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. 

Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.