Veteran NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte was released from a hospital near his Trinity, North Carolina home today following a bicycle accident that left him with three fractured ribs. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance Wednesday morning and was held overnight for observation.
Labonte began the season driving the No. 47 for JTG Daugherty Racing, but was replaced by A.J. Allmendinger at Kentucky in June. At the time it was said the team wanted to use Allmendinger for five races in order to find areas where JTG Daugherty could improve, unfortunately Labonte could not land a ride that weekend and his streak of 704 consecutive starts came to an end.
In a Sprint Cup career that began in 1991, Labonte has registered 21 wins, but has failed to visit the winner’s circle since the final race of the 2003 season at Homestead driving the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing. Since then he has just 14 top-5 finishes and only two top-10s in the last two years.
With the sale of Phoenix Racing and Nationwide veteran Justin Allgaier being brought in for at least three races beginning at Chicagoland on August 15, it is unknown how Labonte fits in with Phoenix going forward.