2008 Daytona 500 Winner

Ryan Newman – 2008 Daytona 500 Winner

February 17, 2008 the 50th running of “The Great American Race”  Daytona 500

The car of tomorrow now the standard of NASCAR racing.  Jimmie Johnson would start on the pole with a qualifying speed of 187.075 mph.  He would finish in 27th.  Ryan Newman started in 7th and won the Daytona 500.  For the 50th running of the great American race, Richard Petty had the honor of waving the green flag to start the race.  Denny Hamlin quickly got out front and lead the show for a while, then Tony Stewart wanted some of that, then Kyle Busch, then Jeff Gordon, in all there was an incredible 42 lead changes.  2008 Daytona 500 winner…

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Three and sometimes four wide racing, back and forth.  With 30 laps to go Tony Stewart and Dale Jr. come to the front.  With less than 20 laps to go, all pit stops complete and all driver ready to get up on the wheel.  Ryan Newman lead a little until Jeff Burton took over.  3 laps to go Kasey Mears gets tapped and hit the wall to bring out the last caution of the race.  On the re-start Tony Stewart is in the lead with Ryan Newman pushing with all he has.  Then Newman and Kurt Busch (team mates) hook up and cross the finish line one two.  Ryan Newman the 2008 Daytona 500 winner…

Ryan Newman 2008 Daytona 500 winner

The 2008 Daytona 500 winner is Ryan Newman.  This race would be the only race Newman would win in 2008.  He did get 2 top fives, 8 top tens and 1 pole.  Ryan lead just 8 laps of the whole race but it’s the last one that counts.  Kyle Busch lead for 86 laps after starting 24th he finished 4th.

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Daytona 500 Winners