Apr 28 2007

Bobby Labonte Wins Busch Series race at Talladega

Bobby Labonte pushed Tony Stewart to the front, and then passes for the win with about 200 yards to go in the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Motor Speedway. It was definitely a good day for Kevin Harvick as well, he only finished sixth, but he is the owner of both Tony’s and Bobby’s race cars, making them teammates once again, if only in the Busch Series.

NASCAR waved the green flag again for the overtime finish at the start of Lap 119 and Labonte, who restarted seventh, moved in behind Stewart, who was fifth, and the two Chevrolets, both owned by Harvick, worked in tandem shooting to the front.

Both zoomed past Mears by the end of the first green-flag lap and Labonte just kept pushing Stewart, giving the two lead cars a big margin over Mears. Labonte bided his time on the final lap around the 2.66-mile oval until he came off Turn 4.

At that point, he slipped up the banking and moved alongside Stewart, with the two cars nearly touching. As they neared the finish line, Labonte nosed ahead. His engine, which was overheating badly on the final two laps after he banged into the rear of Harvick’s car, blew as he crossed the finish line with steam wafting from under his hood.

“I just had a run on Tony,” Labonte said. “I just stayed glued to his rear bumper. This is cool. The motor just blew up. It was pegged at 240 [degrees] the last two laps.” Source: Labonte passes teammate Stewart to win at Talladega

Here is the video of the crash on lap 26 when Tony Stewart got into the back of Kyle Busch. Pretty ugly wreck, but he just jumps out at the end.

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