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The 2008 Aaron's 499 was the 9th race in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. It was held on April 27, 2008 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama.

2008 Aaron's 499
Race details
Race 9 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway
Date April 27, 2008 (2008-April-27)
Official name Aaron's 499
Location Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
Course Permanent racing facility
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 75 °F (24 °C); average wind speeds of 9.9 miles per hour (15.9 km/h)[1]
Pole position
Driver Furniture Row Racing
Time 51.103
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 61
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Larry McReynolds



This race was the second race of the season utilizing restrictor plates and the first time that the spring race was raced using the Car of Tomorrow template, with the 2007 UAW-Ford 500 being the first on the superspeedway. The telecast in the USA started at 1 PM US EDT on Fox, with radio coverage on MRN Radio on terrestrial stations and Sirius Satellite Radio starting at 1:15 PM US EDT.

Pre-race newsEdit

  • After a fill-in performance two weeks ago by Johnny Sauter, Ken Schrader, who was released from his ride at BAM Racing, will be the new driver of the Haas CNC Racing #70 car starting with this race. BAM Racing has curtailed their schedule as a result of a major sponsorship pullout and the transition to Toyota cars, and may not return until the fall. Schrader helped improve his new team and would start third.


Furniture Row Racing's #78 car scored the pole thanks to "Front Row" Joe Nemechek, who edged Tony Stewart on the last run of the day.

Failed to qualify: Dave Blaney (#22), John Andretti (#34), J.J. Yeley (#96).

For Yeley, this was the first race he missed as Hall of Fame Racing were outside the Top 35 Owner Points exemption.


Kyle Busch was the winner of the race when "The Big One" occurred in the backstretch off Turn Two and the yellow flag flew on the final lap. Kyle Busch was passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the inside, and got loose, bumping into Dale and causing him to spin out. The winning car was also noted to have a large "donut" on the side. This happened after hard contact with the #26 of Jamie McMurray. Both cars finished in the top-five, though.