2008 Sharpie 500

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2008 Sharpie 500
Race details
Race 24 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
2008 Sharpie 500 program cover
2008 Sharpie 500 program cover
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 had radio coverage starting at that same time.

Pre-race news[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Carl Edwards won the pole for the race.

RANK[2] DRIVER NBR CAR TIME SPEED
1  Carl Edwards 99 Ford 15.746   121.860  
2  David Reutimann 44 Toyota 15.835   121.175  
3  Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 15.842   121.121  
4  Regan Smith 01 Chevrolet 15.847   121.083  
5  Bill Elliott 21 Ford 15.892   120.740   *
6  Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 15.904   120.649  
7  Ken Schrader 96 Toyota 15.906   120.634   *
8  A.J. Allmendinger 84 Toyota 15.912   120.588   *
9  Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 15.917   120.550  
10  Elliott Sadler 19 Dodge 15.920   120.528  
11  Ryan Newman 12 Dodge 15.922   120.512  
12  Martin Truex, Jr. 1 Chevrolet 15.947   120.324  
13  Kasey Kahne 9 Dodge 15.948   120.316  
14  Greg Biffle 16 Ford 15.957   120.248  
15  David Gilliland 38 Ford 15.963   120.203  
16  Paul Menard 15 Chevrolet 15.963   120.203  
17  Casey Mears 5 Chevrolet 15.966   120.180  
18  Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 15.970   120.150  
19  Kurt Busch 2 Dodge 15.974   120.120  
20  Tony Raines 70 Chevrolet 15.978   120.090   *
21  Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 15.979   120.083  
22  Clint Bowyer 07 Chevrolet 15.979   120.083  
23  Aric Almirola 8 Chevrolet 15.979   120.083  
24  Sterling Marlin 09 Chevrolet 15.985   120.038   *
25  Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 15.990   120.000  
26  Brian Vickers 83 Toyota 15.994   119.970  
27  David Ragan 6 Ford 16.019   119.783  
28  Tony Stewart 20 Toyota 16.021   119.768  
29  Kyle Petty 45 Dodge 16.041   119.618   *
30  Reed Sorenson 41 Dodge 16.043   119.604  
31  Robby Gordon 7 Dodge 16.045   119.589  
32  Travis Kvapil 28 Ford 16.060   119.477  
33  Mike Skinner 00 Toyota 16.071   119.395   *
34  Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 16.084   119.299  
35  Sam Hornish, Jr. 77 Dodge 16.086   119.284  
36  Dave Blaney 22 Toyota 16.099   119.188  
37  Joe Nemechek 78 Chevrolet 16.102   119.165   *
38  Jeff Green 34 Chevrolet 16.121   119.025   *
39  Bobby Labonte 43 Dodge 16.141   118.877  
40  Patrick Carpentier 10 Dodge 16.144   118.855   *
41  Scott Riggs 66 Chevrolet 16.164   118.708  
42  Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Dodge 16.172   118.650  
43  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 88 Chevrolet 16.216   118.328   OP
44  Jamie McMurray 26 Ford 16.232   118.211   OP
45  Michael Waltrip 55 Toyota 16.366   117.243   OP
46  Johnny Sauter 08 Dodge 16.623   115.430   *

OP: qualified via owners points

PC: qualified as past champion

PR: provisional

QR: via qualifying race

* - had to qualify on time

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

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.

Results[edit]

POS[3] ST # DRIVER SPONSOR / OWNER CAR LAPS MONEY STATUS LED PTS
1 1 99   Carl Edwards Office Depot   (Jack Roush) Ford 500 344625 running 84 190
2 9 18   Kyle Busch M&M's   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 500 220675 running 415 180
3 21 11   Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 500 202716 running 0 165
4 6 29   Kevin Harvick Pennzoil Platinum   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 500 184511 running 0 160
5 3 24   Jeff Gordon DuPont   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 500 167561 running 1 160
6 11 12   Ryan Newman Alltel   (Roger Penske) Dodge 500 156950 running 0 150
7 22 07   Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 500 125425 running 0 146
8 28 20   Tony Stewart Home Depot   (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 500 152261 running 0 142
9 25 17   Matt Kenseth DeWalt   (Jack Roush) Ford 500 149591 running 0 138
10 27 6   David Ragan AAA Insurance   (Jack Roush) Ford 500 115775 running 0 134
11 14 16   Greg Biffle Dish Network Turbo HD   (Jack Roush) Ford 500 110525 running 0 130
12 41 26   Jamie McMurray Sharpie Pen   (Jack Roush) Ford 500 114175 running 0 127
13 23 8   Aric Almirola U.S. Army   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 500 136733 running 0 124
14 4 01   Regan Smith DEI / Principal Financial Group   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 500 109225 running 0 121
15 19 2   Kurt Busch Miller Lite   (Roger Penske) Dodge 500 99175 running 0 118
16 16 15   Paul Menard Menards / Quaker State   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 499 106550 running 0 115
17 20 70   Tony Raines Hunt Brothers Pizza   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 499 94200 running 0 112
18 40 88   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. National Guard / AMP Energy   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 498 104725 running 0 109
19 39 42   Juan Pablo Montoya Juicy Fruit Slim Pack   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 498 124008 running 0 106
20 26 83   Brian Vickers Red Bull   (Dietrich Mateschitz) Toyota 498 103450 running 0 103
21 7 96   Ken Schrader DLP HDTV   (Jeff Moorad) Toyota 498 105050 running 0 100
22 15 38   David Gilliland Ford. Drive One.   (Yates Racing) Ford 498 112208 running 0 97
23 37 43   Bobby Labonte Cheerios / Box Tops for Education   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 498 130311 running 0 94
24 32 28   Travis Kvapil Knight Rider   (Yates Racing) Ford 498 120864 running 0 91
25 2 44   David Reutimann UPS   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 497 93075 running 0 88
26 5 21   Bill Elliott Motorcraft / Quick Lane   (Wood Brothers) Ford 497 106395 running 0 85
27 38 66   Scott Riggs State Water Heaters   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 496 106688 running 0 82
28 33 00   Mike Skinner Champion Mortgage   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 496 104178 running 0 79
29 43 78   Joe Nemechek Furniture Row / DenverMattress.com   (Barney Visser) Chevrolet 494 86910 running 0 76
30 42 55   Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 492 101433 running 0 73
31 29 45   Kyle Petty Wells Fargo   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 491 96212 running 0 70
32 10 19   Elliott Sadler Stanley   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 490 112900 running 0 67
33 34 48   Jimmie Johnson Lowe's   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 482 141531 running 0 64
34 8 84   A.J. Allmendinger Red Bull   (Dietrich Mateschitz) Toyota 400 86335 running 0 61
35 12 1   Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops / Red Head   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 396 117233 running 0 58
36 30 41   Reed Sorenson Tums Quik Pack   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 383 113304 running 0 55
37 35 77   Sam Hornish, Jr. Mobil 1   (Roger Penske) Dodge 297 131530 crash 0 52
38 36 22   Dave Blaney Caterpillar   (Bill Davis) Toyota 279 85845 crash 0 49
39 31 7   Robby Gordon Planet Color / Barrett-Jackson   (Robby Gordon) Dodge 227 93735 crash 0 46
40 13 9   Kasey Kahne Budweiser   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 215 115616 crash 0 43
41 17 5   Casey Mears Pop Tarts / Carquest   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 214 103475 crash 0 40
42 18 31   Jeff Burton AT&T Mobility   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 195 130763 crash 0 37
43 24 09   Sterling Marlin Miccosukee Resorts & Gaming   (James Finch) Chevrolet 184 85570 crash 0 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 Sharpie 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 2021-06-01.
  3. ^ "Race Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
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