|Labbe at Watkins Glen earlier this month.|
PHOTO: Brock Beard
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Reporting from Road America
Alex Labbe is the defending NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion and is in his rookie season with DGM Racing, owned by fellow Canadian Mario Gosselin. We caught up with Labbe after qualifying, where he put in a 27th-place effort.
YOU’RE A GOOD ROAD RACER. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE WEEKEND?
LABBE: I have pretty big expectations coming in, but we can’t catch a break right now. We just had a struggle in qualifying but the car feels pretty good, I mean we did a top-ten at Mid-Ohio, we want to come here and make another top-ten for sure. Top-fifteen would be good, but I think we can go for another top-ten.
YOU STILL RUN SOME SUPER LATE MODEL RACES. HOW DOES THE EXPERIENCE FROM SUPER LATE MODEL RACING HELP YOU IN YOUR XFINITY RACING?
LABBE: A little bit on short tracks, but it’s way different in these big cars with aero and all that stuff. There’s more stuff to take into consideration, just the aero of these cars, they’re really aero dependent. But it’s just being in the racecar, getting some seat time, it’s always good.
HOW DO THE PINTY’S CARS COMPARE TO THE XFINITY CARS?
LABBE: They’re a little different suspension-wise, but transmission and motor, you got a little less motor, but the transmission feel helps me for the road races we got here. It’s as close as we can get to these cars so it’s good practice.