2008 Lenox Industrial Tools 301

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2008 Lenox Industrial Tools 301
Race details
Race 17 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Lenox Industrial Tools 301 logo.png
Date June 29, 2008 (2008-June-29)
Location New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.
Course Permanent racing facility
1.058 mi (1.703 km)
Distance 284 laps, 300.472 mi (483.562 km)
Scheduled Distance 301 laps, 318.458 mi (512.508 km)
Pole position
Driver Patrick Carpentier Gillett Evernham Motorsports
Time 29.349
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 132
Winner
No. 2
Kurt Busch
Penske Racing
Television in the United States
Network Turner Network Television
Announcers Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty
2008 Sprint Cup Series
Chase for the Sprint Cup
Italics - Non-Points Races

The 2008 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 was the seventeenth race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and was run on June 29 of that year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, located in Loudon, New Hampshire. This was the first race under the new ownership of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. after purchasing the track from Bob Bahre in the autumn of 2007.

Televised coverage was handled by TNT starting at 12:30 PM US EDT, and radio being handled in their swan song at this facility by MRN starting at 1:15 PM US EDT and simulcast via Sirius Satellite Radio. Starting with the fall race, SMI-owned Performance Racing Network will carry the events at this track, as this was a result of a compromise on who had radio rights for the 2008 events (save for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in September, as MRN holds all rights to that series.) This race also was planned to be the first year of an additional lap on the 1.058 miles (1.703 km) track, as suggested by race sponsor Lenox Industrial Tools that says that their employees "go the extra mile" for their customers. However, due to a severe thunderstorm that bore down on the region, the race was stopped with seventeen laps to go.

Pre-Race News[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

In what may have been 2008's biggest surprise, Québécois Patrick Carpentier won the pole position over Bobby Labonte following a rain delay of almost two hours.

Race Recap[edit]

There were seven cautions in all, including one that involved an incident between points leader Kyle Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya after the yellow flag waved. Montoya broadsided Kyle Busch just after crossing the start-finish line in what turned out to be the last of several confrontations in the race between the two, and following the race, Montoya was penalized two laps for aggressive driving. A rainstorm shortened the race seventeen laps shy of the scheduled distance, and thanks to pit strategy and fuel mileage, Kurt Busch won the race, while Michael Waltrip had his best finish since winning the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway in 2003, and J.J. Yeley finished third.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Car Make Team
1 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
2 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
3 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota Hall of Fame Racing
4 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
5 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
6 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
7 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
10 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Petty Enterprises

NOTE: Race was cut short to 284 laps due to rain.

Failed to qualify: Marcos Ambrose (#21) and Tony Raines (#34).