Bobby Labonte

Nationality
usa United States
Full Name
Robert Allen Labonte
Hometown
Corpus Christi, TX
Date of Birth
05/08/1964
Height
5'8
Weight
180
First Year
1991
Last Year
2016

Career Overview

Getting his start by helping his older brother Terry Labonte, Bobby Labonte went on to have a career on par with his two time Cup champion brother. In 1990, Labonte got his first run at full-time NASCAR racing as he ran the Xfinity Series for his family’s Labonte Motorsports team. While he didn’t win, he did pick up two pole positions, finished fourth in the final standings, and won Most Popular Driver.

The next year, Labonte captured the Xfinity Series title and made his Cup Series debut at Dover. In 1992, he came three points short of being a back to back champion in the series as Joe Nemechek just squeaked by. With nothing left to prove in the Xfinity Series, Labonte made the move up to the Cup Series full-time for the 1993 season with Bill Davis Racing.

With a brand new team, Labonte finished a respectable 19th in the standings, falling short of top Rookie honors to Jeff Gordon. In 1994, the Bill Davis team switched from Ford to Pontiac. It took some time for them to get a handle on the new car and with only a few good runs, they back tracked to 21st in the standing at year’s end.

Thanks to many shifts happening around him, Labonte was given the opportunity to join Joe Gibbs Racing for the 1995 season. This would be the turning point that took Labonte from mid-pack runner to front runner. After joining Gibbs, Labonte picked up his first win at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, along with sweeping both Michigan races that year, on route to a 10th place finish in points.

The 1996 season was a minor setback, but the Gibbs team then switched to Pontiacs to the 1997 season and the performance picked up. In 1997 he finished 7th in the standings, in 1998 that moved to 6th, in 1999 he came up just short of Dale Jarrett and finished 2nd in the standings.

For the 2000 campaign, Labonte and Gibbs were now among the favorites for the title, along with second year teammate Tony Stewart. Labonte won four times and led the standings nearly all season long to win the title over Dale Earnhardt.

The performance of the team and Labonte slipped a bit for the 2001 season, finishing 6th, then really dropped in 2002 finishing 16th, but rebounded for the 2003 season by finishing 8th. After that season, Labonte began his exit from Joe Gibbs Racing. The 2004 season was decent, but not great, then in 2005 the bottom fell out, and it was obvious change was needed.

Joining Petty Enterprises, Labonte rode out the next three years before going to the fledgling Hall of Fame Racing team for the 2009 season. Labonte was awkwardly bounced from the team near the end of season, going from HoF to TRG Motorsports off and on during the final 12 races of the year.

The 2010 season saw Labonte split time between four different teams, somehow maintaining his consecutive start streak in the process. He then went to JTG Daughtery Racing for the 2011 season, running there until hitting another scenario of ride sharing with another driver.

Closing out his career, Labonte ran select races for multiple teams from 2014 until 2016, finally retiring from the Cup Series after a 31st place finish at Talladega.

Teams Driven For

Milestones

  • Career start 1 – 1991 race 11 Dover
  • Career start 100 – 1996 race 6 Bristol
  • Career start 200 – 1999 race 10 Fontana
  • Career start 300 – 2002 race 6 Bristol
  • Career start 400 – 2004 race 34 Phoenix
  • Career start 500 – 2007 race 26 Richmond
  • Career start 600 – 2010 race 18 Daytona
  • Career start 700 – 2013 race 10 Talladega
  • Career start 729 – 2016 race 32 Talladega (Last)
  • Career pole 1 – 1993 race 23 Richmond
  • Career pole 10 – 1997 race 30 Rockingham
  • Career pole 20 – 2000 race 26 Loudon
  • Career pole 26 – 2004 race 7 Texas (Last)
  • Career win 1 – 1995 race 11 Charlotte
  • Career win 10 – 1999 race 19 Pocono
  • Career win 20 – 2003 race 4 Atlanta
  • Career win 21 – 2003 race 36 Homestead (Last)

Highlights

  • 1995 Coca-Cola 600 Winner
  • 2000 Brickyard 400 Winner
  • 2000 Southern 500 Winner
  • 2000 Champion

 Other Accomplishments

  • 1990 Xfinity Series Most Popular Driver
  • 1991 Xfinity Series Champion
  • 2001 IROC Champion
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Cup Series

SeasonTeamStartPoleWinTop-5Top-10DNFLaps CompLead Lap FinLaps LedRaces LedDNQWD
1991No Team Data20000212800010
1993Bill Davis Racing30100669295733700
1994Bill Davis Racing3100127854153200
1995Joe Gibbs Racing312371469019122781400
1996Joe Gibbs Racing314151458916113371300
1997Joe Gibbs Racing323191819483214841200
1998Joe Gibbs Racing3332111869512191811200
1999Joe Gibbs Racing345523261100132812003000
2000Joe Gibbs Racing34241924010158284652300
2001Joe Gibbs Racing3612920610361272291700
2002Joe Gibbs Racing36015741013518123500
2003Joe Gibbs Racing3642121759974214971800
2004Joe Gibbs Racing36105112105922141800
2005Joe Gibbs Racing3600471095231764400
2006Petty Enterprises360038899541763700
2007Petty Enterprises3600033101091917700
2008Petty Enterprises360002210617164200
2009Multiple Teams360012794811515600
2010Multiple Teams36000011858488300
2011JTG Daugherty Racing360012410228126400
2012JTG Daugherty Racing360002210071121100
2013Multiple Teams2800006694377200
2014Multiple Teams30000145510000
2015Go Fas Racing40000158921100
2016Go Fas Racing40000074033200
Total-7292621115203106203421347406020010