YEAR-BY-YEAR NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RECAP
2006 Finished 21st in series points.
First year with Petty Enterprises.
Posted three top five and eight top 10 finishes.
Best finish was third at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Had consecutive top five finishes at Charlotte and
2005 Finished 24th in series points.
Posted four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
Best finish was second at
Lowes Motor Speedway in May.
Started fourth and finished sixth at Phoenix in April.
Had consecutive top-10
Led at least one lap in four races.
Finished outside the top 10 in consecutive years for the first
time since 1996.
2004 Finished 12th in series points.
Broke a nine-year streak of at least one win.
Best finish was second at
Darlington in March and Martinsville in April.
Won his 26th career pole at Texas.
Recorded nine of his 11 top-
10 finishes in the first 17 races.
Peaked at fourth in points following the June Michigan race.
chief Michael McSwain left team in July.
After 16 consecutive weeks in Top 10, dropped from ninth to 12th with
just one race remaining (Richmond) before the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
2003 Finished eighth in series points.
Won the first of four poles at Las Vegas.
Followed with a win at Atlanta.
Posted three consecutive runner-up finishes, at Martinsville, California and Richmond.
Lost momentum in the
championship chase, dropping from fourth to ninth, after a seven-race cold streak beginning with a 36th-place finish
at Chicagoland in July.
Stole the victory the 21st of his career in the season finale after Bill Elliott blew a tire
on the final lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
2002 Finished 16th in series points.
Snapped a run of five consecutive seasons of finishing among the top seven
in the championship, including the crown in 2000. Also marked his lowest finish in the championship since finishing
21st for Bill Davis Racing in 1994.
Won at Martinsville in the spring to extend streak of seasons with at least one
win to eight.
Posted seven top-10 finishes, five of those among the top five.
2001 Finished sixth in series points.
Marked the fifth consecutive year finishing among the top seven in the championship
and sixth in the last seven among the top 10.
Posted wins at Pocono and Atlanta, extending streak of consecutive
multiple-win seasons to four and streak of at least one victory to seven consecutive seasons.
20 top-10 finishes, including nine among the top five.
2000 Won first series championship.
Posted four wins and 19 top-five finishes overall for Joe Gibbs Racing to earn
the title by 265 points over runner-up Dale Earnhardt.
Joined his brother Terry as a champion of NASCARs premier
series, marking the only time in history that brothers have laid claim to the crown.
Grabbed the points lead following
the third race of the season (Las Vegas) and fell out of the top spot just once for the remainder of the season.
Had just two finishes outside the top 20 and failed to finish just nine laps out of 10,167 on the season.
of the season came at Rockingham and followed with triumphs at Indianapolis, Darlington and Charlotte.
two poles (Michigan, New Hampshire), marking his sixth consecutive multiple-pole season.
1999 Finished second in series points.
Finished 201 points behind champion Dale Jarrett, but enjoyed an extremely
productive season filled with career bests.
Established career bests for wins (5), top 10s (26), top 5s (23) and
Swept the Pocono races and also won at Dover, Michigan and the season-ending race at Atlanta.
Season could have taken a turn for the worst when he broke his shoulder blade during a NASCAR Busch Series practice
session at Darlington in March, but amazingly did not miss a start.
1998 Finished sixth in series points.
Continued his climb in the championship, posting his best effort of his career
to date and third time in four years among the top 10.
Matched his top-10 finishes of a year ago with 18, which
included wins at Talladega and Atlanta.
Also had 11 finishes among the top five.
Netted three poles (Daytona
sweep, Talladega), giving him 12 in his first four seasons with Joe Gibbs Racing.
1997 Finished seventh in series points.
Points finish was a career-best, topping 10th in 1995.
Won the season
finale at Atlanta for the second consecutive year, both times marking his only win of the season.
as he posted 18 top-10 finishes, including five among the top five. Also had three poles (Darlington, Dover,
Rockingham), his third consecutive multiple-pole season.
1996 Finished 11th in series points.
Another solid season with Joe Gibbs Racing, earning a win and 14 top-10 finishes
Victory came in the season finale at Atlanta, which also was the same day his brother Terry celebrated
clinching the championship.
Surpassed his previous career total for poles (3) with four during the season. Total
tied for second, trailing only Jeff Gordon, who had five.
Poles came at Atlanta, Charlotte, Dover and Phoenix.
1995 Finished 10th in series points.
Moved from Bill Davis Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing, where he enjoyed a breakthrough
season, replacing Dale Jarrett as driver of the No. 18 car.
In addition to breaking into the top 10 in the
championship for the first time, earned the first three victories of his career, had 14 top-10 finishes and added two
First win came on May 28 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, the series longest race at 600 miles. It came
in his 74th career start. Swept the Michigan events for his other two wins.
The poles, the second and third of his
career, came at Martinsville and Michigan.
1994 Finished 21st in series points.
Posted two top-10 finishes in his second and final season with Bill Davis
Earned first top-five finish of career, finishing fifth at Watkins Glen
1993 Finished 19th in series points.
Strong career in the NASCAR Busch Series helped land a full-time ride with
Bill Davis Racing.
Had a solid rookie campaign with six top-10 finishes and a pole position. The pole came in his
25th career start, Sept. 9 at Richmond.
Lost out on Rookie of the Year honors to Jeff Gordon.
1991 Made his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start as a driver/owner, competing in two events. His first start came on
June 2 at Dover, where he started 33rd and finished 34th.
During the same season, he was running full-time in
the NASCAR Busch Series and went on to win the title.
PREVIOUS RACING HISTORY
Began career in 1984 as Hagan Racing crew member, with brother Terry the teams driver.
Raced late model stock
cars at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., winning 1987 track championship with 12 victories in 23 races.
full NASCAR Busch Series schedule in 1990, finishing fourth in series points.
Won NASCAR Busch Series championship
Finished second in 1992 NASCAR Busch Series standings to Joe Nemechek; Nemecheks margin of
three points was closest in the history of NASCARs three national series.
Ran quarter-midgets in Texas as a youth.
In 2001, Bobby and brother, Terry, had a park named in their honor, in their hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Bobby is a renowned Parrot Head, a nickname given to fervent fans of musician Jimmy Buffett.
Labonte and his
brother, Terry, were inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, nearly doubling the class of four inductees
from the racing community. The Labontes class included Texas football greats Troy Aikman, Dick Night Train Lane,
Bruce Matthews and Mike Munchak along with baseball great Norm Cash.
Opened the first Quarter-Midget racing
track in North Carolina in May 2004.