NASCAR's Labonte Visits Elem. School

NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte visited a Flower Mound elementary school Thursday to help educate kids on Internet safety.

The former cup winner took his #96 race car off the track and made a pit stop at Liberty Elementary School.

"We're just trying to promote Internet safety," said Bobby Labonte.

As a father, it's a cause very close to Labonte's heart.

"The Internet is such a great thing," Labonte said. "It just has so many dangers in it. So, if we can teach them at a young age -- that's great."

One lucky 5th grade student, Johnny Gregoriou, even got to catch a ride with Labonte in the Ford Fusion car.

"I won a contest for cyber safety," Gregoriou explained. "I got to answer the door and get in his car."

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Liberty is the only North Texas school honored by for its efforts to keep kids safe online.

"When you have a school this involved in technology, children are using it more and more and they're very wise." Liberty's Principal Linda Holman said.

School officials hope Labonte's appearance will help students realize the importance of safe Web surfing.

"It's about not getting on Web sites that you're not supposed to," 5th grader Grant Quinn said. "and follow the rules of cyber safety.

Liberty Elementary also received $10,000 in computers from and its partmer Webwise.

Bobby Labonte is in town for the big NASCAR race this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

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