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Bobby Labonte to Race Plate Events for Go FAS Racing

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte ran a severely limited schedule in 2014, but will be running at least four events in 2015.

Go FAS Racing has signed the 21-time Cup Series winner to pilot the No. 32 C&J Energy Services Ford in each of the four restrictor plate races.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to go racing next season with GoFAS Racing and C&J,” Labonte said in a press statement. “The people at C&J are good friends of our family, and like me, have a passion for the sport.  I want to thank them, along with Frank [Stoddard] and Archie [St. Hilaire] for allowing me the opportunity to take over where my brother left off.”

Over the past several years, the team has used the services of Labonte’s brother, Terry Labonte, as the driver of the No. 32 car at the superspeedway events. However, after Talladega in October, the 57-year-old opted to retire. Ending his career with 22 victories and two championships, the eldest of the Labonte brothers finished 33rd in his final Sprint Cup Series event after qualifying inside the top 10.

In 2014, the younger Labonte was left searching for a ride after not resigning with JTG-Daugherty Racing in lieu of AJ Allmendinger piloting the No. 47 car. Running the two Daytona races, along with Indianapolis, he raced for three different car owners but failed to come up with additional funding to run more events. He finished a season-best 15th-place during the Daytona 500 and qualified inside of the top 5 in the July race at the 2.5-mile speedway.

The remaining driver(s) for Go FAS Racing’s 2015 line-up will soon be announced. During the 2014 season, the team utilized nine different drivers, with Travis Kvapil running nearly half of the year for the organization.

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I wonder if Bobby will continue the Labonte tradition of starting and parking in the Bud Shootout.

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