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Labonte to enter Daytona 500 with Phoenix Racing

December 17th, 2013 4:32 pm by Associated Press

Labonte to enter Daytona 500 with Phoenix Racing

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Bobby Labonte will attempt to qualify for the season-opening Daytona 500 for Phoenix Racing.

The 2000 NASCAR champion will be making his attempt in a second entry for the team recently acquired by Harry Scott from long-time owner James Finch. Scott is fielding one full-time car for Justin Allgaier.

“I am grateful and excited to return to Daytona with Phoenix Racing,” Labonte said. “The Daytona 500 is obviously a special event for everyone involved in the sport. I can’t wait to get back in the car for my 22nd Daytona 500.”

No car number was announced for the Labonte entry. Finch made a deal with Scott to get Labonte into the second car for the February season-opening race.

Labonte is not guaranteed a spot in the field for the Feb. 23, 2014, race. But he’s eligible to use a past champion’s provisional if he is slow in single-lap qualifying and then does not finish high enough in qualifying races.

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