|Date March 30, 2008 (2008-March-30)|
Location Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility 0.526 mi (0.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423.257 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 46 °F (8 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)
Average speed 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.
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).