NASCAR champ Bobby Labonte opens up about startling health battle

Bobby Labonte drove the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac to the top of NASCAR

in 2000, winning the Winston Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing.

While he was able to battle dozens of other drivers for 21 wins during his NASCAR Cup

career and 10 more in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career,

Labonte revealed in a segment on FOX that he’s been battling startling health concerns.

He said that in 2019 he started to feel unwell and went to a doctor to get checked out.

He said the doctor told him about a spot on his kidney and that it was something to keep an eye on.

He said two years later the mass 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,

and was told that everything went well with the surgery but that the mass was cancerous and the cancer "very aggressive."