2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400

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2008 Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400
Race details
Race 10 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 program cover
2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 program cover
Date May 3, 2008 (2008-May-03)
Official name Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400
Location Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.75 mi (1.207 km)
Distance 410 laps, 307.5 mi (494.873 km)
Scheduled Distance 400 laps, 300 mi (482.803 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching as low as 57 °F (14 °C); wind speeds up to 18.1 miles per hour (29.1 km/h)[1]
Average speed 95.786 miles per hour (154.153 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 21.395
Most laps led
Driver Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 381
Winner
No. 07 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2008 Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 was the tenth stock car race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The event was held on May 3, 2008, before a crowd of 112,000, at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Originally scheduled for 400 laps, Clint Bowyer won the race after a late caution and subsequent green–white–checker finish extended the race to 410 laps.

Summary[edit]

The race was telecast on Fox starting at 7:45 pm US EDT, with radio coverage on Sirius Satellite Radio and MRN beginning at 7:30 pm US EDT. The race is named for Columbiana, Ohio resident Dan Lowry, who was the winner of an essay contest sponsored by race sponsor Crown Royal whisky. Clint Bowyer won the race.

Pre-race news[edit]

Race[edit]

The action came with 48 laps left. While Denny Hamlin who dominated the race, led on a fuel crisis, the caution flew for Casey Mears' crash. The crash involved Michael Waltrip in his self-owned #55 Toyota. The replays showed that Mears accidentally forced Waltrip into scraping across the wall. Then instantly afterwards Michael Waltrip pushed Mears around. These hits on Mears' rear caused him to eventually hit the wall nearly head-on. For the shove Waltrip was parked by NASCAR.

Denny Hamlin led 381 laps until a cut tire and a pit road penalty ended his day. On lap 398, Kyle Busch, spun Dale Earnhardt Jr. into the wall, triggering an enormous amount of controversy over the matter and intense boos from the crowd, as Earnhardt was extremely popular due to his family relations with his famous father Dale Sr. Although many fans felt that Busch intentionally caused the accident, years later on Dirty Mo Radio Earnhardt would later address the incident and state that Busch did not intentionally cause the wreck.[2] He would say that "Even in the moment, I knew that it wasn't [Busch] turning me on purpose." Earnhardt had said that Busch had simply had wanted to get a better run off of the corner, but had gotten loose and spun him. At the next Richmond race, Earnhardt would seem to get payback on Busch, as on lap 212 Earnhardt spun Busch heading into Turn 1.

However, Clint Bowyer surged in front of Busch before the caution flag was thrown. Bowyer was able to hold off Busch and Mark Martin to score his second career cup win, despite leading only two laps. His win was the last one when numbered 07, and his win brought Chevrolet to having the most NASCAR wins in history.

Results[edit]

POS[3] ST # DRIVER SPONSOR / OWNER CAR LAPS MONEY STATUS LED PTS
1 31 07   Clint Bowyer BB&T   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 410 226550 running 13 190
2 7 18   Kyle Busch Pedigree   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 410 171100 running 0 170
3 2 8   Mark Martin U.S. Army   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 410 174108 running 0 165
4 15 20   Tony Stewart Home Depot   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 410 157911 running 0 160
5 3 1   Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 410 133708 running 0 155
6 10 12   Ryan Newman Alltel   (Roger Penske) Dodge 410 137975 running 0 150
7 19 99   Carl Edwards Office Depot   (Jack Roush) Ford 410 131375 running 0 146
8 11 29   Kevin Harvick Shell / Pennzoil   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 410 125411 running 0 142
9 28 24   Jeff Gordon DuPont   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 410 126186 running 0 138
10 9 9   Kasey Kahne Budweiser   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 410 113741 running 0 134
11 33 31   Jeff Burton AT&T Mobility   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 410 119658 running 0 130
12 5 41   Reed Sorenson Target   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 410 104464 running 0 127
13 39 43   Bobby Labonte Speed Racer / Cheerios   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 410 113011 running 0 124
14 23 16   Greg Biffle Dish Network / Dish DVRs   (Jack Roush) Ford 410 84575 running 0 121
15 22 88   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. National Guard / AMP Energy   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 410 83000 running 15 123
16 34 28   Travis Kvapil Discount Tire   (Yates Racing) Ford 410 101089 running 0 115
17 13 6   David Ragan AAA Insurance   (Jack Roush) Ford 409 80850 running 0 112
18 17 22   Dave Blaney Caterpillar   (Bill Davis) Toyota 408 90383 running 0 109
19 30 66   Scott Riggs Haas Automation   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 408 88158 running 0 106
20 8 19   Elliott Sadler Stanley   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 408 100470 running 0 103
21 26 01   Regan Smith Steak-umm Burgers   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 408 81000 running 0 100
22 14 44   David Reutimann UPS   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 407 71275 running 0 97
23 35 77   Sam Hornish, Jr. Mobil 1   (Roger Penske) Dodge 407 113650 running 0 94
24 1 11   Denny Hamlin FedEx Express   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 407 123166 running 381 101
25 41 09   Sterling Marlin Miccosukee Resorts & Gaming   (James Finch) Chevrolet 407 67975 running 0 0
26 38 7   Robby Gordon Charter Communications   (Robby Gordon) Dodge 406 92608 running 0 85
27 42 45   Kyle Petty Paralyzed Veterans of America   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 406 81858 running 0 82
28 32 83   Brian Vickers Red Bull   (Dietrich Mateschitz) Toyota 406 70075 running 0 79
29 36 78   Joe Nemechek Furniture Row Racing   (Barney Visser) Chevrolet 406 66950 running 0 76
30 12 48   Jimmie Johnson Lowe's   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 400 121411 running 0 73
31 25 15   Paul Menard Menards / Moen   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 397 77150 running 0 70
32 6 42   Juan Pablo Montoya Texaco / Havoline   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 389 94408 running 0 67
33 37 70   Johnny Sauter Haas Automation   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 374 67325 running 0 64
34 43 96   J.J. Yeley DLP HDTV   (Jeff Moorad) Toyota 365 74250 running 0 61
35 20 26   Jamie McMurray Crown Royal   (Jack Roush) Ford 364 74125 crash 0 58
36 16 5   Casey Mears Kellogg's / Carquest   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 354 83975 crash 0 55
37 27 55   Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 352 75397 parked 0 52
38 24 17   Matt Kenseth DeWalt NANO Technology   (Jack Roush) Ford 345 113366 running 0 49
39 18 84   A.J. Allmendinger Red Bull   (Dietrich Mateschitz) Toyota 259 65600 crash 1 51
40 29 00   Michael McDowell Aaron's Dream Machine   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 258 65475 crash 0 43
41 40 38   David Gilliland FreeCreditReport.com   (Yates Racing) Ford 229 65330 crash 0 40
42 21 2   Kurt Busch Miller Lite   (Roger Penske) Dodge 229 65205 crash 0 37
43 4 10   Patrick Carpentier LifeLock   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 228 65471 crash 0 34
Failed to qualify
POS NAME NBR SPONSOR OWNER CAR
44 Ken Schrader 40 Kennametal Felix Sabates Dodge
45 Scott Wimmer 33 Camping World / RVs.com Richard Childress Chevrolet
46 John Andretti 34 Long John Silver's Bob Jenkins Chevrolet
47 Jon Wood 21 U.S. Air Force Wood Brothers Ford

References[edit]

  1. ^ Complete weather information at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ Martinelli, Michelle R. (April 18, 2018). "Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch rehash bitter details of decade-old feud". usatoday.com. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  3. ^ "Race Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
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