The 2008 racing season showed Scott Riggs is clearly capable of being a solid driver – despite having less than a solid team around him.
Released from his full-time ride at Hall of Fame Racing after 2007, Tony Raines spent much of 2008 as a Sprint Cup fill-in – and one can only describe his season as dismal.
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David Ragan’s second year on the Sprint Cup tour began like most of his rookie year races ended, with a big wreck. During the season-opening Daytona 500, Ragan lost control of his No. 6 Ford, swept up teammate Kenseth and sent both careening into the wall.
Depending on what you believe, Kyle Petty’s Cup career may be far from over after all. The LATEST rumor, as of January 2nd, was that E&M Motorsports would field Kyle in the No. 08 Dodge in as many as 14 races – with Wells Fargo as a sponsor.
Joe Nemechek got off to a rocky start, finishing 41st and 34th in the season’s first two events. He failed to live up to the “Front Row Joe” moniker from there.
There isn’t a whole lot to summarize for Chad McCumbee’s season, making it a difficult one to put a viable grade on. While the Pettys hoped to put a full-time Nationwide Series deal together for the young driver, nothing materialized, and that forced him to again run the Truck Series in the No. 8 Malcolmson Construction Chevrolet.
Following the lead of other aging veterans, Sterling Marlin chose to cut back to a part-time schedule in 2008, signing up to drive for one of the most powerful independent owners in the Cup business these days – James Finch.
In his third season behind the wheel at P.E., this year was supposed to be the one where Bobby Labonte returned the No. 43 car to its former glory.
The 2008 season wasn’t a huge success for Travis Kvapil, but it was his best points finish in three full-time seasons in the Cup Series (he drove for Penske in 2005 and PPI Motorsports in 2006).