Bobby Labonte's consecutive start streak will come to an end at 704 races.
Labonte is not entered to race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, which will bring an end to the second-longest active starts streak in NASCAR behind Jeff Gordon's 705 starts.
Labonte confirmed his status on a chat with fans on the JTG Daugherty Racing website.
''I will not be racing this week,'' he wrote. ''It is disappointing the way it is happening. I have had a couple of offers this morning, but I have declined them because I don't want anybody else that has an opportunity to do what I do, what they love, to have to sit on the sideline for my sake.''
JTG will use A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 47 Toyota at Kentucky. Allmendinger drove for the team two weeks ago at Michigan, while Labonte drove the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing.
Phoenix Racing will use Austin Dillon this weekend, which left Labonte without a seat after two consecutive rough races. His spin in the No. 51 at Michigan six laps into the race ...