2007 Auto Club 500

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2007 Auto Club 500
Race details
Race 2 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Layout of the track
Layout of the track
Date February 25, 2007 (2007-February-25)
Location Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.23 km)
Distance 250 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 68.9 °F (20.5 °C); wind speeds up to 13 miles per hour (21 km/h)[1]
Average speed 135.839 miles per hour (218.612 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Time 38.765
Most laps led
Driver Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 133
Winner
No. 17
Matt Kenseth
Roush Fenway Racing
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 Auto Club 500 was the second race in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season, and took place on February 25, 2007, at the California Speedway in Fontana, California.

The 2007 Auto Club 500 was the first NEXTEL Cup race using unleaded gasoline. All cars ran on Sunoco 260 GT Plus, a 104-octane (R+M/2) unleaded racing fuel, the fuel which NASCAR planned to use throughout the 2007 season.

In the final accident of the race, David Reutimann was spun out accidentally by Greg Biffle and went into the wall in the corner. The strike to the wall was among the hardest hits NASCAR had ever recorded. The in-car camera showed him dazed by the impact and struggling to get out, unable to respond to his crew initially. Although he suffered a bruised foot, he was otherwise uninjured, and competed in the Busch Series race in Mexico City the next weekend.[2]

The 2007 Auto Club 500 was won by Matt Kenseth.

Results[edit]

Only 17 cars finished on the lead lap.

Pos Start Car # Laps Status Driver Sponsor / Car Make Money won
(in US Dollars)
1 25 17 250 Running Matt Kenseth** Carhartt Ford $342,326
2 1 24 250 Running Jeff Gordon* DuPont Cromax Pro Chevrolet $249,111
3 23 48 250 Running Jimmie Johnson* Lowe's Chevrolet $212,811
4 8 31 250 Running Jeff Burton* Cingular Wireless Chevrolet $173,441
5 3 01 250 Running Mark Martin* U.S. ARMY Chevrolet $171,708
6 6 07 250 Running Clint Bowyer* Jack Daniel's Chevrolet $119,875
7 18 2 250 Running Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge $140,583
8 11 20 250 Running Tony Stewart* Home Depot Chevrolet $148,161
9 12 5 250 Running Kyle Busch* CARQUEST / Kellogg's Chevrolet $109,525
10 15 83 250 Running Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota $94,400
11 17 11 250 Running Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Chevrolet $116,800
12 19 12 250 Running Ryan Newman Mobil 1 Dodge $128,275
13 29 18 250 Running J.J. Yeley Interstate Batteries Chevrolet $124,958
14 26 13 250 Running Joe Nemechek CertainTeed Chevrolet $90,450
15 13 16 250 Running Greg Biffle* Ameriquest Ford $108,400
16 39 6 250 Running David Ragan AAA Ford $130,075
17 4 29 250 Running Kevin Harvick* Shell / Pennzoil Chevrolet $136,786
18 31 70 249 Running Johnny Sauter Best Buy Chevrolet $87,450
19 24 40 249 Running David Stremme Coors Light Dodge $90,850
20 22 15 249 Running Paul Menard Quaker State / Menards Chevrolet $87,850
21 42 7 249 Running Robby Gordon Jim Beam Ford $90,700
22 37 45 249 Running Kyle Petty* Wells Fargo Dodge $104,908
23 41 96 249 Running Tony Raines Texas Instruments DLP HDTV Chevrolet $99,500
24 38 19 248 Running Elliott Sadler Dodge Dealers / UAW Dodge $105,670
25 40 38 248 Running David Gilliland M&M's Ford $114,314
26 9 42 248 Running Juan Pablo Montoya Texaco / Havoline Dodge $120,475
27 34 88 248 Running Ricky Rudd Snickers Ford $116,233
28 28 43 248 Running Bobby Labonte Cheerios / Betty Crocker Dodge $121,436
29 21 99 247 Running Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford $92,200
30 16 66 247 Running Jeff Green Yellow Transportation Chevrolet $106,608
31 10 25 246 Running Casey Mears National Guard / GMAC Chevrolet $91,275
32 43 44 246 Running Dale Jarrett UPS Toyota $80,575
33 33 00 239 Accident David Reutimann Domino's Pizza Toyota $92,958
34 32 37 220 Electrical John Andretti Camping World Dodge $80,150
35 27 14 198 Electrical Sterling Marlin Panasonic HDTV Chevrolet $89,472
36 36 21 160 Engine Ken Schrader Little Debbie Ford $98,989
37 35 26 134 Running Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Ford $87,550
38 2 9 129 Engine Kasey Kahne* Dodge Dealers / UAW Dodge $137,991
39 14 22 112 Engine Dave Blaney Caterpillar Toyota $87,180
40 5 8 74 Engine Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Chevrolet $124,433
41 30 10 16 Accident Scott Riggs Stanley Tools Dodge $86,900
42 7 1 14 Engine Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet $105,155
43 20 41 7 Accident Reed Sorenson Energizer e2 Lithium Dodge $89,693

Time of Race: 3 hours, 36 minutes, 41 seconds.
Average Speed: 138.451 MPH.
Margin of Victory: 0.679 seconds.
Lead Changes: 28 among 12 drivers.
Cautions: Nine for 37 laps.
Attendance: 87,000

Key[edit]

* Led one lap
** Led most laps
† Rookie of the Year Candidate

Did not qualify[edit]

The following eight drivers failed to qualify for the race: Michael Waltrip, Ward Burton, Jeremy Mayfield, A. J. Allmendinger, Brandon Whitt, Mike Bliss, Kenny Wallace and Kevin Lepage.

Race Recap[edit]

Cautions[edit]

Lap of incident Laps of caution Cars causing the caution Description
7 5 10, 26, 41 Scott Riggs got loose on the backstretch and was hit by Reed Sorenson and Jamie McMurray. Sorenson retired from the race (finishing 43rd), Riggs only briefly returned and McMurray later returned after a while in the garage.
14 4 1 Martin Truex Jr. blew an engine, he was done and finished 42nd.
20 3 6 David Ragan spun coming onto the backstretch, but didn't hit anything and continued on.
54 5 14 Sterling Marlin spun on the backstretch, hitting the outside wall. He went behind the wall for repairs, later retiring due to electrical problems.
92 4 none Debris (on the backstretch).
115 4 none Debris (location unknown).
120 5 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr., having just returned from the garage due to engine problems, lost it completely. He spun in turn 3 and 4 but didn't hit anything. He retired from the race, finishing 40th.
226 4 none Debris (on the backstretch).
243 3 00, 16, 43, 88 Greg Biffle got into David Reutimann, sending him hard into the turn 3 wall. Reutimann's car briefly caught fire and was demolished. He was not injured but was briefly knocked unconscious & was out of the race, finishing 33rd. Ricky Rudd and Bobby Labonte were also involved. The race was red-flagged for cleanup.

Race awards[edit]

Award Winner Notes
Budweiser Pole Award Jeff Gordon 185.735 mph
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Mark Martin
Sunoco Diamond Performance Award Matt Kenseth
Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap Award Kasey Kahne 183.15 mph, lap 3
Commit Lozenges Commit to Win Award Kasey Kahne leader of first lap
NASCAR DirecTV Crew Chief of the Race Award Ryan Pemberton crew chief for Mark Martin
Checker's/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge Award Mark Martin
Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award David Ragan
Wix Filters Lap Leader Award Matt Kenseth 133 laps
Dow Automotive Strategic Call of the Race Award Matt Kenseth
EA Sports Move of the Race Award Matt Kenseth
USG Improving the Finish Award Matt Kenseth 24 places

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weather information for the 2007 Pepsi 500". Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Smith, Marty (March 5, 2007). "Reutimann's Crash Among Hardest Ever Recorded". ESPN. Retrieved July 24, 2014.