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
Winner
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. This was the first points paying race without Dale Jarrett since the 1990 TranSouth 500.

Pre-Race News[edit]

Qualifying[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.

Full qualifying results[edit]

RANK[2] DRIVER NBR CAR TIME SPEED
1  Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 19.666   96.288  
2  Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 19.775   95.757  
3  Aric Almirola 8 Chevrolet 19.780   95.733  
4  David Ragan 6 Ford 19.814   95.569  
5  Jamie McMurray 26 Ford 19.830   95.492   *
6  Kasey Kahne 9 Dodge 19.831   95.487  
7  Ken Schrader 49 Toyota 19.836   95.463   *
8  Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 19.860   95.347  
9  Tony Stewart 20 Toyota 19.876   95.271  
10  Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 19.888   95.213  
11  Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 19.889   95.208  
12  Clint Bowyer 07 Chevrolet 19.889   95.208  
13  Ryan Newman 12 Dodge 19.916   95.079  
14  Travis Kvapil 28 Ford 19.920   95.060  
15  David Reutimann 44 Toyota 19.925   95.036  
16  Michael Waltrip 55 Toyota 19.926   95.032  
17  Bill Elliott 21 Ford 19.943   94.951   *
18  Dave Blaney 22 Toyota 19.959   94.874   *
19  Greg Biffle 16 Ford 19.960   94.870  
20  Kurt Busch 2 Dodge 19.968   94.832  
21  David Gilliland 38 Ford 19.968   94.832  
22  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 88 Chevrolet 19.981   94.770  
23  J.J. Yeley 96 Toyota 19.993   94.713  
24  Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 20.009   94.637  
25  Elliott Sadler 19 Dodge 20.009   94.637  
26  Sam Hornish, Jr. 77 Dodge 20.009   94.637  
27  Carl Edwards 99 Ford 20.017   94.600  
28  Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 20.018   94.595  
29  Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Dodge 20.018   94.595  
30  Mike Skinner 84 Toyota 20.025   94.562   *
31  Jeremy Mayfield 70 Chevrolet 20.029   94.543  
32  Bobby Labonte 43 Dodge 20.030   94.538  
33  Regan Smith 01 Chevrolet 20.041   94.486   *
34  Michael McDowell 00 Toyota 20.058   94.406  
35  Paul Menard 15 Chevrolet 20.066   94.369  
36  Scott Riggs 66 Chevrolet 20.078   94.312  
37  Patrick Carpentier 10 Dodge 20.081   94.298   *
38  Reed Sorenson 41 Dodge 20.115   94.139  
39  Dario Franchitti 40 Dodge 20.128   94.078   *
40  Kyle Petty 45 Dodge 20.128   94.078   *
41  Casey Mears 5 Chevrolet 20.152   93.966  
42  Brian Vickers 83 Toyota 20.217   93.664  
43  Robby Gordon 7 Dodge 20.222   93.641   OP
44  Martin Truex, Jr. 1 Chevrolet 20.225   93.627   OP
45  John Andretti 34 Chevrolet 20.251   93.506   *
46  Tony Raines 08 Dodge 20.261   93.460   *
47  Joe Nemechek 78 Chevrolet 20.311   93.230   *

OP: qualified via owners points

PC: qualified as past champion

PR: provisional

QR: via qualifying race

* - had to qualify on time

Results[edit]

POS[3] ST # DRIVER SPONSOR / OWNER CAR LAPS MONEY STATUS LED PTS
1 2 11   Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 500 207391 running 82 190
2 1 24   Jeff Gordon DuPont   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 500 159336 running 90 175
3 24 31   Jeff Burton AT&T Mobility   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 500 149308 running 37 170
4 10 48   Jimmie Johnson Lowe's   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 500 142861 running 135 165
5 9 20   Tony Stewart Home Depot   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 500 131236 running 0 155
6 22 88   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. AMP Energy / National Guard   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 500 102850 running 146 160
7 39 5   Casey Mears Kellogg's / Carquest   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 500 99475 running 0 146
8 5 26   Jamie McMurray Irwin Industrial Tools   (Jack Roush) Ford 500 91150 running 0 142
9 27 99   Carl Edwards Claritin   (Jack Roush) Ford 500 123775 running 0 138
10 12 07   Clint Bowyer BB&T   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 500 97200 running 0 134
11 4 6   David Ragan AAA Insurance   (Jack Roush) Ford 500 87200 running 0 130
12 11 29   Kevin Harvick Shell / Pennzoil   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 500 119961 running 0 127
13 29 42   Juan Pablo Montoya Wrigley's Big Red   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 500 105983 running 0 124
14 33 01   Regan Smith DEI / Principal Financial Group   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 500 86325 running 0 121
15 25 19   Elliott Sadler McDonald's   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 500 104045 running 0 118
16 35 15   Paul Menard Menards / Pittsburgh Paints   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 500 84200 running 0 115
17 6 9   Kasey Kahne Budweiser   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 500 105766 running 0 112
18 14 28   Travis Kvapil Yates Racing   (Yates Racing) Ford 499 102764 running 0 109
19 13 12   Ryan Newman Alltel   (Roger Penske) Dodge 499 118575 running 0 106
20 19 16   Greg Biffle Jackson Hewitt   (Jack Roush) Ford 499 85175 running 0 103
21 42 1   Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 499 105258 running 0 100
22 43 40   Dario Franchitti Kennametal   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 499 81925 running 0 97
23 40 83   Brian Vickers Red Bull   (Dietrich Mateschitz) Toyota 497 73625 out of fuel 0 94
24 21 38   David Gilliland FreeCreditReport.com   (Yates Racing) Ford 497 92433 running 0 91
25 32 43   Bobby Labonte Cheerios / Betty Crocker   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 497 110436 running 3 93
26 34 00   Michael McDowell Aaron's Dream Machine   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 497 88808 running 0 85
27 23 96   J.J. Yeley DLP HDTV / Queen City Electronics   (Jeff Moorad) Toyota 497 80425 running 0 82
28 26 77   Sam Hornish, Jr. Mobil 1   (Roger Penske) Dodge 497 114800 running 0 79
29 37 10   Patrick Carpentier Charter Communications   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 497 71550 running 0 76
30 28 17   Matt Kenseth DeWalt   (Jack Roush) Ford 496 117066 running 0 73
31 30 84   Mike Skinner Red Bull   (Dietrich Mateschitz) Toyota 496 68775 running 0 70
32 31 70   Jeremy Mayfield Haas Automation   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 495 68625 running 0 67
33 20 2   Kurt Busch Miller Lite   (Roger Penske) Dodge 493 68400 running 0 64
34 17 21   Bill Elliott Little Debbie Snack Cakes   (Wood Brothers) Ford 492 87570 running 0 61
35 16 55   Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 483 82383 running 0 58
36 38 41   Reed Sorenson Target / Polaroid   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 471 95389 running 0 55
37 7 49   Ken Schrader Microsoft Small Business   (Beth Ann Morgenthau) Toyota 467 79758 running 0 52
38 8 18   Kyle Busch M&M's   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 443 86050 running 0 49
39 15 44   David Reutimann UPS   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 441 68000 rear end 3 51
40 41 7   Robby Gordon Charter Communications   (Robby Gordon) Dodge 440 85472 running 0 43
41 36 66   Scott Riggs State Water Heaters   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 420 67875 running 0 40
42 3 8   Aric Almirola U.S. Army   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 379 102973 engine 0 37
43 18 22   Dave Blaney Caterpillar   (Bill Davis) Toyota 374 67246 engine 4 39
Failed to qualify
POS NAME NBR SPONSOR OWNER CAR
44 Kyle Petty 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Petty Enterprises Dodge
45 John Andretti 34 Front Row Motorsports Bob Jenkins Chevrolet
46 Tony Raines 08 Rhino's Energy Drink John Carter Dodge
47 Joe Nemechek 78 Furniture Row / DenverMattress.com Barney Visser Chevrolet

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

References[edit]

  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.
  2. ^ "Race Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
  3. ^ "Race Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
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