2008 LifeLock 400
The 2008 LifeLock 400 was the fifteenth points race in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Held on Sunday, June 15 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, it was the first of two races sponsored by the internet protection service LifeLock, the other being the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 12.
|Race 15 of 36 in the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
View of Michigan International Speedway; circa 2008
|Date||June 15, 2008|
|Official name||Lifelock 400|
|Location||Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan|
Permanent racing facility|
2.0 mi (3.218 km)
|Distance||203 laps, 406 mi (653.393 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||200 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures up to 81 °F (27 °C); wind speeds reaching 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)|
|Average speed||145.375 miles per hour (233.958 km/h)|
|Driver||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Time||2008 Owner's Points|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|No. 88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
Bill Weber, Kyle Petty and|
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
Eleven cars set times before rain set in and cancelled qualifying, so the field was set by the rule book with points leader Kyle Busch on pole, Jeff Burton second and Dale Earnhardt Jr third. Jason Leffler (#70) and Tony Raines (#34) did not start because qualifying was cancelled due to rain. Kenny Wallace and the #87 car, and the #08 car, without a driver, were both withdrawn earlier in the week.
In a mixture of luck, fuel economy and strategy, Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his first win in 76 points races thanks to a late caution due to Sam Hornish, Jr.'s late-race crash, and a green-white-checker finish with Patrick Carpentier and Michael Waltrip crashing near the start/finish line to end the race. Instead of completing a victory lap, or doing the traditional burnout, Earnhardt coasted on to pit road after he had run out of fuel.