Bobby Labonte Makes the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame
“I'm honored and humbled to have people in Texas appreciate what I do on the track. I love Texas and will always hold the state and the speedway close to my heart. I was there for the ground breaking [of Texas Motor Speedway] and have made a few unforgettable career accomplishments there,” said Labonte.
“It's a really nice feeling to know that you've got people behind you in your home state. I've also been lucky enough over the years to have great people behind me; great fans, great owners, great sponsors, great teams. I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of people in the industry and people who love the sport,” added the Texan in the statement.
Bobby will therefore become the second member of the Labonte family to be inducted in the TMHOF, as older brother Terry also made it there some 5 years ago (2003). Bobby and Terry are also the only brothers in the history of NASCAR racing to have won at least one title each in the championship's top series.
Other drivers Bobby will join in the Hall of Fame (of Texas, of course) include A.J. Foyt (2003), Johnny Rutherford (2003), Lee Shepherd (2004), Kenny Bernstein (2005), Jim Hall (2005), Eddie Hill (2006), Jim McElreath (2007) and Mark Martin (2007). From the aforementioned list, Martin is the only active racer.