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.

2007 Sharpie 500
Race details
Race 24 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
The 2007 Sharpie 500 program cover, with artwork by former NASCAR artist Sam Bass. The painting is called "Concrete Clash!"
The 2007 Sharpie 500 program cover, with artwork by former NASCAR artist Sam Bass. The painting is called "Concrete Clash!"
Date August 25, 2007 (2007-August-25)
Official name Sharpie 500
Location Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee
Course 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)[1]
Average speed 89.006 miles per hour (143.241 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Gillett Evernham Motorsports
Time 16.016
Most laps led
Driver Kasey Kahne Gillett Evernham Motorsports
Laps 305
Winner
No. 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
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.

Pre-Race NewsEdit

Entry listEdit

#[2] Driver Team Make Sponsor
00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Burger King
1 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Boats
01 Aric Almirola Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet U.S. Army
2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge Miller Lite
4 Ward Burton Morgan–McClure Motorsports Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Food City
5 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Kellogg's, CARQUEST Auto Parts
6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford AAA
7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Ford Camping World
07 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Jack Daniel's
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Budweiser
9 Kasey Kahne Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dodge Dealers, UAW
10 Scott Riggs Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge Valvoline, Stanley Tools
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet FedEx Freight
12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge Alltel
15 Paul Menard Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet Menards, Turtle Wax Ice
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford Dish Network
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford DeWalt
18 J.J. Yeley Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Interstate Batteries
19 Elliott Sadler Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dodge Dealers, UAW
20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet The Home Depot
21 Bill Elliott Wood Brothers Racing Ford U.S. Air Force
22 Dave Blaney Bill Davis Racing Toyota Caterpillar
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet DuPont Automotive Finishes
25 Casey Mears Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet National Guard, GMAC
26 Jamie McMurray Roush Fenway Racing Ford Irwin Industrial Tools
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Shell, Pennzoil Platinum
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet RCR Chevrolet
34 Stanton Barrett Front Row Motorsports Dodge Kingsport Iron & Metal, Thompson Metal
36 Jeremy Mayfield Bill Davis Racing Toyota 360 OTC
37 Kevin Lepage Front Row Motorsports Dodge Long John Silver's
38 David Gilliland Robert Yates Racing Ford M&M's
40 David Stremme Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Coors Light
41 Reed Sorenson Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Target
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Texaco, Havoline
43 Bobby Labonte Petty Enterprises Dodge Cheerios, Betty Crocker
44 Dale Jarrett Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota UPS
45 Kenny Wallace Petty Enterprises Dodge Wells Fargo
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Lowe's
49 John Andretti BAM Racing Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America
55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
66 Jeff Green Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet Haas Automation, Best Buy
70 Johnny Sauter Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet Haas Automation
78 Sterling Marlin Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing
83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota Red Bull
84 A.J. Allmendinger Red Bull Racing Team Toyota Red Bull
88 Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford Snickers
96 Tony Raines Hall of Fame Racing Chevrolet DLP HDTV
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford Office Depot

QualifyingEdit

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.

Pos.[3] # Driver Make Team Time Avg. Speed (mph)
1 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports 16.016 119.805
2 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 16.064 119.447
3 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing 16.103 119.158
4 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing 16.105 119.143
5 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Bill Davis Racing 16.110 119.106
6 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing 16.122 119.017
7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing 16.122 119.017
8 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Robert Yates Racing 16.135 118.922
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 16.159 118.745
10 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 16.161 118.730
11 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports 16.166 118.694
12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing 16.174 118.635
13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 16.182 118.576
14 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Morgan–McClure Motorsports 16.192 118.503
15 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 16.217 118.320
16 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing 16.225 118.262
17 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 16.235 118.189
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 16.237 118.175
19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing 16.247 118.102
20 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 16.251 118.073
21 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports 16.254 118.051
22 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Petty Enterprises 16.266 117.964
23 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 16.283 117.841
24 7 Robby Gordon Ford Robby Gordon Motorsports 16.294 117.761
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 16.306 117.674
26 21 Bill Elliott Ford Wood Brothers Racing 16.315 117.610
27 38 David Gilliland Ford Robert Yates Racing 16.318 117.588
28 49 John Andretti Dodge BAM Racing 16.323 117.552
29 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 16.350 117.358
30 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports 16.353 117.336
31 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota Bill Davis Racing 16.355 117.322
32 45 Kenny Wallace Dodge Petty Enterprises 16.371 117.207
33 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing 16.372 117.200
34 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing 16.389 117.079
35 01 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 16.402 116.986
36 40 David Stremme Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 16.439 116.722
37 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 16.445 116.680
38 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas CNC Racing 16.453 116.623
39 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas CNC Racing 16.469 116.510
40 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing 16.510 116.220
41 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 16.539 116.017
42 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet Hall of Fame Racing 16.544 115.982
43 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull Racing Team 16.375 117.179
Failed to qualify
44 00 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing 16.499 116.298
45 78 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 16.509 116.228
46 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team 16.535 116.045
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 16.545 115.975
48 34 Stanton Barrett Dodge Front Row Motorsports 16.685 115.001

Failed to qualify: David Reutimann (#00), Sterling Marlin (#78), Brian Vickers (#83), Kevin Lepage (#37) and Stanton Barrett (#34).

RaceEdit

Carl Edwards won the Sharpie 500 for his second win of 2007 and the sixth of his career. Together, he and second-place finisher Kasey Kahne led 487 of the race's 500 laps. Kahne alone led 305 of them, more than in any other race in his career.

The rest of the Top 5 finishers were Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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, Matt Kenseth, and Stewart have assured themselves of participation in the NASCAR "playoff."

Race resultsEdit

Fin[4][5][6] St # Driver Make Team Sponsor Laps Led Status Pts Winnings
1 6 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing Office Depot 500 182 running 190 $297,050
2 1 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers, UAW 500 305 running 180 $265,541
3 15 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing Jack Daniel's 500 0 running 165 $180,125
4 23 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing The Home Depot 500 0 running 160 $178,386
5 17 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Budweiser 500 1 running 160 $164,008
6 19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing Miller Lite 500 2 running 155 $145,608
7 7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing Alltel 500 2 running 151 $139,775
8 22 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Petty Enterprises Cheerios, Betty Crocker 500 0 running 142 $144,238
9 20 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Kellogg's, CARQUEST Auto Parts 500 3 running 143 $116,875
10 34 16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing Dish Network 500 0 running 134 $120,300
11 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Boats 500 0 running 130 $125,695
12 10 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing RCR Chevrolet 500 0 running 127 $134,641
13 40 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing Interstate Batteries 500 0 running 124 $131,758
14 36 40 David Stremme Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing Coors Light 500 0 running 121 $97,700
15 29 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing Target 500 0 running 118 $123,558
16 13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing Shell, Pennzoil Platinum 500 0 running 115 $140,561
17 2 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing Texaco, Havoline 500 0 running 112 $131,050
18 11 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports Valvoline, Stanley Tools 500 0 running 109 $102,300
19 18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports DuPont Automotive Finishes 500 2 running 111 $137,111
20 24 7 Robby Gordon Ford Robby Gordon Motorsports Camping World 500 3 running 108 $95,975
21 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports Lowe's 499 0 running 100 $142,911
22 30 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports National Guard, GMAC 498 0 running 97 $106,425
23 16 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing NAPA Auto Parts 498 0 running 94 $104,958
24 41 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Menards, Turtle Wax Ice 498 0 running 91 $90,675
25 26 21 Bill Elliott Ford Wood Brothers Racing U.S. Air Force 498 0 running 88 $110,514
26 3 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing Irwin Industrial Tools 498 0 running 85 $97,525
27 39 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas CNC Racing Haas Automation, Best Buy 498 0 running 82 $110,563
28 42 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet Hall of Fame Racing DLP HDTV 498 0 running 79 $96,145
29 21 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers, UAW 497 0 running 76 $106,030
30 27 38 David Gilliland Ford Robert Yates Racing M&M's 497 0 running 73 $114,789
31 5 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Bill Davis Racing Caterpillar 496 0 running 70 $104,123
32 32 45 Kenny Wallace Dodge Petty Enterprises Wells Fargo 496 0 running 67 $93,902
33 14 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Morgan–McClure Motorsports Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Food City 494 0 running 64 $85,495
34 33 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing UPS 494 0 running 61 $84,135
35 43 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull Racing Team Red Bull 491 0 running 58 $84,000
36 35 01 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. U.S. Army 485 0 running 55 $91,890
37 31 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota Bill Davis Racing 360 OTC 481 0 running 52 $83,755
38 8 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Robert Yates Racing Snickers 478 0 crash 49 $114,678
39 12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing DeWalt 452 0 crash 46 $131,176
40 28 49 John Andretti Dodge BAM Racing Paralyzed Veterans of America 416 0 electrical 43 $83,425
41 4 6 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing AAA 414 0 crash 40 $119,100
42 38 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas CNC Racing Haas Automation 280 0 running 37 $83,155
43 37 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Freight 209 0 engine 34 $102,268
Failed to qualify
44 00 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing Burger King
45 78 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing Furniture Row Racing
46 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Racing Team Red Bull
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports Long John Silver's
48 34 Stanton Barrett Dodge Front Row Motorsports Kingsport Iron & Metal, Thompson Metal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather History for Bristol, Tennessee on August 25, 2007". The Old Farmer's Almanac. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  2. ^ "2007 Nascar Cup Series Sharpie 500 | Motorsport Stats". results.motorsportstats.com. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  3. ^ "2007 Sharpie 500 qualifying results". Racing-Reference. Archived from the original on 2021-04-29.
  4. ^ "2007 Sharpie 500 - The Third Turn". www.thethirdturn.com. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  5. ^ "2007 Sharpie 500 race results". Racing-Reference. Archived from the original on 2021-04-28.
  6. ^ "Sharpie 500". www.ultimateracinghistory.com. Retrieved 2021-07-25.

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