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SHOOTING TO TOP TOGETHER : LABONTES SHARE VICTORY THIS TIME.

Byline: Associated Press

After Bobby Labonte took a side-by-side victory lap with brother Terry following the NAPA 500, someone asked them what other interesting things they'd done together.

Terry, who clinched his second Winston Cup title on the same day that Bobby won the season-ending race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, thought for a second.

``Well,'' he said hesitantly, ``there was the time we shot the truck.''

There was no way the pack of journalists listening to every word was going to let that comment pass. Terry was nudged and cajoled until, smiling, he told the story.

``Daddy had this truck; it was a piece of junk, and I borrowed it and it broke down on me,'' he said. ``I hated that truck. It broke down on Bobby one day, and he hated it, too.

``My dad called me one day and told us to take it to the junkyard. We called out there to tell them to come pick it up, but I told Bobby, `You know what? We ought to do something with that truck before they come get it.'

``He said, `What do you want to do with it?' I said, `Let's shoot it.'

``So, I went home and got a pistol, came back and we turned the truck sideways in the driveway. I had a .44 magnum and we shot the truck.

``Mom comes driving in and we had one bullet left and I asked her if she wanted to shoot it,'' Terry said with a laugh. ``She didn't want any part of it.

``Dad stopped by the junkyard and saw the bullet holes in it, and everybody was laughing about it. Bobby was still living at home and when Dad got home, he told Bobby, `Go back and get my truck. I've got a guy who wants to buy it.'

``Bobby calls me in a panic and says, `We're in trouble. Dad has sold the truck you shot.' I said, `You shot it, too,' and he said, `Yeah, but it was your gun.'''

Somebody asked Labonte if they managed to kill the truck.

``It took six shots to get it,'' he replied. ``But we got it.''

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Photo: Brothers Bobby Labonte, left, and Terry Labonte get together in Victory Lane after Bobby won the NAPA 500 and Terry won the Winston Cup title last Sunday in Georgia.

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Nov 17, 1996
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