2007 Aaron's 499

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2007 Aaron's 499
Race details
Race 9 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season


Date April 29, 2007 (2007-April-29)
Location Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
Course Permanent racing facility
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 192 laps, 510.72 mi (821.924 km)
Scheduled Distance 188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 82 °F (28 °C); average wind speeds of 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)[1]
Average speed 154.167 miles per hour (248.108 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Time 49.857
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 71
Winner
No. 24
Jeff Gordon
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2007 Nextel Cup Series
Chase for the Cup

The 2007 Aaron's 499 was the ninth race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Season, and was run on April 29, 2007, at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. This race was the second of the four restrictor plate races on the NASCAR schedule.

Jeff Gordon won this race to pass Dale Earnhardt on the all-time NASCAR list at 77 wins. After he crossed the checkered flag, some spectators threw bottles, cans, and even toilet paper at the #24 car he drove for Hendrick Motorsports. As a result of this incident, in spite of warnings before the race by NASCAR and organizers, a total of 14 people were arrested, and Talladega management revoked their ticket-buying privileges. However, a loophole was later discovered through which these banned fans could buy tickets from third-party ticket brokers, such as StubHub. The race's other top finishers included Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, David Gilliland, and Jamie McMurray in that order.

The race ended with an aborted green-white-checkered finish. Several cars were involved, including Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, McMurray, and Gilliland. Harvick and McMurray were later fined $25,000 and placed on probation for their actions during this accident.[1] The finish had been triggered by an engine failure in the #00 car driven by David Reutimann.

Notes[edit]

  • As mentioned, this was Gordon's 77th career win, which earned him sixth place all-time. The day before, he won his 60th career pole position, which surpassed Darrell Waltrip for the most in NASCAR's modern era (since 1971).
  • Gordon won on the anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's birthday and on a track on which he and his son Dale Earnhardt, Jr. have won a combined total of 15 Sprint Cup Series races.
  • Despite posting the 20th-best overall lap, Michael Waltrip missed his eighth straight Cup race. That lap was only the eighth-fastest among those drivers having to qualify on time.[2] That would have been good enough to make the race, but Dale Jarrett, ironically a teammate at Michael Waltrip Racing, used a past champion's provisional, bumping Waltrip from the field.
  • Also missing from the field was Brian Vickers, who had been the most recent race winner at Talladega prior to this, at the 2006 UAW-Ford 500.
  • The #21 team owned by Wood Brothers/JTG Racing was absent from a Cup starting lineup for the first time since April 2000, also at Talladega. Ken Schrader, Mark Martin, and Michael Waltrip had been the only three drivers to qualify for all restrictor-plate races since NASCAR first placed them on cars at certain tracks in 1987. All those streaks ended that weekend (Martin was replaced in the #01 by Regan Smith).
  • Bill Davis Racing had a mixed weekend; Jeremy Mayfield made his first race outside of those using the Car of Tomorrow, but Dave Blaney missed his first race of the year.

Race results[edit]

W (*) denotes Rookie of the Year candidate.

Fin St Driver Car # Make Points Bonus Laps Winnings
1 1 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 195 10 192 $355,511
2 8 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 175 5 192 $251,736
3 26 Kurt Busch 2 Dodge 170 5 192 $212,483
4 2 David Gilliland 38 Ford 160 192 $182,689
5 25 Jamie McMurray 26 Ford 160 5 192 $134,675
6 41 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 150 192 $164,536
7 36 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8 Chevrolet 151 5 192 $149,233
8 20 David Stremme 40 Dodge 147 5 192 $106,025
9 28 Ryan Newman 12 Dodge 138 192 $133,450
10 37 Martin Truex Jr. 1 Chevrolet 134 192 $126,495
11 9 Scott Riggs 10 Dodge 130 192 $107,050
12 30 Kasey Kahne 9 Dodge 132 5 192 $138,891
13 34 Jeff Green 66 Chevrolet 129 5 192 $120,933
14 17 Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 126 5 192 $137,641
15 39 Elliott Sadler 19 Dodge 123 5 192 $110,770
16 4 Sterling Marlin 14 Chevrolet 120 5 192 $107,983
17 10 David Ragan * 6 Ford 117 5 192 $127,100
18 23 Kyle Petty 45 Dodge 109 192 $103,083
19 31 J.J. Yeley 18 Chevrolet 106 192 $116,033
20 35 Bobby Labonte 43 Dodge 103 192 $127,111
21 3 Denny Hamlin 11 Chevrolet 105 5 192 $102,550
22 27 Tony Raines 96 Chevrolet 97 192 $96,425
23 18 Jeremy Mayfield 36 Toyota 94 192 $83,075
24 22 Regan Smith 01 Chevrolet 96 5 192 $104,258
25 29 Reed Sorenson 41 Dodge 88 192 $101,947
26 6 Kenny Wallace 78 Chevrolet 90 5 192 $83,325
27 11 Boris Said 160 Ford 87 5 191 $80,775
28 32 Tony Stewart 20 Chevrolet 84 5 190 $127,761
29 12 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 81 5 190 $97,025
30 21 Johnny Sauter 70 Chevrolet 73 190 $79,325
31 24 Juan Montoya * 42 Dodge 70 187 $115,750
32 14 David Reutimann * 00 Toyota 67 184 $78,525
33 5 Ricky Rudd 88 Ford 64 155 $110,458
34 42 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 66 5 151 $118,266
35 40 Clint Bowyer 07 Chevrolet 58 147 $86,125
36 15 Ward Burton 4 Chevrolet 55 144 $78,725
37 13 Kyle Busch 5 Chevrolet 52 130 $95,800
38 33 Joe Nemechek 13 Chevrolet 49 130 $77,450
39 7 Casey Mears 25 Chevrolet 51 5 124 $85,250
40 43 Dale Jarrett 44 Toyota 43 38 $77,000
41 38 Robby Gordon 7 Ford 40 33 $76,800
42 16 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 37 27 $84,630
43 19 Paul Menard * 15 Chevrolet 34 22 $76,737

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 2007 Aaron's 499 at The Old Farmers' Almanac. Accessed 2013-06-19. Archived 2013-06-21.

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