2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup

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2008 Sprint Cup Series
Chase for the Sprint Cup
Italics - Non-Points Races

The 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup[1] was the ten-race playoffs which concluded the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Chase began with the Sylvania 300 on September 14, 2008 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ended with the Ford 400 on November 16, 2008 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 2008 Chase was won by Jimmie Johnson, his third consecutive championship.

From 2004 through 2007, the championship system was known as the "Chase for the Nextel Cup", but with the 2005 merger of Sprint and Nextel, the name of the series became known as the Sprint Cup Series in 2008.

Drivers[edit]

Chase Standings
PL Seed Driver Behind P W T5 T10 DNF
1 3 California Jimmie Johnson 6,073 Leader 5 6 13 20 1
2 9 Washington (state) Greg Biffle 5,924 (−149) 2 2 11 15 3
3 7 Virginia Jeff Burton 5,921 (−152) 0 2 7 17 2
4 2 Missouri Carl Edwards 5,875 (−168) 1 6 15 23 2
5 5 Kansas Clint Bowyer 5,831 (−242) 0 1 5 15 0
6 11 California Kevin Harvick 5,817 (−256) 0 0 6 16 0
7 10 California Jeff Gordon 5,798 (−275) 3 0 11 16 5
8 8 Indiana Tony Stewart 5,735 (−338) 0 1 10 15 3
9 4 North Carolina Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 5,694 (−379) 1 1 10 15 1
10 12 Wisconsin Matt Kenseth 5,665 (−408) 0 0 8 18 3
11 6 Virginia Denny Hamlin 5,653 (−420) 1 1 10 16 3
12 1 Nevada Kyle Busch 5,628 (−445) 2 8 16 18 2

KEY: PL-Place; P-Poles; W-Wins; T5-Top Five Finishes; T10-Top Ten Finishes; DNF-Races did not finish.

Seedings at the start of The Chase
Seed Driver
1 Kyle Busch 5,080
2 Carl Edwards 5,050
3 Jimmie Johnson 5,040
4 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 5,010
5 Clint Bowyer 5,010
6 Denny Hamlin 5,010
7 Jeff Burton 5,010
8 Tony Stewart 5,000
9 Greg Biffle 5,000
10 Jeff Gordon 5,000
11 Kevin Harvick 5,000
12 Matt Kenseth 5,000

– Edwards was docked the ten-point winner's bonus as a result of a violation found during post-race inspection at the UAW-Dodge 400 in Las Vegas.

Regular season standings with seeding change
PL Driver Behind +/-
1 Ky. Busch 3,878 Leader N/C
2 Edwards 3,671 (−207) N/C
3 Johnson 3,576 (−302) N/C
4 Earnhardt Jr. 3,488 (−390) N/C
5 J. Burton 3,384 (−394) -2
6 Stewart 3,285 (−493) -2
7 Harvick 3,283 (−495) -4
8 Biffle 3,280 (−498) -1
9 Hamlin 3,235 (−543) +3
10 J. Gordon 3,221 (−657) N/C
11 Kenseth 3,132 (−746) -1
12 Bowyer 3,116 (−762) +7

Races[edit]

Chase Schedule and Results
Date Race Track 2007 winner 2008 winner
9/14 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, New Hampshire
Clint Bowyer Greg Biffle
9/21 Camping World RV 400 Dover International Speedway
Dover, Delaware
Carl Edwards Greg Biffle
9/28 Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman Kansas Speedway
Kansas City, Kansas
Greg Biffle≠ Jimmie Johnson
10/5 AMP Energy 500 Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
Jeff Gordon Tony Stewart
10/11 Bank of America 500 Lowe's Motor Speedway
Concord, North Carolina
Jeff Gordon Jeff Burton
10/19 TUMS QuikPak 500 Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, Virginia
Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson
10/26 Pep Boys Auto 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, Georgia
Jimmie Johnson Carl Edwards
11/2 Dickies 500 Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, Texas
Jimmie Johnson Carl Edwards
11/9 Checker Auto Parts 500 Phoenix International Raceway
Avondale, Arizona
Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson
11/16 Ford 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, Florida
Matt Kenseth Carl Edwards

— Non-qualifier for the 2007 Chase.
Italics denotes non-qualifier for 2008 chase.
– Denotes night race or race that will start in the late afternoon and finish at night.

Television[edit]

This marked the second year of exclusive national television coverage of the Chase for the Sprint Cup on ABC. Dr. Jerry Punch remained in the play-by-play position, with Andy Petree in one color commentary position, but there were changes in the booth and host position.

Brent Musburger and Suzy Kolber were out in the host position, and former MRN Radio, TNT and NBC play-by-play voice Allen Bestwick took their place after spending the 2007 season on pit road. Joining him were 1989 NASCAR series champion Rusty Wallace and JTG Daugherty Racing owner and former Cleveland Cavaliers center Brad Daugherty in the on-site studio, while 1999 series champion Dale Jarrett took Wallace's spot in the broadcast booth and Shannon Spake replaced Bestwick on pit road, joining Jamie Little, Dave Burns and Mike Massaro.

Results[edit]

NOTE: Actual race finish in parentheses.

Race One: 2008 Sylvania 300[edit]

Race Two: 2008 Camping World RV 400[edit]

Race Three: 2008 Camping World RV 400 presented by Coleman[edit]

Race Four: 2008 AMP Energy 500[edit]

Race Five: 2008 Bank of America 500[edit]

Race Six: 2008 TUMS QuikPak 500[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup
NASCAR seasons
2008
Succeeded by
2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup