2008 Aaron's 499

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2008 Aaron's 499
Race details
Race 9 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway
Date April 27, 2008 (2008-April-27)
Location Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
Course Permanent racing facility
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 75 °F (24 °C); average wind speeds of 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)[1]
Pole position
Driver Joe Nemechek Furniture Row Racing
Time 51.103
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 61
No. 18
Kyle Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2008 Sprint Cup Series
Chase for the Sprint Cup
Italics - Non-Points Races

The 2008 Aaron's 499 was the ninth race in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule and was raced on April 27, 2008 at Talladega Superspeedway two miles east of Lincoln in Talladega County, Alabama.


This race was the second race of the season utilizing restrictor plates and the first time that the spring race was raced using the Car of Tomorrow template, with the 2007 UAW-Ford 500 (now known as the AMP Energy 500) being the first on the superspeedway. The telecast in the USA started at 1 PM US EDT on Fox, with radio coverage on MRN Radio on terrestrial stations and Sirius Satellite Radio starting at 1:15 PM US EDT.

Pre Race News[edit]


Furniture Row Racing's #78 car scored the pole thanks to "Front Row" Joe Nemechek, who edged Tony Stewart on the last run of the day.

Failed to qualify: Dave Blaney (#22), John Andretti (#34), J.J. Yeley (#96).

For Yeley, this was the first race he missed as Hall of Fame Racing were outside the Top 35 Owner Points exemption.


Kyle Busch was the winner of the race when "The Big One" occurred in the backstretch off Turn Two and the yellow flag flew on the final lap. Kyle Busch was passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the inside, and got loose, bumping into Dale and causing him to spin out. The winning car was also noted to have a large "donut" on the side. This happened after hard contact with the #26 of Jamie McMurray. Both cars finished in the top-five, though.

This win was the last winner of any of NASCAR's three majors as of the 2011 Daytona 500 to be in that season's Chase.


  1. ^ Weather information for the 2008 Aaron's 499 at The Old Farmers' Almanac. Accessed 2013-06-18. Archived 2013-06-21.