2007 Sharpie 500
The 2007 Sharpie 500, the 24th race of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season was run on the newly repaved and reconfigured .533 mile Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday night, August 25, 2007.
|Race 24 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season|
|Date||August 25, 2007|
|Official name||Sharpie 500|
|Location||Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee|
Permanent racing facility|
0.533 mi (0.857 km)
|Distance||500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.89 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching as low as 69.1 °F (20.6 °C); winds speeds reaching up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)|
|Average speed||89.006 miles per hour (143.241 km/h)|
|Driver||Gillette Evernham Motorsports|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kasey Kahne||Gillette Evernham Motorsports|
|No. 99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Rusty Wallace|
This race was the tenth to use NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow, as Kyle Busch won the inaugural event with this car, the Food City 500 on March 25 this year. But that race was on 36-degree high banked turns and the old concrete surface. For this race, one of the most popular in NASCAR, the new concrete surface with its new progressive banked turns between 24 and 30 degrees made its NEXTEL Cup debut.
- Kenny Wallace, who was the driver of the #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet until after the Watkins Glen race, replaced the injured Kyle Petty in the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge. Sterling Marlin piloted the #78 car, but did not make the starting lineup.
- Aric Almirola made his Nextel Cup debut in the Dale Earnhardt, Inc. #01 Chevrolet.
- Matt Kenseth clinched a spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup by taking the green flag.
Kasey Kahne won the pole position on the newly rebanked and resurfaced track. This was Kahne's 14th start on the point. Juan Pablo Montoya joined Kahne on the front row; Montoya's second starting position is the best of his NASCAR career so far.
Carl Edwards won the Sharpie 500 for his second win of 2007 and sixth of his career. Together, he and second-place finisher Kahne led 487 of the race's 500 laps. Kahne alone led 305 of them, more than in any other race in his career.
Denny Hamlin suffered an engine failure and did not finish. It was the first such occurrence in 53 races.
Owing largely to the new, wider racing surface, there were only nine cautions at a track which typically sees 15 or more in a 500-lap Cup race. The first of those did not come until lap 127.
Jeff Gordon left with a 359-point lead over Stewart on top of the championship standings. Kurt Busch retained a 158-point lead over Earnhardt Jr. for the 12th and final position in the Chase. Gordon, Hamlin, Edwards, Kenseth and Stewart have assured themselves of participation in the NASCAR "playoff."
Top ten results:
|1.||#99||Carl Edwards||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|2.||#9||Kasey Kahne||Dodge||Gillett Evernham Motorsports|
|3.||#07||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|4.||#20||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5.||#8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||Dale Earnhardt Incorporated|
|6.||#2||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Penske Racing|
|7.||#12||Ryan Newman||Dodge||Penske Racing|
|8.||#43||Bobby Labonte||Dodge||Petty Enterprises|
|9.||#5||Kyle Busch||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10.||#16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
- "Weather History for Bristol, Tennessee on August 25, 2007". The Old Farmer's Almanac. Retrieved 23 March 2014.