2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series

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2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series season
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The 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series began on February 16, 2008, at Daytona International Speedway with the Camping World 300, and ended on November 15, 2008, at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Ford 300. This was the first season in which NASCAR's second-tier series was known as the Nationwide Series, ending the 26-year sponsorship by Anheuser-Busch's Busch Beer. The seven-year agreement gives Nationwide Insurance the exclusive rights to tie its brand to NASCAR's second most popular racing series.[1]

Schedule[edit]

The following table shows the 2008 schedule published by NASCAR.[2]

— Race ran at night, or started in the late afternoon and finished at night.

# Date Race Distance Venue TV Radio
1 02/16/2008 Camping World 300 300 Miles Daytona International Speedway ESPN2 MRN
2 02/23/2008 Stater Brothers 300 300 Miles Auto Club Speedway ESPN2 MRN
3 03/01/2008 Sam's Town 300 300 Miles Las Vegas Motor Speedway ESPN2 PRN
4 03/08/2008 Nicorette 300 300 Miles Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN2 PRN
5 03/15/2008 Sharpie Mini 300 300 Laps (159.9 Miles) Bristol Motor Speedway ABC PRN
6 03/22/2008 Pepsi 300 225 Laps (300 Miles) Nashville Superspeedway ESPN MRN
7 04/05/2008 O'Reilly 300 300 Miles Texas Motor Speedway ESPN2 MRN
8 04/11/2008 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 200 Laps Phoenix International Raceway ESPN2 MRN
9 04/20/2008 Corona México 200 201.44 Miles Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez ESPN
ESPN Deportes
MRN
10 04/26/2008 Aaron's 312 311.22 Miles Talladega Superspeedway ABC MRN
11 05/02/2008 Lipton Tea 250 250 Laps (187.5 Miles) Richmond International Raceway ESPN Classic
SPEED
ESPN2[3]
MRN
12 05/09/2008 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 200.8 Miles Darlington Raceway ESPN2 MRN
13 05/24/2008 Carquest Auto Parts 300 300 Miles Lowe's Motor Speedway ESPN2 PRN
14 05/31/2008 Heluva Good! 200 200 Miles Dover International Speedway ESPN2 MRN
15 06/07/2008 Federated Auto Parts 300 300 Miles Nashville Superspeedway ESPN2 MRN
16 06/14/2008 Meijer 300 300 Miles Kentucky Speedway ESPN2 MRN
17 06/21/2008 Camping World RV Rental 250 250 Miles The Milwaukee Mile ESPN2 MRN
18 06/28/2008 Camping World RV Sales 200 200 Laps (211.6 Miles) New Hampshire Motor Speedway ABC MRN
19 07/04/2008 Winn-Dixie 250 250 Miles Daytona International Speedway ESPN2 MRN
20 07/11/2008 Dollar General 300 300 Miles Chicagoland Speedway ESPN MRN
21 07/19/2008 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 250 Miles Gateway International Raceway ESPN2 MRN
22 07/26/2008 Kroger 200 200 Laps O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis ESPN MRN
23 08/02/2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 74 Laps (200.46 Miles) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ESPN2 MRN
24 08/09/2008 Zippo 200 82 Laps (200.9 Miles) Watkins Glen International ABC MRN
25 08/16/2008 CarFax 250 250 Miles Michigan International Speedway ESPN2 MRN
26 08/22/2008 Food City 250 250 Laps (133.24 Miles) Bristol Motor Speedway ESPN PRN
27 08/30/2008 Camping World 300 300 Miles Auto Club Speedway ESPN2 MRN
28 09/05/2008 Emerson Radio 250 250 Laps (187.5 Miles) Richmond International Raceway ESPN2 MRN
29 09/20/2008 RoadLoans.com 200 200 Laps Dover International Speedway ESPN2 MRN
30 09/27/2008 Kansas Lottery 300 300 Miles Kansas Speedway ESPN2 MRN
31 10/10/2008 Dollar General 300 300 Miles Lowe's Motor Speedway ESPN2 PRN
32 10/25/2008 Sam's Town 250 250 Laps (187.5 Miles) Memphis Motorsports Park ESPN Classic
SPEED
ESPN2
MRN
33 11/01/2008 O'Reilly Challenge 300 Miles Texas Motor Speedway ESPN2 PRN
34 11/08/2008 Arizona.Travel 200 200 Laps Phoenix International Raceway ESPN2 MRN
35 11/15/2008 Ford 300 300 Miles Homestead-Miami Speedway ESPN2 MRN

2008 team chart[edit]

Complete schedule[edit]

Clint Bowyer, the 2008 Nationwide Series champion
Manufactures Team No. Driver
Chevrolet CJM Racing 11 Jason Keller28
Scott Lagasse, Jr.7
Front Row Motorsports 24 Eric McClure32
Brian Simo3
Jay Robinson Racing 4 Robert Richardson, Jr.10
Landon Cassill3
Derrike Cope19
Jerick Johnson1
Patrick Sheltra2
28 Kirk Shelmerdine1
Brian Keselowski4
Kenny Wallace30
JD Motorsports 0 Dwayne Leik6
Mike Potter2
Danny Efland7
Joe Fox1
JC Stout3
Brad Teague1
Larry Gunselman12
Wheeler Boys1
David Green1
01 Kertus Davis15
Dwayne Leik1
Mike Potter2
James Hylton1
Danny Efland12
Trevor Boys1
Wheeler Boys2
Larry Gunselman1
JR Motorsports 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr.8
Mark Martin5
Martin Truex, Jr.1
Landon Cassill16
Adrian Fernandez1
Jimmie Johnson3
Ron Fellows1
88 Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick Incorporated 33 Kevin Harvick22
Cale Gale10
Ron Hornaday, Jr.2
Ryan Newman1
MSRP Motorsports 90 Steve Grissom1
Scott Lynch1
Todd Bodine1
Johnny Chapman27
Chris Cook2
Don Thomson, Jr.1
Terry Cook2
91 Larry Gunselman10
Kenny Hendrick2
Terry Cook5
Justin Hobgood15
Scott Steckly1
Michael McDowell1
Todd Bodine1
Phoenix Racing 1 Johnny Sauter5
Sterling Marlin1
Mike Bliss29
Richard Childress Racing 2 Clint Bowyer
29 Scott Wimmer22
Jeff Burton13
Rusty Wallace Racing 64 David Stremme32
Max Papis3
66 Steve Wallace
Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 40 Dario Franchitti (R)14
Bryan Clauson16
Scott Pruett2
Reed Sorenson1
Kevin Hamlin1
Juan Pablo Montoya1
Faith Motorsports 89 Morgan Shepherd
Fitz Motorsports 22 Mike Bliss6
Robby Gordon2
Ruben Pardo2
Reed Sorenson1
Johnny Sauter1
Josh Wise13
Andrew Ranger5
Ryan Newman1
Jarit Johnson1
Marc Davis3
Gillett Evernham Motorsports 9 Kasey Kahne10
Elliott Sadler4
Patrick Carpentier8
Chase Miller12
AJ Allmendinger1
MacDonald Motorsports 81 D. J. Kennington26
Brad Baker1
Bryan Clauson1
Randy MacDonald2
Shane Huffman1
PJ Jones1
Kevin Hamlin2
Bobby Hillin, Jr.1
Ford Baker Curb Racing 27 Brad Coleman24
David Gilliland2
Burney Lamar1
Casey Atwood1
Jason Keller7
JTG Daugherty Racing 47 Kelly Bires
59 Marcos Ambrose
Roush Fenway Racing 6 David Ragan
60 Carl Edwards
Team Rensi Motorsports 25 Bobby Hamilton, Jr.33
Boris Said2
Toyota Braun Racing 32 Denny Hamlin10
Kyle Busch10
Brian Vickers7
James Buescher6
Michel Jourdain, Jr.1
Jacques Villeneuve1
38 Jason Leffler
Germain Racing 7 Mike Wallace
Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Tony Stewart9
Kyle Busch3
Denny Hamlin5
Joey Logano18
Michael Waltrip Racing 99 David Reutimann
Chevrolet
Ford
Day Enterprise Racing 05 Brett Rowe16
Danny O'Quinn, Jr.1
Justin Ashburn3
Burney Lamar13
Casey Atwood3
Specialty Racing 61 Kevin Lepage19
Brandon Whitt14
Stan Barrett2
Ford
Chevrolet
Dodge
Means Racing 52 Donnie Neuenberger7
Derrike Cope8
Scott Gaylord5
Brad Teague12
Kevin Lepage1
Boris Said1
Tony Raines1

Part Time schedule[edit]

Manufactuer Team No. Driver(s) Rounds
Chevrolet Bob Schacht Motorsports 75 Johnny Sauter 1
Faith Motorsports Tim Weaver 1
Dale Earnhardt Inc. 8 Martin Truex Jr. 1
Kerry Earnhardt 1
'Elite 2 Racing 84 Mike Harmon 18
Carl Long 1
Dale Quarterley 2
Jeremy Clements Motorsports 50 Jeremy Clements 4
JR Motorsports 48 Jimmie Johnson 1
83 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 1
Borneman Motorsports John Borneman III 5
Kevin Harvick Incorporated 77 Cale Gale(R) 3
Key Motorsports 31 Jeff Green 3
Mac Hill Motorsports 56 Danny O'Quinn, Jr. 3
Travis Kittleson 4
ML Motorsports 70 Mark Green 21
NEMCO Motorsports 87 Joe Nemechek 1
O'Connell Racing 09 Kevin O'Connell 2
R3 Motorsports 23 Robert Richardson, Jr. 8
RB1 Motorsports 71 Ron Young 1
Richard Childress Racing 21 Bobby Labonte 5
Stephen Leicht 5
Austin Dillon 2
Scott Wimmer 1
Stanton Barrett Racing 34 Kenny Hendrick 1
Silva Motorsports 65 Stan Silva Jr. 2
SKI Motorsports 30 Stanton Barrett 28
Kenny Hendrick 1
Stanton Barrett Racing 31 Kenny Hendrick 21
Shane Huffman 1
Jeff Fuller 1
Stott Classic Racing 02 Andy Ponstein 11
Dominik Casola 1
ThorSport Racing 13 Shelby Howard 2
Transnet Racing 98 Alex García 3
Curb Agajanian Performance Group Johnny Sauter 2
Dodge Beahr Racing Enterprises 57 Jerick Johnson 1
Justin Ashburn 1
Chad Beahr 2
Mike Ege Racing Nick Tucker 1
Michael Guerity 1
Carl Long Racing 46 Carl Long 1
Chip Ganassi Racing 41 Bryan Clauson (R) 4
Kyle Krisiloff 6
42 Juan Pablo Montoya 1
CFK Motorsports 73 Larry Gunselman 1
Kertus Davis 1
Kevin Lepage 10
78 Nick Tucker 1
Johnny Sauter 5
Jennifer Jo Cobb 1
Jason White 1
Fitz Motorsports 36 Kenny Wallace 5
Ruben Pardo 4
Charles Lewandoski 2
Gillett Evernham Motorsports 19 Chase Miller (R) 2
Jay Robinson Racing 49 Derrike Cope 4
Shane Hall 1
Kertus Davis 17
K-Automotive Motorsports 92 Brian Keselowski 11
Penske Racing 12 Sam Hornish Jr. 10
Justin Allgaier 4
Robby Gordon Motorsports 55 Robby Gordon 2
Brian Ickler 1
Sadler-Hamilton Racing 95 Willie Allen 2
TW Motorsports 84 José Luis Ramírez 1
86 Antonio Pérez 1
Ford Baker Curb Racing 37 Brad Baker 7
Greg Biffle 1
Burney Lamar 9
John Young 1
Rafael Martínez 1
Means Racing 55 Brad Teague 2
Scott Gaylord 1
Chad Chaffin 1
Richardson-Haas Motorsports 14 David Gilliland 1
Roush Fenway Racing 16 Greg Biffle 14
Jamie McMurray 3
Colin Braun 5
17 Matt Kenseth 7
Jamie McMurray 8
Erik Darnell 1
RAB Racing 09 John Wes Townley 4
Ray Hackett Racing 76 Ryan Hackett 3
Specialty Racing 62 Brandon Whitt 2
Team Rensi Motorsports 35 Danny O'Quinn 5
Toyota Braun Racing 10 Brian Vickers 4
Justin Marks 1
Dave Blaney 1
D'Hondt Motorsports 92 Kyle Busch 1
Germain Racing 03 Todd Bodine 1
Justin Marks 1
Michael Annett 1
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Kyle Busch 16
Denny Hamlin 5
Joey Logano 1
Marc Davis 1
Michael Waltrip Racing 00 Michael McDowell 1
Josh Wise 5

Television[edit]

The 2008 TV schedule followed the same format as 2007, with most races broadcast on ESPN2 and six races broadcast on ABC when ESPN2 broadcast larger sporting events. All races were to be shown live on free-to-air TV in Australia on Ten HD

2008 season races[edit]

See List of 2008 NASCAR races for a complete list and schedule of the 2008 season races.

Camping World 300[edit]

The Camping World 300 presented by Chevrolet was held February 16 at Daytona International Speedway. Tony Stewart won the pole and then went on to win the race. Stewart became the first driver to win the season opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona from the pole. Johnny Sauter, Cale Gale, Kertus Davis, and David Gilliland all received 25 point penalties for various infractions.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet JR Motorsports
4 10 Brian Vickers Toyota Braun Racing
5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 41 Bryan Clauson (R) Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 32 Denny Hamlin Toyota Braun Racing
9 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
Average race speed: 154.154 mph (248.087 km/h)
Lead changes: 16 among 8 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 12 laps

Did not Qualify: #56 Danny O'Quinn Jr., #89 Morgan Shepherd, #91 Larry Gunselman, #36 Kenny Wallace, #61 Kevin Lepage, #87 Joe Nemechek, #52 Donnie Neuenberger, #05 Brett Rowe, #84 Mike Harmon, #0 Kertus Davis

NOTE: On February 20 NASCAR announced that seven Nationwide teams had been penalized due to rule violations during Speedweeks at Daytona. The most notable was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s #5 team whose crew chief was fined $25,000 and suspended for the next six Nationwide Series events until April 9. Earnhardt Jr. was penalized with the loss of 50 driver points, while car owner Rick Hendrick was penalized 50 owner points. An altered rear spoiler was found during post practice template inspection which enhanced the aerodynamic performance on the car.[4] On March 4 it was announced that some teams had their penalties upheld and some rescinded by the National Stock Car Racing Commission. Rusty Wallace, Inc. had 3 penalties rescinded on the #64 car driven by David Stremme.[5] The commission also amended 2 of 3 penalties issued to Richardson-Hass Motorsports' #14 car driven by David Gilliland.[6] The commission also reduced a fine against Kevin Harvick Incorporated #77 crew chief Charles Wilson from $15,000 to $5,000 and also reduced a suspension from the next 6 races to only 4 races.[7] The commission opted to uphold penalties against the JD Motorsports #0 car driven by Kertus Davis.[8] The commission also decided to amend 2 of 3 penalties issued to the Phoenix Racing #1 car driven by Johnny Sauter.[9]

Stater Brothers 300[edit]

The Stater Brothers 300 was held on Monday, February 25 due to rain at the newly renamed Auto Club Speedway of Southern California (previously California Speedway) in Fontana, California. Jeff Burton won the pole due to qualifying being canceled after being rained out. The race was scheduled to be held on the 23rd, but water seeping onto the track surface prevented this, and it was then scheduled to be held after Sunday's Auto Club 500. More rain postponed that, and again also delayed the Nationwide race to Monday, an hour after the completion of the Sprint Cup Series race. Tony Stewart dominated most of the day leading 139 of 150 laps with fellow Toyota driver David Reutimann sitting in 2nd for much of the race.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 32 Kyle Busch Toyota Braun Racing
3 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
4 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
5 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 17 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet JR Motorsports
8 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
9 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 21 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
Average race speed: 141.769 mph (228.155 km/h)
Lead changes: 11 among 9 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 19 laps

Did Not Qualify: None only 43 entries.

NOTE: Eric Norris driver of the #14 Carl A. Haas Motorsports entry withdrew, making only 42 starters.

Sam's Town 300[edit]

The Sam's Town 300 was held on March 1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brian Vickers won the pole. Just like the previous two weeks, Tony Stewart dominated the race. However, his chance to score his first Vegas win were dashed on lap 138 when he spun while alongside David Reutimann. Hometown hero Kyle Busch had to start in the back but worked his way through the field and took the lead after a lap 63 pit stop. However, his day would end on lap 103 when he cut a right front tire. Another strong car, the #29 of Jeff Burton, worked his way through the field following an unscheduled pit stop. However, on lap 158, his engine blew while challenging Mark Martin for the lead. Eventually, after 12 cautions, the race would turn to three drivers: Martin who was seeking to return to Victory Lane, Carl Edwards who was looking to keep his momentum going after his Cup win in Fontana, and Brad Keselowski, trying to make a name for himself and become the first non Cup Series driver to win since Aric Almirola last year. On lap 195 while Edwards and Keselowski were going side by side at the start/finish line, Martin tapped Edwards in the rear, spinning him into Keselowski and sending the race into overtime. Martin would easily fend off former teammate Greg Biffle for his first Nationwide Series win of the season. Martin later apologized to both Edwards and Keselowski in victory lane.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet JR Motorsports
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
4 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
5 64 David Stremme Dodge Rusty Wallace, Inc.
6 40 Dario Franchitti (R) Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
7 7 Mike Wallace Toyota Germain Racing
8 9 Patrick Carpentier Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
9 27 Brad Coleman Ford Baker Curb Racing
10 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
Average race speed: 108.118 mph (173.999 km/h)
Lead changes: 15 among 11 drivers
Cautions: 13 for 55 laps

Did Not Qualify: #12 Sam Hornish, Jr., #84 Mike Harmon

Nicorette 300[edit]

The Nicorette 300 was held on March 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jeff Burton won the pole. As usual, the race would be dominated by Sprint Cup Series points leader Kyle Busch. Busch hoped to make history by being the points leader in all three of NASCAR's top racing circuits. He would do so to an extent, leading 153 laps. However, Busch's hopes would be derailed by a flat tire while entering turn 1. His misfortune would open the door for other drivers such as Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, and polesitter Burton. David Ragan would take the top spot after pit stops under the caution for Busch's crash. However, Burton and Kenseth took first and second on lap 177. Things would stay this way for 9 laps until Kenseth made the pass for the lead. The main highlight of the race came on lap 189. While exiting turn two, Dale Earnhardt Jr. attempted to pass Eric McClure. However, McClure spun in front of Dale Jr., turning him into the wall and into the path of rookie Bryan Clauson, who hit McClure's car as it hit the wall, lifting it off the ground. This brought out a red flag lasting several minutes. Although Kenseth led with three to go, debris from Ragan's car brought out a green-white-checkered finish to lap 198, with Kenseth holding off Harvick for his first win of the season.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
3 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
4 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 21 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
6 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
7 22 Mike Bliss Dodge Fitz Motorsports
8 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
9 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
10 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
Average race speed: 131.290 mph (211.291 km/h)
Lead changes: 22 among 11 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 22 laps

Sharpie Mini 300[edit]

The Sharpie Mini 300 was held March 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Scott Wimmer won the pole. Unlike other races, Kyle Busch would not dominate this one, as he was taken out by a spinning Martin Truex Jr. on lap 13. 2006 Champion Kevin Harvick had one of the best cars all day but fell out of contention after his tire changer failed to secure a lugnut on lap 102. Clint Bowyer dominated the race, leading for 119 laps. However, the move of the race came on lap 164 when Bowyer and eight others stayed out on the track as rain began to hit the track. Up to that point, Bowyer had been fending off a charging Kasey Kahne for the past 40 laps before the rains hit. The cars would be pulled onto pit road on lap 171 and Bowyer would be declared the winner after a 47 minute rain delay.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
2 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
3 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
4 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
5 22 Mike Bliss Dodge Fitz Motorsports
6 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
7 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
8 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace Racing
10 7 Mike Wallace Toyota Germain Racing
Average race speed: 78.74 mph (126.72 km/h)
Lead changes: 6 among 3 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 30 laps

Pepsi 300[edit]

The Pepsi 300 was held on March 22 at Nashville Superspeedway. Kyle Busch won the pole. As usual, Busch would dominate the race, leading 125 laps. However, his bad luck would continue as he spun coming out of turn 4. This move handed the lead to Bristol winner Clint Bowyer who held the top spot until teammate Scott Wimmer passed him with 20 to go. Wimmer would hang on to snap his 57 race winless streak (since Pikes Peak in 2003) and become the first non-Sprint Cup driver to win a race in 2008.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
2 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
5 47 Kelly Bires Ford JTG Racing
6 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace Racing
7 32 Denny Hamlin Toyota Braun Racing
8 33 Cale Gale Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
9 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
10 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford Team Rensi Motorsports
Average race speed: 134.095 mph (215.805 km/h)
Lead changes: 10 among 4 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 20 laps

O'Reilly 300[edit]

The O'Reilly 300 was held on April 5 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Kevin Harvick started from the pole after qualifying was rained out. Kyle Busch won the race, it was his first Nationwide Series win of the 2008 season. Busch led four times for 126 laps, including the final 43 laps of the race. Kevin Harvick who led 55 laps broke an axle on his first pit stop and lost 21 laps while his crew replaced it, he finished 34th. Tony Stewart went down a lap with an unscheduled pit stop on lap 71 after cutting his right rear tire. He had run over a lug nut on pit road during a green-flag pit stop on lap 56. Only 14 cars finished on the lead lap.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
4 21 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 16 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Braun Racing
7 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet JR Motorsports
8 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
10 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
Average race speed: 151.707 mph (244.149 km/h)
Lead changes: 12 among 8 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 13 laps

Failed to make race as qualifying was canceled due to rain: None only 43 cars.

Bashas' Supermarkets 200[edit]

The Bashas' Supermarkets 200 was held on April 11 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch won the pole. As usual, the race would be dominated by Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch. Busch hoped to make history by being the points leader in all three of NASCAR's top racing circuits.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
4 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
5 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
7 21 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
9 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
10 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
Average race speed: 98.764 mph (158.945 km/h)
Lead changes: 14 among 5 drivers
Cautions: 9 for 36 laps

Corona México 200[edit]

The Corona México 200 was held on April 20 at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico. Colin Braun won the pole. Kyle Busch won the race after passing Scott Pruett with nine laps remaining. Busch warned over his radio that Pruett would get dumped if he kept blocking him, a reference to the 2007 race. The win was Busch's first on a road course and his third straight Nationwide Series win. Scott Pruett led 36 of the 80 laps and wound up finishing third. Road course veteran Boris Said struggled for most of the day and was spun out by Marcos Ambrose with 28 laps remaining. The damage took Said out of the race, and he angrily pointed at Ambrose. Boris commented that "He either made a mistake or he's incredibly stupid, and I don't think he'd make a big mistake like that. I wouldn't expect it from him. "I'm not going to get mad, I'm just going to get even."[10] Ambrose finished the day in second place, his best finish in the Nationwide Series. This was the last race held at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Top ten finishers
Pos. Car no. Driver Make Team
1 20 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford JTG Racing
3 40 Scott Pruett Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
4 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 9 Patrick Carpentier (R) Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
6 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
9 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
10 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
Average race speed: 68.124 mph (109.635 km/h)
Lead changes: 10 among 7 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 18 laps + (2 red flags)

Failed to qualify: Brett Rowe (#05), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Derrike Cope (#49), Joe Fox (#0)

Aaron's 312[edit]

The Aaron's 312 was held on April 26 at Talladega Superspeedway, in Talladega, Alabama. Tony Stewart won the pole and later went on to win the race. Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. dominated much of the race running in first and second place respectively. 2007 IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti blew a tire on lap 11 and spun around onto the apron in Turn 3 into the path of the #91 car driven by Larry Gunselman who slammed into the driver's side of Franchitti's car. Franchitti suffered a fractured left ankle and minor contusions from the hard impact,[11] the injury would sideline him for 5 Sprint Cup Series races. The big wreck (often dubbed "The Big One") occurred on lap 71 when Kevin Lepage was coming off pit road and merged immediately in front of the lead pack traffic. Lepage was only running around 115 mph when the wreck happened compared to the leaders who were running 191 mph. Several contenders were taken out including Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. The race was red flagged to clean up debris. Around 16 cars were involved in the wreck, during the race several drivers were penalized for blending onto the track to early, instead of blending at Turn 2. Lepage publicly apologized for the incident the next day saying "I made a huge driver error by blending onto the racetrack in the wrong area. This caused a multi-car accident and changed the outcome of the race for many teams."[12] Dale Earnhardt, Jr. waited to make a last lap pass down the backstretch on Stewart but didn't have any drafting help, Dale would cross the finish line in sixth position.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
3 25 Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Ford Team Rensi Motorsports
4 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
5 70 Mark Green Chevrolet ML Motorsports
6 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet JR Motorsports
7 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
8 9 Patrick Carpentier (R) Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
9 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 7 Mike Wallace Toyota Germain Racing
Average race speed: 133.111 mph (214.221 km/h)
Lead changes: 15 among 9 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 27 laps + (1 red flag)

Failed to Qualify: None, only 43 cars.

Lipton Tea 250[edit]

The Lipton Tea 250 was held on May 2 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Kasey Kahne won the pole. The race, like the previous year's featured pit strategy as a key factor. Bryan Clauson (#41) spun out on lap 247 with only 3 laps left bringing out the eighth and final caution. Virginia native Denny Hamlin who was leading at the time of Clauson's spin made a pit stop during the caution for four fresh Goodyear tires. On the restart of a green-white-checkered finish Hamlin blew past Carl Edwards and race leader Kevin Harvick who both opted to not pit during the late race caution.[13] It was Denny Hamlin's sixth Nationwide Series career win and also Joe Gibbs Racing's seventh Nationwide Series victory in 2008. Kyle Busch came from a lap down to finish third, even after Steve Wallace got into Busch on the final lap. Kyle retaliated at Wallace after the checkered flag and spun out fourth place finisher David Ragan in the process. Busch and Wallace had a small altercation on pit road after the race. Wallace who was seated in his #66 Chevy grabbed Busch's helmet when Busch confronted him about the incident.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
3 32 Kyle Busch Toyota Braun Racing
4 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
6 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
7 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
9 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 29 Scott Wimmer Toyota Richard Childress Racing
Average race speed: 96.238 mph (154.880 km/h)
Lead changes: 3 among 4 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 41 laps

Failed to Qualify: Chad Beahr (#57)

Diamond Hill Plywood 200[edit]

The Diamond Hill Plywood 200 was held on May 9 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Carl Edwards won the pole. Denny Hamlin who won the previous race and was the fastest in the two final practice sessions hit the wall on his qualifying lap and failed to qualify. Carl Edwards, who won the pole, chose to start on the outside of Bowyer, the second-place qualifier. But scraped the wall while racing Bowyer on the opening lap. Edwards' bad luck would continue when on lap 2 his #60 Ford blew the right-front tire and smacked the Turn 3 wall causing his race to end early. Matt Kenseth led Tony Stewart by more than two seconds with 46 laps left in the race but Kenseth made a pit stop on lap 121, complaining that his wheels were chattering. The crew put on four tires and sent Kenseth back on the track, but Kenseth wrecked in Turn 4 on lap 128 trying to catch the first car one lap down. The race was red flagged with 19 laps remaining as track crews cleaned up after Kenseth's wreck. David Ragan spun on lap 138 and hit the wall bringing out the seventh caution. Mark Martin's engine stalled on the restart with three laps remaining due to fuel pickup problems, triggering a six-car wreck, the race was red flagged again for cleanup. Stewart led the field to the restart of a green-white-checker finish on lap 148. Tony Stewart pulled away from Clint Bowyer and went on to win his first race at Darlington Raceway. It was Stewart's fourth victory in the 2008 Nationwide Series, and the sixth of his career. It marked the eighth win for Joe Gibbs Racing in the 2008 Nationwide Series, and the fourth consecutive victory for the team's #20 car.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
4 03 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
5 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
6 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
7 11 Jason Keller Chevrolet CJM Racing
8 9 Chase Miller (R) Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
9 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
10 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford JTG Racing
Average race speed: 107.139 mph (172.424 km/h)
Lead changes: 11 among 8 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 36 laps + (2 red flags)

Failed to Qualify: Brett Rowe (#05), Denny Hamlin (#18)

Carquest Auto Parts 300[edit]

The Carquest Auto Parts 300 was held on May 24 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina a suburb of Charlotte. Brian Vickers won the pole. Kyle Busch driving for Braun Racing won the race, ending the four-race winning streak of Joe Gibbs Racing. During the final caution (#88) Brad Keselowski tapped (#20) Denny Hamlin's bumper as the cars circled the track behind the pace car. Keselowski was upset with the way Hamlin had raced him. Hamlin retaliated by turning right into Keselowski's Chevrolet, damaging the left-front fender. The move by Hamlin upset Dale Earnhardt, Jr. owner of the #88 and driver of the #83 for this race only, who was running fourth right behind the #88. While still under caution Earnhardt drove up and tapped Hamlin's bumper. After the incident an angry post race confrontation erupted between the #88 JR Motorsports crew and the #20 Gibbs crew. The confrontation resulted in three members of the JR Motorsports crew being fined by NASCAR and one member was also suspended for one race.[14]

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 32 Kyle Busch Toyota Braun Racing
2 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
4 83 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet JR Motorsports
5 10 Brian Vickers Toyota Braun Racing
6 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
9 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 5 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet JR Motorsports
Average race speed: 120.331 mph (193.654 km/h)
Lead changes: 18 among 11 drivers
Cautions: 12 for 44 laps

Failed to Qualify: Burney Lamar (#37), Johnny Chapman (#90), Brett Rowe (#05)

Heluva Good! 200[edit]

The Heluva Good! 200 was held on May 31 at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Carl Edwards won the pole. The start of the race was delayed for three hours due to heavy rain. This race marked the much anticipated debut of 18-year-old driving sensation Joey Logano drving the #20 GameStop Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Dario Franchitti made his first start since breaking his ankle in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega. Kyle Busch driving for Braun Racing led 68 laps, but various problems dropped him back in the field. Busch made a pit stop on Lap 105 while leading, but contact between his #32 Toyota and Brad Keselowski's #88 Chevrolet forced both cars back to pit road under the third caution of the race. Busch had rallied back to the eight position when on Lap 169, Braun Racing teammate Jason Leffler lost control of his car and knocked Busch into the Turn 2 wall. From then on, Denny Hamlin would hold off polesitter Edwards and David Stremme over the final 28 laps to win the race. It would be Joe Gibbs Racing's ninth victory in the 2008 Nationwide Series. Joey Logano was able to keep his car in one piece and finish sixth, despite making contact with Kasey Kahne on pit road early in the race.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
4 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 20 Joey Logano (R) Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
7 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
8 7 Mike Wallace Toyota Germain Racing
9 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
Average race speed: 112.395 mph (180.882 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 among 3 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 26 laps

Failed to Qualify: Dominick Casola (#02)

Federated Auto Parts 300[edit]

The Federated Auto Parts 300 presented by Dollar General was held on June 7 at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. The 18-year-old phenom Joey Logano won the pole in his second ever start. Logano led early for 60 laps. Though Logano, Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann, and others headed for the pits on Lap 79, Brad Keselowski stayed out. This move put Keselowski on a different fuel strategy, pitting late with 41 laps to go instead of pitting with the rest of the field with 77 to go. On Lap 89 Logano was taken out of contention during a four wide race through Turn 4. His #20 Toyota was clipped by Greg Biffle's Ford, turning him sideways into Busch's car before shooting up track and into the outside wall. Late in the race fuel became an issue as Reutimann appeared to have his second Nationwide career win in the bag while being pursued by Bowyer and Kyle Busch. However, a caution brought out by a spinning Brad Teague ruined Reutimann's hopes of victory, as he was passed by Bowyer and Busch on the restart with 8 laps to go. As Bowyer made contact with Reutimann, Keselowski made his move to the inside of Bowyer, taking the lead and eventually his first ever win in his 49th start.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
2 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
3 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
4 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 7 Mike Wallace Toyota Germain Racing
7 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8 47 Kelly Bires Ford JTG Racing
9 5 Landon Cassill (R) Chevrolet JR Motorsports
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
Average race speed: 117.643 mph (189.328 km/h)
Lead changes: 10 among 8 drivers
Cautions: 10 for 41 laps

Failed to Qualify: Brian Keselowski (#92), Brett Rowe (#05), Ryan Hackett (#76)

Meijer 300[edit]

The Meijer 300 presented by Oreo was held on June 14 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. 18-year-old phenom Joey Logano won the pole. From the drop of the green, Logano and teammate Kyle Busch dominated the race, leading a combined total of 116 laps, with Busch leading a race high 85 laps. It would be the Logano and Busch show until lap 163 when Busch spun coming out of turn 2. From there, Logano went on to win the race, becoming the youngest winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at only 18 years and 21 days, beating Casey Atwood's long standing record of 18 years, 10 months and 9 days set when he won at Milwaukee in 1999.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 20 Joey Logano (R) Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3 7 Mike Wallace Toyota Germain Racing
4 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
5 40 Bryan Clauson (R) Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
6 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford JTG Racing
7 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
9 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 11 Jason Keller Chevrolet CJM Racing
Average race speed: 135.508 mph (218.079 km/h)
Lead changes: 14 among 8 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 25 laps

Failed to Qualify: Danny O'Quinn (#05)

Camping World RV Rental 250[edit]

The Camping World RV Rental 250 was held on June 21 at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin. The defending 2007 NASCAR Busch Series champion, Carl Edwards, won the event, end his 36-winless streak drought. Edwards had start in the back, due to not making to the track for qualifying. Last week's winner, Joey Logano finished hard strong 2nd. While points leader, Clint Bowyer finished 3rd.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 20 Joey Logano (R) Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
4 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
6 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
8 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
9 11 Jason Keller Chevrolet CJM Racing
10 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
Average race speed: 91.678 mph (147.541 km/h)
Lead changes: 12 among 9 drivers
Cautions: 9 for 34 laps

Failed to Qualify: Ruben Pardo (#05), Kenny Hendrick (#31), Andy Ponstein (#02), Chad Chaffin (#55), Mike Harmon (#84)

Camping World RV Sales 200 Presented by RVs.com[edit]

The Camping World RV Sales 200 Presented by RVs.com was held on June 28 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Landon Cassill won the pole but started from the rear due to an engine change. Cassill gained 28 positions but on Lap 47 a tap from Bobby Hamilton, Jr. sent his #5 Chevy into the wall and ended his day. He finished 34th. Tony Stewart who started 8th dominated the race in the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota leading 75 of the 200 laps. Fellow Joe Gibbs driver Kyle Busch also fared well starting 4th and leading 63 laps eventually finishing 3rd. The Braun Racing #32 and #38 cars were painted black, with no sponsor decals on either cars as a symbol of mourning for the team owner's mother, Linda Braun, who died before the race. David Reutimann led 25 laps and managed a 7th place finish in his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota. Nationwide points leader Clint Bowyer started 2nd and led 36 laps before finishing 9th. Greg Biffle crashed on the last lap causing the race to end under caution with Stewart, Hamlin, and Busch claiming the top 3 spots. The race marked the first 1–2–3 Nationwide Series finish for Toyota. Stewart's win was the eighth of the season for the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 32 Denny Hamlin Toyota Braun Racing
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
4 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
5 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
8 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
9 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
Average race speed: 109.025 mph (175.459 km/h)
Lead changes: 11 among 5 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 22 laps

Failed to Qualify: Justin Hobgood (#91)

NOTE: NASCAR announced on July 2 that Chad Walter crew chief for the #5 JR Motorsports team had been fined due to a rule violation during the Nationwide Series event at New Hampshire on June 28. Walter was fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until December 31 due to the use of improper language by a crew chief during a televised interview of the race. After a wreck between Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and the #5 driver Landon Cassill, Walter said "Shit happens" in an interview with an ESPN reporter. Rick Hendrick, listed owner of the #5 Chevy, was penalized with the loss of 25 Nationwide Series car owner points while Cassill was docked 25 Nationwide Series driver points[15]

Winn-Dixie 250[edit]

The Winn-Dixie 250 Powered by Coca-Cola was held on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Denny Hamlin won the race.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet JR Motorsports
4 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
7 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
9 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
Average race speed: 155.761 mph (250.673 km/h)
Lead changes: 17 among 10 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 10 laps

Failed to Qualify: Justin Hobgood (#91), Justin Ashburn (#05)

NOTE: Race extended 5 laps / 12.5 miles due to a green-white-checker finish.

Dollar General 300[edit]

The Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola was held on July 11 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. Sprint Cup Series regular David Reutimann won the pole. Denny Hamlin started the race in 41st position after a mechanical problem in qualifying forced him to start from the rear. Hamlin rallied back and finished 2nd having one of the fastest cars near the end of the race. Tony Stewart missed a shift at the start of the race causing Kevin Harvick to slam into the back of Stewart's car taking both drivers out of contention for the win. The first caution flag flew on Lap 56 when Jason Leffler spun into the infield grass during green flag pit stops. The second caution was brought out on Lap 63 when Matt Kensth's #17 car spun coming off Turn 4. The third and final caution came out for debris from Tony Stewart's #20 car. The race stayed green setting a record average speed, Kyle Busch had a 3.120 second advantage over Denny Hamlin when he took the checkered flag. The win was Busch's fifth 2008 Nationwide victory, and the 16th of his career. The win gave Joe Gibbs Racing a series record tying 13 wins in a single season, matching in 20 races the 13 wins Richard Childress Racing scored in all of 2007.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 32 Denny Hamlin Toyota Braun Racing
3 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
4 10 Brian Vickers Toyota Braun Racing
5 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
6 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
9 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
10 5 Landon Cassill Chevrolet JR Motorsports
Average race speed:
Lead changes: 10 among 6 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 15 laps

Failed to Qualify: Jeremy Clements (#50), Robert Richardson Jr. (#23), Kevin Lepage (#43), Brian Keselowski (#92), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Chad Blount (#36), Justin Hobgood (#91)

Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250[edit]

The Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 was held on July 19 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Carl Edwards was the winner.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 11 Jason Keller Chevrolet CJM Racing
4 10 Jason Leffler Toyoyta Braun Racing
5 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
6 5 Landon Cassill(R) Chevrolet JR Motorsports
7 32 James Buescher Toyota Braun Racing
8 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
9 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace Inc.
10 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
Average race speed: 108.095 MPH
Lead changes: 12 among 9 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 25 laps

Failed to Qualify: Andy Ponstein (#02), Danny Efland (#01), Kevin Lepage (#84), Nick Tucker (#57)

Kroger 200[edit]

The Kroger 200 was held on July 26 at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Indiana. Kyle Busch was the overall winner.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 16 Colin Braun Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
4 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 22 Josh Wise Dodge Fitz Motorsports
6 33 Cale Gale(R) Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Inc.
7 5 Landon Cassill(R) Chevrolet JR Motorsports
8 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
9 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Rusty Wallace Inc.
Average race speed: 80.522 MPH
Lead changes: 4 among 3 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 35 laps

Failed to Qualify: Andy Ponstein (#02), Charles Lewandoski (#36), Chad Beahr (#57)

NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge[edit]

The NAPA Auto Parts 200 was held on August 2 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The race became the first NASCAR race in history to be run in the rain, as cars were fitted with rain tires and windshield-wipers. Despite these, the race was eventually red-flagged and was soon called after 48 of the scheduled 74 laps. Canadian Ron Fellows was declared the winner.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos Car # Driver Make Team
1 5 Ron Fellows Chevrolet JR Motorsports
2 9 Patrick Carpentier Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
3 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford JTG Daugherty Racing
4 33 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
5 25 Boris Said Ford Team Rensi Motorsports
6 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
8 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Rusty Wallace Racing
Average race speed: 50.149 MPH
Lead changes: 3 among 3 drivers
Cautions: 4 for 12 laps

Failed to Qualify: Kevin O'Connell (09)

Zippo 200 at the Glen[edit]

The Zippo 200 was held on August 9 at Watkins Glen International. Marcos Ambrose was the overall winner, becoming the first Australian winner in NASCAR history.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos Car # Driver Make Team
1 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford JTG Daugherty Racing
2 92 Kyle Busch Toyota D'Hondt Motorsports
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Incorporated
5 40 Dario Franchitti Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
6 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
7 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
8 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
9 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 27 Brad Coleman Ford Baker Curb Racing
Average race speed: 85.954 MPH
Lead changes: 11 among 9 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 15 laps

Failed to Qualify: Burney Lamar (05), Kenny Hendrick (31), Derrike Cope (49), Larry Gunselman (0), Alex Garcia (98)

Carfax 250[edit]

The Carfax 250 was held on August 16 at Michigan International Speedway.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Braun Racing
3 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
4 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet JR Motorsports
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
7 18 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
8 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
9 47 Kelly Bires Ford JTG Daugherty Racing
10 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
Average race Speed: 136.571 MPH
Lead changes: 10 among 6 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 21 laps

Failed to Qualify: Larry Gunselman (0), Kertus Davis (49), Michael Guerity (57), Jeremy Clements (50)

Food City 250[edit]

The Food City 250 was held on August 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski was the overall winner.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
2 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 33 Cale Gale Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Inc.
5 64 David Stremme Dodge Rusty Wallace Racing
6 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
8 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
9 10 Brian Vickers Toyota Braun Racing
10 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Rusty Wallace Inc.
Average race speed: 93.509 MPH
Lead changes: 4 among 3 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 35 laps

Camping World RV Sales 200[edit]

The Camping World RV Sales 200 was held September 20 at Dover International Speedway. Kyle Busch won the pole and then went on to win the race.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
3 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
4 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 32 Denny Hamlin Toyota Braun Racing
7 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
8 17 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
Average race speed: 107.084 mph (172.335 km/h)
Lead changes: 5 among 4 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 34 laps

Did not Qualify: N/A

Kansas Lottery 300[edit]

The Kansas Lottery 300 was held at September 27 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Denny Hamlin is the race winner.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
7 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
8 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
10 47 Kelly Bires Ford JTG Racing
Average race speed: 122.296 mph (196.816 km/h)
Lead changes: 10 among 8 drivers
Cautions: 6 for 31 laps

Dollar General 300[edit]

The Dollar General 300 was held on October 10 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Kyle Busch was the winner.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Braun Racing
4 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick Inc.
7 47 Kelly Bires Ford JTG Racing
8 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
9 17 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 7 Mike Wallace Toyota Germain Racing
Average race speed: 103.647 mph (166.804 km/h)
Lead changes: 12 among 7 drivers
Cautions: 13 for 58 laps

Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 presented by the Southern Dodge Dealers[edit]

The Kroger On Track for the Cure 250 was held on October 25 at Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, Tennessee suburb of Memphis. Carl Edwards was the winner. Kenny Wallace suffered a 100 point penalty for unapproved adjustments found in his car during post race inspection.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
3 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Jay Robinson Racing
4 21 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
6 9 Chase Miller Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
7 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
8 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
10 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
Average race speed: 88.783 mph (142.882 km/h)
Lead changes: 2 among 3 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 39 laps

Did Not Qualify:#90-Johnny Chapman; #30-Stanton Barrett; #09-John Wes Townley; #0-Larry Gunselman; #56-Travis Kittleson; #75-Tim Weaver.

O'Reilly Challenge[edit]

The O'Reilly Challenge was held on November 1 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas suburb of Dallas. Kyle Busch was the winner.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet JR Motorsports
4 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
5 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
8 99 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
9 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford JTG Racing
10 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Rusty Wallace, Inc.
Average race speed: 140.9 mph (226.8 km/h)
Lead changes: 10 among 4 drivers
Cautions: 5 for 20 laps

Did Not Qualify:#89-Morgan Shepherd, #05-Burney Lamar, #09-John Wes Townley, #31-Kenny Hendrick, #91-Justin Hobgood, #78-Johnny Sauter, #84-Mike Harmon.

Hefty Odor Block 200[edit]

The Hefty Odor Block 200 was held on November 8 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona suburb of Phoenix. Carl Edwards was the winner.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 18 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
4 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 32 Kyle Busch Toyota Braun Racing
6 5 Landon Cassill (R) Chevrolet JR Motorsports
7 17 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
9 7 Mike Wallace Toyota Germain Racing
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
Average race speed: 95.374 mph (153.490 km/h)
Lead changes: 6 among 6 drivers
Cautions: 9 for 41 laps

Ford 300[edit]

The Ford 300 was held November 15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida, a suburb of Miami.Edwards wins the race. Clint Bowyer wins his first championship.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 60 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
4 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
5 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
6 21 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 32 Denny Hamlin Toyota Braun Racing
8 5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet JR Motorsports
9 6 Kelly Bires Ford JTG Racing
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
Average race speed: 117.340 mph (188.840 km/h)
Lead changes: 10 among 8 drivers
Cautions: 8 for 38 laps

Did Not Qualify:#30-Stanton Barrett, #05-Casey Atwood, #35-Danny O'Quinn, Jr., #70-Mark Green, #23-Robert Richardson Jr., #09-John Wes Townley, #73-Kevin Lepage, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #78-Derrike Cope.

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