Allmendinger in for Labonte at Richmond

Bobby Labonte

AJ Allmendinger will be back with JTG Daugherty at Richmond while Bobby Labonte continues to recover from his cycling accident. (Photo: Getty Images)


AJ Allmendinger will drive this weekend for JTG Daugherty at Richmond International Raceway, as Bobby Labonte recovers from breaking three ribs in a cycling accident.

Labonte plans to be back with the team next week at Chicagoland Speedway.

"I am feeling a lot better, but I don’t want to put the race team in any compromising position this weekend," Labonte said in a statement issued by the team.  "It just makes more sense to focus on my rehab one more week to ensure that I’m ready to go at Chicago with no issues.  I plan to be back with the team then and back behind the wheel."

Allmendinger drove in place of Labonte last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, finishing 14th.  Allmendinger previously drove three races for the team.  He will drive for the team at Kansas Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway before taking over the ride next season.

"Bobby Labonte means a lot to the JTG/Daugherty Racing team and to our sport," Allmendinger said in a statement from the team.  "For me, it's a tough situation.  I do not want to get more races with the team because someone is injured.  Bobby is a guy that I believe is a Hall of Famer and he is a champion.  It's tough to have that type of injury.  Hopefully, he gets better as soon as possible."

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