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2008 400

The 2008 400 was the nineteenth race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and the final race under the TNT coverage for the year.


It was held on July 12 of that year at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, as the race moved to a nighttime event for the first time in the event's history. Televised pre-race activities were scheduled to start at 6:30 PM US EDT, with the radio broadcast of the race handled by Sirius Satellite Radio via MRN, starting at 7:15 PM US EDT. The winner of the race was Kyle Busch, who drove past Jimmie Johnson on the final restart of the race. During practice, Kurt Busch uttered over the radio that his "car just drives like shit".[1]

Pre-race news

  • The big story that week concerned Tony Stewart. The two-time series champion was given an early release from the Joe Gibbs Racing team following the 2008 season, which was announced on Wednesday (July 9). It was then followed the next day (July 10) by the announcement that Stewart would buy one half of the Haas CNC Racing team, and the team would be renamed Stewart Haas Racing starting in 2009.
  • The owners of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. denied rumors that the team, founded by the seven-time NASCAR champion, is for sale.


Qualifying was cancelled due to rain, so the field was set by NASCAR's rulebook.

Failed to make race as qualifying was cancelled due to rain: Johnny Sauter (#08) and Tony Raines (#34).


2008 Sprint Cup Series
Chase for the Sprint Cup
Italics - Non-Points Races
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