Track: Martinsville Speedway
Event: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger
Date: Sunday, October 27th
Time: 1:30 PM ET
TV/Radio: ESPN / MRN / SiriusXM
MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY RECAP:
The balance of Bobby Labonte's No. 47 Clorox Toyota Camry was out of whack resulting in a 32nd-place finish in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger at Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon. On Saturday, Labonte smacked the wall during morning practice causing enough damage for the team to have to change some suspension parts and the rear end housing. They also had some right-side body repairs to manage. As the team worked feverishly to put the car back together, they were not able to return to the track for final practice. The next day, Labonte noticed from the start of the race there was a problem as his Clorox Toyota was extremely loose.
There were 17 cautions for 111 laps and 15 lead changes among eight drivers with Jeff Gordon besting Matt Kenseth for the victory. Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are tied for the points lead (Kenseth holds the tiebreaker) with three races remaining in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
“We are not 100 percent sure what went wrong and we’re looking into it,” Bobby Labonte said. “When I bent the car on Saturday, we had to put a new rear end housing in it and some suspension parts. We might have not got everything quite back to the way it was.”
"The guys busted their tail trying to repair the car after hitting the wall in practice on Saturday," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We are pretty sure we did not get something back to the way it was before. It changed the way the racecar ran around the track. It really affected the balance of the car. It made it a lot looser. I really wish it would not have happened. We are going to look into it and see what we can do about it."
"We are not pointing any fingers, but we have got to keep finding things we have missed that hurt us that will make us better as a team," JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said. "We were cording the left rear tire on our Clorox Toyota. We did not have that problem in practice. We have just got to get better as a race team. I think there is no way we should bring Bobby Labonte to Martinsville and finish 32nd. Everyone worked hard and it is not the matter of the effort; it is the matter of attention to detail. We missed something as we were putting the car back together from the accident Bobby had in practice on Saturday that was obviously making us cord the left rear tire."
BOBBY LABONTE STATS:
Career Starts: 716
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
Driver DOB: 05/08/1964
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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TAILGATER OF THE YEAR:
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Friday, October 25th
FOX Sports 1 (FS1), NSCS Practice
FOX Sports 1, NSCS Qualifying
Saturday, October 26th
FOX Sports 2 (FS2), NSCS Practice
FOX Sports 2 (FS2), NSCS Final Practice
Sunday, October 27th
ESPN, Race coverage
MRN Radio, Race coverage