Terry Labonte: AMS Not a Favorite, Likes Upcoming Richmond



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I had a chance to catch up with “Texas” Terry Labonte in the garage area today. He looked as if he was on a mission, but he was gracious enough to give me a quick minute. In our ongoing series, we have been asking drivers what their favorite tracks are on the circuit. Since so many drivers this week have said that Atlanta Motor Speedway, that seemed like a natural lead. Unfortunately, I found out for him, that AMS was just the opposite.

“It’s probably one of my least favorites…I’m not in the majority there”, said Labote.

In a way that doesn’t surprise me. Labonte has had 54 starts at Atlanta, and has never won here. He has won one pole and had 10 top five finishes, but his average finish is 15.9. And his poor qualifying effort yesterday supports that sentiment. Labonte’s Academy Sports + Outdoors Ford had to utilize the Past Champions standing to sit in the Pep Boys Auto 500 tonight in the 43rd spot.

He did go on and say that he does like many of the tracks that they race at, but that one of his favorites is upcoming Richmond.

“I think it’s a pretty neat little race track there”.

He has fared better at Richmond International Raceway where he has won 3 times in 54 starts and has 13 top five finishes with an average finish of 14.4.

As our typical followup, I asked if there is a track that he missed driving on, due to whatever reason.

His simple answer was “no”.

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A long time fan of NASCAR, he attended his first race as a kid in 1979 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the World 600. Christopher watched Darrell Waltrip drive his way to victory and from that day forward he’s been hooked. As president of, Christopher launched the site in 2000 and in the past decade, it has grown into a NASCAR-accredited web site hosting multiple podcasts, dedicated writers and race coverage at the majority of NASCAR-sanctioned events. Christopher is an official member of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA).

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