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2008 NASCAR Sprint Series Recap


2008 NASCAR Sprint Series Points Race
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Carl Edwards does his signature backflip after winning the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This was Edwards’ second win in a row after a victory the previous Monday in the rain-delayed Auto Club 500 at Fontana.
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­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.

Carl Edwards celebrates his season-leading ninth NASCAR Sprint Cup win in the 2008 Ford 400 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Edwards finished the year second in NASCAR Sprint Cup points, 69 behind Jimmie Johnson. Edwards had a stellar year in 2008. In addition to his nine victories, he accrued 19 top-fives and 27 top-tens, leading the series in all three statistics.

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Rank Driver Points Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
1 Jimmie Johnson 6684 36 7 15 22
2 Carl Edwards 6615 36 9 19 27
3 Greg Biffle 6467 36 9 19 27
4 Kevin Harvick 6408 36 0 7 19
5 Clint Bowyer 6381 36 1 7 17
6 Jeff Burton 6335 36 2 7 18
7 Jeff Gordon 6316 36 0 13 19
8 Denny Hamlin 6214 36 1 12 18
9 Tony Stewart 6202 36 1 10 16
10 Kyle Busch 6186 36 8 17 21
11 Matt Kenseth 6184 36 0 9 20
12 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 6127 36 1 10 16
13 David Ragan 4299 36 0 6 14
14 Kasey Kahne 4085 36 2 4 14
15 Martin Truex, Jr. 3839 36 0 3 11
16 Jamie McMurray 3809 36 0 4 11
17 Ryan Newman 3735 36 1 2 8
18 Kurt Busch 3635 36 1 5 10
19 Brian Vickers 3580 36 0 3 6
20 Casey Mears 3527 36 0 1 6
21 Bobby Labonte 3448 36 0 0 2
22 David Reutimann 3397 36 0 0 4
23 Travis Kvapil 3384 36 0 0 4
24 Elliott Sadler 3364 36 0 2 8
25 Juan Pablo Montoya 3329 36 0 2 3
26 Paul Menard 3151 36 0 1 1
27 David Gilliland 3064 36 0 1 2
28 Mark Martin 3022 24 0 4 11
29 Michael Waltrip 2889 36 0 1 2
30 Dave Blaney 2851 35 0 0 2
31 Scott Giggs 2797 34 0 0 1
32 Reed Sorenson 2795 35 0 1 2
33 Robby Gordon 2770 36 0 0 3
34 Regan Smith 2672 34 0 0 0
35 Sam Hornish, Jr. 2523 34 0 0 0
36 A.J. Allmendinger 2436 27 0 0 2
37 Joe Nemechek 1989 32 0 0 0
38 Patrick Carpentier 1794 24 0 0 0
39 Bill Elliott 1528 20 0 0 0
40 Michael McDowell 1466 20 0 0 0
41 J.J. Yeley 1263 17 0 1 1
42 Aric Almirola 1075 12 0 0 1
43 Ken Schrader 1040 15 0 0 0
44 Kyle Petty 879 15 0 0 0
45 Marcos Ambrose 844 11 0 1 1
46 Terry Labonte 811 10 0 0 0
47 Tony Raines 800 11 0 0 0
48 Mike Skinner 734 11 0 0 0
49 Dario Franchitti 606 10 0 0 0
50 Jeremy Mayfield 578 8 0 0 0
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