NASCAR: Bobby, Terry Labonte and Michael Waltrip back at Daytona this weekend

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The Labonte brothers and a multiple Daytona race winner are back on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series grid this weekend.

And as restrictor plate racing always tends to produce crapshoots, it would not be surprising to see any of Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte or Michael Waltrip figure into the lead pack late in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400.

Both Terry Labonte and Waltrip have made two starts this season (both Daytona and Talladega), while Bobby Labonte is back for the first time since the Daytona 500.

Bobby Labonte takes over the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet entered by Joe Falk, which will have ECR engine power this weekend. “Texas Terry” is in the No. 32 Fas Lane Ford for Frank Stoddard; Waltrip is in the No. 66 Toyota as part of the MWR/Jay Robinson partnership.

Falk provided some insights into Bobby Labonte’s ride on his Twitter page this week:

Meanwhile the Hillman Racing No. 40, which Landon Cassill took to a top-15 finish in the Daytona 500, has new sponsorship this weekend from NBS Building. 

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.