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Not taking it easy
Labonte wary of history despite continued success
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Bobby Labonte, looking more like a champion with each passing week, now has a season-best lead of 249 points after finishing fifth Sunday at Dover Downs International Speedway.
But his team isn't taking anything for granted, even though only seven of 34 races remain on the Winston Cup schedule.
Gas man Peter Jellen remembers a similar scenario in 1992, when the late Alan Kulwicki left Dover 273 points behind. Kulwicki, who was to die a year later in a plane crash, wound up winning by 10 points.
“I'm not counting anything until it's over,” said Jellen, a crewman for Kulwicki at the time. “So, just remember, it can be done.”
But it won't if Labonte continues to be consistent. If he averages sixth-place finishes from now on, the 36-year-old Texan will win his first title.
“Every race is important from now on,” Labonte said. “One slip on our part and we could really lose a lot.”
But Labonte says his approach won't change.
“We'll just race real hard, like we did today,” he said.