2007 3M Performance 400

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2007 3M Performance 400
Race details
Race 23 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Michigan International Speedway
Michigan International Speedway
Date August 21, 2007 (2007-August-21)
Location Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.218 km)
Distance 203 laps, 406 mi (653.393 km)
Scheduled Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 87.1 °F (30.6 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)
Average speed 117.012 miles per hour (188.313 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Time 38.090
Most laps led
Driver Kurt Busch Penske Racing
Laps 92
Winner
No. 2
Kurt Busch
Penske Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN2
Announcers Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Rusty Wallace
2007 Nextel Cup Series
Chase for the Cup

The 2007 3M Performance 400 is the 23rd race in the 2007 NASCAR season and was scheduled to be held on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. However, a day-long rain postponed the race until August 20, but another rainstorm postponed that run until the following day.

Pre Race News[edit]

Practice and Qualifying[edit]

Kasey Kahne, with a speed of 187.544 mph, was fastest in practice. He was followed by Jimmie Johnson, David Stremme, Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth who rounded out the top five.

An early blow came in the first practice when Jeff Burton lost an engine minutes into the warmups. As a result, the #31 AT&T Chevrolet started in the back of the field regardless of where he qualified.

In qualifying itself, newly formed Gillett Evernham Motorsports looked to turn its season around with an all GEM front row. However, those efforts were thwarted by that of Greg Biffle, who held the pole until Jeff Gordon, the final driver to qualify, took his 62nd career Bud Pole award. Of note, Michael Waltrip Racing placed two of its cars in the top 15 although Dale Jarrett failed to make the show.

Did not Qualify: #36-Jeremy Mayfield, #44-Dale Jarrett, #78-Scott Wimmer, #37-Kevin Lepage, #84-A.J. Allmendinger

Race[edit]

The two-day postponement because of weather was the first since the 1997 DieHard 500 at Talladega. In that case, the race was run on the day before Mothers' Day, which was May 10. However, this race would be started on August 21 at 10:00 a.m. With no rain scheduled until the afternoon, the race ran its full distance although NASCAR waved a competition caution for the drivers to adjust their cars.

Kurt Busch, driving a Dodge Charger, held off the Chevrolet Monte Carlos of Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, under a green-white-checkered finish, to take his second win in three races. As with his earlier victory at Pocono, Busch led the most laps, 96 out of 203.

Gordon and Denny Hamlin, the top two drivers in the Cup standings, clinched places in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. Busch remained in 12th place, but extended his lead over 13th place Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to 163 points.

Also, Bill Davis Racing took back 35th place in the owners' standings for its #22 team on the strength of a sixth-place finish from Dave Blaney. This meant that BDR was guaranteed a starting spot for the next race, the Sharpie 500. Wood Brothers/JTG Racing (#21) fell back to 36th. It was the third change for 35th, between these teams, since late July.

For the first time in the brief history of Toyota in the Cup series, two of its drivers finished in the top 10 in the same race: Blaney and Brian Vickers (8th).

The race telecast, scheduled for ESPN, was relocated to ESPN2.

Top ten results:

Pos. No. Driver Car Team
1. #2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
2. #1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
4. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5. #11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
6. #22 Dave Blaney Toyota Bill Davis Racing
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota Team Red Bull
9. #43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Petty Enterprises
10. #20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing

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