A video published on NASCAR’s social media last week featured a never-before-shared story about 2000 Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte.
The 58-year-old shared that, back in 2019, he began not feeling well in everyday life and went to the doctor. They found a little spot on his kidney that required monitoring. Fast-forward two years later, and it had tripled in size.
On October 26, 2021, it was time to get it removed. Dr. Mohamad Allaf led the procedure using new, minimally-invasive robotic technology.
“He walked in and said, ‘This is a great day because we’re gonna go in there, we’re gonna take this out, and you’re not gonna have a problem,’” Labonte recalled.
A couple of weeks later, Labonte got a call from Dr. Allaf with an update. They were able to remove the entire mass and everything was in great shape, but it was cancerous and aggressive.
“A lot of emotions came over me at that time,” Labonte said. “I was relieved, but then also thinking about 1/3 of the patients who are diagnosed with this don’t make it.”
He continued: “I’m usually not the share-type of guy, you won’t know a lot of the things about me. But if we can help one person … There are a ton of cancers out there that can be treatable, for sure. And this is one that – if you catch it early – you’re fortunate enough to take care of it.”
In an August 4 race at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina, Labonte drove the No. 25 car and finished third. Dr. Allaf was there in person to cheer him on.
Kevin Harvick Wins Second-Consecutive Race at Richmond
Although he is only 12 years younger than Bobby Labonte, veteran Kevin Harvick is getting hot at just the right time. The driver of the No. 4 car claimed the checkered flag at the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway to win his second-straight race.
Last week, Harvick claimed the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. It ended a 65-race winless drought for The Closer.