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Bobby Labonte (Labonte Bobby)

Born: 1964 AD
Currently alive, at 51 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Race Drivers


1964 - Born in Corpus Christi, Texas on the 18th of May.


1969 - He began racing in quarter midgets in his homestate of Texas, winning his first feature race one year later. From then until 1977, he drove in quarter-midgets throughout the United States.


1978 - He advanced to the go-kart ranks, but moved to North Carolina with his family following Terry's advancement to the Cup series.

1982 - He made his Busch Series debut at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 30th. Following his graduation from Trinity High School, he worked as a fabricator on Terry's cars at Hagan Racing. 


1985 - Returned to the Busch Series, running two races in a car he owned himself at Martinsville, his best finish was a seventeenth.

1987 - Won twelve races at Caraway Speedway, clinching the track championship, in addition to working for Jay Hedgecock. The following season, he competed at Concord Motorsports Park, winning six times, and ran six more Busch races, finishing 16th at Darlington Raceway.


1990 - He competed in the Busch Series full-time in the 44th Slim Jim Oldsmobile he owned. He won two poles, both at Bristol Motor Speedway, and finished fourth in points.


1993 - Moved up to the Cup Series, driving the 22th Maxwell House Ford Thunderbird for Bill Davis Racing.

1996 - His first career win at the Coca Cola 600 in 1996.


1997 - He switched car makes as he drove a Pontiac Grand Prix.  


1998 - Won the pole for the Daytona 500, he would also go on and finish 2nd to Dale Earnhart.


1999 - He won five Winston Cup races, the most he has ever won in a single season. He finished second in the points to Dale Jarrett, losing the championship by over 200 points.

2000 - Went on to win 4 races at Darlington, Charlotte, and swept both races at Pocono.

2001 - He finished 6th in the points standings. 


2002 - He only had 1 win, which was at Martinsville in the spring. It was his first career short track win at Martinsville.


2003 - Rebounded and finished 6th in the standings. Labonte won 2 races at Atlanta, and at Homestead. 


2004 - He didn't win a race for the first time since 1996. 


2007 - Began the 2007 season with a 21st place finish in the Daytona 500, after avoiding the many accidents the race had. 











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