McCumbee, Terry Labonte to fill in for Petty while he takes break

Updated: May 13, 2008, 11:51 AM ET
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While Kyle Petty takes a break from the No. 45 car to attend his daughter's wedding and broadcast some Sprint Cup races for TNT, Chad McCumbee and Terry Labonte will take his place, Petty Enterprises announced Tuesday.

Petty will be away from the No. 45 car starting with the June 1 event at Dover until the July 12 race at Chicagoland Speedway. He will return when the Sprint Cup returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27.

McCumbee will drive the No. 45 car in the Dover and Chicagoland races. Labonte will drive the car in the races in between.

"As a father there aren't many days more special than the day you get to give your daughter away in marriage," Petty said. "I appreciate Chad jumping in the car at Dover to allow me to do that. He is strong on the intermediate tracks and I'm confident that he will do a great job at Dover as well as Chicagoland. It's just another part of our evaluation process of him."

Labonte, a two-time Cup champion and a 22-time winner in NASCAR's top series, will see his first action this season when he fills in for Petty. He last drove in three races during the 2007 season. He will become a teammate of his younger brother Bobby for only the second time in his NASCAR career.

"Bobby and I have always enjoyed the time we have spent together on the race track," Terry Labonte said. "We haven't been teammates very much, but when we are it makes that time even better. And I'm honored that Kyle would ask me to get behind the wheel of the 45 car for these five races. I feel confident that we can go out and have some good runs."