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2012 season in the rear view: Bobby Labonte

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Vitals: 23rd in the points standings. 0 wins, 0 top 5s, 2 top 10s. 2 DNFs

Moment to remember: Appearing in our Yahoo! Sports rain-delay Daytona chat? Finishing 10th in the voting for the Sprint Cup Series' most popular driver?

It's a little tough to find a signature moment for Bobby Labonte and his JTG-Daugherty race team in 2012. They were a consistent bunch and had only 2 DNFs all season, but there's really not much to say other than they were consistent at being consistent. Labonte finished in the 20s 20 times in 2012.

And for a stat that makes you triple-take, Labonte only led one lap the entire season. That was lap 74 of the Brickyard 400.

Moment to forget: Anything that happened at Kansas. The track's two races were the races that Labonte failed to finish. He lost an engine in the spring race there, completing only 132 laps and in the fall, crashed out of the race.

The wrap: After piecing together rides in 2010, Labonte has found a consistent home at JTG-Daugherty for the last two seasons and improved from 29th to 23rd in the standings from 2011 to 2012. However, as Labonte is in the twilight of his career, it's probably unrealistic to expect another six spot jump in 2013.

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