Bobby Labonte broke three of his ribs in a bike riding accident near his home in North Carolina, and sustained no further injuries according to Espn.com. Getting hurt by just riding a bike riding proves that you can’t fully protect athletes in any sport. Earlier in the month, Tony Stewart broke his leg driving a sprint car, which caused a lot of people, including myself, to question whether or not is right for drivers to take certain risks during their careers.
People deal with certain things differently, obviously, whether it is driving other race cars, or riding a bike. Some things help a driver get going in this sport. Some need more reps driving all the time to get a feel for certain tracks, and if it works for them then they should keep doing it. It’s the same thing with riding a bike. Labonte might be one of those people.
However, Labonte’s accident will cause him to miss Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and you would have to question whether or not this injury leads to retirement for Labonte. Labonte entered the Sprint Cup Series in 1993 with 21 career wins, a Sprint Cup championship in 2000, and Started 704 consecutive races until JTG Daugherty Racing pulled him for A.J. Allmendinger this past June at Kentucky Motor Speedway.
Racing is still Labonte’s passion, but at this point you were in his shoes, you might have to think about retirement in some way.