Alex Labbé has managed to finish in 9e rank at the 11e stage of the season in the series Xfinity raced on Saturday afternoon on the oval of Talladega, Alabama.
The driver from Saint-Albert, shining at the end of course, occupied the sixth place when the final green flag was waved with three laps to go. It is his third top-10 in 57 starts in the second division of the NASCAR.
The race was won by Justin Haley, who has moved ahead of Ross Chastain and Jeb Burton.
After participating in the first 11 races of the season in the series Xfinity, Labbé will make the impasse on the event, which will be presented next Sunday at Pocono, Pennsylvania.
Lack of financial support sufficient, the quebec driver now wants to focus on the test road circuit Indianapolis scheduled for July 4.
It is on this type of setup that it has achieved its best ever result. In Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 29, 2019, he was ranked sixth after being off from the same position on the starting grid.
“The context is not favorable, convincing sponsors,” said Martin d’anjou, president of Festidrag Development, which oversees the career of Labbé in NASCAR. Québec companies have supported us since the beginning of the season, he continued, but as they are forced to reduce their workforce due to the pandemic, it is difficult for them to release budgets.
“The chances of Alex to race at Indianapolis are about 80 per cent, of the conclusion Of Anjou. I can not guarantee anything for the future. We go race-by-race. “
A pity for Quebecers
Loudon is a popular destination for fans of stock-car in Quebec. The New Hampshire Motor Speedway, located about a five-hour drive of Montreal, attracts many visitors from la Belle Province. But the pandemic will probably force them to hand over to the next year of their travel plans.
Initially scheduled for 19 July, the Cup race NASCAR has been postponed to 2 August. Now the question is whether this competition, which will take place on a single day, will take place behind closed doors or in front of spectators.
The race series Xfinity, which should take place on the eve, has just been cancelled.