car was loose on entry and exit. About halfway, we were too tight in the center, but fast as the top 10. We just needed better track position. With about 100 to go, we were running inside the top 20 and the car was loose on entry. The guys did a good job tonight and we look forward to more progress at Talladega Superspeedway."
Career Starts: 699
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 (331 races since)
Driver DOB: 05/08/1964
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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Tailgater of the Week:
This week Virginia native Mark "Big City" Coradi and his group that all went to Longwood University together took honors for Tailgater of the Week.
"Thanks for all of this," said Coradi when he received the prize pack. "How were we selected?"
Coradi's selection came down to all the brands he had set out that included JTG Daugherty Racing major sponsors. Coradi said he's been tailgating at Richmond International Raceway for five years. His guests and his favorite drivers included Bobby Labonte, Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart.
When the Tailgater Patrol team rolled up on the site located in D5 outside Turn 1, Big City's team had a pork butt on the grill. He said he learned his grilling skills from Coach Kevin Fillman.
Congratulations to Big City!
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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Bobby Labonte Scheduled Appearances
Thursday, April 25
4:30 to 5:30 PM WALMART AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Address: 7430 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA
Saturday, April 27
3 PM to 3:20 PM TOYOTA OWNERS HOSPITALITY APPEARANCE
3:30 to 4:15 PM NASCAR AUTOGRAPH SESSION AT RIR AMPHITHEATRE
SPEED, Practice laps
SPEED, Qualifying Lap
SiriusXM Channel 90, Qualifying lap
MRN Radio, Qualifying lap
Saturday, April 27
FOX, No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota Race coverage
MRN Radio, Race coverage
SiriusXM Channel 90, Race coverage
Monday, April 29
SPEED Race Hub, Bobby in studio at SPEED's studio for nationally televised show
Friday, May 3
NBC 13, Live interview with Bobby in Victory Lane
SPEED Trackside, Bobby live to tape interview for nationally televised show