2007 Pennsylvania 500
|Race 21 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season|
Pocono Raceway, where the race was held.
|Date||August 5, 2007|
|Official name||Pennsylvania 500|
|Location||Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
Permanent racing facility|
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 89.1 °F (31.7 °C); wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)|
|Average speed||131.627 miles per hour (211.833 km/h)|
|Driver||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing|
|No. 2||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Rusty Wallace|
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole position after being allowed to requalify when a rainstorm interrupted his attempt which resulted in a 45-minute rain delay. NASCAR allowed Earnhardt to put on new tires and cool down his car because of the delay, when temperatures cooled down.
Outside polesitter Kurt Busch would be the class of the field, dominating for 175 of 200 laps and taking his first victory since the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in March 2006. While Busch dominated, the main story of the day was that of the polesitter. Dale Jr.'s team had brought an overly aggressive shock package to Pocono, and it was not working for them as the car was tight despite numerous adjustments. Their struggles hit a low point when Earnhardt Jr. spun the car in turn three. The team changed the shock and Dale Jr. rallied back to second place. Despite this comeback, Busch had overtaken Earnhardt, Jr. for the critical 12th position in points.
Top ten results:
|1.||#2||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Penske Racing South|
|2.||#8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|3.||#11||Denny Hamlin||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4.||#24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5.||#48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6.||#20||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7.||#12||Ryan Newman||Dodge||Penske Racing South|
|8.||#07||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|9.||#01||Mark Martin||Chevrolet||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|10.||#25||Casey Mears||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
- Kurt Busch has led a track record 175 laps.