2008 Pepsi 500

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2008 Pepsi 500
Race details
Race 25 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Auto Club Speedway, the race track where the race was held.
Auto Club Speedway, the race track where the race was held.
Date August 31, 2008 (2008-08-31)
Location Auto Club Speedway Fontana, California
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.23 km)
Distance 250 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures approaching an average of 76.9 °F (24.9 °C); wind speeds up to 15.9 miles per hour (25.6 km/h)[1]
Average speed 138.857 miles per hour (223.469 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 39.912
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 228
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2008 Pepsi 500 was the twenty-fifth race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the next-to-last race to determine the twelve drivers to compete in the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The 500 miles (800 km) race was held on Sunday night, August 31 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. ESPN carried the race beginning at 7 PM US EDT and MRN along with Sirius Satellite Radio having radio coverage starting at 7:15 PM US EDT. This year marked the final time that this race would be run on Labor Day Weekend. In 2009, this race will move into the current spot occupied to Talladega Superspeedway as part of the NASCAR 2009 realignment.

Pre-Race News[edit]


Jimmie Johnson took the top position for the fourth time this season and 17th in his career, and A. J. Allmendinger closed fast to take the other front row spot, edging Johnson's Hendrick teammate, Jeff Gordon.

Failed to qualify: Tony Raines (#70).


A caution came out early in the race due to debris when one of the track's caution lights fell onto the track itself. Another caution came out on lap 43 when Kurt Busch spun due to tire tread separation on his left rear tire. The fourth caution came out when Joe Nemechek over corrected for over steer and hit the wall. The fifth caution came out around lap 102 due to debris on the track. The sixth caution on 160 was also due debris that was from a small piece of another caution light falling on the track. The seventh caution came out with 70 laps to go due to Robby Gordon spinning out. The eighth caution came out due to Marcos Ambrose's car hitting a wall, after which Jimmie Johnson won the race, leading 228 of 250 laps. Three drivers - Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Burton - all locked up spots in the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Greg Biffle, who finished second, also all but wrapped up a spot in the Chase as well, and all he'll have to do is qualify his car and start in Richmond next week.

Polesitter Johnson dominated, leading 238 out of 250 laps to score his 36th victory at the venue where he scored his first just more than six years prior.

Post-race temperatures got as low as 61.9 °F (16.6 °C); a radical shift from the high temperatures witnessed prior to the race.[1]


Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Car Make Team
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
4 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
9 44 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
10 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing


  1. ^ a b "2008 Pepsi 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
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