Published on November 6th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith0
Race 8: Dickies 500
Jimmie Johnson started the day in seventh, but by lap 83, he dropped to 25th. He was struggling with the handling of the the car. About 10 laps later, he lost a lap and was running 29th. He spent most of the race running 20th to 29th. By lap 307, he moved up to 17th, but still was a lap down. He finished 15th, on lap down.
Carl Edwards started the day in 16th and charged through the field, moving up to third by lap 30. On lap 57, Edwards took the lead for the first time. Edwards dominated much of the race, building huge leads multiple times during the race. On lap 264, Edwards pitted for the final time, choosing to gamble on fuel. Edwards saved fuel and ran the final 69 laps, winning the Dickies 500 from Texas Motor Speedway by over 12 seconds.
Greg Biffle started the race in 19th but he moved up to third by lap 67. He spent most of the day in the top 5, and led a couple of laps due to his pit stall location. He came home fifth.
Jeff Burton started a dismal 38th, but he moved up to 26th, by lap 25. He ran in the top 20 for most of the second half of the race. Around lap 235 he lost a lap, but got the free pass when the caution came out on lap 240 for debris on the backstretch. He finished 13th, one lap down.
Jeff Gordon start from the pole, and led the first 15 laps. By lap 87, he dropped to seventh. He ran most of the rest of the race in the top 20. Gordon decided to gamble on fuel like Edwards. It paid off, he finished second.
Clint Bowyer started third and took the lead at lap 15. He gave up the lead 33 laps later when David Reutimann passed him. He ran in the top 5 for most of the day and finished fourth.
Kevin Harvick started had a very quiet day, running in the top 15 for much of the day. He kept out of trouble and finished seventh.
Matt Kenseth had a quiet day as well, staying out of trouble and running up near the front most of the day. He finished nineth.
Tony Stewart struggled with the handle on his car. He started eighth, but by lap 143, he lost a lap to leader Edwards. By lap 257, he had lost another lap. Much like the rest of the chase, Stewart was not a factor and he finished 16th.
Kyle Busch overcame his 29th starting spot and ran up near the front all day. While he probably did not have a car capable of winning the race, he did have a top 10 car. He stayed out of trouble and finished sixth.
Dale Earnhardt Jr has a very strong car early. He charged from his fifth place starting spot and was up to second by lap 15. After the first pit stop, Earnhardt seemed to fade and settled in the top 15. He ran there and inside the top 10 for most of the day. He did lose a lap, but got it back. Much like Edwards and Gordon, Earnhardt Jr gambled on fuel. His bet, however, did not pay off. On lap 328, he ran out of fuel and had to stop. His car would not fire and he had to be pushed. He lost two laps because of this and finished 20th.
Denny Hamlin had had a very quiet day, running around the top 20. He lost a lap and never got it back. He finished 17th.