Labontes Farewell Set

Hendrick Motorsports today unveiled the 2006 schedule of two-time champion Terry Labonte, who will appear in 10 races with the organization during his final year of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition.

The team will again campaign its No. 44 Chevrolets with primary sponsorship from Kellogg Company, GMAC and CARQUEST Auto Parts. Kellogg’s will continue its 12-year relationship with Labonte as primary sponsor in half of the planned events.

“This is an opportunity for me to have a little more fun,” said Labonte, 49, who has 22 career Cup victories and two series championships (1984 and 1996) to his credit. “I’ve been fortunate to do this for nearly three decades and I’m excited to go back to some of the places that have meant so much to me, my team and my family over the years.”

Labonte, who began racing at the Cup level in 1978, will appear at six different venues during his 2006 Hendrick Motorsports “Shifting Gears – Lone Star Style” schedule, including multiple races at Texas Motor Speedway, Lowe’s Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

A Corpus Christi, Texas, native, Labonte will compete April 9 at Texas Motor Speedway, followed by dates at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway.

The July 23 event at Pocono will open the second half of the 10-race slate, prior to dates at California Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

The final race of Labonte’s storied career will come Nov. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway.


April 9, Texas Motor Speedway

May 13, Darlington Raceway

May 28, Lowe’s Motor Speedway

June 11, Pocono Raceway

July 9, Chicagoland Speedway

July 23, Pocono Raceway

Sept. 3, California Speedway

Oct. 1, Kansas Speedway

Oct. 14, Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Nov. 5, Texas Motor Speedway

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