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Labonte's `98 Season A Success

In the `98 NASCAR Winston Cup season, Bobby Labonte met most of his goals. For the first time in two years, Labonte won two races-neither of which was the season finale at Atlanta. He had a runner-up finish to Dale Earnhardt in the Daytona 500, better performance on the flat tracks, and, as usual, great finishes on the superspeedways. But he didnít finish in the top five in the points, which probably happened because of 6 DNFs-the most that any driver in the top ten in points had. Still, his sixth-place position in the points made him the highest finishing Pontiac and single-car team driver. But the single-car part will change next year with the addition of Tony Stewart to Joe Gibbs Racing.

In 1998, Bobby Labonte had two victories-the PRIMESTAR 500 and DieHard 500-11 Top-5s, and 18 Top 10s, which added up to 4,180 points. He had three poles-all of which were at restrictor-plate tracks. He earned $2,648,970 in earnings. His average starting position was 12.58 and his average finishing position was 14.21. He lead 181 laps and completed 9,512 laps of the total laps run this season.