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2008 Driver Review: Elliott Sadler

*2008 Ride:* No. 19 Gillett-Evernham Motorsports Dodge *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Best Buy, Stanley, McDonald's *2008 Owner:* Ray Evernham *2008 Crew Chief:* Rodney Childers *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 2 Top 5s, 8 Top 10s, 0 Poles, 24th in points. *Best Finish:* 4th (Indianapolis - August). *High Point:* Sadler started the season with a sixth place run at Daytona, but, unfortunately, the highlights were few and far between after that.

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2008 Driver Review: Scott Riggs

*2008 Ride:* No. 66 Haas CNC Chevrolet *2008 Primary Sponsor:* State Water Heaters *2008 Owner:* Joe Custer *2008 Crew Chief:* Bootie Barker / Matt Borland (during six race suspension to Barker) *Stats:* 34 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 1 Top 10, 31st in points. *Best Finish:* 7th (Talladega - Fall). *High Point:* Riggs' lone Top 10 finish of 2008 at Talladega in the Fall was the high point for the Bahama, NC native. The veteran put his State Water Heaters Chevrolet in the 11th starting spot, led some laps, and came home in seventh position after avoiding several wrecks.

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2008 Driver Review: David Reutimann

*2008 Ride(s):* No. 00 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota (first five events) No. 44 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota (final 31 events) *2008 Primary Sponsor(s):* Aaron’s (No. 00), UPS (No. 44) *2008 Owner(s):* Michael Waltrip / Johnny Harris / Robert Kauffman (both cars) *2008 Crew Chief:* Ryan Pemberton (both cars) *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 4 Top 10s, 1 Pole, 22nd in points. *Best Finish:* Ninth - twice (Fontana and Richmond - Sept.) *Average Finish:* 23.3. *High Point:* For Reutimann, the best race of his season was the hurricane-delayed Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway in September.

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2008 Driver Review: Tony Raines

*2008 Rides:* No. 70 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet (10 Races) No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet (1 Race) No. 08 E & M Motorsports Dodge (2 DNQs) *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Haas Automation, Hunt Brothers Pizza, iQ Drive (No. 70) doorstopnation.com (No. 34) No Sponsor (No. 08) *2008 Owners:* Gene Haas (No. 70), Bob Jenkins (No. 34), John Carter (No. 08) *2008 Crew Chiefs:* Dave Skog (No. 70), Scott Eggleston (No. 34), Mark Tutor (No. 08) *Stats:* 11 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 10 DNQs, 47th in points. *Best Finish:* 17th (Bristol - August). *High Point:* After starting the Sharpie 500 in the 20th position, Raines kept the No. 70 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet clean despite the beating and banging that Bristol is known for to bring home a 17th place finish -- his best of the season and the second best finish of the year for the Haas CNC team he drove for.

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Mirror Driving: Sadler’s Last Stand, Diversity’s Shocking Surprise, And NASCAR Free Agents Losing Hope

*Elliott Sadler was released from Gillett-Evernham Motorsports in favor of A.J. Allmendinger, and promptly filed suit for breach of contract. Does Sadler have a leg to stand on, and what can he hope to gain - or stand to lose - from the suit?* Doug: Is a judge going to force GEM to field Sadler? No. Phil: That's true. Unless he was given some kind of absolute guarantee that the No. 19 was his in 2009, he's got nothing. Tom: I think Sadler's just protecting himself financially. The way this whole thing went down, I'm hard-pressed to see him driving for Gillett ever again.

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2008 Driver Review: David Ragan

*2008 Ride:* No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford *2008 Sponsor:* AAA *2008 Owners:* Geoff Smith / Jack Roush / John Henry *2008 Crew Chief:* Jimmy Fennig *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 6 Top 5s, 14 Top 10s, 0 Poles, 13th in points. *Best Finish:* 3rd - twice (Michigan - June, Talladega - October). *High Point:* Restrictor plate races have been a consistent strength for Ragan in his career, and a third place finish in the Talladega Chase race solidified that notion.

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2008 Driver Review: Kyle Petty

*2008 Ride:* No. 45 Petty Enterprises Dodge *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Wells Fargo / Paralyzed Veterans of America / Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil / Coca-Cola *2008 Owner:* Richard Petty / Boston Ventures *2008 Crew Chief:* Billy Wilburn (Feb. - Apr.) Stewart Cooper (Apr. - Nov.) *Stats:* 15 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 1 DNF, 2 DNQs, 44th in points. *Best Finish:* 24th (Richmond – September). *Average Finish:* 34.8. *High Point:* OK, let’s be honest here. Other than his dedication to charity and the Victory Junction Gang Camp(s), there was no high point to the 2008 season for Kyle Petty.

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2008 Driver Review: Ryan Newman

*2008 Ride:* No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Alltel, Kodak, Samsung HDTV, Avis *2008 Owner:* Roger Penske *2008 Crew Chief:* Roy McCauley *Stats:* 36 Races, 1 Win, 2 Top 5s, 8 Top 10s, 1 Pole, 17th in points. *Best Finish:* 1st – Daytona 500. *High Point:* The No. 12 team rode the momentum of a strong close to the 2007 season right into Daytona Speedweeks. Racing with former Busch Series crew chief Roy McCauley for the first time at the Cup level, Newman and his No. 12 team had a stellar run in the Gatorade Duels, earning the seventh starting spot for the Daytona 500.

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2008 Driver Review: Juan Pablo Montoya

*2008 Ride:* No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Dodge *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Texaco / Havoline, Big Red, Juicy Fruit *2008 Owner:* Chip Ganassi *2008 Crew Chief:* Donnie Wingo (Feb. - Apr.) Jimmy Elledge (Apr. - May) Brian Pattie (May - Nov.) *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 2 Top 5s, 3 Top 10s, 0 Poles, 25th in Points. *Best Finish:* 2nd (Talladega - April). *High Point:* As the statistics show, 2008 was a pretty dismal year for Montoya -- as it was for the entire Chip Ganassi Racing organization. That’s not to say there weren’t some bright spots, though ... even if they were hard to come by.

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2008 Driver Review: Joe Nemechek

*2008 Ride:* No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet *2008 Sponsors:* Furniture Row / Denver Mattress *2008 Owner:* Barney Visser *2008 Crew Chief:* Jay Guy *Stats:* 32 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 1 Pole, 37th in points. *Best Finish:* 11th (Talladega - October). *High Point:* The highlights were far and few between for the 45-year-old Nemechek in 2008. Driving for Furniture Row Racing, a third-year, single-car outfit based in Denver, Colo., it was tough to compete with the multi-car giants at most races on the schedule.

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