2008 Samsung 500

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2008 Samsung 500
Race details
Race 7 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2008 Samsung 500 program cover
2008 Samsung 500 program cover
Date April 6, 2008 (2008-April-06)
Official name Samsung 500
Location Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 339 laps, 508.5 mi (818.351 km)
Scheduled Distance 334 laps, 501 mi (806.281 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 81 °F (27 °C); wind speeds up to 15.9 miles per hour (25.6 km/h)[1]
Average speed 144.814 miles per hour (233.056 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 28.344
Most laps led
Driver Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 123
Winner
No. 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2008 Samsung 500 was the seventh race for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and run on Sunday, April 6 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The race was broadcast on television by Fox starting at 1:30 PM US EDT, and broadcast via radio and Sirius Satellite Radio on the Performance Racing Network beginning at 1 PM US EDT.

Entry list[edit]

Car[2] Driver Hometown Make Sponsor Owner Team Crew Chief
00 Michael McDowell Phoenix, AZ Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Rob Kauffman Michael Waltrip Racing
01 Regan Smith Cato, NY Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group Teresa Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
1 Martin Truex Jr. Mayetta, NJ Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Teresa Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
2 Kurt Busch Las Vegas, NV Dodge Miller Lite Walter Czarnecki Penske Racing
5 Casey Mears Bakersfield, CA Chevrolet Cheez-It / CARQUEST Mary Hendrick Hendrick Motorsports
6 David Ragan Unadilla, GA Ford AAA Insurance Mike Dee Roush Fenway Racing
07 Clint Bowyer Emporia, KS Chevrolet Jack Daniel's Richard Childress Richard Childress Racing
7 Robby Gordon Bellflower, CA Dodge Jim Beam Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports
08 Burney Lamar West Sacramento, CA Dodge rhino's energy drink John Carter E&M Motorsports
8 Mark Martin Batesville, AR Chevrolet U.S. Army Teresa Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
9 Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA Dodge Budweiser George Gillett Jr. Gillett Evernham Motorsports
10 Patrick Carpentier Ville Lasalle, Quebec, Canada Dodge Valvoline George Gillett Jr. Gillett Evernham Motorsports
11 Denny Hamlin Chesterfield, VA Toyota FedEx Ground J.D. Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing
12 Ryan Newman South Bend, IN Dodge Samsung HDTV / Alltel Roger Penske Penske Racing
15 Paul Menard Eau Claire, WI Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards Teresa Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
16 Greg Biffle Vancouver, WA Ford DISH Network / DishDVRs Jack Roush Roush Fenway Racing
17 Matt Kenseth Cambridge, WI Ford DEWALT John Henry Roush Fenway Racing
18 Kyle Busch Las Vegas, NV Toyota Interstate Batteries Joe Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing
19 Elliott Sadler Emporia, VA Dodge Best Buy / Garmin Ray Evernham Gillett Evernham Motorsports
20 Tony Stewart Rushville, IN Toyota The Home Depot Joe Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing
21 Bill Elliott Dawsonville, GA Ford Motorcraft Glen Wood Wood Brothers Racing
22 Dave Blaney Hartford, OH Toyota Caterpillar Bill Davis Bill Davis Racing
24 Jeff Gordon Vallejo, CA Chevrolet DuPont Rick Hendrick Hendrick Motorsports
26 Jamie McMurray Joplin, MO Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Geoff Smith Roush Fenway Racing
28 Travis Kvapil Janesville, WI Ford Yates Racing Doug Yates Yates Racing
29 Kevin Harvick Bakersfield, CA Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil Richard Childress Richard Childress Racing
31 Jeff Burton South Boston, VA Chevrolet Prilosec OTC Richard Childress Richard Childress Racing
34 John Andretti Bethlehem, PA Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports Bob Jenkins Front Row Motorsports
38 David Gilliland Riverside, CA Ford Yates Racing Max Jones Yates Racing
40 Dario Franchitti Bathgate, West Lothian Dodge Kennametal Felix Sabates Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
41 Reed Sorenson Peachtree City, GA Dodge Target Chip Ganassi Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Bogota, Colombia Dodge Texaco / Havoline Floyd Ganassi Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
43 Bobby Labonte Corpus Christi, TX Dodge Cheerios Racing / Sam's Club Richard Petty Petty Enterprises
44 David Reutimann Zephyrhills, FL Toyota UPS Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing
45 Chad McCumbee Supply, NC Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises
48 Jimmie Johnson El Cajon, CA Chevrolet Lowe's Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
55 Michael Waltrip Owensboro, KY Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing
66 Scott Riggs Bahama, NC Chevrolet State Water Heaters Joe Custer Haas CNC Racing
70 Jeremy Mayfield Owensboro, KY Chevrolet Haas Automation Margaret Haas Haas CNC Racing
77 Sam Hornish Jr. Defiance, OH Dodge Mobil 1 Roger Penske Penske Racing
78 Joe Nemechek Lakeland, FL Chevrolet Furniture Row / DenverMattress.com Barney Visser Furniture Row Racing
83 Brian Vickers Thomasville, NC Toyota Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz Red Bull Racing Team
84 Mike Skinner Ontario, CA Toyota Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz Red Bull Racing Team
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kannapolis, NC Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy Rick Hendrick Hendrick Motorsports
96 J.J. Yeley Phoenix, AZ Toyota DLP HDTV Jeffrey Moorad Hall of Fame Racing
99 Carl Edwards Columbia, MO Ford Aflac Jack Roush Roush Fenway Racing

Pre race notes[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Michael McDowell's destroyed racecar being taken away after a horrifying crash going into Turn One of the track during a qualifying round

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won his first pole as a member of Hendrick Motorsports, with a speed of just under 191 mph.

However, the major story to come out of this was the spectacular crash of Michael McDowell into Turn One during his second qualifying lap in the #00 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. Going into Turn 1, McDowell said on the radio "Way too tight!" The car proceeded to turn sharply left, then when McDowell tried to correct it, the car sharply steered hardly to the right, plowing head-first into the SAFER barrier at over 180 mph, causing his car to barrel-roll 8 times with fire coming from the engine compartment. McDowell was shown to be moving around in the car when the car landed on its wheels in the middle of Turns 1 and 2, and seconds later was able to get out of the car under his own power, uninjured. Due to the fact that his primary car was destroyed, he was forced into the rear of the field in a backup. The crash would prove the safety of the Car of Tomorrow, which had been criticized for its looks. For most of McDowell's career, this would be his legacy; proving the safety of the Car of Tomorrow until the 2021 season, when in a stunning upset McDowell would pass Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano on the final lap to win the 2021 Daytona 500.

Pos.[3][4] Car Driver Make Avg. Speed (mph) Time Behind
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 190.907 28.286 0.000
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford 189.487 28.498 00.212
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 189.069 28.561 00.275
4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 189.042 28.565 00.279
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 188.772 28.606 00.320
6 44 David Reutimann Toyota 188.732 28.612 00.326
7 6 David Ragan Ford 188.534 28.642 00.356
8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 188.475 28.651 00.365
9 84 Mike Skinner Toyota 188.390 28.664 00.378
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 188.245 28.686 00.400
11 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 188.160 28.699 00.413
12 1 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 188.140 28.702 00.416
13 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 188.009 28.722 00.436
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 187.990 28.725 00.439
15 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 187.931 28.734 00.448
16 16 Greg Biffle Ford 187.865 28.744 00.458
17 77 Sam Hornish Jr Dodge 187.741 28.763 00.477
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 187.611 28.783 00.497
19 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet 187.598 28.785 00.499
20 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 187.591 28.786 00.500
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 187.493 28.801 00.515
22 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet 187.474 28.804 00.518
23 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 187.311 28.829 00.543
24 20 Tony Stewart Toyota 187.195 28.847 00.561
25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 187.156 28.853 00.567
26 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 187.007 28.876 00.590
27 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge 186.981 28.880 00.594
28 21 Bill Elliott Ford 186.974 28.881 00.595
29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 186.948 28.885 00.599
30 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 186.935 28.887 00.601
31 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet 186.793 28.909 00.623
32 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 186.645 28.932 00.646
33 96 JJ Yeley Toyota 186.220 28.998 00.712
34 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet 186.046 29.025 00.739
35 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 185.995 29.033 00.747
36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 185.752 29.071 00.785
37 34 John Andretti Chevrolet 185.669 29.084 00.798
38 28 Travis Kvapil Ford 185.631 29.090 00.804
39 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet 185.350 29.134 00.848
40 00 Michael McDowell Toyota 182.933 29.519 01.233
41 38 David Gilliland Ford 0.000 00.000 0.000
42 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 0.000 00.000 0.000
43 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 185.191 29.159 00.873
Failed to qualify
44 40 Dario Franchitti Dodge 185.122 29.170
45 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge 183.736 29.390
46 08 Burney Lamar Dodge 181.996 29.671
WD 49 Ken Schrader Toyota 0.000 00.000 0.000

Failed to qualify: Burney Lamar (#08), Dario Franchitti (#40), Chad McCumbee (#45).

Race recap[edit]

The race was won by Carl Edwards. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin would round out the top five while Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer would be the remaining finishers in the top ten finishing order.[5]

Results[edit]

Fin[6][7] St # Driver Sponsor Make Team Laps Led Status Pts PTS Winnings (USD)
1 2 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford Roush Fenway Racing 339 123 running 195 195 541150
2 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy Hendrick Motorsports 339 65 running 175 175 364286
3 3 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 339 50 running 170 170 250750
4 4 12 Ryan Newman Alltel, Samsung Dodge Penske Racing 339 0 running 135 135 236725
5 14 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 339 0 running 155 155 206841
6 35 31 Jeff Burton Prilosec OTC Chevy Richard Childress Racing 339 0 running 150 150 197033
7 24 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 339 0 running 146 146 184236
8 31 8 Mark Martin U.S. Army Chevy Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 339 0 running 142 142 174358
9 8 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford Roush Fenway Racing 339 68 running 143 143 173891
10 25 07 Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's Chevy Richard Childress Racing 339 0 running 134 134 145025
11 21 29 Kevin Harvick Shell, Pennzoil Chevy Richard Childress Racing 338 0 running 130 130 167411
12 1 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. National Guard, AMP Energy Chevy Hendrick Motorsports 338 31 running 132 132 151275
13 7 6 David Ragan AAA Insurance Ford Roush Fenway Racing 338 0 running 124 124 131125
14 32 26 Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Cask No 16 Ford Roush Fenway Racing 338 0 running 121 121 128375
15 41 38 David Gilliland Yates Racing Ford Yates Racing 338 0 running 118 118 138083
16 36 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota Red Bull Racing Team 338 0 running 115 115 116725
17 19 15 Paul Menard Menards, Quaker State Chevy Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 338 0 running 112 112 123125
18 38 28 Travis Kvapil Yates Racing Ford Yates Racing 338 0 running 109 109 140639
19 11 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Texaco, Havoline Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates 337 0 running 106 106 139733
20 30 43 Bobby Labonte Cheerios, Sam's Club Dodge Petty Enterprises 337 0 running 103 103 149511
21 29 22 Dave Blaney Caterpillar Toyota Bill Davis Racing 337 0 running 100 100 124783
22 22 5 Casey Mears Cheez-It, CARQUEST Auto Parts Chevy Hendrick Motorsports 337 0 running 97 97 121625
23 23 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge Penske Racing 337 0 running 94 94 102125
24 42 41 Reed Sorenson Target Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates 337 0 running 91 91 132189
25 10 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports 336 0 running 88 88 132916
26 26 19 Elliott Sadler Best Buy Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports 336 0 running 85 85 127170
27 13 66 Scott Riggs State Water Heaters Chevy Haas CNC Racing 336 0 running 82 82 113383
28 27 10 Patrick Carpentier Valvoline Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports 335 0 running 79 79 99125
29 9 84 Mike Skinner Red Bull Toyota Red Bull Racing Team 334 0 running 76 76 93525
30 15 7 Robby Gordon Jim Beam Dodge Robby Gordon Motorsports 334 0 running 73 73 115533
31 20 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing 333 0 running 70 70 99997
32 17 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. Mobil 1 Dodge Penske Racing 333 0 running 67 67 134925
33 40 00 Michael McDowell Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing 332 0 running 64 64 91700
34 28 21 Bill Elliott Motorcraft Ford Wood Brothers Racing 332 0 running 61 61 105495
35 34 01 Regan Smith DEI Chevy Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 331 0 running 58 58 94025
36 12 1 Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Boats Chevy Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 330 2 engine 60 60 115908
37 43 78 Joe Nemechek Furniture Row Chevy Furniture Row Racing 330 0 running 52 52 83775
38 39 70 Jeremy Mayfield Haas Automation Chevy Haas CNC Racing 329 0 running 49 49 82625
39 16 16 Greg Biffle Dish Network Ford Roush Fenway Racing 312 0 running 46 46 90500
40 37 34 John Andretti Front Row Motorsports Chevy Front Row Motorsports 263 0 suspension 43 43 82375
41 6 44 David Reutimann UPS Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing 253 0 engine 40 40 82260
42 33 96 J.J. Yeley DLP HDTV Toyota Hall of Fame Racing 173 0 crash 37 37 90165
43 18 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy Hendrick Motorsports 124 0 crash 34 34 131327
Failed to qualify or withdrew
44 40 Dario Franchitti Kennametal Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
45 45 Chad McCumbee Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge Petty Enterprises
46 08 Burney Lamar Rhino's Energy Drink Dodge E&M Motorsports
WD 49 Ken Schrader Toyota BAM Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 Samsung 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  2. ^ "2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung 500 Entry List - Texas Motor Speedway". frcs.pro. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  3. ^ "2008 Samsung 500 Qualifying Results and Race Lineup - Texas Motor Speedway". frcs.pro. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  4. ^ "Race Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  5. ^ "2008 Samsung 500 finishing order information". Racing Reference. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  6. ^ "2008 Samsung 500 - The Third Turn". www.thethirdturn.com. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  7. ^ "Race Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
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