2008 Goody's Cool Orange 500

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2008 Goody's Cool Orange 500
Race details
Race 6 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
View from turn one and two bleachers
View from turn one and two bleachers
Date March 30, 2008 (2008-March-30)
Location Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.526 mi (0.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423.257 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 46 °F (8 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)[1]
Average speed 73.163 miles per hour (117.744 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 19.666
Most laps led
Driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 146
No. 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2008 Goody's Cool Orange 500 was the sixth race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and was run on Sunday, March 30, 2008 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. This race aired on Fox starting at 1:30 PM US EDT and radio was handled by Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio starting their programming at 1:15 PM US EDT. The race marked the start of the use of the 2008 Top 35 owners points exemption for each week's race for the 2008 season.

Pre-Race News[edit]


Jeff Gordon won the pole for this race, the 65th in his career. Kyle Petty, who was outside the Top 35 exemption rule, failed to qualify for a race for the first time since the 2004 season.


Top Ten Finishers
Pos Car # Driver Make Team
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
6 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
7 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
8 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Failed to qualify: Kyle Petty (#45), Tony Raines (#08), John Andretti (#34), Joe Nemechek (#78).


  1. ^ "2008 Goody's Cool Orange 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
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