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Race Highlights:
Richard       Childress Racing teammates finished sixth (Jeff Burton), 10th (Kevin Harvick) and 23rd (Paul Menard).
Harvick enters the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup seeded ninth, trailing point leader Denny Hamlin by 12 points. Menard ranks 17th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings, while Burton ranks 19th.
Burton gained five positions over the final 40 laps, ranking him fourth in the NASCAR Loop Data statistic category of Closers.
Burton made 46 Green Flag Passes and spent 331 Laps (82 percent) of the 400-lap event in the Top 15.
According the NASCAR Post Race Loop Data Statistics, Harvick spent 385 Laps in the Top 15, tying him for third in the category.
Harvick improved seven positions during the last 10 percent (40 laps) of the race, positioning him second the NASCAR Loop Data Statistics Closers category.
Menard made 65 Green Flag Passes, ranking him ninth in that category according to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics.
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 16. The 27th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.





   
Paul Menard and the No. 27 Moen/Menards Team Battled Weather and Handling Issues to Finish 23rd at Richmond International Raceway

 

Paul Menard and the Moen/Menards Chevrolet team were plagued with handling issues throughout the 400-lap race that extended into the early Sunday morning hours under the lights of Richmond International Raceway, resulting in a 23rd-place finish. The start of the Federated Auto Parts 400 was delayed due to inclement weather in the greater Richmond, Va. area, but when the green flag was displayed, Menard started the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event from the 25th position and quickly drove the Moen/Menards Chevrolet into the top 20. The momentum was short lived as the No. 27 machine developed a tight-handling condition in the center of the turns. Falling back to the 23rd position in the running order, acting crew chief Shane Wilson called for a series of chassis and air pressure adjustments in an effort to neutralize the car's balance. Long green-flag runs allowed the leader to pass the Moen/Menards Chevrolet and a green-flag pit stop on lap 132 just before the lap-135 caution trapped the Eau Claire, Wis., native two laps down to the leader, in the 29th position. The Wilson-led team opted to take the wave around and regained one lap; however, as the field lined up for the ensuing restart, rain began to fall once again, resulting in a 51 minute red-flag period. When green-flag racing resumed, handling issues continued to torment the 32-year old driver. Numerous chassis and air pressure adjustments during routine pit stops offered little relief to the challenges Menard faced as he wheeled the No. 27 machine around the 0.75-mile short track. With only 11 cars on the lead lap at the checkered flag, Menard was scored in the 23rd position at the finish.

 

Start - 25          Finish - 23          Laps Led - 0          Points - 17  

 

PAUL MENARD QUOTE:

"We just couldn't quite find the right adjustments tonight to help the Moen/Menards Chevrolet. We struggled with drive off and tightened the car up a little too much. It's not the finish we hoped for, but these guys never gave up. This team has worked extremely hard all year and we were in contention again for a Wild Card berth in the Chase (for the NASCAR Sprint Cup). We'll continue to go to the track every weekend with the goal of getting a win."
 
 

     


Kevin Harvick and the Budweiser Team Finish 10th in the Final Race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Richmond International Raceway

 

Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Budweiser team brought home a 10th-place finish in the rain-delayed Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night. The Richard Childress Racing driver started the 400-lap event from the 13th position and alerted his crew he was battling a loose-handling condition as he traveled around the 0.75-mile race track during the early laps of the final race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Crew chief Gil Martin called Harvick to pit road on lap 47 during the competition caution for four tires and fuel, along with air pressure and chassis adjustments. The Bakersfield, Calif., native returned to the track in the 12th position for the ensuing restart and quickly worked his way into the top 10 by lap 51. As Harvick continued to move toward the front of the field he reported the No. 29 Chevrolet was handling well, but had become a touch tight in the middle of the corner and was still loose on exit. On lap 139, NASCAR officials displayed the yellow flag for rain and the Budweiser pit crew was called to action as Martin instructed Harvick to return to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and another round of chassis adjustments. A few laps later, NASCAR officials brought the cars down pit road and displayed the red flag as the rain intensified. Following a 51-minute delay, green-flag racing resumed on lap 155 with the 36-year-old driver listed in the ninth position. As a slight threat of rain loomed, Harvick continued a charge toward the front of the field while battling the loose-handling condition on the Budweiser Chevrolet, but was able to work his way to the fourth position before ultimately crossing the finish line in 10th place. Following the 26th-points paying event, Harvick earned a position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and will start the 10-race "Chase" next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway as the ninth seed.  

 

Start - 13          Finish - 10          Laps Led - 0          Points - 9

 

KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:

"This No. 29 team has been real competitive the last three weeks and raced at the front of the pack. That is what we have to do. Tonight we probably had a fourth-place Budweiser Chevrolet and thought it was going to rain there, but it didn't. Then we pitted because we knew that we didn't want to wind up in the boat that all those other guys were on old tires. All in all, we took a chance there with the rain, but we had a solid car and we have had a solid car the last three weeks."

 

 

 

Jeff Burton Scores Top-10 Finish at Richmond International Raceway

 

Jeff Burton and the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team persevered through the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race under the lights at Richmond International Raceway and brought home a sixth-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400. After a rain shower postponed the start of the 400-lap event, the 45-year-old driver started the race from the 20th position and maneuvered into the top 15. Persistent rain forced NASCAR officials to display the red flag before the halfway point of the event and bring all competitors to pit road until the rain ceased. Once After 51 minutes of red-flag period, the cars returned to the track and the South Boston, Va. native reported to crew chief Drew Blickensderfer that the No.31 machine had developed a tight-handling condition in the middle of the 14-degree banked corners of the 0.75-mile facility, and during a long green-flag run, dropped one lap down to the leader. A lap-236 caution-flag period provided Burton the "Lucky Dog" award to return to the lead lap. As the leaders pitted under caution on lap 277 for routine service, the 21-time Sprint Cup Series race winner remained on the track and restarted in the top five. Burton climbed as high second-place, but the tight-handling condition continued to challenge the Richard Childress Racing driver until major chassis and air pressure adjustments were made on the final pit stop of the evening on lap 345. Burton reported to Blickensderfer throughout the final green-flag run that the RCR machine was the best it had been all evening. Burton passed five competitors throughout the final 10 percent of the race and finished in the sixth-position, marking his fifth top-10 finish of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season. With the strong effort, Burton gained a spot in the Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, moving into 19th-place.

 

Start - 20          Finish - 6          Laps Led - 0          Points - 19

 

JEFF BURTON QUOTE:

"I've been saying week after week how strong this team is getting and we proved that tonight with a hard-fought top-10 finish. I am happy and proud of everyone on the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet team."

RCR PR

The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway is as follows: 

DIRECTV Channel 795:

Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota team of Joe Gibbs Racing

Denny Hamlin will make his 249th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 14th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway … Has two wins (September 2010 and 2011), two poles (September 2006 and May 2008) and nine top-10 finishes in 13 starts at Richmond … The 31-year-old Chesterfield, Va., native has 21 wins and has 124 top-10 finishes in 248 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Hamlin’s seventh full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of second in 2010 … Started seventh and won last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks seventh in Sprint Cup Series points with four wins and 13 top-10 finishes.   

 

DIRECTV Channel 796:

Kyle Busch and the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota team of Joe Gibbs Racing

Kyle Busch will make his 283rd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 16th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway … Has four wins (May 2009 and 2010, April 2011 and 2012), one pole (May 2010) and 13 top-10 finishes in 15 career Sprint Cup starts at Richmond … The 27-year-old Las Vegas native has 24 wins and 133 top-10 finishes in 282 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Busch’s eighth full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of fifth in 2007 … Won 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship … Started third and finished sixth last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks 12th in Sprint Cup Series points with one win and 12 top-10 finishes.  

 

DIRECTV Channel 797:

Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet team of Stewart-Haas Racing

Tony Stewart will make his 490th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 28th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway … Has three wins (September 1999, May 2001 and 2002) and 18 top-10 finishes in 27 starts at Richmond … The 41-year-old Columbus, Ind., native has won 47 races and has 277 top-10 finishes in 489 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Stewart’s 14th full year in Sprint Cup and he won the points championship in 2002, 2005 and 2011 … Started on the pole and finished 22nd last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks 10th in Sprint Cup Series points with three wins and 11 top-10 finishes.

 

DIRECTV Channel 798:

Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports

Dale Earnhardt Jr., will make his 461st career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 27th at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway … Has three wins (May 2000, 2004 and 2006) and 11 top-10 finishes in 26 starts at Richmond … The 37-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native has won 19 races and has 179 top-10 finishes in 460 Sprint Cup starts … Won 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Nationwide Series championships … 2012 marks Earnhardt’s 13th full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of third in 2003… Started 35th and finished seventh last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Ranks second in Sprint Cup Series points with one win and 17 top-10 finishes.

TSC PR

What do you get when you mix mud pits, obstacles and celebrities in combat boots? Busch-Whacked!

Taking its name from former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Armed Forces Foundation ambassador Kurt Busch, this Mud & Paint fun run is unlike any other. Boasting 3.1 miles of extreme competition, endurance challenges and Kodak moments, Busch-Whacked will put competitors’ strength and equilibrium to the test, all in the name of supporting military families.

From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. CST on Nov. 1, Texas Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track will be transformed into the site of this unique competition.  Participants will race against NASCAR drivers, team members, media and celebrity supporters as they climb, jump and sprint to the finish. Competitors will not only vie for the title of Fastest Individual or Fastest Team, but will put their creativity to the test as they battle for Best Costume and Best Team Name, with all winners receiving a special commemorative trophy.

For those who prefer to forgo the mud-ridden course, spectator spots are available to watch the insanity unfold. Proceeds from Busch-Whacked will benefit military families and children through the Armed Forces Foundation, The Kurt Busch Foundation, Speedway Children’s Charities and Motor Racing Outreach.

To register, visit http://www.active.com/running/fort-worth-tx/busch-whacked-2012.

 

Prices:

Early Bird Individual (ends Oct. 8)—$45.00

Individual—$55.00

Individual Military—$45

Spectator—$15.00

Early Bird Team (ends Oct. 8)—$45.00/team member

Team—$55.00/team member

TSC PR

For the second consecutive year,NASCAR andChicagoland Speedway will team up to bring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade to Downtown Joliet on Thursday, Sept. 13. More than 30 haulers, from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Jimmie Johnson to Tony Stewart, will thunder through the streets for race fans to enjoy on their way to Chicagoland Speedway.

“One of the many advantages to hosting a major NASCAR event weekend in your backyard is the energy and excitement that comes along with it,” said Dawn Martin, senior manager of consumer marketing at Chicagoland Speedway. “By consulting with NASCAR, we are able to provide a great entertainment option to the community which has so graciously supported us. Between the Hauler Parade on Thursday and Race Fan Rally on Friday, we hope the entire City of Joliet is able to come out and join in the family-friendly fun.”

Fans are invited to gather atHollywood Casino Joliet (777 Hollywood Blvd.) at 4:00 pm to get up close to the haulers and take photos prior to the start of the Parade, which is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm. The parade will stage west of the river bridge on Jefferson Street before heading east bound on Jefferson and making a left on Scott Street. The Chicagoland Speedway pace car and fire safety vehicles will lead the parade north on Scott Street, before making a left onto Jackson, and then a left on Ottawa to head south en route to Chicagoland Speedway.

Race fans can watch the Hauler Parade from anywhere along the route (including the start at Hollywood Casino), but are encouraged to attend designated viewing areas at McBrody’s Bar and Grill (73 W. Jefferson St.), The Joliet Historical Museum (201 N. Ottawa) and the Joliet Public Library (150 N. Ottawa).

Chicagoland Speedway campers already on-site will also have a designated viewing area in the Gate 5 reserved parking lot, located on the north side of the facility. The Hauler Parade is estimated to arrive at The Speedway by 6:00 pm. The lot will not be open to the public.

Haulers by the Numbers:

-      A typical NASCAR team hauler measures 72 feet in length
-      The trailer itself is 53 feet in length
-      They hold a 150 gallon fuel tank on each side
-      Each hauler stores two cars
-      Haulers and their drivers travel 70,000-75,000 miles per year

Chicagoland Speedway PR

 Pocono Raceway announced its 2013 NASCAR events will be held on their traditional weekends and feature NASCAR's premier series, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The June 9, Pocono 400 and the August 4, Pennsylvania 400 be the cornerstone for each race weekend.

The Pocono 400 will kick-off “The Tricky Triangle’s” season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 7-9. NASCAR’s top touring series will be accompanied by the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with the 27th running of the Pocono 200, set for Saturday, June 8th. On Sunday, June 9th, Joey Logano will look to repeat his 2012 winning performance in the 32nd running of the Pocono 400.

The 40th annual Pennsylvania 400 takes over the spotlight for Pocono’s second NASCAR weekend, August 2-4. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rejoins the Sprint Cup Series and ARCA Series for a triple-header weekend of racing action. The Truck and ARCA Racing Series events are scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd. On Sunday, August 4th, defending race champion Jeff Gordon will lead the charge in the Pennsylvania 400.

Grandstand ticket prices for the 2013 NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway remain the same as the 2012 season. Friday and Saturday General Admission tickets will cost $10 and $20, ($25 at the gate) respectively. Children, ages 12 and under, accompanied by an adult holding a General Admission ticket will be admitted free on Friday and Saturday. Sunday Grandstand tickets start at $45, all Concourse-Level tickets will remain at half-price for kids ages 12 and under.

Tickets to the 2013 events at Pocono Raceway will be available to the general public following our customer renewal process.

Pocono Raceway PR

Ryan Newman and his U.S. Army Racing team may have been knocked down, but they refuse to give up and they will not accept defeat.

Following a night-ending accident that resulted in a disappointing 36th-place finish Saturday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Newman dropped two positions to 15th in the driver standings and, most importantly, out of a wild-card spot with two races to go before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship begins Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Only the top-10 in points are locked into the 12-driver, 10-race Chase. Positions 11 and 12 in the Chase are wild cards, awarded to the two drivers between 11th and 20th in points with the most wins. In the event multiple drivers have the same number of wins, a driver’s point standing serves as the tiebreaker.

Kasey Kahne holds the 11th-place wild-card spot thanks to his two victories, the most of any driver outside the top-10. Kyle Busch vaulted into the 12th-place wild-card spot after Bristol thanks to his victory April 28 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, combined with his 13th position in the standings, which is higher than his fellow single-race winners in the top-20 in points – Jeff Gordon, Newman, Marcos Ambrose and Joey Logano.

With the odds seemingly stacked against the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team as the Sprint Cup Series rolls into Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500, Newman & Company will need to dig its heels in and channel the lessons and attributes learned over the years from the more than 1 million U.S. Army Strong Soldiers the driver and team represent.

It will be imperative that Newman and his team exhibit the same mental, physical and emotional toughness of our Soldiers while they fight to achieve their goal of earning one of the coveted wild-card spots in the Chase.

One thing for certain, Newman and his Tony Gibson-led race team will not give up.

Since its first season together at SHR in 2009, the No. 39 U.S. Army Racing team has showcased an unwavering determination. The team even adopted an anonymously written poem entitled “Don’t Quit” as its mantra during that first season as it battled back from as low as 36th in the championship standings to a berth in the Chase and, ultimately, a season-ending ninth-place finish in the points.

Gibson rallied his troops each step of the way that season, reminding them that if they band together as a team, they could conquer any adversity. In fact, Gibson used his own personal experiences from his racing career as his rallying cry.  

The year was 1992, and Gibson was the car chief for the team owned by driver Alan Kulwicki. Back then, the team was famously known for being an underdog, lacking the funding or the manpower of the super teams, but knowing it had heart and a resolve to be the best.

Its goal was to win the 1992 championship but, after a disastrous outing at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, where Kulwicki destroyed two racecars, it looked as if the championship hopes were over. With six races to go, the team was behind by a seemingly insurmountable 278 points.

As Gibson tells the story, Kulwicki walked into the hauler following the Dover race. He closed the doors behind him and said to his team, “Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on you. We can still win this championship.”

And that’s precisely what happened. Kulwicki and his team rattled off four top-five finishes in the final six races and the championship battle between Kulwicki, Bill Elliott and Davey Allison went down to the wire that season 20 years ago. Kulwicki conserved enough fuel to finish second in the final race at Atlanta, which earned him the championship crown.

This weekend, Gibson returns to Atlanta in an all-too-familiar position. While the 2012 championship may not be on the line just yet, the No. 39 team knows it must prevail in its heated battle for one of the two wild-card spots so it can continue its fight for its ultimate goal – the 2012 Sprint Cup title.

In 19 starts at Atlanta, Newman has a record-tying seven pole positions, one top-five and six top-10 finishes. While the 1.54-mile oval hasn’t statistically been one of Newman’s best over the years, the No. 39 team has earned two top-10 finishes in five starts there since 2009.

There’s no doubt that Gibson will recall the lessons that Kulwicki, his late boss and friend, taught him 20 years ago, and he will remind Newman and the rest of the team to never give up because nothing is out of reach, no matter how bad it might seem.

It’s a theme that resonates well with the No. 39 U.S. Army Medicine team as that determination and fortitude are the same attributes the Army looks for in its Soldiers – putting the mission first, a never-quit attitude and a refusal to accept defeat.

Newman and his No. 39 U.S. Army Medicine team will tackle the next two races with a brave and gritty determination, just like the Army Strong Soldiers they represent attacks its own missions. This is a team that will not quit.

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Coming off a career best third place finish last week in the UNOH 200 at the Bristol Motor Speedway Ross Chastain and the SS Green Light Racing team look to keep the momentum rolling at as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to the high-banked 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 on Friday night.

Bristol was the second top-ten in the last three races for the Florida teen as he and the SS Green Light Racing team continue to impress against more experienced drivers and larger teams as the trucks take to fourteenth race of the 2012 season.

“We’re ready to go to Atlanta with the same truck we took to Michigan and Pocono,” Ross said. “This truck doesn’t qualify as good as a couple of our other trucks, it just drives a whole lot better.”

For the fourth consecutive race Melon 1, one of the largest shippers of fresh watermelon in the United States will back the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender on Friday night when the tough trucks kick-off a NASCAR triple header with the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200. This week the Georgia Watermelon Association will join them on Chastain’s Toyota. “I want to thank the Georgia Watermelon Association for coming on board with Melon 1 this weekend,” he continued. “The whole watermelon industry is behind us and we’re having a lot of fun promoting the benefits of watermelon to everyone.”

Chastain has completed 703 of the last 704 laps over the last five NCWTS races and worked his way from twenty-fifth to sixteenth in the driver standings and now sits only sixteen points out of fifteenth. “We’re getting close to the top-fifteen in points again and if we keep finishing up-front we can keep on gaining on them. I plan to finish in the top-ten and keep it going the rest of the season.”

“Hopefully we can carry the momentum from Bristol. We realize what our potential is and that is to be in the top-ten. The team has been doing a great job and we’re going to set our goals for the top-ten and try to finish there every week.”

The Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 is the 284th consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the nineteenth career start for Chastain in the Truck Series. Ross has moved up to sixteenth in the NCWTS point standings and has three top-ten finishes in 2012 including a career best third at Bristol on August 22nd.

There are 38 trucks on the entry list for the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200, which will kick-off the an exciting weekend featuring all three of top NASCAR touring series at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Johnny Chapman is scheduled to drive the Wear Your Bobber/Gear.info No. 07 for SS Green Light Racing.

SS Green Light Racing PR

The AdvoCare 500 at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway quad-oval on Sunday, September 2nd is the 25th of 36 races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule and it’s the site where Bobby Labonte scorched the competition for six of his 21 career victories.

“Atlanta has obviously been a good track for me,” Labonte said. “It’s a fun track to drive. I think Atlanta is one place that eats tires up and gives up grip, which makes it fun to drive. You have to manage your tires to a certain extent there. The lap times fall off all night. It makes for good racing for the drivers and the fans.”

Labonte, who will have Kingsford Charcoal on the hood of his No. 47 Toyota Camry this weekend, leads the list of active drivers with his six wins. The Corpus Christi, Texas-native is tied with NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Petty for third on the all-time win list at Atlanta. He also holds the track record (159.904 mph, 3:07:48, 11/16/97) and is the driver that won from the deepest starting position (39th), which took place during the 2001 fall race.

In addition to multiple wins, he has 12 top-fives, 13 top-10s. 45 drivers have won a pole at Atlanta and Labonte has two to his credit.  14 races have been won from the pole and Labonte accomplished that feat on November 10, 1996. The JTG Daugherty Racing driver is coming off of a respectable 14th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and hopes to have a good night at Atlanta.

“We were able to stay out of harm’s way and bring home a top-15 finish at Bristol,” Labonte said. “It felt good to be able to have a respectable finish because we’ve had some tough weeks lately. We’re working hard to improve for our sponsors and fans. We hope to have luck on our side at Atlanta as well.”

This season has been a learning year for JTG Daugherty Racing as the company ventured out on its own. Next season, Labonte hopes his team is contending for a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™. This year four Chase spots are locked up and eight remain going into the final two regular-season races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.

Current points leader Greg Biffle, five-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have locked up a spot while former champion Matt Kenseth has clinched at least a Wild Card entry. The pressure is on at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“There’s some guys locked in and then for the rest trying to get in, anything can happen between Atlanta and Richmond,” Labonte said. “They may think they would be in and then they’re out or vice versa. As an outsider looking in, I know there’s a lot of pressure on a lot of guys to be in the top-12.”

After racing his No. 47 Kingsford Charcoal Toyota this weekend under the lights, Labonte looks forward to Labor Day.

“We have Kingsford on the car this weekend and it’s a great reminder for everyone to get together with your family and grill out this Labor Day weekend as summer starts winding down,” Labonte said. “’Racing Season is Grilling Season’ and we take full advantage of grilling out any chance we can. Be safe and enjoy the Labor Day weekend.”

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