2008 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
|Race 21 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
Pocono Raceway, the race track where the race was held.
|Date||August 3, 2008|
|Location||Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 80.1 °F (26.7 °C); average wind speeds of 17.1 miles per hour (27.5 km/h) with 0.23 inches (0.58 cm) of rain within 24 hours of the race|
|Average speed||130.567 miles per hour (210.127 km/h)|
|Driver||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Mark Martin||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett|
The 2008 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500, the twenty-first race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and was held on August 3 of that year at Pocono Raceway in the village of Long Pond, Pennsylvania. ESPN carried the race beginning at 1 PM US EDT and MRN along with Sirius Satellite Radio had radio coverage of the 500 miles (800 km) race starting at 1:15 PM US EDT. The race was sponsored by Sunoco through its official NASCAR gasoline sponsorship and will benefit the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter (covering Philadelphia and the surrounding five-county region), and marked the first time since 1996 that a race at the 2.5 miles (4.0 km) track has had a corporate sponsor.
- According to ESPN.com, Ryan Newman has reached a verbal agreement with Stewart Haas Racing for the 2009 season, and will more than likely drive the #4 car (either the current #66 or the current #70 car.)
- Terry Labonte will pinch hit this week for Patrick Carpentier in the #10 Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge while Chad McCumbee will drive the #45 Petty Enterprises ride. Carpentier is running in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 on Saturday (8/2) in Montreal, Quebec.
After "Happy Hour" was washed out on Saturday due to rain, a mandatory caution would be flying at Lap 20, however two accidents predated them. A rain delay held up the race with 69 laps left, and Carl Edwards would win his fourth race of the season.
Failed to Qualify: Chad Chaffin (#34).
- "2008 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- Pocono race renamed Sunoco Presents The American Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Presented By Cheez-Its