2008 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500

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2008 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
Race details
Race 21 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Pocono Raceway, the race track where the race was held.
Pocono Raceway, the race track where the race was held.
Date August 3, 2008 (2008-August-03)
Official name Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
Location Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
Distance 200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 80.1 °F (26.7 °C); average wind speeds of 17.1 miles per hour (27.5 km/h) with 0.23 inches (0.58 cm) of rain within 24 hours of the race[1]
Average speed 130.567 miles per hour (210.127 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 53.503
Most laps led
Driver Mark Martin Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Laps 55
No. 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett

The 2008 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500,[2] the twenty-first race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and was held on August 3 of that year at Pocono Raceway in the village of Long Pond, Pennsylvania. ESPN carried the race beginning at 1 PM US EDT and MRN along with Sirius Satellite Radio had radio coverage of the 500 miles (800 km) race starting at 1:15 PM US EDT. The race was sponsored by Sunoco through its official NASCAR gasoline sponsorship and will benefit the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter (covering Philadelphia and the surrounding five-county region), and marked the first time since 1996 that a race at the 2.5 miles (4.0 km) track has had a corporate sponsor.

Pre-Race News[edit]


Jimmie Johnson took the pole position with Mark Martin and David Gilliland in the second and third positions, and Jeff Gordon starting fourth.

Race Recap[edit]

After "Happy Hour" was washed out on Saturday due to rain, a mandatory caution would be flying at Lap 20, however two accidents predated them. A rain delay held up the race with 69 laps left, and Carl Edwards would win his fourth race of the season.

Failed to Qualify: Chad Chaffin (#34).


  1. ^ "2008 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  2. ^ Pocono race renamed Sunoco Presents The American Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Presented By Cheez-Its
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