Bobby Labonte’s start streak to end at 704
Bobby Labonte’s consecutive start streak will come to an end at 704 races.
Labonte is not entered to race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, which will bring an end to the second-longest active starts streak in NASCAR behind Jeff Gordon’s 705 starts.
Labonte confirmed his status on a chat with fans on the JTG Daugherty Racing website.
“I will not be racing this week,” he wrote. “It is disappointing the way it is happening. I have had a couple of offers this morning, but I have declined them because I don’t want anybody else that has an opportunity to do what I do, what they love, to have to sit on the sideline for my sake.”
JTG will use A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 47 Toyota at Kentucky. Allmendinger drove for the team two weeks ago at Michigan, while Labonte drove the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing.
Phoenix Racing will use Austin Dillon this weekend, which left Labonte without a seat after two consecutive rough races. His spin in the No. 51 at Michigan six laps into the race wrecked Jeff Gordon’s car, and an oil line broke before the start of Sunday’s race at Sonoma in the No. 47. Although the team got the problem fixed and Labonte made it onto the track in time for the start of the race, his engine failed on the first lap.
Labonte has not missed a start since he began racing full-time in the Cup Series in 1993. He’s won 21 races and the 2000 championship while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Kentucky will mark the first Cup race without a Labonte in the field since the 1978 season finale at Ontario. Older brother Terry Labonte has 884 starts. Ricky Rudd holds the NASCAR record of 788 consecutive starts.
GENERALS OUTMANEUVER HITOMS
PETERSBURG, Va. — Three errors by HiToms shortstop Sam Foy led directly to three runs, and the HiToms left 11 runners on base in a 4-2 loss to the Generals at the Petersburg Sports Complex.
Brody Koerner (0-2) allowed just one earned run, but thanks to shoddy defense, took the loss. The HiToms starter walked four and struck out four, surrendering five hits in 5.1 innings as the HiToms dropped to 13-12. Travis McQueen (2-1) fired 2.2 scoreless frames of relief, striking out four, walking three and giving up one hit. Brent Adheen worked the ninth for his second save as the Generals won for just the second time in 15 tries to improve to 4-18.
The HiToms return home to Finch Field at 7 p.m. today to play the Asheboro Copperheads.
BLUEBIRDS, CARDINALS TIED IN OAKHEIM
HIGH POINT — The Bluebirds edged the Cardinals 5-4 in Oakheim singles matches in Tuesday’s Oak Hollow Ladies Golf Association action.
One match was tied with one Cardinals forfeit on Tuesday to even the season-long competition at 13.5-13.5. There will be a playoff in the fall. Winning Bluebirds Tuesday were Kum Sook Lee, Rita Winston, Maria Helgeson, Sandy McCulloch and Kitty White. Winning Cardinals were Kathy DeVore, Frances Kiser, Betty Neely and Betty Doyle.
Kiser, Kathleen Koch and Doyle tied for low net at 63.
Birdies were registered by Helgeson at Nos. 1 and 13, Andi Fontanie at No. 7, Judy Gatewood at No. 15, Lee at No. 4, DeVore at No. 15 and Sook Hee Yang at Nos. 8 and 15.
SOUTHERN, ANTHONY BAG COLONIAL SENIOR WINS
THOMASVILLE — Danny Southern carded 73-74—147 to win the Colonial Country Club Senior Club championship, while Phil Anthony shot 80-83-163 to claim the super senior crown.
Doug Collamer (78-72-150) was runnerup in senior division, with Randy Cromer (65-67-132) the net champion. Dan McAnally was the super senior net champion at 68-72-140.
TRIAD RAVENS FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING
Football season is back and the Ravens are signing up Cheerleaders and Football players. We will be holding registration on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Family Dollar Store on Brentwood at High Point. Early registration for cheer is $75 and $100 for football.
BAD BOYS SLATE TRYOUTS
The Triad Bad Boys semi-pro football team, which went 11-1 during the spring, will hold tryouts for its summer season on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. in Hester Park.
The team is now playing as a member for the United National Football League. For more information, call coach Cliff Davis at 336-300-0134.