2008 LifeLock 400

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2008 Lifelock 400
Race details
Race 15 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
View of Michigan International Speedway; circa 2008
View of Michigan International Speedway; circa 2008
Date June 15, 2008 (2008-June-15)
Location Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.218 km)
Distance 203 laps, 406 mi (653.393 km)
Scheduled Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 81 °F (27 °C); wind speeds reaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Average speed 145.375 miles per hour (233.958 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 2008 Owner's Points
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 65
Winner
No. 88
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Bill Weber, Kyle Petty and
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
2008 Sprint Cup Series
Chase for the Sprint Cup
Italics - Non-Points Races

The 2008 LifeLock 400 was the fifteenth points race in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Held on Sunday, June 15 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, it was the first of two races sponsored by the internet protection service LifeLock, the other being the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 12.

Eleven cars set times before rain set in and cancelled qualifying, so the field was set by the rule book with points leader Kyle Busch on pole, Jeff Burton second and Dale Earnhardt Jr third. Jason Leffler (#70) and Tony Raines (#34) did not start because qualifying was cancelled due to rain. Kenny Wallace and the #87 Denver Mattress car, and the #08 car, without a driver, were both withdrawn earlier in the week.

Race Recap[edit]

In a mixture of luck, fuel economy and strategy, Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his first win in 76 points races thanks to a late caution due to Sam Hornish, Jr.'s late-race crash, and a green-white-checker finish with Patrick Carpentier and Michael Waltrip crashing near the start/finish line to end the race. Instead of completing a victory lap, or doing the traditional burnout, Earnhardt coasted on to pit road after he had run out of fuel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 2008 Lifelock 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac