Bobby Labonte Repeats at Talladega In Race Two of 25th True Value IROC Racing Series

Apr 21, 2001, 01:00 ET from True Value IROC

    TALLADEGA, Ala., April 21 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Repeating his finish last year, NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Bobby
 Labonte, driving the white True Value IROC Pontiac Firebird, won his second
 True Value IROC Talladega race by .2097 seconds in the second round of the
 25th True Value IROC series at Talladega Superspeedway.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010421/HSSA022-a
                        http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010421/HSSA022-b)
 
     Veteran open wheel drivers Kenny Brack, of the Cart FedEx Championship
 Series and Buddy Lazier representing the Northern Light Indy Racing Series
 made the transition from open wheel to stock car racing look easy.  Brack,
 driving the yellow Pontiac Firebird started in eighth position and finished
 second.  "It was an interesting race, kind of wild.  I thought I could catch
 Bobby at the end, but they were running two-wide and I couldn't get anybody to
 push me along," said Brack.
     In only his second True Value IROC start Lazier, driving the medium blue
 Firebird started and finished third.  According to Lazier, "These drivers are
 just the best of the best and they are very enjoyable and a lot of fun to race
 with."
     With 11 lead changes among six drivers, the race was tightly packed with
 multiple drivers jockeying for position.  Labonte, who started the race from
 seventh position led early on and later on lap 16, with help from NASCAR
 champion Dale Jarrett took the lead away from veteran NASCAR driver Tony
 Stewart.
     Picking up five True Value IROC bonus points for leading the most laps,
 NASCAR Busch Series driver Jeff Green led the most laps during the second half
 of the race.  With only three laps remaining, however, Green lost the lead
 after a restart.  The only incident occurred on lap 37 and involved Cheever,
 Jr., Lazier, and Jarrett.  Cheever, Jr.'s car picked up a push coming off turn
 four and made contact with Lazier, collecting Jarrett.
     Following the restart, with drafting help from veteran Indy Racing
 Northern Light Series Driver Eddie Cheever Jr., Labonte overtook Green for the
 lead and never looked back.  Labonte crossed the stripe for the second time in
 his True Value IROC career.  According to Labonte, "When they had the restart,
 I got a push from Cheever and was able to push by Jeff Green.  It just seemed
 like being third on the restart was more of the key factor.  I think I was in
 the right place at the right time."
     With his second win at Talladega, Labonte joined True Value IROC champions
 Al Unser Jr. and Dale Earnhardt as a multiple winner in the series at
 Talladega.  Today's event paid tribute to the reigning champion Earnhardt to
 whom Labonte credits his win,  "For me to be able to win the next IROC race
 after he ran Daytona, which was his last was great, because I feel like he
 taught me how to do things the right way.  This year, without him here, it
 doesn't seem like a day goes by that you don't think about him.  He meant so
 much to all of us and this sport."
     The purse for the 2000 True Value IROC series totals of $1,025,000 with
 $250,000 awarded to the champion based on cumulative point standings at the
 end of the fourth race.
 
                            THE TRUE VALUE IROC XXV
          Race Two -- 38 Laps (101.08 Miles) Saturday, April 21, 2001
                     Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
                         2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval
 
     Finish  Start    Driver         Car Color   Car#  Laps   Times Led
       1      7    Bobby Labonte      White         5     38        3
       2      8    Kenny Brack        Yellow        4     38
       3      3    Buddy Lazier       Medium Blue  10     38
       4     10    Ricky Rudd         Gold          2     38
       5      9    Eddie Cheever, Jr. Cream         3     38        1
       6      4    Jeff Burton        Violet        9     38        1
       7      5    Mark Dismore       Silver        7     38
       8      2    Jeff Green         Lime         11     38        3
       9      6    Scott Goodyear     Aqua          6     38
      10      1    Tony Stewart       Evans Orange  8     38        3
      11     11    Dale Jarrett       Red           1     35        1
 
     Driver         Total Laps Led   Bonus Points  Position Points  Status
     Bobby Labonte         7              3              21         Running
     Kenny Brack                                         17         Running
     Buddy Lazier                                        14         Running
     Ricky Rudd                                          12         Running
     Eddie Cheever, Jr.    2                             10         Running
     Jeff Burton           1                              9         Running
     Mark Dismore                                         8         Running
     Jeff Green           20              5               7         Running
     Scott Goodyear                                       6         Running
     Tony Stewart          7              2               5         Running
     Dale Jarrett          1                              4         Accident
 
     Average Speed       176.473
     Time of Race        34 Min. 22 Sec.
     Margin of Victory  .2097
     Lead Changes        11 among 6
     Caution Laps        1
 
     Lap Leaders:  Stewart 1-5, Labonte 6, Burton 7, Green 8-10, Cheever 11-12,
     Stewart 13, Green 14, Stewart 15, Labonte 16-19, Jarrett 20, Green 21-36,
     Labonte 37-38
 
     Driver                        Daytona Race     Talladega         Total
                                   Total Points     Total Points      Points
     Bobby Labonte                      10               24             34
     Kenny Brack                        12               17             29
     Buddy Lazier                        4               14             18
     Ricky Rudd                         19               12             31
     Jeff Green                          3               12             15
     Eddie Cheever Jr.                  14               10             24
     Jeff Burton                         5                9             14
     Mark Dismore                        7                8             15
     Tony Stewart                        6                7             13
     Scott Goodyear                      9                6             15
     Dale Jarrett                       24                4             28
 
     *  Tie-Breaker Rule:  In the event that two or more drivers are tied for
        bonus points, the bonus points will be awarded according to the
        finishing positions of the race.
 
     Prize Money:  The total True Value IROC purse of $1,025,000.00 will be
                   paid upon conclusion of the series based on point standings.
                   The series Champion will earn $250,000.
 
     ESPN:  Will televise the Talladega True Value IROC race Saturday, May 26
            at 5 p.m. (Eastern Time)
 
     Next Race:  True Value IROC XXIV will resume Saturday, June 9, 2001 at
                 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
 
     Note:
     The True Value IROC series matches 12 championship caliber drivers to
 compete in equalized Pontiac Firebird Trans Am race cars.  The cars are
 differentiated by their brilliant DuPont ChromaSystems TM colors and outfitted
 with Goodyear Eagle radial race tires.  The four-race series awards points
 according to finishing positions. At the end of the fourth event the points
 are tallied and a champion is declared.
     True Value is the world's largest hardware and home center retailer with
 more than 6,500 locations worldwide, representing annual retail sales of more
 than $18 billion.  True Value's racing involvement includes a 16-year history
 with IROC as well as involvement with NASCAR.  Additional information on True
 Value and individual True Value locations is available at www.truevalue.com .
 
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    TALLADEGA, Ala., April 21 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Repeating his finish last year, NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran Bobby
 Labonte, driving the white True Value IROC Pontiac Firebird, won his second
 True Value IROC Talladega race by .2097 seconds in the second round of the
 25th True Value IROC series at Talladega Superspeedway.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010421/HSSA022-a
                        http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010421/HSSA022-b)
 
     Veteran open wheel drivers Kenny Brack, of the Cart FedEx Championship
 Series and Buddy Lazier representing the Northern Light Indy Racing Series
 made the transition from open wheel to stock car racing look easy.  Brack,
 driving the yellow Pontiac Firebird started in eighth position and finished
 second.  "It was an interesting race, kind of wild.  I thought I could catch
 Bobby at the end, but they were running two-wide and I couldn't get anybody to
 push me along," said Brack.
     In only his second True Value IROC start Lazier, driving the medium blue
 Firebird started and finished third.  According to Lazier, "These drivers are
 just the best of the best and they are very enjoyable and a lot of fun to race
 with."
     With 11 lead changes among six drivers, the race was tightly packed with
 multiple drivers jockeying for position.  Labonte, who started the race from
 seventh position led early on and later on lap 16, with help from NASCAR
 champion Dale Jarrett took the lead away from veteran NASCAR driver Tony
 Stewart.
     Picking up five True Value IROC bonus points for leading the most laps,
 NASCAR Busch Series driver Jeff Green led the most laps during the second half
 of the race.  With only three laps remaining, however, Green lost the lead
 after a restart.  The only incident occurred on lap 37 and involved Cheever,
 Jr., Lazier, and Jarrett.  Cheever, Jr.'s car picked up a push coming off turn
 four and made contact with Lazier, collecting Jarrett.
     Following the restart, with drafting help from veteran Indy Racing
 Northern Light Series Driver Eddie Cheever Jr., Labonte overtook Green for the
 lead and never looked back.  Labonte crossed the stripe for the second time in
 his True Value IROC career.  According to Labonte, "When they had the restart,
 I got a push from Cheever and was able to push by Jeff Green.  It just seemed
 like being third on the restart was more of the key factor.  I think I was in
 the right place at the right time."
     With his second win at Talladega, Labonte joined True Value IROC champions
 Al Unser Jr. and Dale Earnhardt as a multiple winner in the series at
 Talladega.  Today's event paid tribute to the reigning champion Earnhardt to
 whom Labonte credits his win,  "For me to be able to win the next IROC race
 after he ran Daytona, which was his last was great, because I feel like he
 taught me how to do things the right way.  This year, without him here, it
 doesn't seem like a day goes by that you don't think about him.  He meant so
 much to all of us and this sport."
     The purse for the 2000 True Value IROC series totals of $1,025,000 with
 $250,000 awarded to the champion based on cumulative point standings at the
 end of the fourth race.
 
                            THE TRUE VALUE IROC XXV
          Race Two -- 38 Laps (101.08 Miles) Saturday, April 21, 2001
                     Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
                         2.66-mile high-banked tri-oval
 
     Finish  Start    Driver         Car Color   Car#  Laps   Times Led
       1      7    Bobby Labonte      White         5     38        3
       2      8    Kenny Brack        Yellow        4     38
       3      3    Buddy Lazier       Medium Blue  10     38
       4     10    Ricky Rudd         Gold          2     38
       5      9    Eddie Cheever, Jr. Cream         3     38        1
       6      4    Jeff Burton        Violet        9     38        1
       7      5    Mark Dismore       Silver        7     38
       8      2    Jeff Green         Lime         11     38        3
       9      6    Scott Goodyear     Aqua          6     38
      10      1    Tony Stewart       Evans Orange  8     38        3
      11     11    Dale Jarrett       Red           1     35        1
 
     Driver         Total Laps Led   Bonus Points  Position Points  Status
     Bobby Labonte         7              3              21         Running
     Kenny Brack                                         17         Running
     Buddy Lazier                                        14         Running
     Ricky Rudd                                          12         Running
     Eddie Cheever, Jr.    2                             10         Running
     Jeff Burton           1                              9         Running
     Mark Dismore                                         8         Running
     Jeff Green           20              5               7         Running
     Scott Goodyear                                       6         Running
     Tony Stewart          7              2               5         Running
     Dale Jarrett          1                              4         Accident
 
     Average Speed       176.473
     Time of Race        34 Min. 22 Sec.
     Margin of Victory  .2097
     Lead Changes        11 among 6
     Caution Laps        1
 
     Lap Leaders:  Stewart 1-5, Labonte 6, Burton 7, Green 8-10, Cheever 11-12,
     Stewart 13, Green 14, Stewart 15, Labonte 16-19, Jarrett 20, Green 21-36,
     Labonte 37-38
 
     Driver                        Daytona Race     Talladega         Total
                                   Total Points     Total Points      Points
     Bobby Labonte                      10               24             34
     Kenny Brack                        12               17             29
     Buddy Lazier                        4               14             18
     Ricky Rudd                         19               12             31
     Jeff Green                          3               12             15
     Eddie Cheever Jr.                  14               10             24
     Jeff Burton                         5                9             14
     Mark Dismore                        7                8             15
     Tony Stewart                        6                7             13
     Scott Goodyear                      9                6             15
     Dale Jarrett                       24                4             28
 
     *  Tie-Breaker Rule:  In the event that two or more drivers are tied for
        bonus points, the bonus points will be awarded according to the
        finishing positions of the race.
 
     Prize Money:  The total True Value IROC purse of $1,025,000.00 will be
                   paid upon conclusion of the series based on point standings.
                   The series Champion will earn $250,000.
 
     ESPN:  Will televise the Talladega True Value IROC race Saturday, May 26
            at 5 p.m. (Eastern Time)
 
     Next Race:  True Value IROC XXIV will resume Saturday, June 9, 2001 at
                 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
 
     Note:
     The True Value IROC series matches 12 championship caliber drivers to
 compete in equalized Pontiac Firebird Trans Am race cars.  The cars are
 differentiated by their brilliant DuPont ChromaSystems TM colors and outfitted
 with Goodyear Eagle radial race tires.  The four-race series awards points
 according to finishing positions. At the end of the fourth event the points
 are tallied and a champion is declared.
     True Value is the world's largest hardware and home center retailer with
 more than 6,500 locations worldwide, representing annual retail sales of more
 than $18 billion.  True Value's racing involvement includes a 16-year history
 with IROC as well as involvement with NASCAR.  Additional information on True
 Value and individual True Value locations is available at www.truevalue.com .
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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