Fan Awards: Best Cup Race

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RacingOne kicks off our annual NASCAR Fan Awards for 2008 with the first of 12 categories with a look back at some of the best races from the past Sprint Cup Series season.

And the nominees are...

50th Running of the Daytona 500
Ryan Newman outran teammate Kurt Busch and edged the lead pack of cars to win the 50th running of the Daytona 500.

Newman was fourth on the race's final restart with three laps to go and was able to move to the front with his Penske racing teammate Busch in tow to score the historic win.

It was the first Daytona 500 winner for car owner Roger Penske and Newman's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win since 2005.

Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400
After a wild last 20 laps, the Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway will be a race that will be talked about for some time to come.

The night appeared to belong to Denny Hamlin, who dominated the race and led a record 381 laps.

Unfortunately a flat tire with 20 laps to go cost the hometown hero the lead, a chance to win and ultimately ended Hamlin's night with a 25th-place finish.

Hamlin's exit set-up a battle for the lead between Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was looking to end his 71-race winless streak at the track where he scored his last Cup win two years ago.

The duo was racing side-by-side with three laps to go and made contact entering the third turn, with Busch's car sliding up into Earnhardt Jr.'s.

The impact sent the No. 88 Chevrolet spinning backwards into the wall and not surprisingly, set off a near riot in the grandstands as Earnhardt, Jr. fans voiced their displeasure over the turn of events.

That led to a green-white-checkered overtime finish with Clint Bowyer, who snuck by the front running duo as they crashed, now in command.

When the green flag flew, Bowyer was able to jump ahead to a two-car advantage and as Busch battled Mark Martin for the runner-up spot, was able to drive his Richard Childress Racing Chevy to his first win of the season.

LifeLock.com 400
Kyle Busch passed Jimmie Johnson with one lap to go to score the sweep of the Chicagoland Speedway weekend with his victory in the Lifelock.com 400.

Busch worked his way around Johnson on the second-to-last lap in the first Sprint Cup night race at Chicagoland to notch his 14th of 21 victories in NASCAR's top three circuits this season.

Busch set a race record by leading 165 of the 267 laps.

Sharpie 500
Carl Edwards came out on top of a late race battle with Busch to score his second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and consecutive victories in the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch led a race-high 415 laps Saturday night and appeared on his way to his ninth win of the Sprint Cup season.

But Edwards was able to work his way around the No. 18 M&M's Toyota after making a little contact on lap 470 of the 500-lap grind and went on to score his sixth win of the season.

Busch, however, wasn't pleased with what he perceived to be a Bristol bump-and-run for the lead and eventual win, and rammed into the side of Edwards' car on the cool down lap.

Edwards returned the favor as the standing room only crowd of 170,000 roared its approval.

Camping World RV 400 (Dover)
Greg Biffle started the 2008 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a perfect record after he took his second straight victory in the Camping World RV 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Biffle out battled his Roush-Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth in a final 45 lap duel to score his second win of the season and open up the Chase with back-to-back victories.

Kenseth had the top spot as the laps were winding down and after a side-by-side duel that had the crowd of more than 120,000 on its feet, Biffle slide by with seven to go and went on to take the checkered flag.

Camping World RV 400 (Kansas)
Jimmie Johnson held off a furious charge by Carl Edwards on the final lap to win the Camping World RV 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Johnson looked like he was in command most of the afternoon and in the end led a race-high 124 laps. That is until the final two laps.

Edwards closed in on the white flag lap and mounted a strong run as the duo hit Turns 3 and 4.

The No. 99 Ford shot by the No. 48 Lowe's Chevy on the inside and then slid up the track slapping the wall as Johnson went back by for the lead.

With the checkered flag in the air, Johnson crossed the finish line first for his first career Sprint Cup win at Kansas with Edwards 0.280-seconds behind.

AMP Energy 500
Tony Stewart finally broke into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win column at Talladega Superspeedway after he took the checkered flag in a wild AMP Energy 500.

Stewart had finished second six times in his Talladega Cup career until Sunday when he actually crossed the finish line second but was awarded the victory.

Regan Smith was ahead of Stewart when the checkered flag flew but NASCAR ruled he passed Stewart below the yellow out of bounds line and declared the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing driver the winner.

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