Bobby Labonte to serve as firefighter’s parade marshal

NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion Robert Allen Labonte will serve as marshal of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s 2017 Firefighter’s Parade.

According to a festival news release, Labonte currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His brother Terry Labonte served as the festival’s sports marshal in 2007.

Robert “Bobby” Labonte is the first driver to win both the Winston Cup Championship in 2000 and the Busch Series Championship in 1991. He has also won the International Race of Champions in 2001 and is the first driver to complete the NASCAR Triple Threat.

Labonte later made his television debut after phasing down his racing career. He started on television in 2014 as a reporter for the new program NASCAR America on NBCSN, the release states.

He will join past firefighter parade marshals such as Rusty Wallace, Bill Elliott and Jeff “Hollywood” Hammond.

The firefighter’s parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 5. Tickets are $4 for all areas except the Queen’s stand and $5 for Handley Boulevard-Queen’s Stand general admission.

For more information on the festival, visit the website at https://thebloom.com.