Bobby Labonte and JTG Daugherty Racing Ready to Get Down to Business

Bobby Labonte and JTG Daugherty Racing Ready to Get Down to Business
with 2013 Toyota Camry at Daytona Testing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 10, 2013) - - It’s a new year and a new car. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers set sail for a three-day test session at Daytona International Speedway January 10-12 in preparation of the 55th annual Daytona 500 scheduled Sunday, February 24.

Bobby Labonte and his JTG Daugherty Racing team are well prepared to make single car runs and also mix it up in the draft with the 2013 No. 47 Toyota Camry during the Daytona Preseason Thunder test session at the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Each day, the session is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m.

“We obviously already tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the new car and now we’re ready to tackle Daytona,” said 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte. “We’ve been gearing up for Daytona during the off season and we’ve got a couple cars ready to go. Brian Burns (crew chief) has surrounded himself with some really good people and we are so far ahead of where we were last year at this time. They have built two really nice cars for this three day test session. We’re hoping to learn a lot so we can go back and tweak some things at the race shop. We’re looking forward to representing our sponsors SCOTT Products, Clorox, Kingsford, Bush’s Beans, House-Autry, Herr's, Charter, Toyota and Kroger this season. Our sponsors and our fans are really important to us and we couldn’t do this without them.”

“I’m just real excited about what 2013 has in store for JTG Daugherty Racing,” added JTG Daugherty co-owner Brad Daugherty said. “We’ve worked really hard this off season and we’re ready for Bobby Labonte to get back in the seat and test this week at Daytona International Speedway. Bobby Hutchens and the entire crew have put a great package together and we’re looking forward to getting in the draft and seeing how our Toyota Camry performs. We’ve got some fresh new faces and capable veterans and we couldn’t be happier about this season.”

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Steven Clark and his father Jeff, from Bristol, VA take this week's honors!

Steven and Jeff cooked over 50 burgers, 40 hot dogs, 4 whole chickens, 4 packs of brats and 6 cans of Bush's Beans over the course of the afternoon. The Clark's host an annual tailgate at the Spring Bristol race every year, and over the past 9 years their gathering continues to grow. This year they fed 46 friends and neighbors!

The Clark's have certainly earned their spot in the "Tailgater of the Week" Chase for the Championship!, which culminates on November 20th in Homestead-Miami, FL. The 25 weekly winners have secured a spot in the playoffs which begin at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14th and each week one team will be eliminated via a fan vote until we crown a new "Tailgater of the Year"!

The "Tailgater of the Year" will be the guest of 2000 NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte and the #47 JTG Daugherty Racing team at the 2014 Sprint Cup Race Weekend in Las Vegas, NV. Prize pack includes airfare, hotel, a Professional Series Kingsford Charcoal grill, 1 year's supply of Kingsford Charcoal, 1 year's supply of Bush's Grillin' Beans...

Bobby Labonte Making Several Appearances In Daytona
Thursday, Fubruary, 21st from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Walmart 101 Champions Drive, Daytona Beach, FL

Also, he will be appearing at:
Walmart in Deland signing autographs on February 22nd from 6-7pm.
Toyota Pitpass located in the vendor midway SUN-February 24th at 10:35am