2008 Coca-Cola 600

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2008 Coca-Cola 600
Race details
Race 12 of 36[1] in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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Date May 25, 2008 (2008-May-25)
Official name Coca-Cola 600
Location Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965.606 km)
Weather Warm with temperatures approaching 79 °F (26 °C); wind speeds up to 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)[2]
Average speed 135.772 miles per hour (218.504 km/h)
Attendance 160,000
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 29.121
Most laps led
Driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 76
Winner
No. 9 Kasey Kahne Gillett Evernham Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
Radio in the United States
Radio Performance Racing Network

The 2008 Coca-Cola 600, the 49th running of the event, was a NASCAR stock car race held on May 25, 2008, at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The race was the twelfth stock car race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The 400-lap race was won by Kasey Kahne of the Gillett Evernham Motorsports team, who started from the 2nd position. Greg Biffle finished second and Kyle Busch came in third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Lowe's Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

The Coca-Cola 600 was the twelfth scheduled stock car race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, out of 36, and the 49th iteration of the event. It was held on May 25, 2008, at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.[3] Lowe's Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located thirteen miles from Charlotte, North Carolina in Concord, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad-oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, the Nextel All-Star Challenge, and the Bank of America 500. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR.[4] The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI). Following the 2008 Coca-Cola 600, Humpy Wheeler retired as track president.[5]

Qualification[edit]

There were a total of three practice sessions prior to the race. During the first session on Thursday, May 22, 2008, David Ragan had the fastest speed at 181.622 mph.[6] Before Saturday's first practice session, both Haas CNC Racing cars - the No. 66 of Scott Riggs and the No. 70 Johnny Sauter - were impounded by NASCAR officials and taken to the research and development center for illegal wing adjustments. As a result, they were forced to drive backup cars and start at the rear of the starting lineup. Both teams were also charged a US $100,000 fine in addition to having their crew chiefs suspended for the next six races starting at Dover and running through Daytona.[7]

The second practice session took place on Saturday, May 24, 2008, with Greg Biffle taking the top position with a speed of 180.282 mph.[8] Brian Vickers had the fastest practice speed at 180.735 mph during the third and final practice session on Saturday.[9] Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole, currently known as the Busch Pole Award, with a speed of 185.433 mph for his second pole of 2008 and the fourth of his career.[10] He began on P-1 with Sprint All-Star Race XXIV champion Kasey Kahne next to him filling out the front row.

Failed to Qualify: Jeff Green (No. 34), Stanton Barrett (No. 50), Jon Wood (No. 21), Joe Nemechek (No. 78) and Tony Raines (No. 08).[11]

Race[edit]

The 2008 Coca-Cola 600 began with a scheduled green flag at 5:45 p.m. EST. The race award was set at approximately $6,648,557.[10] The Car of Tomorrow had a successful race following its initial introduction at the 2007 Food City 500, and a record number of green flag passes was set with the average green flag run lasting 29.2 laps.[3] Kyle Busch led for the first 33 laps and lost his lead to Brian Vickers until a cut tire sent Vickers into the turn 4 wall while leading the field by an entire backstretch. Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, and Busch then traded the lead amongst themselves several times after Vickers fell out of contention. Kurt Busch held the longest lead of the race from laps 67 to 119 which totaled to 53 laps led in one consecutive run.[3] Dale Earnhardt Jr. maintained the most laps led throughout at 76 laps. There was a total of 39 lead changes during the race with 16 different drivers leading a lap.[10] Johnson, who was leading late in the race, fell out of the race after experiencing engine failure that caused him to finish 39th. Robby Gordon and Patrick Carpentier also had engine trouble, and Paul Menard was eliminated from the running due to his car overheating. Approximately 12.5% of the race was run under caution, including five turning related accidents and three cautions citing debris.[3]

After pit stops cycled through with 10 laps to go, Tony Stewart led the 2nd place car of Kasey Kahne by a large margin. Stewart cut a tire while leading with 2 laps to go, putting the victory in the lap of Kahne. With his eighth career win, Kahne completed the Charlotte sweep by following up his 2008 Sprint All-Star Race win with a win in the 600. Kahne's margin of victory was 10.203 seconds.[3] This was his first win in 2008—ending his 52 race winless drought.[10] Greg Biffle finished 2nd, Busch finished 3rd, while Jeff Gordon and Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the Top 5. The total race time was 4:25:09.[3]

Live television coverage of the 2008 Coca-Cola 600 began at 6:30 p.m. EDT in the United States on Fox. Radio coverage was handled by Sirius Satellite Radio and the Speedway Motorsports, Inc.-owned Performance Racing Network on terrestrial radio stations.[10]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No. Driver Manufacturer Speed Time
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 185.433 29.121
2 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 185.300 29.142
3 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 185.249 29.150
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 184.969 29.194
5 6 David Ragan Ford 184.470 29.273
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 184.439 29.278
7 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet 184.181 29.319
8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 184.106 29.331
9 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 183.974 29.352
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 183.924 29.360
11 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 183.842 29.373
12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 183.780 29.383
13 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 183.673 29.400
14 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 183.617 29.409
15 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 183.580 29.415
16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 183.455 29.435
17 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 183.443 29.437
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 183.436 29.438
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 183.430 29.439
20 77 Sam Hornish Jr Dodge 183.349 29.452
21 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet 183.275 29.464
22 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 183.212 29.474
23 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 183.200 29.476
24 1 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 183.169 29.481
25 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet 183.132 29.487
26 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 183.057 29.499
27 84 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 182.852 29.532
28 44 David Reutimann Toyota 182.729 29.552
29 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 182.692 29.558
30 99 Carl Edwards Ford 182.168 29.643
31 20 Tony Stewart Toyota 182.113 29.652
32 38 David Gilliland Ford 182.020 29.667
33 33 Ken Schrader Chevrolet 181.984 29.673
34 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge 181.867 29.692
35 96 JJ Yeley Toyota 181.726 29.715
36 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 181.714 29.717
37 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet 181.702 29.719
38 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 181.531 29.747
39 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 181.482 29.755
40 00 Michael McDowell Toyota 181.464 29.758
41 28 Travis Kvapil Ford 180.156 29.974
42 42 Juan Montoya Dodge 179.521 30.080
43 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 181.446 29.761

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Race[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Run Points
1 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 400 190
2 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 175
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 170
4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 160
5 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 165
6 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 155
7 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 151
8 19 Elliott Sadler Evernham Motorsports Dodge 400 147
9 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 138
10 44 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 400 134
11 43 Bobby Labonte Petty Enterprises Dodge 400 130
12 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 132
13 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 400 124
14 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 121
15 8 Mark Martin Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 400 118
16 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 400 120
17 22 Dave Blaney Bill Davis Racing Toyota 400 117
18 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 399 114
19 01 Regan Smith Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 399 106
20 84 AJ Allmendinger Dietrich Mateschitz Toyota 399 103
21 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge 399 105
22 41 Reed Sorenson Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 399 97
23 26 Jamie McMurray Roush Fenway Racing Ford 399 94
24 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 399 96
25 07 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 398 88
26 28 Travis Kvapil Yates Racing Ford 398 85
27 55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 397 82
28 66 Scott Riggs Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 397 79
29 5 Casey Mears Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 396 81
30 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 396 73
31 40 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 396 70
32 00 Michael McDowell Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 395 67
33 33 Ken Schrader Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 395 64
34 1 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 395 61
35 70 Johnny Sauter Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 395 58
36 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 389 55
37 10 Patrick Carpentier Evernham Motorsports Dodge 363 52
38 96 J.J. Yeley Hall of Fame Racing Toyota 353 49
39 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 351 51
40 38 David Gilliland Yates Racing Ford 343 43
41 15 Paul Menard Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 244 40
42 83 Brian Vickers Dietrich Mateschitz Toyota 184 42
43 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Dodge 181 34

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Post-race standings[edit]

Rank Driver Points
1 Kyle Busch 1860
2 Jeff Burton 1766 (-94)
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1721 (-139)
4 Denny Hamlin 1596 (-264)
5 Clint Bowyer 1578 (-282)
6 Carl Edwards 1538 (-322)
7 Kevin Harvick 1517 (-343)
8 Tony Stewart 1511 (-349)
9 Jimmie Johnson 1493 (-367)
10 Jeff Gordon 1486 (-374)
11 Greg Biffle 1483 (-377)
12 Kasey Kahne 1454 (-406)
13 David Ragan 1398 (-462)
14 Ryan Newman 1369 (-491)
15 Martin Truex Jr. 1291 (-569)
16 Matt Kenseth 1264 (-596)
17 Juan Pablo Montoya 1263 (-597)
18 Bobby Labonte 1258 (-602)
19 Travis Kvapil 1240 (-620)
20 Brian Vickers 1203 (-657)

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References[edit]

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