Bobby Labonte Searches for Wins with

Charlie TurnerSenior Writer IJanuary 22, 2009

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Bobby Labonte driving a Ford? OK. I’m a Labonte fan. At least he’s driving something in the Sprint Cup Series.

Driving a Fusion for Hall of Fame Racing? That doesn’t inspire me much. I am, after all, a JJ Yeley fan, too, and Hall of Shame didn’t do anything for JJ ’s career.

But the car will be supported through a hybrid, satellite deal where Hall of Fame’s No. 96 will be powered and pitted by Doug Yates’ Racing team, which also seems to mean support from Jack Roush and Roush-Fenway’s Ford factory team.

So given some of the scenarios I’d heard and read about concerning Texas Bobby, driving a car with solid support from one of the best organizations in the sport, is about as good as it could get I guess.

And that car will have full season sponsorship from NASCAR’s new “official seach engine," Spiffy paint scheme, too: flames and everything.

He’ll get to debut the No. 96 Fusion in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway next month.

Maybe Labonte will relax a bit too, now that he isn’t “The Great Petty Blue Hope.”