2008 Sylvania 300

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2008 Sylvania 300
Race details
Race 27 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Layout of New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Layout of New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Date September 14, 2008 (2008-September-14)
Official name Sylvania 300
Location New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire
Course Permanent racing facility
1.058 mi (1.702 km)
Distance 300 laps, 317.4 mi (510.805 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures up to 78.1 °F (25.6 °C); wind speeds up to 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)[1]
Average speed 105.468 miles per hour (169.734 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time qualified by virtue of owner's points
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 96
No. 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2008 Sylvania 300 was the twenty-seventh race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season and the first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.


The 300-lap, 317.4 miles (510.8 km) race was held on September 14 at the 1.058 miles (1.703 km) New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. ABC televised the race beginning at 1 pm US EDT with radio coverage by Performance Racing Network along with Sirius Satellite Radio starting at that same time. This was PRN's first race to be broadcast from NHMS as Motor Racing Network handled the June event following an agreement settled in May, almost one year following the purchase of the facility by Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

Pre-race news[edit]

  • Joey Logano would race after the previous week's cancellation of qualifying at Richmond due to the remains of Hanna to try to qualify for this week's race.


After a 90-minute practice session, rain hit Loudon and washed out qualifying, so the field was lined up according to the rulebook.

Race Recap[edit]

Kyle Busch, who came into the race as the top seed in the chase, suffered major mechanical problems as his sway bar was broken. Matt Kenseth was involved in a major crash and, when all was settled, Greg Biffle won and jumped to third place in the Chase standings.

Top ten finishers
(Chase participants in yellow background)
Place Car # Driver Car make Team
1 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
7 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
8 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
10 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Failed to make race as qualifying was canceled due to rain: Tony Raines (#34) and Carl Long (#46).


  1. ^ "2008 Sylvania 300 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on July 6, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2013.

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