2007 3M Performance 400

The 2007 3M Performance 400 was the 23rd race in the 2007 NASCAR season was scheduled to be held on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. However, a day-long rain postponed the race until August 20, but another rainstorm postponed the race until the following day.

2007 3M Performance 400
Race details
Race 23 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
2007 3M Performance 400 program cover
2007 3M Performance 400 program cover
Date August 21, 2007 (2007-August-21)
Official name 3M Performance 400
Location Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.218 km)
Distance 203 laps, 406 mi (653.393 km)
Scheduled Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Hot with temperatures reaching up to 87.1 °F (30.6 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)
Average speed 117.012 miles per hour (188.313 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 38.090
Most laps led
Driver Kurt Busch Penske Racing
Laps 92
Winner
No. 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN2
Announcers Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Rusty Wallace

Pre-race NewsEdit

  • Kenny Wallace was released from the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy team. Wimmer replaced him, but failed to qualify in a one-race deal.
  • Due to a hand injury to his hand suffered in a fit of anger when he punched out a wall in his hauler at the previous weekend's race in Watkins Glen, Kyle Petty was replaced in the No. 45 as Chad McCumbee for that race only.[1]

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Kasey Kahne, with a speed of 187.544 mph, was fastest in practice. He was followed by Jimmie Johnson, David Stremme, Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth who rounded out the top five.

An early blow came in the first practice when Jeff Burton lost an engine minutes into the warmups. As a result, the No. 31 Chevrolet started in the back of the field regardless of where he qualified.

In qualifying itself, newly formed Gillett Evernham Motorsports looked to turn its season around with an all GEM front row. However, those efforts were thwarted by that of Greg Biffle, who held the pole until Jeff Gordon, the final driver to qualify, took his 62nd career Bud Pole award. Of note, Michael Waltrip Racing placed two of its cars in the top 15 although Dale Jarrett failed to make the show.

Did not qualify: No. 36 – Jeremy Mayfield, No. 44 – Dale Jarrett, No. 78 – Scott Wimmer, No. 37 – Kevin Lepage, No. 84 – A. J. Allmendinger

RaceEdit

The two-day postponement because of weather was the first since the 1997 DieHard 500 at Talladega. In that case, the race was run on the day before Mothers' Day, which was May 10. However, this race would be started on August 21 at 10:00 a.m. With no rain scheduled until the afternoon, the race ran its full distance although NASCAR waved a competition caution for the drivers to adjust their cars.

Kurt Busch, driving a Dodge Charger, held off the Chevrolet Monte Carlos of Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, under a green-white-checkered finish, to take his second win in three races. As with his earlier victory at Pocono, Busch led the most laps, 96 out of 203.

Gordon and Denny Hamlin, the top two drivers in the Cup standings, clinched places in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Busch remained in 12th place, but extended his lead over 13th place Dale Earnhardt Jr. to 163 points.

Also, Bill Davis Racing took back 35th place in the owners' standings for its No. 22 team on the strength of a sixth-place finish from Dave Blaney. This meant that BDR was guaranteed a starting spot for the next race, the Sharpie 500. Wood Brothers/JTG Racing (#21) fell back to 36th. It was the third change for 35th, between these teams, since late July.

For the first time in the brief history of Toyota in the Cup Series, two of its drivers finished in the top 10 in the same race: Blaney and Brian Vickers (8th).

The race telecast, scheduled for ESPN, was relocated to ESPN2.

ResultsEdit

POS[2] ST # DRIVER SPONSOR / OWNER CAR LAPS MONEY STATUS LED PTS
1 15 2   Kurt Busch Miller Lite   (Roger Penske) Dodge 203 190108 running 92 195
2 14 1   Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats / 57 Chevy   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 203 151245 running 0 170
3 7 48   Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / 57 Chevy   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 203 175761 running 15 170
4 21 17   Matt Kenseth DeWalt   (Jack Roush) Ford 203 152491 running 31 165
5 8 11   Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's   (Joe Gibbs) Chevrolet 203 109650 running 0 155
6 17 22   Dave Blaney Caterpillar   (Bill Davis) Toyota 203 114433 running 0 150
7 13 99   Carl Edwards Office Depot   (Jack Roush) Ford 203 93150 running 0 146
8 18 83   Brian Vickers Red Bull   (Dietrich Mateschitz) Toyota 203 82925 running 11 147
9 4 43   Bobby Labonte Cheerios / Betty Crocker   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 203 120036 running 0 138
10 35 20   Tony Stewart Home Depot   (Joe Gibbs) Chevrolet 203 135411 running 0 134
11 29 25   Casey Mears National Guard / GMAC / 57 Chevy   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 203 94625 running 0 130
12 39 8   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Budweiser / 57 Chevy   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 203 121508 running 1 132
13 6 5   Kyle Busch Kellogg's / Carquest   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 203 94350 running 0 124
14 19 31   Jeff Burton AT&T Mobility   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 203 114891 running 0 121
15 28 29   Kevin Harvick Shell / Pennzoil   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 203 124336 running 0 118
16 34 12   Ryan Newman Alltel   (Roger Penske) Dodge 203 110150 running 2 120
17 9 07   Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 203 85625 running 0 112
18 25 6   David Ragan AAA Insurance   (Jack Roush) Ford 203 117200 running 0 109
19 2 16   Greg Biffle 3M   (Jack Roush) Ford 203 97225 running 20 111
20 27 4   Ward Burton State Water Heaters / Lucas Oil / 57 Chevy   (Larry McClure) Chevrolet 203 76500 running 4 108
21 20 40   David Stremme Tums   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 202 76125 running 0 100
22 40 66   Jeff Green Best Buy   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 202 99983 running 0 97
23 12 00   David Reutimann Dominos.com   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 202 87108 running 0 94
24 30 7   Robby Gordon Jim Beam   (Robby Gordon) Ford 202 75300 running 2 96
25 31 18   J.J. Yeley Interstate Batteries / 57 Chevy   (Joe Gibbs) Chevrolet 202 103333 running 0 88
26 26 42   Juan Pablo Montoya Texaco / Havoline   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 202 109100 running 0 85
27 1 24   Jeff Gordon DuPont / 57 Chevy   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 202 135236 running 25 87
28 24 38   David Gilliland M&M's   (Yates Racing) Ford 202 101264 running 0 79
29 41 70   Johnny Sauter Yellow Transportation   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 202 73775 running 0 76
30 36 26   Jamie McMurray Irwin Industrial Tools   (Jack Roush) Ford 202 82400 running 0 73
31 3 9   Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers / UAW   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 201 117841 running 0 70
32 5 19   Elliott Sadler Dodge Dealers / UAW   (Gillett Evernham Motorsports) Dodge 201 91745 running 0 67
33 22 88   Ricky Rudd Snickers   (Yates Racing) Ford 201 104808 running 0 64
34 37 96   Tony Raines DLP HDTV / 57 Chevy   (Bill Saunders) Chevrolet 201 78225 running 0 61
35 23 21   Bill Elliott Little Debbie   (Wood Brothers) Ford 201 89289 running 0 58
36 43 10   Scott Riggs Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper   (James Rocco) Dodge 201 78025 running 0 55
37 16 49   John Andretti Paralyzed Veterans of America   (Beth Ann Morgenthau) Dodge 201 81633 running 0 52
38 33 41   Reed Sorenson Target   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 200 87422 running 0 49
39 38 15   Paul Menard Menards / Sylvania / 57 Chevy   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 167 69825 running 0 46
40 11 55   Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts   (Michael Waltrip) Toyota 135 69775 running 0 43
41 42 45   Chad McCumbee Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 134 69725 running 0 40
42 10 01   Mark Martin U.S. Army / 57 Chevy   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 101 77665 oil leak 0 37
43 32 08   Joe Nemechek E&M Motorsports   (John Carter) Dodge 92 68724 crash 0 34
Failed to qualify
POS NAME NBR SPONSOR OWNER CAR
44 Jeremy Mayfield 36 360 OTC Bill Davis Toyota
45 Dale Jarrett 44 UPS Michael Waltrip Toyota
46 Scott Wimmer 78 Furniture Row / 57 Chevy Barney Visser Chevrolet
47 Kevin Lepage 37 Front Row Motorsports Bob Jenkins Dodge
48 A.J. Allmendinger 84 Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz Toyota

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "THE RACE: The 3M Performance 400". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Race Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2021-05-28.

External linksEdit

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