Monday, February 22, 2010

California Race Report

From TRG PR:

Fontana, Calif. – NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte and the No. 71 Chevrolet crossed the finish line in 27th position after a long day of competition in the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in California. Despite the mid-pack finish, Bobby and the team fought hard for every position throughout the day. The team leaves Fontana in 25th place in the points standings, tops among all of the independent teams.
Labonte contended with rain, clouds, temperature changes and a race car that didn’t seem respond to any adjustments for 500 miles in the second race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Despite a variety of air pressure changes, shock and track bar adjustments, the 71 Chevrolet remained tight throughout the corners of the 2-mile speedway, preventing Labonte from gaining the full speed he needed to contend for the lead.
“It was a long day for us and the changing track conditions just didn’t seem to help our cause,” Labonte said. “Doug (Randolph) threw everything he could at this thing, but we just couldn’t ever find the grip we needed.”
The Chevrolet began the day in 33rd-position and quickly gained several spots. An unlucky break brought the caution out immediately after a green-flag pit stop on lap 131 and kept Labonte one lap behind the race leaders, but he regained his spot on the lead lap after being the recipient of the “lucky dog” on the following race caution. For the second time in the race, the No. 71 went one lap down after pitting immediately before the caution flag was waved for rain over the speedway and was never able to recover its position.
“It just wasn’t our day to catch a break with the caution flags,” crew chief Doug Randolph said. “Bobby drove the wheels off of that thing, and we had fast pit stops, but we just weren’t able to get it where we needed it to be.”
Team owner Kevin Buckler knew the finish wasn’t ideal for his young team, but has confidence in the crew’s ability to turn the tables for next week.
“It’s tough to come off of a solid finish at Daytona and battle a car all day the next week, but Bobby did a great job,” Buckler said. “We caught a few bad breaks, but we’re going to Vegas next week and I’ve got to believe lady luck will be on our side there. We have new cars now and have our expectations set high. We had a really strong run there last year and I know this TRG Motorsports crew will be ready to hit the ground running as soon as we unload.”
The team will continue its west coast tour on Sunday, Feb. 28th when NASCAR visits Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on FOX with coverage beginning at 3:00 Eastern time.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

February 13th Report

The last day before the race almost became a nightmare! Just minutes in to the final practice, the last time the car will have any chance to be on track, and Bobby almost had a big crash. Driving in a large 15-car pack, another driver started to lose control and ran right in to the side of Bobby. Bobby began to run sideways right towards the inside wall, and somehow between his experience, talent, and sheer luck he managed to spin the car back around and just barely avoid the wall!! The car took minimal damage and will be fine for the big race....

Video Here.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Thursday Report

Thursday is without doubt Bobby's busiest day, and was almost busier! Three appearances in the morning, hundreds of autographs and discussion, and then somehow after that he has to race his way through the second Gatorade Duel. The Gatorade Duel is essentially like a qualifying race that determines where Bobby will start for the Daytona 500. We had kind of a rough race, nothing was really wrong but everyone just struggled to get the car handling the way it needed to be. Handling is everything at Daytona so you can drive behind any line of cars, but it just didn't work out. Luckily two more days of practice before the big day. AND THEN, after all that, Bobby still had one more appearance!

Video here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

First Day of Practice Successful

The first day of practice for the Daytona 500 was successful, and most importantly, clean! To run in the draft at 180mph, it's critical that the car's handling is absolutely perfect to maneuver the car wherever you need. Bobby and his crew chief Doug Randolph worked on that all day, and managed to avoid a number of big wrecks. We're all really happy with the way the day went, and we're excited about today's Gatorade Duels, which will determine where the Taxslayer 71 runs. Check it out at 2PM EST on SPEED!

Yesterday's video report here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Video from PRN Up To Speed

Tonight was the featured sponsor for PRN's pre-race radio show "Up to Speed." We interviewed live on air with Mark Garrow and Kyle Petty. See the video below. Tomorrow we will be at the speedway so look for some great content from the garages and more...

Also. check out the video of the custom chopper being raffled off by and TaxSlayer Racing. Entries will be accepted at in the near future.

Up To Speed Presented by

Speedweek is getting into full swing here in Daytona!

Be sure to tune in to your local PRN affiliate tonight for Up To Speed, presented by to learn more about, Bobby Labonte and what will be going on during race week 2010. The show will be broadcast live from the Volusia Mall in Daytona.

So far, everything has been very promising for the #71 team. We are looking forward to a great duel on Thursday, and carrying a lot of positive momentum into the weekend!

Stay tuned for more updates from Daytona.