2008 Samsung 500

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2008 Samsung 500
Race details
Race 7 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Map of the track
Map of the track
Date April 6, 2008 (2008-April-06)
Location Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 339 laps, 508.5 mi (818.351 km)
Scheduled Distance 334 laps, 501 mi (806.281 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 81 °F (27 °C); wind speeds up to 15.9 miles per hour (25.6 km/h)[1]
Average speed 144.814 miles per hour (233.056 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
Time 28.344
Most laps led
Driver Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 123
No. 99
Carl Edwards
Roush Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2008 Samsung 500 was the seventh race for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and run on Sunday, April 6 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The race was broadcast on television by Fox starting at 1:30 PM US EDT, and broadcast via radio and Sirius Satellite Radio on the Performance Racing Network beginning at 1 PM US EDT.


Richard Childress Racing announced plans to add a fourth Sprint Cup team in 2009, with sponsorship from General Mills, coming over from Petty Enterprises on the #33 Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer was subsequently announced as the driver. On a related note for Petty Enterprises, Chad McCumbee replaced Kyle Petty in the #45 Dodge ride this week, however for the second straight race, the #45 car failed to qualify.

BAM Racing will skip both this week's race and the following race at Phoenix as their transition to Toyota has been taller than they thought.


Michael McDowell's destroyed racecar being taken away after a horrifying crash going into Turn One of the track during a qualifying round

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won his first pole as a member of Hendrick Motorsports, with a speed of just under 191 mph. However, the major story to come out of this was the spectacular crash of Michael McDowell into Turn One during his second qualifying lap in the Aaron's #00 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, plowing head-first into the SAFER barrier, causing his car to barrel-roll 8 times with fire coming from the engine compartment, yet escaping without injury, but because his primary car was destroyed, he was forced into the rear of the field in a backup.

Failed to qualify: Burney Lamar (#08), Dario Franchitti (#40), Chad McCumbee (#45).


The race was won by Carl Edwards. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin would round out the "top five" while Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer would be the remaining finishers in the "top ten" finishing order.[2]


  1. ^ "2008 Samsung 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  2. ^ "2008 Samsung 500 finishing order information". Racing Reference. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-17.