2008 AMP Energy 500

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2008 AMP Energy 500
Race details
Race 30 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway
Date October 5, 2008 (2008-October-05)
Official name AMP Energy 500
Location Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
Course Permanent racing facility
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 82.9 °F (28.3 °C); wind speeds up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)[1]
Pole position
Driver Yates Racing
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 24
No. 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Jerry Punch
Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree

The 2008 AMP Energy 500, was race number thirty of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the fourth event of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.


It was held on October 5 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, and marked the only race in the Championship Chase to utilize restrictor plates on the 2.66 miles (4.28 km) track. ABC telecast the 188-lap, 500.8 miles (806.0 km) race beginning at 1 pm US EDT and MRN along with Sirius Satellite Radio had radio coverage starting at 1:15 PM US EDT. This marked the last time the race will be run in an early October spot, as in 2009, the race will be held in the slot formerly occupied by the Atlanta Motor Speedway event.

Pre-Race news[edit]


Talladega is known for its surprise pole sitters, and this time, Travis Kvapil would wind up sitting on the pole position with a lap time of 51.109 seconds and a speed of 187.364 mph.

Race Recap[edit]

The big one happened on lap 68, when Brian Vickers cut a tire and tapped Martin Truex Jr. into the middle of the field. The second occurred with 16 laps to go. Carl Edwards bumped Greg Biffle into Matt Kenseth. Edwards appeared to have gotten through, but Biffle and Kenseth came back up the track, tapped Edwards, and Edwards crashed into Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick. 18 cars were involved. When the race was extended due to the green-white-checker finish rule, it appeared that Regan Smith had won the race. However,[2] Smith had made an illegal pass below the yellow out-of-bounds line, an off-limits area at restrictor plate tracks Talladega and Daytona, and NASCAR awarded Stewart the win, his first in 43 races, and his first win in 20 attempts at Talladega. Smith was placed 18th by NASCAR, last on the lead lap. In addition, the lead changed hands 65 times officially among 28 drivers, setting a new series record for the most drivers leading a lap in a single race, and many more times unofficially during each lap.

Top Ten Finishers
(Chase Drivers highlighted in yellow)
Pos. Car # Driver Car Make Team
1 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
3 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
6 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Petty Enterprises
7 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas CNC Racing
8 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Robby Gordon Motorsports
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports

Failed to qualify: Sam Hornish, Jr.(#77), Patrick Carpentier (#10).
Notes: 1. The #08 car, to have been driven by Boris Said was withdrawn earlier in the week.
2. Race extended two laps due to green-white-checker finish rule.