'Texas Terry' retires from NASCAR

(HUFFINGTON POST) -- "Texas Terry" is putting it in park.

Race car driver Terry Labonte said his final run around the track will be at Talladega on Sunday after 26 full seasons and a partial racing schedule the last decade.

"This is really going to be the last one. I've enjoyed a few races here and there over the past couple of years with Frank and his team," Labonte said in a news conference on Saturday.

Terry Labonte Says Goodbye To Racing After Talladega
Terry Labonte Says Goodbye To Racing After Talladega

The Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama will be the 57-year-old's 890th race. Only two other people have had that many starts in NASCAR history.

Labonte holds the most starts at Talladega, coming in at a total of 61. He first announced his retirement from the sport in 2006, but has raced 41 times since.

Labonte said his most memorable victories are winning at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day in 1980 and driving to the victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway in 1999.

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