2008 Food City 500

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2008 Food City 500
Race details
Race 5 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
2008 Food City 500 program cover
2008 Food City 500 program cover
Date March 16, 2008 (2008-March-16)
Location Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.857 km)
Distance 506 laps, 269.698 mi (434.036 km)
Scheduled Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.89 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 53.6 °F (12.0 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)[1]
Average speed 89.775 miles per hour (144.479 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 2007 Owner's Points
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 267
Winner
No. 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2008 Food City 500 was the fifth race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and it was held on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. This race aired on Fox starting at 1:30 PM US EDT with radio coverage handled by Performance Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio with programming starting at 1 PM US EDT. The race marked the last race utilizing the 2007 Top 35 owners points exemption. Starting with the Goody's Cool Orange 500 on March 30 each week's Top 35 teams will be exempt.

The race marked the 676th and final career points start for Dale Jarrett, who made one final start in the Sprint All-Star Race XXIV. Dale's father, Ned, himself a former series champion and television commentator, waved the green flag for his son's final race. Starting on March 30 David Reutimann became the new driver of the #44 car, while Michael McDowell made his debut in the #00 car.

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying was canceled due to rain on March 14 so the field was set by the rulebook for the second (and final) time this year using the 2007 Owners' points. As a result, Jimmie Johnson was on the pole.

Race[edit]

Jarrett started deep in the field and fell one lap down to the leader just before the first competition caution on lap 50. That caution was brought out because the track surface had been washed clean by a rain the previous night. He finished 37th.

Drivers that spun out include Kyle Busch (while in the lead) and Robby Gordon. The only car in the 43 car field that wasn't running at the end was driven by Brian Vickers.

With two laps left, Kevin Harvick bobbled entering a turn and pushed up into second place Tony Stewart. Stewart hit the wall, bringing out a caution, and finished as the last car on the lead lap in 14th. Denny Hamlin was leading at the time but he suddenly slowed after he had fuel pickup problems and quickly faded to finish eighth. The race went six laps past its scheduled length due to the green-white-checker finish rule, and was won by Jeff Burton. Richard Childress Racing finished 1-2-3 for the first time in team history, with Harvick finishing second and Clint Bowyer third.

Results[edit]

POS[2] ST # DRIVER SPONSOR / OWNER CAR LAPS MONEY STATUS LED PTS
1 8 31   Jeff Burton AT&T Mobility   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 506 209558 running 2 190
2 10 29   Kevin Harvick Shell / Pennzoil   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 506 167011 running 32 175
3 3 07   Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 506 139125 running 81 170
4 14 16   Greg Biffle Jackson Hewitt   (Jack Roush) Ford 506 123525 running 0 160
5 15 88   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. National Guard / AMP Energy   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 506 106475 running 0 155
6 12 11   Denny Hamlin FedEx Express   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 506 128591 running 98 155
7 20 9   Kasey Kahne Budweiser   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 506 122916 running 0 146
8 16 8   Aric Almirola U.S. Army   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 506 126483 running 0 142
9 32 38   David Gilliland FreeCreditReport.com   (Yates Racing) Ford 506 116083 running 0 138
10 4 17   Matt Kenseth Dish Network   (Jack Roush) Ford 506 139016 running 0 134
11 2 24   Jeff Gordon DuPont   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 506 135636 running 0 130
12 36 2   Kurt Busch Miller Lite   (Roger Penske) Dodge 506 91825 running 0 127
13 11 1   Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 506 122133 running 0 124
14 6 20   Tony Stewart Home Depot   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 506 139911 running 267 131
15 21 42   Juan Pablo Montoya Texaco / Havoline   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 505 118633 running 0 118
16 9 99   Carl Edwards Office Depot   (Jack Roush) Ford 504 133125 running 0 115
17 22 18   Kyle Busch M&M's   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 504 97000 running 7 117
18 1 48   Jimmie Johnson Lowe's   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 504 139186 running 14 114
19 27 19   Elliott Sadler Stanley   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 504 114970 running 0 106
20 39 00   David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 504 106308 running 0 103
21 24 6   David Ragan AAA Insurance   (Jack Roush) Ford 504 96900 running 0 100
22 31 66   Scott Riggs Haas Automation   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 503 101958 running 0 97
23 40 55   Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 503 96833 running 5 99
24 28 7   Robby Gordon RVs.com   (Robby Gordon) Dodge 503 104897 running 0 91
25 25 96   J.J. Yeley DLP HDTV   (Jeff Moorad) Toyota 503 95575 running 0 88
26 17 01   Regan Smith Principal Financial Group   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 503 96350 running 0 85
27 30 28   Travis Kvapil 11 Million   (Yates Racing) Ford 503 113814 running 0 82
28 35 45   Kyle Petty Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 501 86450 running 0 79
29 7 77   Sam Hornish, Jr. Mobil 1   (Roger Penske) Dodge 501 128925 running 0 76
30 33 70   Jeremy Mayfield Haas Automation   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 500 86000 running 0 73
31 23 41   Reed Sorenson Target / Polaroid   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 500 109414 running 0 70
32 29 15   Paul Menard Menards / Peak   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 499 90125 running 0 67
33 13 12   Ryan Newman Alltel   (Roger Penske) Dodge 499 124150 running 0 64
34 34 22   Dave Blaney Caterpillar   (Bill Davis) Toyota 498 82975 running 0 61
35 42 78   Joe Nemechek Furniture Row / Denver Mattress   (Barney Visser) Chevrolet 498 81975 running 0 58
36 26 40   Dario Franchitti The Hartford   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 497 89925 running 0 55
37 37 44   Dale Jarrett UPS   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 496 81875 running 0 52
38 19 43   Bobby Labonte Cheerios / Betty Crocker   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 489 118761 running 0 49
39 38 83   Brian Vickers Red Bull   (Dietrich Mateschitz) Toyota 486 81775 crash 0 46
40 43 84   Mike Skinner Red Bull   (Dietrich Mateschitz) Toyota 441 81700 running 0 43
41 41 49   Ken Schrader Qtrax.com   (Beth Ann Morgenthau) Dodge 420 81625 running 0 40
42 5 5   Casey Mears Carquest / Kellogg's   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 417 99540 running 0 37
43 18 26   Jamie McMurray Crown Royal   (Jack Roush) Ford 373 89000 running 0 34
Failed to qualify
POS NAME NBR SPONSOR OWNER CAR
44 Jeff Green 21 Ford / Motorcraft Wood Brothers Ford
45 John Andretti 34 Thompson Metal Services Bob Jenkins Chevrolet
46 Patrick Carpentier 10 Charter Communications Gillett-Evernham Motorsports Dodge

Failed to make race due to cancellation of qualifying: Patrick Carpentier (#10), Jeff Green (#21), John Andretti (#34).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 Food City 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  2. ^ "Race Results". Racing-Reference (in American English). Retrieved 2021-05-29.
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