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Cold Harbor students get to meet Bobby Labonte

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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Students at Cold Harbor Elementary in Mechanicsville got into the NASCAR spirit early this morning...when Sprint Cup Series driver Bobby Labonte made an appearance at the school.

In fact, Labonte actually drove two lucky fifth graders to the campus in a car, decked out just for them.

Cold Harbor Elementary 5th grader Kara Satterwhite & her classmate Jhanka Jani couldn't hide their excitement friday morning, over a special one-on-one meeting with a NASCAR great.

"Bobby Labonte," said Jhanka Jaini. "He won the Sprint Car once."

"Just to be able to drive in a car with somebody famous, that's just awesome," said Kara Satterwhite.

That's right, nascar sprint cup series driver Bobby Labonte actually drove to Kara's house to pick the two up in a car outfitted just for them.

This was the winning prize for an ask.com contest to promote internet safety for children. Kara and Jhanka submitted the winning entry.

"Because they want children to be safe on the Internet for many reasons," said Jaini. "For all you know, you can be talking to some 50-year-old guy who's really saying that he's a 7-year-old girl."

Weeks later...the fortunate fifth graders found themselves with a very cool ride to school.

A celebrity's welcome awaited Labonte and the kids at Cold Harbor Elementary.

A first-place finish, & a day these children will never forget.

The excitement didn't end with the visit from driver Bobby Labonte. In addition, Cold Harbor Elementary will also receive $10,000 in new computer equipment.

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