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. 

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”