2008 Sylvania 300
|Race 27 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
Map of New Hampshire Motor Speedway
|Date||September 14, 2008|
|Official name||Sylvania 300|
|Location||New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1.058 mi (1.702 km)
|Distance||300 laps, 317.4 mi (510.805 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures up to 78.1 °F (25.6 °C); wind speeds up to 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)|
|Average speed||105.468 miles per hour (169.734 km/h)|
|Driver||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Time||qualified by virtue of owner's points|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|No. 16||Greg Biffle||Jack Roush|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree|
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 as per an agreement that was settled in May, almost one year following the purchase of the facility by Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
- The biggest pre-race news didn't come from the Sprint Cup Series, other than the mandatory pre-Chase visit to New York City on Wednesday (September 10), and an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman to deliver a "Top Ten List" of the perks of being in the Chase, which turned to a Top 12 List for the occasion, including Jeff Burton exclaiming that "There's nothing like going through a car wash at 190 miles per hour" and Kyle Busch telling us that "after a race your ASS vibrates for days".
- The major story to pop up this week was when Craftsman Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday admitted to ESPN's magazine in an interview that he used HGH and testosterone from the same pharmacy that was being used by NFL and MLB players in Florida. Hornaday, who drives for Kevin Harvick's self-owned racing team, admitted this when shown records from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center that between December 2004 and January 2006, a year before the stock car racing body banned these illegal substances. NASCAR ruled it a personal medical matter from a thyroid condition, and Hornaday will not be penalized as a result.
- Reports of a revised policy including mandatory random testing to be implemented by NASCAR within the next two weeks hastened the revealing of this. Harvick's team has implemented in-house random testing as of this year, and according to those within, there have been no complaints.
- In on-track news, Joey Logano will race after last week's cancellation of qualifying at Richmond due to the remains of Hanna to make an attempt to qualify for this week's race. Logano will carry the Home Depot colors on Hall of Fame Racing's #96 Toyota, usually sponsored by Texas Instruments' DLP technology. Logano will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2009 in the #20 Home Depot Toyota.
- In another item involving sponsorship news for next season, UPS will be moving to Roush Fenway Racing's #6 Ford with driver David Ragan from the David Reutimann #44 Toyota of Michael Waltrip Racing.
After a 90-minute practice session, rain hit Loudon and washed out qualifying, so the field was lined up according to the rulebook.
Kyle Busch, who came into the race as the top seed in the chase suffered major mechanic problems as his sway bar was busted, and Matt Kenseth was involved in a major crash, and when all was settled, Greg Biffle took the win and jump 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|