Present at Talladega last week, Alex Labbé was one of the first to congratulate Raphaël Lessard on his memorable victory in the NASCAR pickup truck series.
The Saint-Albert driver would certainly have wanted to imitate his young compatriot, a few hours later in the Xfinity series, but 18 laps from the end, while he was in second place, he found himself in the wrong race lane. and was dropped by the leading pack.
What if it was his turn on Saturday? At his 75e Starting in the antechamber of the NASCAR Cup, Labbé will find himself at the Charlotte road circuit (called Roval) where, in his first two participations, he came close to the feat. He will start from 16th place when the green flag is raised.
A circled date
“The date of October 10, 2020 has been circled for a long time,” he told in an interview with Newspaper. It’s a track that has always suited my riding style. “
In 2018, qualified in fifth position, he suffered an axle breakage while clinging to the leaders of the race. After repairs, he was able to reassemble the pack to finish at 13e square. Last year, he set the 6th fastest time in qualifying and that’s where he came to the finish.
This year, his expectations are even higher. Thanks to a new partnership with the Quebec company BRP (and its Can-Am banner), Labbé will be able to count on a financial boost that could make the difference.
A top 5 in the sights
“We’re going to have the best possible equipment,” he said. Our stable, DGM [dirigée par le Beauceron Mario Gosselin], has gone to great lengths in its preparations. We are aiming for a top 5, he continues, and maybe more. Our chances of winning are good. It’s my race of the year. “
Labbé, who has confirmed he will play the last five races of the season, has six top 10s in the Xfinity series for life, including four this year, but he has never done better than sixth.