posted on Apr, 2 2004 @ 08:04 PM
a little bit more about justin
When Justin Labonte tested at Texas last week, it was his first time driving on a track at the same time with his father and uncle.
The 23-year-old son of two-time NASCAR champion Terry Labonte makes his 2004 Busch debut Saturday, starting 37th in the O'Reilly 300, in the state
where his father was born. It will be his 24th career start, only second since 2000.
``He has run well in a lot of different cars he's raced. It's a big step in the Busch Series,'' said Terry Labonte, also the car owner.
When Justin was passed by his uncle during testing, it felt weird. Now it could happen in a race. Nextel Cup driver Bobby Labonte, also a past season
champ, will start ninth in the Busch race.
Justin started racing go-carts at age 12, then moved to the local racing circuit in North Carolina. He plans to run a more extensive Busch schedule in
the No. 44 U.S. Coast Guard Dodge, continuing the family business.
``I never told him that he couldn't do it,'' Terry Labonte said. ``I did want to make sure that he didn't feel like he had to do it just because I did
and Bobby was doing it. As long as he knows that, if that's what he wants to do, I'm going to help him all I can.''<