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NASCAR Then and Now: Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte Take Off in 1995

Prior to the start of the 1995 NASCAR Winston Cup season, team owner and famed NFL coach Joe Gibbs and his team were seen as something of a novelty act. After all, he was just a good old Christian boy pursuing a lifelong dream of immersing himself in the world of motorsports. Sure, the three-time Super Bowl-winning legend found some success with driver Dale Jarrett, who won a pair of races (including the 1993 Daytona 500) and a fourth-place points finish. Good, but still miles behind Chevrolet elitists like Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports. Still, the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet unit and its critics had to wonder: Were they for real or just a link for NFL fans to identify or occasionally watch stock car races on S...

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