2008 Sharpie 500

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2008 Sharpie 500
Race details
Race 24 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Date August 23, 2008 (2008-August-23)
Official name Sharpie 500
Location Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.857 km)
Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.89 km)
Weather Temperatures averaging around 74.5 °F (23.6 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)[1]
Average speed 91.581 miles per hour (147.385 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Roush Fenway Racing
Time 15.746
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 415
Winner
No. 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett

The 2008 Sharpie 500 was the twenty-fourth race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and was raced on Saturday night, August 23 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. The event has been considered one of the toughest tickets in all of sports, tougher than the Super Bowl or the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics, and is annually a sellout, of which this was the 53rd in a row for NSCS racing at the .533 miles (0.858 km) track. ESPN telecast the race beginning at 7 pm US EDT and Performance Racing Network along with Sirius Satellite Radio will had radio coverage starting at that same time.

Pre-race News[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Carl Edwards won the pole for the race.

Failed to qualify: Jeff Green (#34), Johnny Sauter (#70), Patrick Carpentier (#10), Stanton Barrett (#50)

Race Recap[edit]

Since the addition of the Car of Tomorrow and the repaving of the track, many fans thought that the old days of Bristol were over. These thoughts however were blown away in the closing laps of the race when Carl Edwards used the "Bump and Run" technique to get past Kyle Busch for the win, causing a post race confrontation where Busch rammed into the side of Edwards car during the cool down lap. Edwards responded by spinning Busch out as Busch turned to enter pit road. Busch used the same technique to take the lead from Carl Edwards on lap 55. Kyle Busch was called to the NASCAR Hauler after his post-race interview for the incident, and on August 27, both Edwards and Kyle Busch were put on probation for the next six Sprint Cup Races. The race was also red-flagged at Lap 210 after an accident commonly called "The Big One" saw nine cars - including Chase contender Kasey Kahne - pile up in Turn 2.

There were only three lap leaders the entire race. Edwards and Busch led 499 laps combined, while Jeff Gordon led a lap.

After the race, the air temperatures around the local vicinity dropped to 62.1 °F (16.7 °C); with wind gusts of up to 17.3 miles per hour (27.8 km/h) being uncommon but not unheard of.[1]

Top Ten Finishers
Pos Car # Driver Car make Team
1 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
4 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
6 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
7 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2008 Sharpie 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-17.