Bobby Labonte Q&A

NASCAR's Winston Cup points leader Bobby Labonte has battled for every one of his 201-strong points lead over Dale Earnhardt. We caught up with him before qualifying took place at Phoenix, as the season reaches its climax

Bobby Labonte Q&A


"Continue to do the same things that got us to this point. We have three races left and I feel like we have a chance at three more wins before the season is over. The points will take care of themselves."


"It sounds cliché, but it would be a dream come true. And to think that Terry has already accomplished this, it would make this that much more special. I know our parents are very proud of us already, but this is a neat possibility."


"He will be listed in the Hall of Fame as one of the best drivers of any kind on the face of this planet to ever get behind the wheel of a car. To be able to battle him like we have the second half of the season is awesome. It's something I would have dreamed up as a kid and played over and over in my mind. It shows that he is far from being done as a driver. If anything, he is getting better with age."


"I think it's a credit to both NASCAR and CART. We all know that if the same driver is winning all of the time, the fans are going to get bored. I can't speak for CART, but NASCAR has tried to make sure that we all have a chance each week to win. That's what it's all about, make it a level playing field and let the teams decide who will win the race."


"It probably has not hurt us, but I think if we were all racing Pintos we would still be on top because we have such a great race team at Joe Gibbs Racing. Both the '18' [Labonte's car]and the '20' car [his team mate Tony Stewart's] have had great years, and for us to have the chance at the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship is a tribute to what Joe has built and I am happy to be a part of it."


"Like I said before, we have had a great season and to be able to get Pontiac back on top is a tribute to their [Pontiac's] hard work, but mostly the hard work by all of the employees at Joe Gibbs Racing. As for Joe, I am just proud to be part of such a wonderful organisation. I can see why he has won three Super Bowls and I hope to be able to be part of his first NASCAR Winston Cup Championship. You mentioned Tony. He and his crew chief Greg Zipadelli are a major reason why we are in the position we are in right now. When Joe decided to start a second team, we all sat down and came up with a list of names as to who was going to be the driver. We were all together when we decided to try and get Tony to be part of this organisation. He is a true racer and knows nothing except for being the best and trying to win."


"I think it would be a wonderful opportunity not only for myself and my family to be a part of that, but it would be great for NASCAR in general. I'm not sure when we would be able to as the NASCAR schedule is not getting any shorter, but if there is a way to work it out, I hope I get invited."

shares
comments
Phoenix preview: Labonte up for the Cup
Previous article

Phoenix preview: Labonte up for the Cup

Next article

EXCLUSIVE: Labonte on Earnhardt

EXCLUSIVE: Labonte on Earnhardt
The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team Plus

The ex-F1 driver taking on NASCAR with a new team

Saddled with uncompetitive Minardi machinery, Tarso Marques didn't manage to score points in his three partial seasons of Formula 1. But now the Brazilian has the chance to show what he can do in NASCAR, and explains the story of his comeback with new Cup Series entrant Team Stange

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2022
The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car Plus

The early benefits and challenges of NASCAR's Next Gen car

NASCAR’s new stock car generation is encouraging an influx of fresh blood into its top tier. But there are concerns that parts are in short supply as the entire paddock tries to build up stocks at the same time

NASCAR
Feb 22, 2022
How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style Plus

How Penske's rookie sensation opened NASCAR's new era in style

After holding his nerve and hip-checking his team-mate on the run to the line, Austin Cindric made a perfect start to life as a full-timer in the NASCAR Cup Series by winning the Daytona 500. Here's how the Penske Ford man emerged first across the line in the first points-scoring race for the much-anticipated Next Generation cars

NASCAR
Feb 21, 2022
Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season Plus

Six key themes to follow in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season

There are plenty of uncertainties ahead of the 2022 NASCAR Cup season as an all-new fleet of cars take to the track for the first time. Ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500, our experts explain what you need to know

NASCAR
Feb 17, 2022
How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival Plus

How NASCAR had to learn a harsh lesson ahead of its Next Gen arrival

The NASCAR Cup kicks off with the Daytona 500 this weekend, but a major overhaul and a subsequent mountain of work has been required to be ready for the arrival of the Next Gen cars

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2022
How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory Plus

How Larson took the long way round to NASCAR Cup glory

From villain to hero, Kyle Larson’s journey to the 2021 NASCAR Cup title comes straight from the Hollywood blockbuster scripts. While Larson had to reach his lifelong goal the hard way and go through a very public shaming after a ban for using a racial slur, his talents shone long before his name grabbed the headlines for both the right and the wrong reasons

NASCAR
Nov 10, 2021
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Plus

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup Series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Plus

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR
Oct 5, 2021