CORNELIUS, N.C. (AP) - Terry Labonte is coming out of retirement long enough to replace team owner and driver Michael Waltrip behind the wheel for the two NASCAR Nextel Cup road races this season.
Labonte retired from Cup races near the end of last season, but
Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that he will drive the
team's Number-55 Toyota Camry at Infineon Raceway on June 24th and
at Watkins Glen International at August 12th.
The 2007 season has been mostly a nightmare for Waltrip in his
first season as a Cup team owner. It began going sour before this
year's season-opening Daytona 500, when his team was fined and
docked points for using a foreign substance in the fuel and two of
his employees were suspended until being reinstated in May.
The two-time Daytona 500 winner also had an embarrassing
off-track incident in which he fell asleep at the wheel of his
S-U-V, hit a telephone pole and turned over. He was not injured but
was charged by police with reckless driving and failing to report