Bobby Labonte has a lot of fond memories from his first 704 consecutive races.
He won the 2000 Sprint Cup championship. He won the 1991 Nationwide Series title and the 2001 International Race of Champions overall title. He won 21 Cup races and is one of only 23 drivers to have victories in NASCAR's top three series.
But last weekend was the first time in 23 years Labonte, 49, was not at a track during the middle of a NASCAR season.
"I was off," Labonte said.
Labonte is back in a race car this weekend at Daytona. The current team he drives for, JTG/Daugherty Racing, which is 29th in owner points, opted to put AJ Allmendinger in the seat to get a second opinion on what was missing in the car's performance.
"We're just trying to get the race team better for everybody and figuring out how to make it better for everyone, that's the key," Labonte said. "We'll definitely learn more as we go.
"You know it's going to end at some point in time, but I was really looking forward to going ...