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2008 Driver Review: Sterling Marlin

*2008 Ride:* No. 09 James Finch Racing Chevrolet (7 Races) No. 40 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge (2 Races) *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts (No. 09) Wii Fit (No. 40) *2008 Owners:* James Finch (No. 09), Chip Ganassi / Felix Sabates (No. 40) *2008 Crew Chiefs:* Marc Reno (No. 09), Steve Lane (No. 40) *Stats:* 9 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 3 DNQs, 51st in points. *Best Finish:* 22nd – Talladega (April). *High Point:* After being unceremoniously released from the No. 40 ride in favor of a younger David Stremme at the end of 2005, it had to feel good for Marlin to be asked back by a desperate owner Chip Ganassi three years later – even if only for a few races.

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2008 Driver Review: Joey Logano

*2008 Ride:* No. 96 Hall of Fame Racing Toyota (2 Races) No. 02 Home Depot Toyota (Texas) *2008 Primary Sponsors:* DLP HDTV (No. 96) Home Depot (No. 02) *2008 Owners:* Jeff Moorad (No. 96), Joe Gibbs (No. 02) *2008 Crew Chiefs:* Steve Boyer (No. 96), Wally Brown (No. 02) *Stats:* 3 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 2 DNQs, 64th in points. *Best Finish:* 32nd – Loudon (Sept.) *High Point:* While Logano had plenty to smile about over in the Nationwide Series, there wasn’t much to write home about from his brief experience with Sprint Cup.

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2008 Driver Review: Terry Labonte

*2008 Ride:* No. 45 Petty Enterprises Dodge (9 Races) No. 10 Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge (Pocono – July) *2008 Primary Sponsors:* Marathon Oil, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Wells Fargo, Richard Petty Driving Experience, Victory Junction Gang Camp (No. 45) Charter Communications (No. 10) *2008 Owners:* Richard Petty / Boston Ventures (No. 45), George Gillett (No. 10) *2008 Crew Chiefs:* Stewart Cooper (No. 45), Mike Shiplett (No. 10) *Stats:* 10 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 46th in points. *Best Finish:* 16th – Daytona, Coke Zero 400 (July). *High Point:* After going two and a half years in between restrictor plate race starts, the Labonte nicknamed “Iceman” showed he still knew how to keep his car out of trouble and get the job done.

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2008 Driver Review: Bobby Labonte

*2008 Ride:* No. 43 Petty Enterprises Dodge *2008 Primary Sponsor:* Cheerios / General Mills *2008 Owners:* Richard Petty (Feb. – June); Boston Ventures (June – Nov.) *2008 Crew Chief:* Jeff Meendering *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 2 Top 10s, 21st in points. *Best Finish:* 6th – Talladega (October). *High Point:* On the track, there wasn’t much for Labonte to smile about, despite the fact his season looked good on paper early on. After two Top 15 finishes in the first four races – including a 12th at his career-best track, Atlanta – Labonte was 14th in the standings, seemingly in the thick of the Chase hunt. However, the driver’s personal high point likely came long after that false hope faded away.

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2008 Driver Review: Travis Kvapil

*2008 Ride:* No. 28 Yates Racing Ford *2008 Primary Sponsor:* No full-time primary; multiple sponsors throughout the season in one to six-race deals *2008 Owner:* Doug Yates / Max Jones *2008 Crew Chief:* Todd Parrott *Stats:* 36 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 4 Top 10s, 1 Pole, 23rd in points. *Best Finish:* 6th -- Talladega (April). *High Point:* Kvapil achieved his best finish of the year at a place a lot of drivers loathe – Talladega Superspeedway. He followed that up with a pole-winning run when the series visited the 2.66-mile oval again in October, showcasing Yates Racing remains a threat at restrictor plate tracks -- their last win came at Talladega with Dale Jarrett in 2005.

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2008 Driver Review: Dale Jarrett

*2008 Ride:* No. 44 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota *2008 Primary Sponsor:* UPS *2008 Owner:* Michael Waltrip *2008 Crew Chief:* Bill Pappas *Stats:* 5 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 1 DNF, 54th in points. *Best Finish:* 16th -- Daytona 500. *High Point:* Was there really a high point to Dale's final few races of his career? If you go by stats, then the high point had to be the 16th place finish at the Daytona 500. But to hell with the stats! The high point, in my opinion, was the sendoff given by the fans to DJ at his final points race at Bristol in March.

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2008 Driver Review: Kasey Kahne

*2008 Ride:* No. 9 Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge *2008 Primary Sponsor:* Budweiser *2008 Owners:* George Gillett, Ray Evernham *2008 Crew Chief:* Kenny Francis *Stats:* 36 Races, 2 Wins, 4 Top 5s, 14 Top 10s, 2 Poles, 14th in points. *Best Finish:* 1st – Charlotte (May) & Pocono (June). *High Point:* Who knew having a charming personality could make your season? After a lackluster performance in the Sprint Showdown seemingly kept him out of the main event, Kahne’s fortunes turned through the enthusiasm of his legion of fans. Compiling the largest number of votes for any driver not already in the All-Star Race, Kahne claimed the final spot in the field -- then promptly smoked the competition in the final segment to score an upset victory.

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2008 Driver Review: Robby Gordon

*2008 Ride:* No. 7 Robby Gordon Motorsports Dodge *2008 Primary Sponsor:* Jim Beam *Associate or One-Time Primary Sponsors:* Charter Communications, Valvoline, Planet Color, Barrett-Jackson, Mapei, Camping World, Saveourname.com, Menards *2008 Owner:* Robby Gordon *2008 Crew Chief:* Frank Kerr *Stats*: 36 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 0 Poles, 33rd in points. *Best Finish:* 6th - Coke Zero 400 (Daytona - July). *High Point:* On the track, Gordon's performances on the two restrictor plate tri-ovals, with an eighth and a sixth at Daytona to go along with an eighth at Talladega. These wound up being his only Top 10s of the season in the Cup Series.

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2008 Driver Review: Sam Hornish, Jr.

*2008 Ride:* No. 77 Penske Racing Dodge *2008 Sponsors:* Mobil One, Penske Truck Rental *2008 Owner:* Roger Penske *2008 Crew Chief:* Chris Carrier (Feb. - Aug.), Travis Geisler (Aug. - Nov.) *Stats:* 34 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 0 Top 10s, 2 DNQs, 35th in points. *Best Finish:* 13th - Charlotte (May). *High Point:* As was the case with the Penske Racing organization as a whole, Sam Hornish Jr. enjoyed the high point of his rookie campaign in stock cars during the season-opening Daytona 500. Hornish Jr., riding the wave as part of the vaunted "open-wheel invasion," led the charge that day, racing in the lead draft for the entirety of the 500-mile race while bringing his car home in 15th spot -- by far the best of the converts.

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News Recap for the Week of December 8, 2008

Bobby Labonte and Petty Enterprises part ways On Thursday, Petty Enterprises and driver Labonte officially parted company. This leaves the 2000 Winston Cup champion free to pursue other opportunities in the sport. “In over 15 years of racing in the Sprint Cup Series, I can’t remember a time when the …

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