Track: Martinsville Speedway
Event: STP Gas Booster 500
Date & Time: Sunday, April 7th
Start: 31st
Finish: 21st

Martinsville Speedway Recap:

Bobby Labonte was running inside the top 15 in the final stages of the 500-lap event at Martinsville Speedway, but the No. 47 BUSH'S® Toyota Camry's day ended with a 21st-place finish Sunday afternoon. There was a red flag at lap 487 because Kyle Busch's machine was engulfed in flames. Crew chief Brian Burns made a gutsy call keeping Labonte on track instead of pitting for four tires and fuel. The decision positioned Labonte in 12th place for the final restart. Restarting at lap 492, Labonte was in a tough spot with older tires having to start on the outside lane. On lap 494, he was 11th, but got shuffled out of the top-15 at lap 496. He crossed the finish line in 21st-place.


The good news is that 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion picked up three spots in the drivers points standings and is currently 28th, 126 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Labonte is only 67 points out of 10th place.

JTG Daugherty Racing Quotes:

"Staying out gave us good track position, but restarting on the outside with old tires hurt us," Bobby Labonte said.

"To stay out was the right call," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We just had the misfortune of having to start on the outside lane. If we would have had one less car that pitted, it would have put us starting on the inside. We probably would have finished in the top-12 if we started on the inside."

Bobby Labonte Stats:

Career Starts: 696
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:

It was all about horseshoes, great food and good times at Rich Haverstrom's campsite that captured the attention of the JTG Daugherty Racing Tailgate Patrol. The Charlottesville, Virginia native has been visiting Martinsville Speedway for 10 years.

"We play horseshoes and have a great time," Haverstrom said. "We've got a big group that comes to Martinsville Speedway every year. It's a long story, but somehow we're all related. I guess you can say we're brothers from another mother."

It was ironic Haverstrom was selected because he said Corpus Christi, Texas-native Bobby Labonte was his first driver that he supported in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Haverstrom spent some time in Texas himself, more specifically Austin and he was wearing the hat to prove it.

"I've always liked Bobby Labonte especially since he's from Texas and I spent some time in Texas," Haverstrom said. "He was the first guy I pulled for in NASCAR. I also pull for Clint Bowyer now."

Haverstrom also admitted he was a big fan of JTG Daugherty Racing's brands.

"My favorite thing we grill is brisket," said Haverstrom, who was a fan of the Kingsford brand and other team brands. "We also eat BUSH'S Beans and use Clorox products."

Congratulations to Rich! 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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Media Recap:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

WWNQ, Columbia, SC, Bobby interviewed by on-air talent “RB” Richard Barney to preview racing No. 47 BUSH'S Beans Toyota at Martinsville Speedway

9:50, WPSK, Radford-Roanoke, VA, Bobby interviewed by on-air talent Scott Stevens to preview racing No. 47 BUSH'S Beans Toyota at Martinsville Speedway

Friday, April 5, 2013

FOX SPEED, No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota during practice

FOX SPEED, No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota qualifying lap live

SiriusXM Channel 90 No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota qualifying lap live

MRN Radio, (100s of stations nationwide) Winston Kelly interviews Bobby before qualifying in front of No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota Camry

MRN Radio (100s of stations nationwide), Qualifying lap live, BUSH'S Preview for Martinsville Speedway,, No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota Camry preview,, Getty image of Bobby in BUSH'S suit at Martinsville

Sunday, April 7, 2013

FOX, No. 47 BUSH'S Toyota Race coverage

SiriusXM No. 47 Charter Toyota, Crew Chief Brian Burns interviewed by Pat Patterson

MRN Radio, Race coverage, Sprint using Bobby in his firesuit in banner ads for the Sprint Fan Vote

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

National TV Show, Raceline, Bobby is being interviewed by Steve Post/Joe Moore in shop to recap season, preview Texas and talk about 700th career start at Talladega
RACELINE is America's only weekly syndicated show about NASCAR racing, already airing on broadcast stations from New York to Los Angeles and worldwide over the American Forces Television Network.

ESPN's Ryan McGee to interview Bobby about season and 700th career start at Talladega for a story he is writing for ESPN

NASCAR Media Teleconference, this week Bobby Labonte will be NASCAR's driver to field questions and answers for media to recap season and preview Texas Motor Speedway

Bobby Labonte Scheduled Appearances:

Sunday, April 7th

9:45 AM to 10 AM Q&A at Sprint stage in Martinsville Speedway Midway in front of hundreds of fans