Bobby Labonte has driven in every race at Daytona International Speedway since February 1993 and it looked like this weekend’s Coke Zero 400 was in jeopardy for Labonte until the entry list for the entry list came out Monday with Labonte’s name on it.
Labonte will drive the #33 Chevrolet for Circle Sport Racing in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. It will be Labonte’s second start of the 2014 season and it will be his 44th career start at the facility. In his 43 previous starts Labonte has a best finish of second, which came in the 1998 Daytona 500 and also the 400 mile race that same year in July.
The 50-year-old driver from Corpus Christi, TX had his only other start of the 2014 season come in the season opening Daytona 500 in February at Daytona International Speedway. Labonte finished in the 15th position driving the #52 Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports.
Labonte is the 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and will make his 720th career start on Saturday night. Originally Labonte was slated to drive a handful of races for HScott Motorsports in the 2014 season but the deal never panned out. Now Labonte will help lock the #33 Circle Sport Racing entry into the Coke Zero 400 field because he is eligible for the past champions provisional. The #33 Chevrolet is 41st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner point standings with drivers Brian Scott, David Stremme, Timmy Hill and Alex Kennedy behind the wheel.
Circle Sport Racing is currently searching for sponsorship on the #33 Chevrolet. Labonte will be teammates with driver Landon Cassill. There is no word on how many races Labonte will drive with the team. Veteran Mike Hillman will be the team’s crew chief.
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