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The 2008 Daytona 500 was a Sprint Cup Series event held at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2008. It was the season opener. In the 50th annual running of the "Great American Race", it appeared that a foreign manufacturer would take home the trophy. But Ryan Newman, some eighty races removed from his last victory brought teammate Kurt Busch with him to make a last lap pass of Tony Stewart. It was team owner Roger Penske's first ever plate victory and first ever 1-2 Cup finish. Stewart was third with Kyle Busch, who led the most laps (86) coming home fourth.

2008 Daytona 500

General info
Series Sprint Cup Series
Location Daytona International Speedway
Date February 17, 2008
Qualifying
Pole Sitter Jimmie Johnson
Pole Speed 187.075 mph
Race Data
Winner Ryan Newman
Margin of Victory .092 seconds
Average Speed 152.672 mph
Cautions 7 for 23 laps
Points Leader Ryan Newman (+15)

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