Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Event: Sprint Showdown
Date: Saturday, May 18
Start: 11th
Finish: 12th

Showdown Recap:

Bobby Labonte crossed the finish line 12th in the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night. The transfer spots for the All-Star went to Jamie McMurray and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for their first and second-place finishes respectively in the Sprint Showdown. The final transfer spot was for the Sprint Fan Vote. The leading vote-getters – in alphabetical order – were Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr., but in the end it was Patrick that took the honors.

"It was neat to be in the running for the Sprint Fan Vote this season," Labonte said. "I'd like to thank all the fans that voted."

"We learned some things during the Sprint Showdown tonight that we can look at for the Coca-Cola 600," Labonte continued. "We just got too tight and it wouldn't turn."

Bobby Labonte Stats

Career Starts: 701
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:

Last weekend, Darlington Raceway had some of the best tailgaters and the winner's awarded on Saturday were Todd and Dawn Arnwine from North Charleston, SC.


The pair had a prime spot on the main strip in the infield and actually bought two spots so they could have enough room for all of their friends to have a great tailgating experience.

The Arnwine's favorite things to grill include tenderloin, brisket and steak. They are big fans of JTG Daugherty Racing's sponsor's products.

Todd was easily the most enthusiastic tailgater at the track, waving and talking to everyone that went past his site.

This is his fourth year tailgating in the infield. His spot was directly across from the giant Sprint Vision screen so they were able to continue the tailgate throughout the race and not go into the stands.

Congratulations to the Arnwine's! We'll be looking for this weeks Tailgater at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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.

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Media Recap:

Wednesday, May 15

SiriusXM Satellite, Claire B. Lang interviews Bobby on NASCAR Radio

Charlotte Observer, Race Time at Walmart appearance promotion

Friday, May 17

News 14 TV, NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte raises money for community programs, Bobby Labonte Charlotte preview

FOX SPEED, Qualifying lap

FOX SPEED, Matt Yocum interviewed Bobby after qualifying lap

FOX SPEED Channel, Practice laps

SiriusXM Satellite, Qualifying

MRN Radio Coverage

Saturday, May 18

FOX Sports, Race Coverage

SiriusXM Satellite, Race Coverage

MRN Radio, Steve Post interviews Bobby Labonte at the House-Autry car

MRN Radio, Race Coverage, CUP Charlotte Notebook discussing Sprint Fan Vote and Bobby being in the running

Bobby Labonte Scheduled Appearances:

Friday, May 17
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Walmart Autograph Session

5825 Thunder Rd NW, Concord, NC

Saturday, May 18
4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Q&A at Sprint stage to promote Fan Vote

Thursday, May 23
12 to 1:30 p.m. Walmart Autograph Session
150 Concord Commons Parkway, Concord, NC