The races observe one another however aren't alike for Alex Labbé, who needed to accept nineteenth place on Saturday on the Dover circuit within the Xfinity collection.
The Quebec driver, with a first Top 10 in 2021 the earlier week in Darlington, was grappling with a capricious car throughout this tenth stage of the season gained by the American Austin Cindric.
“The first two segments of the race have been making an attempt, he stated in a phone interview to Newspaper. It was very tough for me to realize positions and nearly unattainable to withstand some drivers behind me. “
After ranging from 18th place, Labbé, who celebrated his twenty eighth birthday on April 29, regressed within the standings within the first rounds.
” My crew [DGM, dirigée par Mario Gosselin] did a good job of enhancing my lot, he added. After my final cease the car behaved a lot better.
“We had a good fight at the end of the race with Riley Herbst and Jeffrey Earnhardt who finished just ahead of me.”
This full of life peloton nonetheless conceded a lap to Cindric, for whom it was the third win of the season. Driver of the Penske workforce and defending champion of the Xfinity collection, the winner however occupied sixteenth place on the beginning grid when the inexperienced flag was waved as a curtain raiser.
“I owe my team a great debt,” stated the winner. It was not straightforward to progress as a result of Dover is a observe the place overtaking is sophisticated. ”
Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger and Ty Gibbs rounded out the highest 5 group.
A primary in Texas
The three main divisions of NASCAR will race for the primary time on the Circuit of the Americas subsequent weekend. This stately resort, constructed at nice expense within the suburb of Texas' capital Austin, has hosted the F1 United States Grand Prix since 2012.
The twisty street circuit of 20 turns can be a actual check for riders who aren't so snug with this sort of configuration.
Labbé, he's under no circumstances intimidated. On the opposite, he sees it as a wonderful alternative to compete with the tenors of the collection.
“No one has raced in Austin,” he explains, “so no workforce has a bonus over the others. Stables with extra restricted assets like ours can do nicely. It is a query of taking benefit of it and hoping that the mechanics maintain up. “
His two finest outcomes
Labbé's abilities on the street are past doubt. It was there that he had his two finest outcomes ever within the second division of NASCAR; each occasions in Charlotte (North Carolina), in 2019 and 2020, the place he reached the end in sixth and 4th place, respectively.
“I can't wait to discover the place,” stated Labbé, who can be making his ninetieth begin in Xfinity. I'll be doing my homework on the simulator over the subsequent few days. But I'm not apprehensive. I'm used to rapidly studying a new observe. ”
► For a uncommon time because the begin of the pandemic, the schedule will embody not solely a free follow interval (50 minutes on Friday), but in addition a qualifying session on Saturday, a few hours earlier than the beginning of the race scheduled at 4 pm am, jap time.
► The Camping World pickup truck race may even happen on Saturday at 1 p.m., with the NASCAR Cup drivers competing towards one another the subsequent day at 2:30 p.m.