Bobby Labonte served notice that the current youth movement in stock car racing’s top series doesn’t begin and end with Jeff Gordon.
Labonte capitalized on late-race engine problems by Ken Schrader and cruised to a 6.27-second victory over his older brother, 1984 Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte, in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
It was the first Winston Cup victory for Labonte, who like the 23-year-old Gordon is in his third full season on the circuit.
Spokane native Chad Little’s Ford Thunderbird was sidelined by engine problems and finished last just one day after he won the Red Dog 300 Busch Grand National race.
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