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Diamond Hill Plywood 200

Status: Final Darlington Raceway

Race Capsule

Darlington Raceway
  • What:

    Race 14 of 37 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC

  • When:

    May 9, 2008 7:45 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    147

  • Track Length:

    1.366 miles

  • Race Length:

    201.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $1,123,200

Drivers to Watch

Carl Edwards Won at Texas for his third win of the season; was docked 100 points and fell from the top spot in the standings after being penalized after his win at Las Vegas; victory at Texas was his 10th career Cup win; had the dominant car again at Atlanta, but blew an engine and finished 42nd; ran 19th in the Daytona 500; qualified for the Chase last year and won at Dover after 12th at New Hampshire, but failed post-race inspection and was docked 25 points and fined; penalty dropped him from third to sixth in the standings and he never recovered; won the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series championship; finished with 11 top fives and 15 top 10s last year; also won at Michigan and Bristol; ran 12th here in May last year.
Tony Stewart With rumors swirling about his future at JGR, finished 38th at Talladega; ran 14th at Phoenix following back-to-back top-10 finishes at Martinsville and Texas; finished second to teammate Kyle Busch at Atlanta, but was vocal about the poor Goodyear tire quality; suffered a hard crash at Las Vegas, injured his ankle and finished last; had another disappointment at Daytona, finishing third despite having the lead with one lap to go; took sixth at California after the Daytona 500; moved within two points of the points lead after the first two Chase races last year, but could not keep pace with Johnson and Gordon and faded to sixth in the final standings; finished second at Richmond to enter the Chase on a hot streak; pre-Chase surge included fourth at Bristol as well as running 10th at Michigan on the heels of winning at Watkins Glen - his third win; captured back-to-back victories at Chicagoland and at the Brickyard; won three races in total to go along with 23 top-10s; ran eighth in this race last year.
Kyle Busch Has gotten off to a strong start with Joe Gibbs Racing, placing fourth in the first two races and winning at Atlanta; finished 17th at Bristol after power steering failed and transmission issues relegated him to 38th at Martinsville; won at Talladega and sits second in the standings, 22 points out of the lead; had the dominant car and led the most laps at the Daytona 500; was strong at Las Vegas early, but struggled late and wound up 11th; is looking to build off a sensational run at Hendrick Motorsports as he moves to JGR and Toyota; finished fifth in the final 2007 standings after qualifying for the Chase for the second consecutive season; had 20 top-10 finishes in 36 races last season, including 11 top-fives; lone win came during the first Bristol race - the inaugural Car of Tomorrow event; ran second in this race last year.
One of the circuit's most consistent drivers, finished third at Martinsville to take over top spot in the standings; saw his lead over Kyle Busch drop to 22 points after finishing 12th at Talladega; won at Bristol for first win of the season; finished 13th in the Daytona 500 and eighth at California; was fifth in Las Vegas and 10th at Atlanta; finished eighth in last season's standings, one year after placing seventh; finished in the top 10 in half of the races last season, including nine top fives; lone win of the 2007 season came in April at Texas; finished the season strong with five top 10s over the final six races; ran 43rd here last May after blowing an engine.
Matt Kenseth Dropped to 19th in the standings after finishing 41st at Talladega; ran 38th at Phoenix following a ninth at Texas and 30th at Martinsville; had consecutive top-10s at Bristol and Atlanta; was 20th at Las Vegas due to a late-race incident with Jeff Gordon; ran fifth at California, fresh off a disappointing 35th place showing at the Daytona 500; last season had a late-Chase surge with a win at the season-ending race at Homestead, following a third at Phoenix and a second at Texas; finished fourth in the final standings; had 13 top-five finishes and 22 top 10s last season; won the series championship in 2003 despite capturing only one checkered flag, prompting NASCAR to change to its current Chase format; enters this season without longtime crew chief Robbie Reiser who has been replaced atop the box by Chip Bolin; ran 10th in this race last year.