Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2016
Terry Labonte (3 of 5)

Each year five legends are inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Terry Labonte - Driver (b. 11/16/58)

  • Hometown: Corpus Christie, TX
  • Premier Series Stats
    • Competed: 1978-current
    • Starts: 881
    • Wins: 22
    • Poles: 27
Terry Labonte is a two-nickname NASCAR star. Early in his career he was known as the “Iceman” for his coolness under pressure. But his demeanor belied his determination. Later in his career he became known as the sport’s “Iron Man” due to a record 665 consecutive starts in NASCAR’s premier series, a record which stood until 2002.

Two more items to consider when assessing the Labonte legacy: the two premier series championships he won in 1984 and ’96. Two titles would be impressive enough; the 12-year gap distinguishes them further. No other driver has won his first two championships that far apart and Labonte is one of only six drivers to have won premier series championships in two decades.

Labonte, from Corpus Christi, Texas – the first driver from outside the Southeast to win the premier series title since New Yorker Bill Rexford in 1950 – was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Great Drivers in 1998, coinciding with the sport’s 50th anniversary.

He also was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 along with his younger brother Bobby Labonte, the 2000 champion of NASCAR’s premier series.

Three of Five (More Tomorrow)