Bobby Labonte's consecutive start streak to end at Kentucky Speedway after 704 races

  • Updated: June 25, 2013 - 11:43 PM
hide

Bobby Labonte

Photo: Paul Kizzle, Associated Press

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bobby Labonte's consecutive start streak will come to an end at 704 races.

Labonte is not entered to race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, which will bring an end to the second-longest active starts streak in NASCAR behind Jeff Gordon's 705 starts.

Labonte confirmed his status on a chat with fans on the JTG Daugherty Racing website.

"I will not be racing this week," he wrote. "It is disappointing the way it is happening. I have had a couple of offers this morning, but I have declined them because I don't want anybody else that has an opportunity to do what I do, what they love, to have to sit on the sideline for my sake."

JTG will use A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 47 Toyota at Kentucky. Allmendinger drove for the team two weeks ago at Michigan, while Labonte drove the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing.

Phoenix Racing will use Austin Dillon this weekend, which left Labonte without a seat after two consecutive rough races. His spin in the No. 51 at Michigan six laps into the race wrecked Jeff Gordon's car, and an oil line broke before the start of Sunday's race at Sonoma in the No. 47. Although the team got the problem fixed and Labonte made it onto the track in time for the start of the race, his engine failed on the first lap.

"It blew up, dude," Labonte said on his radio. "Something in the bottom engine because it had no oil pressure."

Labonte has not missed a start since he began racing full-time in the Cup Series in 1993. He's won 21 races and the 2000 championship while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Kentucky will mark the first Cup race without a Labonte in the field since the October, 1978 race at North Carolina Speedway. Older brother Terry Labonte has 884 starts.

Ricky Rudd holds the NASCAR record of 788 consecutive starts.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Fla Southern 2 FINAL
Detroit 12
FIU 2 FINAL
Miami 7
Toronto 67 3rd Qtr 5:09
Philadelphia 64
Golden State 51 3rd Qtr
Brooklyn 57
Phoenix 34 2nd Qtr 6:08
Miami 42
LA Clippers 36 2nd Qtr
Minnesota 23
New Orleans 7:30 PM
Dallas
Nashville 1 2nd Prd 3:28
NY Rangers 2
Carolina 7:30 PM
Chicago
Montreal 9:00 PM
San Jose
Virginia 49 2nd Half 7:08
Syracuse 35
Baylor 48 2nd Half 6:39
Texas 38
SE Louisiana 31 2nd Half 19:31
Northwestern St 45
Central Arkansas 26 2nd Half
Sam Houston St 33
Norfolk State 16 1st Half 11:18
Howard 11
Bethune-Cookman 24 2nd Half
NC A&T 30
Hampton 8 1st Half 12:58
Delaware State 8
Lamar 30 1st Half 6:53
McNeese State 25
Nicholls 22 1st Half 7:08
New Orleans 13
Incarnate Word 22 1st Half 4:03
Stephen F Austin 27
NC Central 7:30 PM
Savannah State
Texas Southern 7:55 PM
Alabama A&M
Prairie View 8:00 PM
Alabama State
Oklahoma 8:00 PM
Iowa State
Grambling St 8:00 PM
Miss Valley St
Boston College 8:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Jackson State 8:10 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Bethune-Cookman 55 FINAL
NC A&T 58
Hampton 78 FINAL
Delaware State 63
Norfolk State 63 FINAL
Howard 60
NC Central 54 FINAL
Savannah State 65
Texas Southern 83 FINAL
Alabama A&M 46
Prairie View 38 2nd Half 0:45
Alabama State 60
Jackson State 50 2nd Half 8:00
Ark-Pine Bluff 59
Grambling 56 FINAL
Miss Valley St 61
Tulsa 64 2nd Half 3:51
Cincinnati 54
(1) Connecticut 76 2nd Half 6:30
South Florida 53
UCF 47 2nd Half 6:48
East Carolina 63
Central Conn St 39 2nd Half 7:19
Bryant 50
Wagner 57 2nd Half 6:36
Robert Morris 54
Sacred Heart 69 2nd Half 2:00
Fairleigh Dickinson 76
St Francis-NY 73 FINAL
Long Island 49
Mount St Marys 68 2nd Half 9:27
St Francis-PA 66
Temple 14 1st Half 6:37
Houston 10
Texas Tech 10 1st Half 9:03
(6) Baylor 25
Iowa State 13 1st Half 7:40
Kansas 21
SMU 17 1st Half 5:31
Memphis 15
Oklahoma 8 1st Half 8:50
Oklahoma St 11
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close