Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

He Ain't Heavy ... Labonte Brothers on Row 1

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

He Ain't Heavy ... Labonte Brothers on Row 1

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Just as everyone figured, a Labonte won the

pole for the Daytona 500. Just not the one everyone thought.

Terry Labonte, the overwhelming favorite entering pole

qualifying yesterday for the Daytona 500, will instead start on

the outside of the front row next Sunday. On the pole?

His little brother, Bobby.

"I'm sure our Mom and Dad will be pretty happy tonight," said

Terry, 42, two-time Winston Cup season champion.

The Labontes became the first brother combination ever to start

on the front row of the Daytona 500.

"It's huge," Bobby, 35, said of his 11th career pole and first

at Daytona International Speedway. "It's very, very special."

Bobby Labonte, who was consistently quick in practice all week

but not as fast as his brother until yesterday morning, won the

pole in a Joe Gibbs-owned Pontiac with a one-lap time of 46.774

seconds, a lap speed of 192.415 mph.

"We ran pretty close to Terry this morning [during practice] --

a little quicker, even," Bobby Labonte said. "We thought we were

maxed out and thought they might be a little quicker.

"We got a little 10th of a second on our run -- a gust of wind

or whatever -- that made a difference."

Terry Labonte, who consistently ran the fastest times this week

until yesterday morning's practice, covered the 2.5-mile

tri-oval in 46.844 seconds in a Rick Hendrickowned Chevrolet --

a speed of 192.127 mph, .07 seconds off his week's fastest

practice lap.

Chevy driver Ken Schrader qualified third with a speed of

191.787, followed by Chevy driver Dale Earnhardt (191.006) and

Pontiac driver John Andretti (190.828).

Last year's 500 pole winner, Chevy driver Mike Skinner, was

sixth at 190.674 mph, followed by Pontiac driver Derrike Cope at


Rusty Wallace was the quickest driver in the new Ford Taurus.

He qualified eighth at 190.444 mph.

Only the two Labontes secured starting positions for Sunday's

race. …

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