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Terry and Bobby Labonte were inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, joining A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford and Jim Hall as the only drivers in the 242-member group. The Labonte brothers, from Corpus Christi, Texas, have each won NASCAR Winston Cup titles, with Bobby taking the 2000 championship and Terry winning the 1984 and 1996 crowns. The Labontes were inducted along with former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick "Night Train" Lane, former Detroit Tigers slugger Norm Cash, and former Houston Oilers linemen Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews.

HOMETOWN HERO

Kurt Busch has a hometown advantage as he tries to build on his fast Winston Cup start. The 23-year-old Roush Racing driver enters the Las Vegas event third in the Winston Cup standings. He was fourth in the season-opening Daytona 500 and 12th last week in Rockingham, N.C. "Heading back home is always exciting for me," Busch said. "For one, I love racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I have run well there in the past and I'm hoping that we can carry the momentum that we have started from Daytona through this weekend. "Also, I get a chance to do a lot of fun things and show people a side of Las Vegas that they don't ordinarily see. There is more to Las Vegas than just the strip, but not many people know that."

SCHECKTER'S RIDE

Tomas Scheckter, the 21-year-old son of 1979 Formula One champion Jody Scheckter, will drive for Red Bull Cheever Racing in the Indy Racing League. The South African, teaming with owner-driver Eddie Cheever Jr., will make his series debut Saturday in the Grand Prix of Miami. "Two months ago, I never would have imagined I would be in this position," Scheckter said. Scheckter was second in the 2001 Formula Nissan Championship and 2000 British Formula 3 series. He also won two races in the 2000 FIA Formula 3000 series. "There is no science to hiring a driver," Cheever said. "Whatever decision you make is a gamble. Tomas did very well in testing, but he is still an unknown."

SPONSOR SPREE

New York Knicks star Latrell Sprewell is co-sponsoring a car for rookie John de Vries in the Indy Racing League's season-opening Prix of Miami. De Vries will make his IRL debut Saturday in the Pit Bull Racing car, also sponsored by Brayton Racing. Sprewell owns Sprewell Racing, a high-performance tire and wheel business in San Gabriel, Calif., that has been involved in drag racing.
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