Bobby Labonte Injured, Won't Race at Atlanta

5:36 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
Bobby Labonte, in a July 2013 photo. (Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports)
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Jeff Gluck, USA TODAY Sports

Former NASCAR champion Bobby Labonte is hospitalized after breaking three ribs in a cycling accident near his Trinity, N.C., home Wednesday morning.

Labonte spokesman Jeff Dennison said the 2000 Cup Series champ won't be able to race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he was slated to drive Phoenix Racing's No. 51 car. Mike Bliss will drive in his place.

An avid cyclist, Labonte was transported to the hospital via ambulance following the accident. He is being held overnight for observation and has no other injuries, Dennison said.

Labonte, 49, has 21 career Cup victories but none since 2003. He has driven JTG Daugherty Racing's No. 47 car for most of this season, though his streak of 704 consecutive starts was snapped when A.J. Allmendinger replaced him at Kentucky in June.

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