2007 Samsung 500
|Race 7 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season|
Simple line diagram of Texas Motor Speedway track layout
|Date||April 15, 2007|
|Location||Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas|
Permanent racing facility|
1.5 mi (2.414 km)
|Distance||334 laps, 501 mi (806.281 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 71.1 °F (21.7 °C); wind speeds up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)|
|Average speed||143.359 miles per hour (230.714 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports|
|No. 31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds|
It was the third race to feature the Car of Tomorrow. Hendrick Motorsports was shooting for its fifth consecutive win as a team. The last team to accomplish this feat was Petty Enterprises in 1971. HMS driver Jeff Gordon started from pole as qualifying was rained out. The race itself featured many attritions, including a hard first lap crash involving David Ragan, J.J. Yeley, and Ricky Rudd. Gordon dominated the early part of the race until a pit mistake forced him to lose the lead. November Texas winner Tony Stewart struggled throughout the day, first being spun out after contact with rookie Juan Pablo Montoya, and being hit by Jimmie Johnson in the driver's side, and spun again later . However, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who got his first cup win at Texas, slowed to avoid the spinning Stewart, but was hit from behind by Kyle Busch, who was traveling over 30 mph faster. In the end, the race came down to former Texas Motor Speedway winners and ex-teammates Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton. Burton attempted many times to pass Kenseth low, but he held the top spot. On the last lap, however, Burton was able to get underneath and clear Kenseth off turn 2 and hold him off to become the first repeat winner of a Cup series event held at the speedway.
While Burton won his second race, being the first repeat winner, still the past twelve races have been won by twelve different drivers, and it was the fourth different winning team at Texas Motor Speedway in the past four races (Roush, Evernham, Gibbs, Childress), with the past three teams winning at Texas winning for the first time.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. rode the last 10 laps in the Kyle Busch's No. 5 car owned by Rick Hendrick. Earnhardt signed a contract with Hendrick one day after the race. Busch signed a contract to go to Joe Gibbs Racing to drive the No. 18 car.
|7||24||Martin Truex Jr.||1||Chevrolet||146||334||$164,945|
|8||16||Juan Montoya *||42||Dodge||142||334||$168,375|
|15||42||Paul Menard *||15||Chevrolet||118||333||$113,325|
|36||12||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||8||Chevrolet||60||5||288||$128,983|
|39||19||David Ragan *||6||Ford||46||239||$117,025|
- "Weather information for the 2007 Samsung 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- Blount, Terry (April 17, 2007). "Dale Jr.'s decision to drive the No. 5 scrutinized". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved February 18, 2014.