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Terry Labonte to Make 127th and Final Career Start at Daytona International Speedway Saturday Night

July 3rd, 2014 at 12:35 AM
By Clayton Caldwell

Terry Labonte will make his 127th and final career start at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night in the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola. Labonte will drive Go FAS Racing’s #32 Ford in the event.

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Labonte’s start number is third on the all-time Daytona starts list with former NASCAR drivers Mark Martin, who has 133 starts at the facility and Bill Elliott who has 128 starts. Labonte has run in a lot of different series at the Daytona International Speedway including IROC, Rolex Sports Cars and of course NASCAR.

Labonte will make his 63rd career NASCAR points race start at the facility to go with 18 career Sprint Unlimited starts and 32 Budweiser Duel starts at the facility.

Labonte first came down to the Daytona International Speedway back in 1979 when he ran for friend and car owner Billy Hagan. Labonte qualified for his first Daytona 500 that season starting in the 19th position and finishing 16th.

He has finished runner-up at the facility five times including three times in the Daytona 500. He finished second to Geoff Bodine in 1986 and second to Derrike Cope in the 1990 running of the event. He also helped push teammate Jeff Gordon to his first Daytona 500 victory back in 1997 where he finished second.

The 57-year-old Labonte will make his 889th career Sprint Cup Series start in Saturday night's race. He has one more race on his schedule which will be at Talladega Superspeedway in October.

Labonte is a two time Sprint Cup Series champion, winning the title in 1984 and 1995. He has two victories at the track one coming in the 1985 Busch Clash (now Sprint Unlimited) and he won the first race of the Budweiser Duel qualifying race for the Daytona 500 back in 1989. He is also only one of three drivers to ever have 30 or more starts in the Daytona 500, joining Richard Petty and Dave Marcis as the only drivers to do so. Prior to the 2014 season Labonte announced that this would be his last season driving in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Tags: Daytona International Speedway, Go Fas Racing, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Terry Labonte

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