Car owners, drivers, sponsors—sometimes they make good decisions, sometimes they make bad ones.
Life was good for Bobby Labonte in the late 90s and early 2000s. But after scoring a big win the season finale at Miami in 2003, the bottom fell out. After disastrous 2004 and 2005 seasons, Labonte made the decision to leave JGR. Where would he go? RCR? DEI? Ganassi?
Nope, Petty Enterprise’s team that had not won, or even contended for six years. After asking for a release from PW after 2008, Bobby was once again in the rumor mill for a shot to drive for Richard Childress. Instead Labonte opted to drive for Hall of Fame racing. Another disastrous season left him on the Market again.
This time he made the choice to drive for upstart TRG Motorsports. The reason? Labonte stated at the time that he wanted to the one to bring PE back to glory. I can’t blame him for that. I’m really not sure why he chose HoF or TRG.
The backlash? I can blame Labonte for ruining several years that he could have been competitive if he would have had good equipment. Now his Career is hanging by a thread, a once Hall of Fame-caliber career has become a forgettable one.