in

NASCAR Champ Makes Unexpected Return

Jamie Squire / Getty Images

This NASCAR Hall of Famer has just blown everyone’s mind with his unexpected entry for a full-time season in 2018.

Known for his seemingly-endless string of wins during his run in NASCAR‘s Cup Series, Bobby Labonte is making a return to full-time racing that nobody saw coming.

Announced earlier today, April 9th, 2018, Labonte will be finding his way back to the track for a series of races that he hopes will lead him to a championship again.

“If I didn’t enjoy this, I wouldn’t do this,” Labonte explained to NASCAR.com. “It’ll be fun to get back out on the race track with other cars, just like I did last year.”

Partnering with RDV Competition, Labonte will be taking up the wheel in their No. 18 Chevrolet – the same number he had for all 21 of his victories in NASCAR’s top series.

Now, the 53-year-old racing superstar will be dashing off to a number of other countries as he competes in NASCAR’s Whelen Euro Series. The opening race of the season will take place in Valencia, Spain this coming weekend (April 14th – 15th) and he will follow it up with five more throughout the summer.

NASCAR’s Sr. VP and Chief International Officer, Jim Cassidy praised Labonte for his return, saying that his “full-time involvement gives American fans an even stronger connection to the series, while offering our Europen fans a close look at one of NASCAR’s greats.”

Labonte hasn’t competed in a full-time series position since he left Go FAS Racing following the close of the 2016 Cup Series season.

How many of y’all are excited to see Bobby Labonte back in action? Let us know in the comments! 

Check out Bobby Labonte’s NASCAR Hall of Fame video below.