The ultimate grinder, Bobby Labonte raced any car he could get behind the wheel of before he got his first break as a full-time premier series driver at 28 years old in 1993.
- Inducted: 2020
The ultimate grinder, Bobby Labonte raced any car he could get behind the wheel of before he got his break as a full time premier driver in 1993.
His persistence paid off with a career highlighted by 21 trips to Victory Lane and the 2000 premier series title. A success in all three of NASCAR’s national series, Labonte was the first of four drivers to win both an Xfinity and premier series championship. He is also one of 27 drivers to win a race in all three national series.
The Texan showed up on the biggest stages throughout his 2000 premier championship season, earning two of his four wins in the Brickyard 400 and Southern 500. He beat out second-place Dale Earnhardt by 255 points for the series crown. Bobby and his brother, Terry Labonte, are one of two pairs of brothers (Kurt and Kyle Busch), who each boast a premier series championship.