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Today’s News: Stavola, Labonte Form New Team

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, August 12 2010

Jack Roush, owner of the Sprint Cup car of Carl Edwards, has been released from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Veteran NASCAR team owner Bill Stavola is back on the racing scene, joining with two-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Terry Labonte to form Stavola Labonte Racing. The duo have partnered with sports marketing and sponsorship professional Bill Henneberry who will oversee their sales and marketing efforts.

Stavola Labonte Racing makes its 2010 debut in the No.10 Gander Mountain Chevrolet Impala on Sept. 11 in Richmond, followed by Oct. 16 in Charlotte and finishing strong on Nov. 7 at Labonte’s home track in Texas. An expanded 2011 season will be announced soon.

Gander Mountain will serve as the primary sponsor for all three races, with American Cement serving as associate sponsor. Gander Mountain, with 119 stores in 23 states, is the nation’s largest retail network of stores for hunting, fishing, boating, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle apparel, products and services.

Stavola, who managed teams with Rookies of the Year Dick Trickle and Jeff Burton and veteran drivers such as Bobby Allison, will serve as the team’s Chief Executive Officer after nearly a decade out of the sport.  “We’ve got an undisputed competitive edge with my partner and NASCAR legend Terry Labonte. We’ve built a team backed by a fantastic sponsor in Gander Mountain that will endure on a foundation of shared values – trust and loyalty – and fueled by our love of racing.”

“Being both a driver and team owner is an exciting next step for me,” said Labonte, who will drive and serve as the team’s Chief Operating Officer. “We’ve created a first-class management group with Bill Stavola and Bill Henneberry – intensely competitive men who share my goals to develop the next successful team program. And with my passion for the outdoors, it’s personally exciting to partner with Gander Mountain and I am proud to represent them on the track.”

The team will partner with Richard Childress Racing and Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines, who will supply RCR-built Chevrolet Impala race cars and ECR-built Chevrolet power plants.

“Bill and Terry have been good friends of mine for a long time, so I’m happy to be working with them on this program,” said Richard Childress, President and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “RCR race cars and ECR engines are a strong combination right now and we’re always working to get even better. With Bill’s knowledge as a team owner and Terry’s talent as a two-time Cup Series Champion, I’m confident Stavola Labonte Racing has the pieces in place to be competitive right from the start.”

Jack Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and chairman of Roush Enterprises, was released from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Wednesday.

“I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and concern I have received the past two weeks,” Roush said. “Our teams and drivers have not missed a beat in my absence, and I am proud of the effort they have put forth. I look forward to rejoining them at the track soon.”

Roush was injured when his private jet crash landed during an air show in Oshkosh, Wis.

He suffered facial injuries but got out of the downed jet under his own power. A passenger on the plan was not seriously injured.

It has not yet been determined when Roush will return to the race track.

He owns the Sprint Cup teams of Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and David Ragan. All but Ragan are currently in the top 12 in points.

(This story will be updated as racing news breaks)

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, August 12 2010
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