Terry Labonte

Terrance Lee "Terry" Labonte (born November 16, 1956) is a retired American stock car racing driver. A two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (then Winston Cup Series) champion and 1989 IROC champion, he is the older brother of 2000 Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte, and the father of former Nationwide Series driver Justin Labonte.

He also co-owns a Chevrolet dealership in North Carolina with Rick Hendrick.

See also:

Bobby Labonte

He and his older brother, Terry Labonte, are one of only two pairs of brothers to have both win Sprint Cup championships (along with Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch). He is also the uncle of former Nationwide Series race winner Justin Labonte.

Labonte is the first driver to have won both the Winston Cup championship (2000) and the Busch Series championship (1991). He also won the IROC title in 2001.

Terry Labonte was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1956. He was introduced to racing through his father, who had worked on race cars as a hobby for his friends. He started racing quarter-midgets when he was seven and won a national championship at nine before moving onto the local short tracks in a stock car as a teenager. Driving on both dirt and asphalt, he won track championships in his hometown, in Houston, and in San Antonio from 1975 to 1977. During this time he also met Louisiana businessman Billy Hagan.

See also:

Miranda Throckmorton

When she first began racing, Miranda was competing in Micro Midgets, and soon after, graduated to Quarter Midgets races. She excelled in these competitions and continued to race Quarter Midgets for eight years. In addition to Micro and Quarter Midgets races, she has raced 410 winged and non-winged sprint cars, Midgets, Jr. Sprints, 600cc Micro-Sprints and USAC Kenyon Midgets. She has had multiple top-3 finishes at the USAC Kenyon Midgets and multiple top-5 finishes in the 600 Micro Midgets.

Labonte’s first NASCAR start came in 1978 at Darlington Raceway. He qualified 19th in the No. 92 Duck Industries-sponsored Chevrolet and finished fourth that weekend. He ran four more races that season and had an additional two Top 10 finishes.

In 1979, he competed for NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year honors along with Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, and Joe Millikan while driving the No.

44 Stratagraph-sponsored Chevrolet for Hagan. Although Labonte failed to win the top rookie award, he was one of three rookies to finish in the Top 10 in points.

He ended the season with 13 Top 10 finishes. The following year, he won his first career Winston Cup race on Labor Day weekend at Darlington. He won $222,501 in prize money for the year and finished eighth in the final points standings.

See also:

Billy Hagan

In 1976, he fielded the #92 Stratagraph Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna for Manning, and he won Rookie of the Year honors. Manning was released in 1978, and replaced by Terry Labonte. Hagan hired Petty Enterprises crew chief Dale Inman for the 1984 season.

Labonte won the Southern 500, and won the 1984 championship.

Labonte left the team in 1986, and was replaced by Sterling Marlin. Labonte returned to the team in 1991, but was unable to continue their success. 1994, marked Hagan's last season as a single car owner, fielding cars for John Andretti and Randy MacDonald.

In 1996, his shop was purchased by Triad Motorsports. Hagan continued to serve as a co-owner of the operation until the team's demise in 1999.

(Source: Wikipedia)