2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350

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2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350
Race details
Race 16 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Track as used by NASCAR
Track as used by NASCAR
Date June 22, 2008 (2008-June-22)
Official name Toyota/Save Mart 350
Location Infineon Raceway Sonoma, California
Course Permanent racing facility
1.99 mi (3.2 km)
Distance 112 laps, 222.88 mi (358.69 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 89.1 °F (31.7 °C); wind speeds up to 18.1 miles per hour (29.1 km/h)[1]
Average speed 76.445 miles per hour (123.026 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Richard Petty Motorsports
Time 1:17.40
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 78
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Turner Network Television
Announcers Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty

The 2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was the sixteenth race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and the first of two scheduled road course races on the 2008 schedule. The event was held on Sunday, June 22, 2008, at Infineon Raceway at Sears Point in Sonoma, California, televised on TNT starting at 3:30 PM US EDT, and broadcast on radio via Sirius Satellite Radio and Performance Racing Network starting at 4 PM US EDT.

Pre-Race News[edit]

The drivers on the parade lap

Race notes[edit]

The Australian rookie Marcos Ambrose had his first NASCAR Cup race/start in this race. He started 7th and the NASCAR Cup world noticed him. When Marcos Ambrose came to Sonoma to race, the fans and drivers remembered him for him being crashed by Robby Gordon in 2007 at Montreal with 2 laps left. Marcos Ambrose because of his road course talent & good finishes in the Busch series in his past, qualified seventh; and was contending to win in his Wood Bros. #21 Chevy. However, with 25 laps left, NASCAR veteran Elliott Sadler tapped Marcos Ambrose who crashed and was damaged enough that he could not race anymore that day. Marcos Ambrose was really unhappy about the end of his good run and in post-race ceremonies he argued with Elliott Sadler in the garages. Ambrose said to reporters that he felt like beating Elliott Sadler for the tap but he got over it the next week after a call/apology from Sadler. Marcos finished in 42nd spot as a heartbreak for his first NASCAR Cup run.

Italian driver Max Papis also had one of his first NASCAR Cup races at Sonoma. He drove for Gene Haas' (Now Stewart-Haas) #66 Automation chevy and ended up in 35th spot.

The 2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350 also had one of NASCAR's largest numbers of road course drivers competing in the races with 8 drivers (Ron Fellows, Marcos Ambrose, Patrick Carpentier, Boris Said, Scott Pruett, Sam Hornish, Brian Simo, Robby Gordon).


Kasey Kahne, who went out third in qualifying won the session, his second this season. Kahne, driver of the #9 Gillett Evernham Motorsports Budweiser Dodge had bettered Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s time, and then sweated out 44 other attempts to sit on P-1. Jimmie Johnson started next to Kahne on the front row, with Kurt Busch and Bobby Labonte in the second row, followed by Jeff Gordon and Elliott Sadler in the third row.

Race recap[edit]

Kyle Busch came from the 30th starting position to win the race under a green-white-checker finish, the second furthest back in this race to win, bettering Juan Pablo Montoya's position one year earlier.

Top Ten Finishers
Pos. Car # Driver Make Team
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
2 38 David Gilliland Ford Yates Racing
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
4 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
10 20 Tony Stewart Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing

NOTE: Race extended two laps due to green-white checker finish.

Failed to Qualify: J.J. Yeley (#96), Scott Riggs (#70), Dario Franchitti (#40), Brandon Ash (#02)


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