Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by CM Duck, Feb 19, 2006.
Does anybody know where their car qualified?... if it did at all.
They qualified like mid-pack, but there was some infraction, don't recall what, that moved them to inside last row.
They didn't but since Terry Labonte is a former series champ they got in but will start dead last.
Ahh, that was it. I think they're inside last row though because Bobby Labonte blew an engine in practice and got moved behind his bro.
That sucks for Bobby and Petty Racing but he'll work his way back to the front.
No, you were right 1st time. Aikman/Staubach's groups dead last.
That was exactly the reason they hired Terry Labonte for the first five races. They're guaranteed a spot in the race, no matter what happens in qualifying.
By the way, they've moved up 14 spots in the first 54 laps.
Exactly....Terry was a great choice. He won't do anything crazy and usually brings the car home in one piece.
They are working with Joe Gibbs racing. :shootme: :thumbdo: :doh: :insane:
Aikman has reasonable expectations this Daytona 500
By JOE STIGLICH
Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman attended his first NASCAR race 12 years ago, when Sterling Marlin took the checkered flag in the 1994 Daytona 500.
Aikman is back at Daytona International Speedway, this time as co-owner of the No. 96 Chevrolet to be driven by Terry Labonte. Hall of Fame Racing - the team Aikman created along with fellow Cowboys quarterback legend Roger Staubach - will make its debut in Sunday's Daytona 500.
Labonte will drive in seven races this season, with Tony Raines sliding behind the wheel for the other 29.
"Would we like to win? Absolutely," Aikman said of his expectations for the season. "If we can finish in the top 25, I think everybody would feel real good about that. I hope it's not as difficult as my rookie season was. I was 0-11 as a starter."
To welcome the ex-NFL stars, NASCAR threw a penalty flag their way after last weekend's time trials for the Daytona 500. The carburetor in Labonte's car was found to have illegal modifications, meaning he had to start Thursday's Gatorade Duel qualifying race from the rear of the pack. Labonte ended up qualifying for the Daytona 500 provisionally as a past Nextel Cup champion.
Learning the specifics of that penalty was part of Aikman's crash course in NASCAR 101. He was introduced to auto racing by his father, who raced cars in the Riverside area when Aikman was growing up.
But it was Marlin who really turned him on to NASCAR. The two met early in Aikman's NFL career. Aikman invited Marlin to one of Dallas' Super Bowl games, then Aikman was a guest of Marlin's and waved the green flag at the 1994 Daytona 500.
"One of the big things I believe about why the sport is so (big) is how accessible the drivers are," Aikman said. "Right up until the race, they're signing autographs. You would never get that close to an athlete in any other sport."
And so much for old rivalries.
Aikman's team is using engines provided by Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who owns his own Nextel Cup team.
Terry finished 17th. Not bad for Hall of fame racings first time out. Especially after they started at the rear of the field. By the way, the infraction that forced them to the rear was because of an engine screw up. Guess where they got the engine from? Joe Gibbs Racing.
Never trust a Redskin. :skins: (I love this emoticon)
BTW, here is the website for their team.
Man, what were they thinking, Joe Freakin Gibbs. Why would they even talk to the guy about a product for thier car. Come on guys, your way smarter then that.
Maybe because they won the championship last year