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Bobby Labonte drove the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac to the pinnacle of NASCAR in 2000, winning the Winston Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing.
While he was able to compete against dozens of other drivers for 21 wins in his NASCAR Cup career and another 10 in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career, Labonte revealed in a segment on FOX that he was battling issues. surprising health.
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He said that in 2019 he started feeling unwell and went to a doctor to get checked out. He said the doctor told him about a spot on his kidney and it was something to watch out for. He said two years later the lump on his kidney had “tripled in size” and doctors recommended surgery to remove it.
Labonte, who is now a NASCAR analyst for FOX Sports, said he received a call from the doctor who removed the mass, Mohamad Allaf, MD, director of the urology department at Johns Hopkins in Maryland, and was told that everything had gone well. with the surgery but that the mass was cancerous and the cancer “very aggressive”.
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“A lot of emotions came over me at that point because I was relieved but also, wow, it’s crazy because a third of patients who are diagnosed with this don’t make it,” did he declare. “Usually I’m not one to share and you won’t know much about me, but it didn’t take long for me to figure out if we could help one person, just help one person, man. … There are a ton of cancers that can be treated for sure and this was one if you caught it early like we did, we were lucky enough to be able to deal with it.
Labonte has resumed running since the mace was removed.
He has evolved between the SMART Modified Tour and the Superstar Racing Experience since leaving the NASCAR Cup circuit.
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He last raced on the Cup circuit in 2016.