Final 2007 Standings
Rank Points Driver
1 Jimmie Johnson 6723
2 Jeff Gordon 6646
3 Clint Bowyer 6377
4 Matt Kenseth 6298
5 Kyle Busch 6293
6 Tony Stewart 6242
7 Kurt Busch 6231
8 Jeff Burton 6231
9 Carl Edwards 6222
10 Kevin Harvick 6199
11 Martin Truex Jr. 6164
12 Denny Hamlin 6143
13 Ryan Newman 4046
14 Greg Biffle 3991
15 Casey Mears 3949
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3929
17 Jamie McMurray 3556
18 Bobby Labonte 3517
19 Kasey Kahne 3489
20 Juan Montoya* 3487
21 J.J. Yeley 3456
22 Reed Sorenson 3275
23 David Ragan* 3251
24 David Stremme 3163
25 Elliott Sadler 3140
26 Robby Gordon 3014
27 Mark Martin 2960
28 David Gilliland 2924
29 Tony Raines 2920
30 Johnny Sauter 2875
31 Dave Blaney 2781
32 Jeff Green 2704
33 Ricky Rudd 2622
34 Paul Menard* 2496
35 Kyle Petty 2312
36 Scott Riggs 2135
37 Joe Nemechek 2117
38 Brian Vickers 2065
39 David Reutimann* 1878
40 Sterling Marlin 1752
41 Dale Jarrett 1584
42 Bill Elliott 1579
43 A.J. Allmendinger* 1165
44 Michael Waltrip 1149
45 Jeremy Mayfield 1126
46 Kenny Wallace 1066
47 Ward Burton 939
48 John Andretti 932
49 Ken Schrader 932
50 Regan Smith 516
51 Boris Said 510
52 Aric Almirola 357
53 Mike Bliss 325
54 Ron Fellows 283
55 P.J. Jones 267
56 Mike Wallace 266
57 Patrick Carpentier 209
58 Terry Labonte 204
59 Johnny Benson 159
60 Jacques Villeneuve 140
61 Chad McCumbee 128
62 Sam Hornish Jr. 125
63 Chad Chaffin 125
64 Kevin Lepage 95
65 Mike Skinner 91
66 Butch Leitzinger 79
67 Jon Wood 76
68 Scott Wimmer 70
69 Marc Goossens 55
NASCAR News and Commentary
Family Ties Run Strong In Daytona 500 History
As NASCAR prepares for 50th
When looking at the history of the Daytona 500, there's one
predominant theme that echoes throughout – Families. Beginning with the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959, successes and disappointments in NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race have been handed down through generations.
Toyota completed its first full season of
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) competition with the Camry
in 2007. “I would probably give our first season a letter
grade of a B-minus,” says Jim Aust, vice president of
motorsports, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We’re
probably about 14 races behind where I thought we would be.
We expected to run in the top-15 by mid-season, and we moved
in on that at the end of the season."
After a season of achievements and memorable
competition, the payoff for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
drivers came Friday in the form of the presentation of the
final point fund awards. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) will
collect a point fund award of $7,317,499, bringing his 2007
total winnings to $15,313,920.
Jimmie Johnson successfully defended his NASCAR Nextel Cup
Series title on Sunday, finishing seventh behind race winner Matt Kenseth in
the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to lock up his second
consecutive title over teammate and car co-owner Jeff Gordon.
Homestead: Kenseth wins, Johnson clinches 2nd title
Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag but
Jimmie Johnson took his 2nd straight Nextel Cup title Sunday
in Homestead. Kenseth drove to his 16th career win in
Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season-ending Ford 400,
while Johnson captured his second consecutive championship
with a seventh-place finish. Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff
Gordon and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five at the
Reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who
holds an 86-point lead over Hendrick Motorsports teammate
Jeff Gordon heading into the season-ending Ford 400, got off
to a great start Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning
the pole position while Gordon could do no better than 11th.
Defending champion Jimmie Johnson scored
his fourth straight Nextel Cup victory and took a sizable lead
in the Chase for the Nextel Cup Sunday in the Checker Auto
Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Johnson passed
Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with 24 laps left and held off
Greg Biffle to win for the 10th time this year. He became
the first driver to win four straight Cup races since Jeff
Gordon did it on his way to a 13-win season in 1998.
Edwards on pole, as open wheel stars steal the show
by Greg Cozzo
While Carl Edwards drove to his first Bud
Pole of 2007 at Phoenix International Raceway in preparation
for the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil, he
also joined in on the discussion about the impressive start
to the weekend by Open Wheel stars Jacque Villeneuve,
Patrick Carpentier and Sam Hornish Jr. Edwards piloted
his Office Depot / Roush – Fenway Ford Fusion COT machine
around the unique 1 mile Raceway with a lap of 27.114s.
Truex nips Gordon for his first career pole in Texas
NASCAR Nextel Cup
Martin Truex Jr. captured his first career Bud Pole on
Friday in qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas
Motor Speedway. Truex, Jr. turned a lap of 193.105 mph in his DEI Bass
Pro Shops Chevrolet to beat point leader Jeff Gordon's 192.424 mph lap.
Former Champ Car & F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Kevin Harvick & former
Champ Car driver A.J. Allmendinger rounded out the top five.
Jimmie Johnson's crew gave him track
position by only giving him two tires on the final caution
flag with less than 10 laps to go and Johnson survived two
restarts to win Sunday's Pep Boys 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup
race at Atlanta. Carl Edwards was 2nd followed by Reed
Sorenson, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton.
Greg Biffle won his first pole in more
than a year, nipping Kurt Busch for the top spot in Nextel
Cup qualifying Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Biffle turned a fast lap of 192.453 mph, while Busch had a
192.427 on the fast 1.5-mile oval. The time difference
between the top two laps was 0.004 seconds. IRL star
Sam Hornish Jr. kept his perfect record going and has come
up short in six tries to make his Cup debut this year.
It seems the only thing standing in the way
of Jeff Gordon and the 2007 Nextel Cup Series title is his
own teammate – Jimmie Johnson. Johnson passed Gordon
with 44 laps to go and then held off Ryan Newman in a
green-white checkered finish to win Sunday’s Subway 500 at
Hot on the heels of 2-race win streak, NASCAR points leader
Jeff Gordon won the pole position for Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville.
It was Gordon's 7th pole of the season, and sixth at Martinsville.
Martin Truex Jr was 2nd followed by Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson to give
Chevy the top-4 starting positions and 8 out of the top-10.
Jeff Gordon finally shook off his bad
luck at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and moved one step closer to
his fifth series title with his second straight victory in a
wild finish in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500. Despite
a sputtering race car, Gordon held on for the
green-white-checkered finish over fellow Chase for the
Nextel Cup contender Clint Bowyer.
Ryan Newman picked up his second straight Lowe’s Motor
Speedway pole on Thursday night, besting the field to grab the top starting
spot for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500. Newman’s lap of 189.394 mph
was enough to knock Jimmie Johnson from the pole, giving Newman his 42nd
career Bud Pole Award and his fifth of the season. Bobby Labonte was third,
followed by Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.
Jeff Gordon ran at the back of the field
all day at Talladega to avoid all the big wrecks and then
burst to the front on the final lap using an outside line
with Tony Stewart in tow. At the line it was Gordon followed
by his Hendrick Chevrolet teammate Jimmie Johnson and Dave
Blaney. Gordon won both Talladega races this year.
Toyotas will be starting up front in Sunday's UAW-Ford 500
at Talladega Superspeedway. For the first time in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
history, it will be an all-Toyota front row after Michael Waltrip scored the
Bud Pole for the 188-lap race after turning a lap of 189.070 mph in his NAPA
Auto Parts Camry. Jacques Villeneuve will make his Cup debut on Sunday after
qualifying a sensational sixth.
Nationwide Insurance inks 7-year deal to replace
The National Association for Stock Car
Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today that Nationwide
Insurance will become title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide
Series, replacing Anheuser-Busch’s Busch brand at the start
of the 2008 season. Nationwide Insurance will also become
the official auto, home and life insurance provider of
NASCAR. The seven-year agreement gives Nationwide
Insurance the exclusive rights to tie its brand to the most
popular form of motorsports in the U.S.
Greg Biffle survived two rain delays,
several accidents and darkness to finally win Sunday's
controversial NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series LifeLock 400 at
Kansas Speedway. Clint Bowyer finished second followed by
Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears and Jeff Gordon completed the
top five finishers.
Jimmie Johnson turned a lap of 175.063 mph
in his Lowe's Chevrolet to earn the top spot for Sunday's
third race in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup at Kansas Motor
Speedway. It was Johnson's third Bud Pole of the season and
second straight after earning the top spot last week in
Dover. The top five was rounded out by Matt Kenseth, Scott
Riggs, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin.
A late race accident by Kurt Busch who hit the outside
wall exiting Turn 2 set off a chain reaction that took out or damaged about
8 cars brought out a red-flag with 17 laps to go today at Dover. When
the green flag waved
Carl Edwards and his No. 99 Office Depot car held off
his teammate Greg Biffle to win Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover
International Speedway, his second win on a concrete track after an earlier
victory this season at Bristol.
Jimmie Johnson topped Friday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud
Pole qualifying session with a lap of 154.765 mph in the Lowe's Chevrolet to
take pole position for Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International
Speedway. Rookie Juan Pablo Montoya will start 2nd while Denny Hamlin, Kurt
Busch and June Dover race winner Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the top five.
See the complete transcript from the Dale
Earnhardt Jr. sponsorship announcement.
Today, this is an exciting, exciting day for us today. It's
also a relief, I'm sure, for some of you folks that have
been asking us about sponsorship and car numbers. To have an opportunity to partner them up with a guy like Dale Earnhardt Jr., it's going to be kind of a dream come true.
Clint Bowyer breaks through with
first win at Loudon
Clint Bowyer was the only driver in The
Chase for the NEXTEL Cup without a win until Sunday when he
picked up his first career series victory in the Sylvania
300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Jeff Gordon
finished second followed by Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and
Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the top five.
Richard Childress Racing driver Clint
Bowyer turned a lap of 130.412 mph in his Jack Daniels
Chevrolet to earn the sophomore's second career Bud Pole for
the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
"It was a good lap," Bowyer said. "We were fast all day, and
I'm really excited about our car." Martin Truex, Jr.,
Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman rounded out the
Jimmie Johnson ran away from the field to post his series
leading sixth NASCAR Nextel Cup Series win and secure the top spot in the
Chase for the Nextel Cup with a victory in Saturday night’s Chevy Rock &
Roll 400 at Richmond Int’l Raceway.
Jimmie Johnson, won the spring race at the 0.75-mile
Richmond track. On Friday evening, he won the Budweiser Pole
Award for Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 with a fast
lap of 126.298 mph. Hendrick Motorsports took the first
three positions during Friday's qualifying session. Jeff
Gordon, a five-time pole winner at Richmond, qualified
second with a lap of 126.342 mph, followed by Kyle Busch.
Joe Gibbs Racing has announced today they will field Toyota
Camrys for their Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams
beginning with the 2008 NASCAR season, ending a 16-year
relationship with General Motors and giving Toyota their
first true elite, championship-caliber team in their stable.
On a night where track temperature hit
147 degrees and ambient temperature reached 109 degrees on
the call to ‘start your engines,’ Jimmie Johnson and the
Hendrick team laid claim as the team to beat with victory in
the Sharp Aquos 500. Johnson’s fifth win of the season
guarantees a share of the lead with teammate Jeff Gordon
when the points are reset for Chase to the Nextel Cup
following next week’s race in Richmond.
Kurt Busch turns up heat for Chase with California
by Greg Cozzo
Triple digit temperatures didn’t melt Kurt Busch’s momentum
heading into the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup, by winning
his 10th career pole as the #2 Miller Lite Dodge ran a fast
lap of 39.474, 182.399 mph for the Sharp AQUOS 500 this
Sunday at California Speedway. Busch edged out California
native Jimmie Johnson by just 0.001s, who considers
California Speedway his home track..
Three quarters of the way through Saturday night's Sharpie
500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at newly repaved Bristol Motor Speedway, Carl
Edwards found a place he liked -- the lead -- and decided to stay there.
Edwards took the point for good on Lap 371, beating Kasey Kahne out of the
pits under a caution for David Ragan's spin in Turn 4. That's the way the
top two cars ran the rest of the way.
Kasey Kahne topped Friday's Bud Pole
qualifying session and grabbed his 14th career NASCAR NEXTEL
Cup Series pole in earning the top spot for the Sharpie 500
at Bristol Motor Speedway that will run Saturday night.
Kahne's lap of 16.016-seconds beat fellow Dodge driver Juan
Pablo Montoya who qualified outside the front row with a lap
Kurt Busch wins twice postponed MIS Nextel Cup race
by Tim Wohlford
After being postponed due to rain for two
straight days, NASCAR finally ran its Nextel Cup race in
Michigan today. Kurt Busch survived a 3-lap
green-white-checkers shootout to finish his domination of
the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan Speedway. Martin Truex
Jr. finished second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Matt
Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Dave Blaney.
The last will be first, as Jeff Gordon used his
last-to-qualify run to win the pole for Sunday's 3M Performance 400 NASCAR
Nextel Cup race. Starting alongside of Gordon will be Greg Biffle, who is
sponsored by 3M. Following Gordon and Biffle are Kasey Kahne, Bobby
Labonte, and Elliott Sadler. Starting sixth is Kyle Busch, followed by
Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, and Mark Martin.
Jeff Gordon was well on his way to
winning today's Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen but with two
laps to go he locked the right front wheel in Turn 1 and
spun handing the lead and the win to Tony Stewart. Stewart's
Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin was second after Carl
Edwards went off on the last lap. Jimmie Johnson was third.
Kurt Busch and his Penske Jasper powered
Dodge was the class of the field today at the Pennsylvania
500 at Pocono. Busch started on the outside pole and never
looked back, leading 175 laps on the way to his first
victory of the year. Dale Earnhardt Jr, Denny Hamlin, Jeff
Gordon and Jimmy Johnson rounded out the top-five. Busch’s
win ended a 52-race winless streak that dated back to March
2006. It was his 16th career Nextel Cup victory and his
second at Pocono.
It took two tries, but Dale Earnhardt Jr finally prevailed
and grabbed the Bud Pole at Pocono. Earnhardt Jr was on the track qualifying
when rain wiped out his first qualifying attempt, after a 45 minute rain
delay Earnhardt was first out and romped around a cool, fast track to a
speed of 169.975 and his first Bud Pole of the year. It’s Budweiser and
Miller Lite for an all brew front row at Pocono.
In a crash fest on another hazy, lazy
Indiana summer day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tony
Stewart won the Allstate 400. During the live post race TV
interview, Tony Stewart said that, “This is for everyone of
those fans in the stands who pull for me and take the
bullshit every week for it." Fines and controversy are sure
to follow, but the fans roared their approval.
The rumor of an impending merger between
the Champ Car World Series (CCWS) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
team, and NASCAR's Robert Yates Racing team did indeed come
to pass. Even stranger still is the sight of Hulman family
talent and money put into NASCAR and CCWS teams! Some
might even wonder if this is the first step in losing
Newman/Haas/Lanigan, or whether it means that CCWS is in
Key individuals that are part of the DEI
and Ginn Racing merger announced yesterday were part of a
media conference today to answer questions regarding the
merger. Those present included Max Siegel, Bobby Ginn,
John Story, Jay Frye, Mark Martin, and Paul Menard.
In an effort to bolster two struggling
race franchises, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Ginn Racing have
announced they have merged their teams, effective
immediately, creating a new powerhouse four-car Nextel Cup
operation that will debut this weekend at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway. The new merged organization will race under the
DEI banner and will combine DEI’s three teams – driven by
Martin Truex, Jr., Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Paul Menard –
with Ginn’s no. 01 Army Chevrolet, driven by Mark Martin and
Buddy Arrington’s NASCAR career rose from the youthful desire to go fast. He
made his first Grand National start in December of 1963 at Speedway Park, a
half-mile dirt track in Jacksonville, Florida. He finished eighth that
Sunday. But the 5,000 fans in attendance will remember it not because of
Buddy Arrington’s first race. They will remember it as the day Wendell Scott
became the first and only black man to win a race at NASCAR’s highest level.
Tony Stewart gets first win of year at Chicagoland
by Rick Schenk
Chevy driver Tony Stewart pulled away from Ford
drivers Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards after the final caution
with 12 laps to go to win his first Nextel Cup race of the year
at Chicagoland Sunday in the USG Sheetrock 400. It was
Stewart's first win since last November. Matt Kenseth was
second followed by Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears.
29 year old driver Casey Mears of the
team number 25 National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet drove the car
owned by Mary Hendrick to the Bud Pole for the USG Sheetrock
400 with a lap of 29.580 seconds, 182.556 mph. Driver Jimmie
Johnson holds the qualifying track record set in July of
2005 with a time of 28.701 and a speed of 188.147 mph.
With the exception of rival Nextel Cup
manufacturers, few have been satisfied with Toyota’s pace of
progress in its inaugural season at NASCAR’s top competitive
level. But Toyota’s substantial success in NASCAR’s
other top divisions provides a sharp contrast in results.
Jamie McMurray surged in the last 100 yards to beat Kyle Busch at the line
by inches (1/100ths of a sec.) to win the Pepsi 400 at Daytona under the
lights at Daytona. The No. 26 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Fusion for
Roush Fenway Racing took victory by a margin of 0.004 seconds. Busch
finished second with brother Kurt Busch third.
It was a muggy early Summer Friday
afternoon in Daytona Beach, Florida. An hour earlier, Boris
Said had wheeled his Sobe/No Fear Energy Fusion Ford around
the larger than life track that Bill France had built way
back in 1959 at a lap of 186.143. Now, he just watched on as
the other drivers tried to find their way into the 2006
Pepsi 400. But when all was said and done, it was Boris Said
at the very top, the Bud Pole winner for the next evening’s
Denny Hamlin used tire strategy to help
with track position and outraced Jeff Gordon to the line to
win Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Lenox Industrial Tools
300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. It was
Hamlin's first win of the season and third career NEXTEL Cup
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