­With two races to go before the beginning of the Chase, Johnson and the team stepped up and won both regular-season races and entered the Chase third behind Bu­sch and Edwards. Johnson ran steadily in the Chase with three wins, and never finished worse than 15th. At the NASCAR Awards Banquet in New York, 69-year-old Cale Yarborough awarded the 2008 championship ring to Johnson, who, at 33 years of age, could be a serious contender to Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt's record of seven titles.

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More than half the field ran three wide during the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. There were 52 lead changes over 188 laps, with Kyle Busch in the #18 Toyota winning his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the year.
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No. Date Site Race Winner Car Speed
1 2/17/08 Daytona Beach, FL Ryan Newman Dodge 152.672
2 2/24/08 Fontana, CA Carl Edwards Ford 132.704
3 3/02/08 Las Vegas, NV Carl Edwards Ford 127.729
4 3/09/08 Atlanta, GA Kyle Busch Toyota 140.975
5 3/16/08 Bristol, TN Jeff Burton Chevrolet 89.775
6 3/30/08 Martinsville, VA Denny Hamlin Toyota 73.163
7 4/06/08 Ft. Worth, TX Carl Edwards Ford 144.814
8 4/12/08 Phoenix, AZ Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 103.292
9 4/27/08 Talladega, AL Kyle Busch Toyota 157.409
10 5/03/08 Richmond, VA Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 95.786
11 5/10/08 Darlington, SC Kyle Busch Toyota 140.350
12 5/25/08 Charlotte, NC Kasey Kahne Dodge 135.772
13 6/01/08 Dover, DE Kyle Busch Toyota 121.171
14 6/08/08 Pocono, PA Kasey Kahne Dodge 125.209
15 6/15/08 Brooklyn, MI Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet 145.375
16 6/22/08 Sonoma, CA Kyle Busch Toyota 76.445
17 6/29/08 Loudon, NH Kurt Busch Dodge 106.719
18 7/05/08 Daytona Beach, FL Kyle Busch Toyota 138.554
19 7/12/08 Chicago, IL Kyle Busch Toyota 133.996
20 7/27/08 Indianapolis, IN Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 115.117
21 8/03/08 Pocono, PA Carl Edwards Ford 130.567
22 8/10/08 Watkins Glen, NY Kyle Busch Toyota 97.148
23 8/17/08 Brooklyn, MI Carl Edwards Ford 140.351
24 8/23/08 Bristol, TN Carl Edwards Ford 91.581
25 8/31/08 Fontana, CA Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 138.857
26 9/06/08 Richmond, VA Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 92.680
27 9/14/08 Loudon, NH Greg Biffle Ford 105.468
28 9/21/08 Dover, DE Greg Biffle Ford 114.168
29 9/28/08 Kansas City, KS Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 133.549
30 10/05/08 Talladega, AL Tony Stewart Toyota 140.281
31 10/11/08 Charlotte, NC Jeff Burton Chevrolet 133.699
32 10/19/08 Martinsville, VA Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 75.931
33 10/26/08 Atlanta, GA Carl Edwards Ford 134.272
34 11/02/08 Fort Worth, TX Carl Edwards Ford 144.219
35 11/09/08 Phoenix, AZ Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 97.804
36 11/16/08 Homestead, FL Carl Edwards Ford 129.472
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