| March 30, 2008 (2008-March-30)|
Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia
Permanent racing facility
0.526 mi (0.847 km)
500 laps, 263 mi (423.257 km)
Temperatures up to 46 °F (8 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)
73.163 miles per hour (117.744 km/h)
The 2008 Goody's Cool Orange 500 was the sixth race of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and was run on Sunday, March 30th, 2008 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. This race aired on Fox starting at 1:30 PM US EDT and radio was handled by Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio starting their programming at 1:15 PM US EDT. The race marked the start of the use of the 2008 Top 35 owners points exemption for each week's race for the 2008 season.
As announced, Michael McDowell will debut as the new driver of the #00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry for David Reutimann, who moves to the team's #44 car for Dale Jarrett. Jarrett would drive the #44 one last time at the Sprint All-Star Race XXIV on May 17 in Concord, North Carolina. All three MWR teams are safely in the weekly Top 35 Owners Points exemption for this race.
Bill Davis Racing's #27 team suspended operations due to a lack of sponsorship.
BAM Racing has switched from Dodge to Toyota as of this week.
2008 Goody's Cool Orange 500 Wikipedia
Jeff Gordon won the pole for this race, the 65th in his career. Kyle Petty, who was outside the Top 35 exemption rule, failed to qualify for a race for the first time since the 2004 season.
Failed to qualify: Kyle Petty (#45), Tony Raines (#08), John Andretti (#34), Joe Nemechek (#78).