2007 Pep Boys Auto 500
The 2007 Pep Boys Auto 500 was a stock car racing competition held on October 28, 2007 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. The race was the thirty-third race of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the seventh of the season-ending ten-race Chase for the Nextel Cup.
|Race 33 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series|
Layout of Atlanta Motor Speedway
|Date||October 28, 2007|
|Official name||Pep Boys Auto 500|
|Location||Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia|
Permanent racing facility|
1.54 mi (2.48 km)
|Distance||329 laps, 506.66 mi (815.39 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||325 laps, 500.5 mi (805.476 km)|
|Average speed||135.26 miles per hour (217.68 km/h)|
|Driver||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Martin Truex, Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|No. 48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree|
To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the 1992 Hooters 500, the last race of the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Jeff Gordon served as the Grand Marshal while Richard Petty served as the honorary flagman. Gordon had made his first career start in the 1992 race, which was also Petty's final race.
- Jeremy Mayfield replaced Jeff Green in the No. 66 Chevrolet for Haas CNC Racing.
- Mike Skinner replaced Mayfield in the No. 36 Toyota for Bill Davis Racing.
- Burney Lamar, in the No. 08 car, attempted to make his first career Nextel Cup Series start.
With a lap of 28.807 seconds at a speed of 192.453 mph, Greg Biffle won his first pole position of the year. Former teammate Kurt Busch started alongside him. Dale Jarrett, in his final fall Atlanta race, had a season best third place starting spot. Spring race winner Jimmie Johnson started sixth, while championship leader, Jeff Gordon, started in the eighth. Tony Stewart, the defending race winner started the race in thirteenth.
Top Ten Results: (Note: Chase drivers are in bold italics.)
|1||48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||99||Carl Edwards||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|3||41||Reed Sorenson||Dodge||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|4||17||Matt Kenseth||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|5||31||Jeff Burton||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|6||07||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|7||24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|8||2||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Penske Racing|
|9||9||Kasey Kahne||Dodge||Gillett Evernham Motorsports|
|10||83||Brian Vickers||Toyota||Team Red Bull|
- Jimmie Johnson's eighth victory of the 2007 season, combined with a seventh-place finish for Gordon, has compacted the points difference between the two down to nine points heading into Texas.
- In the battle for the first thirty-five positions in owners points, due to the suspension failure of the No. 22 car, the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing No. 21 gains points, but was still 82 points out.
- The top 2 finishers would be reversed in the next season's race, with Edwards winning and Johnson finishing second. Kenseth would also finish fourth yet again.