Labonte to drive No. 7 this weekend

Updated: June 24, 2010, 11:45 AM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte terminated his contract with TRG Motorsports on Wednesday and quickly landed two part-time rides.

Robby Gordon said Labonte will drive his No. 7 Toyota this weekend in New Hampshire, and then Phoenix Racing said Labonte will pilot the James Finch-owned car at Daytona and Chicago next month.

"When we found out that Bobby was available to drive for us, we jumped at it," Gordon said. "To have a past champion driving your car is a good opportunity. I think we can learn from him this weekend and it will help our program moving forward."

Labonte said he is exploring his opportunities for the remainder of this season in all three of NASCAR's national series.

"I want to be in a position to win races and be competitive," said Labonte, who had a season-high finish of 21st in 16 races with TRG.

"I have worked as hard as possible to give my best at the track so far this season. I'm now looking to move on and get back into a position to win races."

Labonte was the 2000 Cup Series champion. His last victory was in 2003 with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Labonte's start for Finch at Daytona will be the 600th of his career. Brad Keselowski drove Finch's car to victory at Talladega last year.


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