Track: Phoenix International Raceway
Event: Subway Fresh Fit 500
Date: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Finish: 24th
Start: 33rd

Phoenix Synopsis:

Bobby Labonte is currently 14th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings following the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Today was a learning session for the JTG Daugherty Racing team as Labonte fought an ill-handling car the majority of the race that ended with a green-white-checkered finish and Carl Edwards crowned the victor. Labonte battled his way to 18th the first quarter of the race, but was challenged by his car's wicked handling that forced him to settle for a 24th-place finish at the conclusion.

Bobby Labonte Stats:
Career Starts: 692
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 (326 races since)
Driver DOB: 05/08/1964
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Crew Chief: Brian Burns

JTG Daugherty Racing Post Race Quotes:

"The No. 47 GLAD Toyota was pretty unpredictable for the driver today so it was pretty hard to tune," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We were hoping for a little more attrition during the race to capitalize. Bobby did a really good job of trying to hang on to the car considering how tough it was to drive today. We'll move on to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week. We have a full day of testing on Thursday. We are looking forward to having that opportunity to try some things."

"It seemed like we never really identified anything that made a big difference for some reason this weekend," Bobby Labonte said. "We could not get a handle on it. I don't know if it's the new body style or tires or something like that. In addition, we have not been to a short track to test. We've got this one out of the way. Something just didn't work right for us today. We will study this one over the next couple of weeks to see where we can improve."


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Tailgater of the week:

Do you have what it takes to be the “TAILGATER OF THE WEEK”?

This week's winner is Bill Dehaven and company from Buckeye, Ariz. His site was one that JTG Daugherty Racing could not pass up and it definitely helped that he had Kingsford Charcoal Lighter Fluid and Kingsford Charcoal propped up against his grill that he loves to cook steaks on a regular basis.

He's been tailgating at Phoenix International Raceway since 1988 when Alan Kulwicki won the first race of his career and did his famous Polish Victory Lap.

When we showed up to present this week's prize pack, Dehaven had a full house. His company included Lyn Dehaven, Diana and Rory Hunzelman, Lynne and Bill Stroup. Our team was not the only group that recognized his unique setup.

"We've been in the local newspaper and we've won the Geico award," Dehaven said.

JTG Daugherty Racing congratulates Dehaven for his efforts and look forward to awarding the next Tailgater of the Week at Vegas. Get Out & Grill!

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

Media Recap:

Sunday, February 24th

Dialed In with Claire B. Lang interviewed Bobby Labonte about Tailgater of the Week

Thursday, February 28th

Fast Food with Steve Post on MRN Internet Radio/available on iTunes, interviewed Bobby Labonte about Tailgater of the Week

Friday, March 1st

SPEED shows No. 47 GLAD Toyota on track

Yahoo! mentions GLAD sponsorship

Telemundo interviewed Bobby at hauler/Toyota suite

Univision interviewed Bobby at hauler/Toyota suite

La Voz interviewed Bobby at hauler/Toyota suite

Azteca interviewed Bobby at hauler/Toyota suite

KDVA-FM interviewed Bobby at hauler/Toyota suite

Prensa Hispana interviewed Bobby at hauler/Toyota suite

Friday, March 2nd

MRN Radio NASCAR Performance Live, Steve Postman taped a crew member spotlight

Saturday, March 2nd

KPNX Channel 12,Tad Geschickter took the station through the 47 hauler and gave them a "Cribs" style tour.

KPNX is a television station in Mesa, AZ that serves the Phoenix television market. The station runs programming from the NBC network and identifies itself as "12 News". KPNX is a digital full-power television station that operates with 40 kilowatts of power and is owned by Gannett.

Sunday, March 3rd
KTVK Channel 3, Brian Burns interviewed on pit road

KTVK is a television station in Phoenix, AZ that serves the Phoenix television market. The station runs Independent programming and identifies itself as "News Channel 3". KTVK is a digital full-power television station that operates with 1000 kilowatts of power and is owned by Belo Corporation.

Bobby Labonte Scheduled Appearances in Phoenix:

Friday, March 1st

2 to 2:30 p.m. Bobby Labonte Q&A session for fans at Toyota Pit Pass outside Phoenix International Speedway

7:15 to 7:45 p.m. Toyota de Mexico Execs Meet & Greets at hospitality suite

Sunday, March 3rd

9:30 to 9:45 a.m.
Bobby Labonte appears at Phoenix International Raceway's Trackside Club for a 15-minute Q&A during an all-inclusive fan hospitality event.