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Terry Labonte

May 20, 2015, NASCAR.com

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NASCAR Hall of Fame, Class of 2016

Terry Labonte is a two-nickname NASCAR star. Early in his career he was known as the “Iceman” for his coolness under pressure.  But his demeanor belied his determination. Later in his career he became known as the sport’s “Iron Man” thanks to 655 consecutive starts in NASCAR’s premier series, a record which stood until 2002.

Born: Nov. 16, 1958
Hometown:
Corpus Christi, Texas

Championships (2)
Premier:
1984, '96 (driver)

Premier Series Stats
Competed:
1978-2014
Starts:
890
Wins:
22
Poles:
27

Winning two premier series championships, in 1984 and '96, is impressive; the 12-year gap distinguishes Labonte further. No other driver has won his first two championships that far apart and Labonte is one of only six drivers to have won premier series championships in two decades.

Labonte's stellar career is tucked between perfect bookends -- his two Southern 50 wins, in 1980 and 2003. His 361 top-10 finishes ranks 10th all time.

In 1998, Labonte was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.