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. 

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.