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2007 UAW-Ford 500
Race details[1][2]
Race 30 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Date October 7, 2007 (2007-October-07)
Official name UAW-Ford 500
Location Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
Course 2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Hot with temperatures approaching 90 °F (32 °C); average wind speeds of 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)[3]
Average speed 143.438 miles per hour (230.841 km/h)
Attendance 155,000
Pole position
Driver Michael Waltrip Racing
Time 50.648
Most laps led
Driver Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 40
Winner
No. 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Rusty Wallace
Nielsen Ratings
  • 4.6 (Final)
  • 4.2 (Overnight)
  • (7,347,000 viewers)[4]

The 2007 UAW-Ford 500 was the thirtieth stock car race of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the fourth in the ten-race season-ending Chase for the Nextel Cup. It was held on October 7, 2007 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, before a crowd of 155,000. The 188-lap race was won by Jeff Gordon of the Hendrick Motorsports after he started from thirty-fourth position. His teammate Jimmie Johnson finished second and Dave Blaney came in third.

The Car of Tomorrow débuted at a superspeedway, but it was heavily criticized for its lack of visibility, and drivers raised fears of becoming airborne if hit. Michael Waltrip won the pole position by posting the fastest lap in qualifying but was passed by Blaney by the end of the first lap. The race lead changed 42 times, with Denny Hamlin leading the most laps out of anybody else (40). Johnson took the lead after driving on the outside lane on lap 183. Johnson led as the final lap began, but Gordon went to the outside of the track, and was bump-drafted by Tony Stewart, allowing him to take the first position. He held it for the rest of the lap to claim his fifth victory of the season, his sixth at Talladega Superspeedway, the 80th of his career, and he took over from Dale Earnhardt as the driver with the most restrictor plate wins, twelve.

The result advanced Gordon to the Drivers' Championship's lead, and his teammate Johnson (who led coming into the race) fell to second. The trio of Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, and Kevin Harvick retained third through fifth. Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch gained one position each, and Kyle Busch fell from fourth to eighth after being caught up in a multi-car accident. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet increased their unassailable lead while Ford, Dodge and Toyota continued to occupy the remaining three placings with six races left in the season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Aerial photograph of Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway, where the race was held.

The UAW-Ford 500 was the 30th of 36 scheduled stock car races of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the fourth in the ten-race season-ending Chase for the Nextel Cup. It was held on October 7, 2007 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama,[2] one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races; the others are Daytona International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway.[5] The standard track at the speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2.66 miles (4.28 km) long.[6] The track's turns are banked at thirty-three degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 16.5 degrees. The back stretch has a two-degree banking.[6]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson led the Drivers' Championship with 5,506 points, with teammate Jeff Gordon second and Clint Bowyer third. Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick were fourth and fifth. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top twelve drivers competing for the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup.[7] Chevrolet led the Manufacturers' Championship with 232 points, sixty ahead of the nearest rival Ford in second. Dodge with 147 points was fifty-six ahead of Toyota in fourth.[8] Brian Vickers was the race's defending champion.[9]

The UAW-Ford 500 marked the début of the Car of Tomorrow on a superspeedway.[10] Teams started by using a 31/32 inch restrictor plate which was expected to increase horsepower by 75 to 80. Furthermore, the wing angle was established at 10 degrees, and the wicker height was set at 1 in (25 mm) to add drag. Further changes were determined by the performance of the cars if they reached an average speed of more than 200 mph (320 km/h).[10] Teams were mandated by NASCAR to run flat side plates instead of the option for a curved side plate, and some cars had to make minor adjustments to pass pre-race inspection.[11] Nextel Cup Series Director John Darby stated NASCAR changed the wording of the regulations to provide clarity and to have a starting point in controlling top speeds, "Basically, it says we're going to start out with this size of a restrictor plate, and if everything proves out OK, we'll leave it, but the ultimate restrictor-plate size won't be determined until the conclusion of final Cup practice."[10] Drivers spent one and a half days in mid-September testing the Car of Tomorrow at the track.[12]

There were two changes of driver heading into the race. It was announced that open-wheel driver Jacques Villeneuve would make his début in the No. 27 Bill Davis Racing car five weeks earlier than planned.[1] Villeneuve had planned to compete in the ARCA Re/Max and Craftsman Truck Series races at Talladega, but was granted approval to race in the Nextel Cup Series after testing of the Car of Tomorrow at Talladega. Villeneuve was delighted to be making his debut: "It's perfect. I'm really happy that NASCAR has given me its approval so quickly, and having run Talladega with the Cup drivers, I'm really looking forward to it. It's a huge step in my learning process."[13] Mike Wallace replaced his younger brother Kenny Wallace in the No. 88 Robert Yates Racing car while the team's regular driver Ricky Rudd continued to recover from a shoulder injury.[14]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Michael Waltrip (pictured in 2008) had the fourth pole position of his career.

Two 60-minute practice sessions were held on the Friday before Sunday's race.[1] Stewart set the fastest time in the first practice session with a time of 49.118 seconds. Jeff Gordon was second-fastest and positions three through five were filled by Ken Schrader, Robby Gordon and Kyle Petty. Rounding out first practice's top ten fastest drivers were Kasey Kahne, David Stremme, Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, and Burton.[15] Hamiln was forbidden by NASCAR to partake in first practice's closing minutes because he was observed bump-drafting other cars. Darby further explained that this was because Hamlin was the most aggressive driver out of all those who were cautioned by NASCAR.[16] Later that day, Stewart continued to drive quickly by pacing the second practice session with a lap of 49.347 seconds; Paul Menard was 0.045 seconds off the pace in second and Kyle Busch placed third. Kurt Busch was fourth-quickest, Jamie McMurray was fifth, and Truex sixth. Burton was seventh-quickest, Jeff Green eighth, Tony Raines ninth, and Johnny Sauter completed the top ten ahead of qualifying.[17] After practice, drivers complained of hindered visibility at the front of the car, due to a larger cockpit and spoiler. They felt this had the potential to cause a multi-car accident, and were worried over the possibility of getting airborne if hit by others.[18]

Although 51 cars were entered in the qualifier,[1] according to NASCAR's qualifying procedure, only forty-three could race. Each driver ran two laps, with the starting order determined by the competitor's fastest times.[1] Toyota cars took the five of the first six spots, as Michael Waltrip clinched the fourth pole position of his career, and his first since the 2005 Pocono 500, with a time of 50.648 seconds.[19] He was joined on the grid's front row by Dave Blaney whose lap was 0.062 seconds slower than Waltrip. Vickers qualified in third position. Fourth was occupied by Joe Nemechek, and David Reutimann came fifth.[19] The next three spots on the grid consisted of drivers who were required to qualify on time or risk missing the race: Villeneuve, John Andretti, and Bobby Labonte. Kahne and Elliott Sadler completed the top ten. Of the drivers in the chase, Stewart started eleventh, Truex thirteenth, Hamlin eighteenth, and Johnson nineteenth. The eight drivers who failed to qualify were A. J. Allmendinger, Boris Said, Scott Riggs, Sam Hornish Jr., Jeremy Mayfield, Sterling Marlin, Ward Burton and Kevin Lepage.[20] Kurt Busch and David Ragan's cars were found to be too low at the front during post-qualifying inspection, and were mandated to start at the back of the field.[21] Afterward, Waltrip said, "I felt confident yesterday that we would make the race. Our qualifying lap was faster than what we ran in practice. If I only had to worry about my car, I would've been happier."[20]

Race[edit]

Live television coverage of the race on ABC began at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.[22] Around the start of the race, weather conditions were mostly sunny with the air temperature at 89 °F (32 °C); a ten percent chance of rain was forecast.[1] A moment of silence was held in honor of former NASCAR president Bill France Jr. Frank Stark of Raceway Ministries began pre-race ceremonies with an invocation. Miss University of Alabama Stephanie Shelton performed the national anthem, and Dave Sparks, an employee of the race's sponsor, commanded the drivers to start their engines. During the pace laps, McMurray moved to the rear of the field because he changed his engine, and Casey Mears did the same for making illegal adjustments to his car.[22]

Denny Hamlin led more laps than any one else in the pack, 40.

The race started at 2:21 p.m. Waltrip led the pack on the run to the first corner, but Blaney got ahead of him to take the first position at the end of the first lap. On lap two, Labonte made it three-abreast going to the finish line, and took the lead, before losing it to Vickers on the following lap. Waltrip went onto the outside line to reclaim the first place on lap four, and held it for the next lap when Labonte returned to the head of the pack. The sixth lap had Robby Gordon being given a push by other cars, and became the new leader, which he retained until Vickers came back to the front on lap nine. In the meantime, Hamlin moved from eighteenth to fourth, and he took the lead for the first time with assistance from Andretti on lap 12.[22] The first caution of the event was necessitated on lap 17 when Andretti's right-front tire blew, removing one of his car's fenders, and scattering debris on the track.[1][22] Most of the leaders, including Hamlin, made pit stops for fuel, tyres and car adjustments. Petty led the field for one lap before making his stop on the 20th lap, and Johnson was the leader on the next lap before making his own stop.[22]

Hamlin led the field back up to speed at the lap-22 restart, and was followed by Kahne, Truex, and Sadler. Three laps later, Harvick provided Sadler assistance to claim the lead on the inside lane. However, Sadler lost the lead to Hamlin on lap 27, as some competitors created three-abreast racing by forming a middle lane. The outside lane was used by Truex to gain first place on lap 30. Dale Earnhardt Jr. moved to the lead on the 31st lap. He maintained it for the next 27 laps as the first round of green flag pit stops were getting underway. After the pit stops, Hamlin regained the lead.[22] On lap 63, David Gilliland collided with Biffle at turn four, causing Biffle to spin sideways. Biffle's front-left tire went flat, and the front end of Gilliland's vehicle sustained light damage. The second caution was waved to restore order.[1] Some cars in the middle of the order went down pit road to stop for fuel and tyres, while Gilliland's mechanics made repairs to his car. The race restarted on lap 67 with Hamlin leading Stewart and Kyle Busch in one single file.[22]

Waltrip made up some ground, and returned to the lead on lap 88, as Reutimann got into second by joining the pack of cars on the bottom line. Reutimann passed Waltrip for first on the following lap. On lap 91, Earnhardt became the leader once again by driving on the outside lane. Two laps later, Jeff Burton's engine failed, laying oil and debris on the track, and calling for the race's third caution to be triggered as he returned to pit road to retire from the event. Pit stops for fuel and tyres were made by several drivers during the caution. Waltrip led the restarted race on lap 96. He held it until Hamlin took it as the lead group of cars went three-abreast on lap 98. Stewart became the leader for the first time by driving on the outside lane one lap later. Three abreast-racing temporarily ended on lap 101, as the main pack of cars fell into a single line behind Stewart. Sadler took the lead with assistance from Kahne on the inside line on the 109th lap.[22] Four laps later, Truex's engine blew, leaving oil on the track, and requiring a fourth caution.[1][22]

Most drivers, including Sadler, elected to make pit stops for fuel and tyres under the caution period. Bowyer and Sadler each led for one lap before making their pit stops. Sadler returned to the lead for the restart on lap 116 as the pack formed into one single file.[22] On lap 132, Villeneuve scraped the wall alongside the track, but he continued without any significant damage.[1] Labonte received assistance from Stewart to move past Sadler for the lead on the 133rd lap. On the following lap, Stewart took the lead for himself. Vickers moved past Stewart on the outside lane to claim the first position on lap 135.[22] Lap 136 had the race's fifth caution triggered for Earnhardt whose car laid oil on the track after his engine failed. Dale Jarrett attempted to avoid other cars, but ended up sustaining damage to the front-right corner of his car, and he stopped on the apron.[1][22] Vickers and the rest of the leaders chose to make pit stops for fuel and tyres while the caution was out. Sauter won the race off pit road, and was the leading the field at the restart on lap 140.[22]

Jeff Gordon (pictured in 2009) led the final lap of the race to claim his fifth victory of the season and the 80th of his career.

Jeff Gordon was required to drive down pit road as soon as the race resumed, because he was penalised for an issue concerning his team's equipment in his pit stall. The main pack of cars again formed a single line as Stewart returned to first place on the 141st lap. On lap 145, a multi-car accident prompted the sixth caution of the race.[22] Labonte lost control of his car in turn four, and slid down the track and into Kyle Busch. Then, he ricocheted into Robby Gordon, Reutimann slid as Ragan had no space to negotiate through and ran into him. Other vehicles involved in the collision were those driven by McMurray, Kenseth, Menard, Stremme, Sadler, Villeneuve, Hamlin and Villeneuve.[1] Most drivers, including Stewart, made pit stops for fuel so they could get to the end of the race. Raines led the field at the restart on lap 150, On the next lap, Ryan Newman received assistance from his teammate Kurt Busch to gain the lead. Stewart overtook Newman to retake the lead on lap 152, and the seventh caution was waved one lap later for Schrader whose right-front tire blew, causing him to clout the turn four wall.[1][22]

Stewart kept the lead at the lap-156 restart, and it would be another six laps until the eighth caution was called for, when Petty's tire blew, meaning he crashed into the turn three wall.[1][22] As with the previous restart, Stewart maintained the lead on lap 166. Blaney and Johnson formed a bottom line of around seven cars in an attempt to gain on Stewart. However, the top five of Stewart, Newman, Kurt Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Kahne temporarily split from the rest of the pack by the 173rd lap. This was the case until the next lap when Stewart tried to block on both lanes, but Newman found a way past him to reclaim the lead.[22] On lap 176, the ninth (and final) caution of the race was waved when Waltrip's right-front tire blew in turn one. He clipped the rear of Sadler's car, and then clouted the wall; Sadler spun and collected Biffle and Raines.[1][22][23] Newman led the field up to speed at the restart on lap 180 with Busch second and Montoya third. Stewart turned onto the bottom lane so he could try and establish a second line of cars This proved successful as the Hendrick Motorsports duo of Johnson and Jeff Gordon were on the bottom lane, and caught Newman on the 182nd lap.[22]

Eventually, Newman lost the lead of Johnson on the following lap. Stewart tried to pass Johnson on lap 184, but could not do so as no other driver steered onto the middle lane to provide him with some assistance. The outside lane had Newman and his teammate Kurt Busch driving on it, and the two caught Johnson and his teammate Jeff Gordon on the 185th lap. Stewart linked up with Busch and Newman on the lap after, and went to the outside with Jeff Gordon and Johnson remaining on the inside line.[22] On the final lap, Jeff Gordon turned to the outside of the track, and got in between his teammate Johnson and Newman and Kurt Busch. As Johnson went to block his teammate, Stewart bump-drafted Jeff Gordon to give the latter the lead which he held to clinch his fifth victory of the season, the 80th of his career, and he completed a season sweep of victories at Talladega Superspeedway.[24][25][26] He also took his sixth win at Talladega Superspeedway, and suppressed Dale Earnhardt to become the new all-time wins leader at restrictor-plate tracks with twelve.[27] Johnson finished second, Blaney came third, Hamlin took fourth and Newman placed fifth. Mears, Kurt Busch, Stewart, Raines and Reed Sorenson completed the top ten.[24] The race had a total of nine cautions and 42 lead changes by 22 different drivers. Hamlin led five times for a total of 40 laps, more than any other competitors.[2]

Post-race comments[edit]

Jeff Gordon appeared in Victory Lane after his victory lap to celebrate his fifth win of the season in front of the crowd of 155,000 people; the win earned him $246,036.[2] He called it "the hardest three-quarters of a race that I've ever had to run before," after qualifying was influential in determining his strategy for the race,"We avoided the wrecks and all of a sudden found ourselves in the top 15 with about 25-30 to go, and we held on there. What I don't understand is how I got by my teammate. I got a couple of pushes. When it got three-wide, I thought, 'This is my opportunity.' Luckily when I got high, and Jimmie tried to block me, the 20 was there and had nowhere to go. He's the one who pushed me to the front."[24] Johnson said his second-place finish was not something he was happy with since he was passed by his teammate, "To get that close and not win is a letdown. There must have been stuff going on behind me that I couldn't see, but Jeff could in his mirror, and he pulled up and got in front of the 20 [Stewart] and was able to take advantage of that push."[28] Third-placed Blaney revealed his team's objective was to return into the top 35 in points, meaning he preserved his car all race, "I didn't want to do anything to put it in harm's way. I was way more cautious than I probably wanted to be. I just got with the right group of cars there at the end."[27]

Reaction to the Car of Tomorrow's debut at a superspeedway was negative. Newman stated his feeling that the racing "not very good" as he observed the single file driving which he felt was not racing to him, " I hope it wasn’t what NASCAR intended with this car. I’m not complaining about the car because the old car did relatively the same thing. We gotta do something where we can race a little bit. I mean I was driving around with one hand running 15th just riding, on and off the gas. It’s not racing. If we’re going to do that why don’t we just make it a 100-mile race and we’ll tear them all up in the first 50?”[29] Jeff Gordon spoke of how boredom affected him during the race, and called for more work to be undertaken on the car to prevent single-file racing, "I think we would never race like that if we didn't have the closing rate that we have, and [with] the bump-drafting being so drastic that I think we need to make some adjustments here."[30] Kenseth revealed his strategy was to run at the rear of the pack, and stated his belief that this was not spectators wanted to see, "We rode around for about 350-400 miles and then sooner or later you’ve got to go race and try to get a partner up there and see how your car is gonna handle. When we decided to go up there, we got up to the third or fourth row on the inside and then the leader wrecked. When the leader wrecks, there’s not a whole lot you can do to miss it.”[31]

Two days after the race, Chip Ganassi Racing was given penalties for Sorenson's car. The penalties for "actions detrimental to stock car racing"; "car, car parts, components and/or equipment used do not conform to NASCAR rules" and for the front of the car failing to meet the minimum ride height restrictions as imposed by the regulations for the Car of Tomorrow during post-race inspection, included a $25,000 fine for crew chief Jimmy Elledge who was placed on probation until December 31, 2007. Team Owner Chip Ganassi and Sorenson were penalized 25 points in the Owners and Drivers' Championships.[32] The result left Jeff Gordon at the top of the Drivers' Championship with a six-point lead over teammate Johnson. Bowyer, Stewart and Harvick stayed in positions third through fifth. Edwards and Kurt Busch advanced to sixth and seventh, while Kyle Busch, Hamlin, and Truex completed out the top ten placings.[27] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet (with 271 points) increased its unassailable lead. Ford maintained second with 175 points, Dodge stayed in third with 149 points, and Toyota retained fourth with 97 points with six races left in the season.[8] The race took three hours, 29 minutes and 11 seconds to complete, and the margin of victory was 0.066 seconds.[24]

Result[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying results
Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 50:648 189.070
2 22 Dave Blaney Bill Davis Racing Toyota 50:710 188.839
3 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 50.726 188.779
4 78 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet 50.809 188.471
5 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 50.812 188.459
6 27 Jacques Villeneuve Bill Davis Racing Toyota 50.878 188.215
7 49 John Andretti BAM Racing Dodge 50.991 187.798
8 43 Bobby Labonte Petty Enterprises Dodge 51.131 187.284
9 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 51.138 187.258
10 19 Elliott Sadler Evernham Motorsports Dodge 51.176 187.119
11 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 51.193 187.057
12 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 51.256 186.827
13 1 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet 51.259 186.816
14 96 Tony Raines Hall of Fame Racing Chevrolet 51.274 186.761
15 88 Mike Wallace Robert Yates Racing Ford 51.293 186.692
16 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing South Dodge 51.301 186.663
17 18 J. J. Yeley Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 51.355 186.467
18 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 51.428 186.202
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.447 186.133
20 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.480 186.014
21 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.496 185.956
22 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 51.501 185.938
23 07 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.532 185.826
24 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Ford 51.540 185.797
25 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.544 185.783
26 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet 51.544 185.783
27 38 David Gilliland Robert Yates Racing Ford 51.560 185.725
28 41 Reed Sorenson Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 51.588 185.625
29 25 Casey Mears Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.611 185.5421
30 15 Paul Menard Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet 51.633 185.463
31 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.672 185.323
32 66 Jeff Green Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet 51.703 185.212
33 40 David Stremme Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 51.745 185.061
34 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.748 185.0512
35 26 Jamie McMurray Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.785 184.91812
36 5 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.793 184.8902
37 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.839 184.7262
38 01 Aric Almirola Dale Earnhardt Inc Chevrolet 51.867 184.6262
39 70 Johnny Sauter Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet 51.880 184.5802
40 21 Ken Schrader Wood Brothers Racing Ford 51.989 184.1932
41 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing South Dodge 51.369 186.41623
42 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.691 185.25523
43 44 Dale Jarrett Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 51.029 187.658
Failed to qualify
44 84 A. J. Allmendinger Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 51.046 187.596
45 60 Boris Said No Fear Racing Ford 51.093 187.423
46 10 Scott Riggs Evernham Motorsports Dodge 51.119 187.328
47 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Racing South Dodge 51.137 187.262
48 36 Jeremy Mayfield Bill Davis Racing Toyota 51.173 187.130
49 9 Sterling Marlin Ginn Racing Chevrolet 51.292 186.696
50 4 Ward Burton Morgan–McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 51.494 185.963
51 37 Kevin Lepage Front Row Motorsports Dodge 51.549 185.765
Source:[33]
1 Moved to the back of the field for changing engines (#26) and for adjusting his car (#25)
2 Grid position set by owner points
3 Driver was demoted positions for failing post-qualifying inspection

Race[edit]

Race results
Pos. Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 34 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 188 1901
2 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 188 1751
3 2 22 Dave Blaney Bill Davis Racing Toyota 188 1701
4 18 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 188 1702
5 16 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing South Dodge 188 1601
6 29 25 Casey Mears Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 188 150
7 41 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing South Dodge 188 146
8 11 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 188 1471
9 14 96 Tony Raines Hall of Fame Racing Chevrolet 188 1431
10 28 41 Reed Sorenson Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 188 1093
11 23 07 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 188 1351
12 39 70 Johnny Sauter Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet 188 1321
13 32 66 Jeff Green Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet 188 1291
14 31 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 188 121
15 22 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 188 118
16 9 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 188 115
17 33 40 David Stremme Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 188 1171
18 17 18 J. J. Yeley Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 188 109
19 15 88 Mike Wallace Robert Yates Racing Ford 188 106
20 37 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 188 1031
21 6 27 Jacques Villeneuve BIll Davis Racing Toyota 188 100
22 5 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 179 1021
23 20 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 176 94
24 10 19 Elliott Sadler Evernham Motorsports Dodge 175 961
25 1 55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 175 931
26 25 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 171 85
27 27 38 David Gilliland Robert Yates Racing Ford 167 82
28 12 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 161 841
29 24 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Ford 161 811
30 38 01 Aric Almirola Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet 156 73
31 40 21 Ken Schrader Wood Brothers Racing Ford 152 70
32 4 78 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet 149 67
33 7 49 John Andretti BAM Racing Dodge 149 64
34 42 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 146 61
35 8 43 Bobby Labonte Petty Enterprises Dodge 144 581
36 36 5 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 144 601
37 35 26 Jamie McMurray Roush Fenway Racing Ford 144 52
38 30 15 Paul Menard Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet 144 49
39 3 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 144 511
40 26 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet 136 481
41 43 44 Dale Jarrett Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 136 40
42 13 1 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt Inc.1 Chevrolet 113 42
43 21 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 91 34
Source:[2]
1 Includes five bonus points for leading a lap
2 Includes ten bonus points for leading the most laps
3 Includes a 25-point post-race penalty

Standings after the race[edit]

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