Labonte would chase Truck championship under right situation

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Bobby Labonte has enjoyed a part-time driver role for the past several seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but the 51-year-old admitted he would consider the option to go racing in the Truck Series full-time if it made sense.

Labonte, the 2000 Sprint Cup Series champion, hasn’t raced in the Truck Series since 2007, but in 10 career starts possesses one win and five top 10’s.

“It is absolutely something that we have talked about and met with some people about,” said Labonte. “Again, everything has to line up right.”

Rumors circled for a while on a similar possibility for Labonte, and even though that deal fell through, it hasn’t swayed the 25-year NASCAR veteran.

“I couldn’t just make it happen by snapping my fingers and we couldn’t quite get it all lined up,” he continued. “I definitely had it in my mind that it was something I really wanted to do. I would still entertain that but there is also a point where if you can chase the championship that is one thing, and you can do it in a lot of ways.

“When I started racing when I was little the passion was to race and win and that is what you want to do. You want the chance to do that. We did it back then and I think the Truck Series is very appealing to me. I loved it when I did a few of them for a couple of guys and won a race and finished in the top-five quite a bit.

“It is definitely a different level and the garage area is a lot calmer there than it is in the Sprint Cup Series and it kind of at this point in time is very appealing.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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