All times that were recorded were eliminated, and the starting lineup was set according to the NASCAR rule book. The pole sitter was Jeff Gordon, and Denny Hamlin sat on the outside. Ironically, this was the reverse of the previous week's finishing running order.
It was the first time in the speedway's history that a qualifying session was not completed, covering a total of 97 races. As a result of what happened, on January 21, 2008, NASCAR changed the rules that put those not in the Top 35 Owners' Points into a separate session in order to make the race, also called "The Boris Said Rule".
As at the Daytona 500, some of the sport's biggest stars struggled. Kevin Harvick finished 34th, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 36th, Tony Stewart 38th, and Denny Hamlin 43rd. Despite the fact there were many incidents throughout the race, most were relatively minor and "the Big One" never happened.
Top ten results:
|1.||#26||Jamie McMurray||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|2.||#5||Kyle Busch||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3.||#2||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Penske Racing|
|4.||#99||Carl Edwards||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|5.||#24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6.||#16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|7.||#07||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|8.||#17||Matt Kenseth||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|9.||#9||Kasey Kahne||Dodge||Evernham Motorsports|
|10.||#48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
PEPSI 400 STILL ON DESPITE NEARBY FLORIDA FIRES BUT TRACK OFFICIALS WILL CALL IT OFF IF PUBLIC SAFETY'S IN JEOPARDY.(SPORTS)
Jun 30, 1998; Byline: JACK BOGACZYK, LANDMARK NEWS SERVICE The first Pepsi 400 under the lights is still scheduled as planned, even as the...