2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup

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2007 Nextel Cup Series
Chase for the Cup

The 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup was the ten-race playoffs which concluded the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season. It began with the Sylvania 300 on September 16, 2007 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ended with the Ford 400 on November 18 of the same year at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Jimmie Johnson winning the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship.

The entry requirements for the Chase changed this year. Previously, the top ten drivers in the points standings and anyone else within 400 points of the leader after the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 would qualify for the Chase. This year, the top twelve drivers in the points standings after the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 automatically qualified for the Chase with each drivers' point total reset to 5,000 points, with a ten point bonus for each race won during the first 26 races. In addition, as NASCAR makes the full-time transition to the Car of Tomorrow, half of the races used the new template, and the other half used the older tamplate, which was officially retired from Cup competition following the Ford 400. The title "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" was also retired, as the season ending playoff will be renamed the "Sprint for the Cup" in 2008.

Final standings[edit]

Pos Seed Driver Car S P W T5 T10 DNF Winnings
(USD)
Pts/(Behind)
1 1 California Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe's Chevrolet 36 4 10 20 24 4 $7,646,421 6,723/
2007 Champion
2 2 California Jeff Gordon #24 DuPont Chevrolet 36 7 6 21 30 1 $7,148,662 6,696 (-77)
3 12 Kansas Clint Bowyer #07 Jack Daniels / DirecTV Chevrolet 36 2 1 5 17 0 $4,215,869 6,377 (-346)
4 8 Wisconsin Matt Kenseth #17 DeWalt Ford 36 0 2 13 22 4 $6,485,629 6,298 (-425)
5 9 Nevada Kyle Busch #5 Kellogg's/Carquest Chevrolet 36 0 1 11 20 2 $4,685,518 6,293 (-430)
6 3 Indiana Tony Stewart #20 Home Depot Chevrolet 36 0 3 11 23 4 $6,396,751 6,242 (-481)
7 5 Nevada Kurt Busch #2 Miller Lite Dodge 36 1 2 6 14 3 $5,287,846 6,231 (-492)
8 10 Virginia Jeff Burton #31 AT&T Chevrolet 36 0 1 9 18 3 $6,015,667 6,231 (-492)
9 4 Missouri Carl Edwards #99 Office Depot Ford 36 1 3 11 15 4 $4,611,967 6,222 (-501)
10 11 California Kevin Harvick #29 Shell / Pennzoil Chevrolet 36 0 1 4 15 0 $7,494,593 6,199 (-524)
11 7 New Jersey Martin Truex Jr. #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 36 1 1 7 14 4 $5,003,881 6,164 (-559)
12 6 Virginia Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Chevrolet 36 1 1 12 18 1 $4,983,814 6,143 (-580)

Key: S-Starts; P-Poles; W-Wins; T5-Top 5 finishes; T10-Top 10 finishes; DNF-Did not finish; Pts-Points.
NOTES:
1. The original seedings saw Edwards placed fourth ahead of Kurt Busch based on most second place finishes, while Denny Hamlin was seeded sixth based on the same criteria, followed by Truex, Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton and Harvick, with further tiebreakers based on third place finishes, etc.
2. Kurt Busch by most wins finished in seventh place ahead of Jeff Burton.
3. Those in boldface were invited to the 2007 NEXTEL Cup Banquet November 30 in New York.

Standings Plus/Minus Through The Chase[edit]

Driver Seed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Chg Std Chg Std Chg Std Chg Std Chg Std Chg Std Chg Std Chg Std Chg Std Chg Std Std Chg
Jimmie Johnson 1 n/c 1 -2 3 +2 1 -1 2 n/c 2 n/c 2 n/c 2 +1 1 n/c 1 n/c 1 1 n/c
Jeff Gordon 2 n/c 2 +1 1 -1 2 +1 1 n/c 1 n/c 1 n/c 1 -1 2 n/c 2 n/c 2 2 n/c
Tony Stewart 3 n/c 3 +1 2 -2 4 n/c 4 n/c 4 n/c 4 -1 5 -1 6 +1 5 -1 6 6 -3
Carl Edwards 4 -4 8 +2[1] 6 -1 7 +1 6 +1 5 n/c 5 +1 4 -1 5 -4 9 n/c 9 9 -5
Kurt Busch 5 -7 12 +1 11 +2 9 +2 7 n/c 7 -3 10 +1 9 n/c 9 -1 10 +3 7 7 -2
Denny Hamlin 6 -3 9 -3 12 n/c 12 +3 9 n/c 9 +1 8 -2 10 -1 11 -1 12 n/c 12 12 -6
Martin Truex Jr. 7 +1 6 -1 7 -1 8 -2 10 -1 11 n/c 11 -1 12 n/c 12 +1 11 n/c 11 11 -4
Matt Kenseth 8 +1 7 -3 10 -1 11 n/c 11 -1 12 n/c 12 +1 11 +1 10 +4 6 +2 4 4 +4
Kyle Busch 9 +4 5 +1 4 -2 6 -2 8 +2 6 n/c 6 n/c 6 +2 4 n/c 4 -1 5 5 -4
Jeff Burton 10 -1 11 +3 8 -2 10 -2 12 +2 10 +1 9 +1 8 +1 7 -1 8 n/c 8 8 +2
Kevin Harvick 11 +1 10 +1 9 +4 5 n/c 5 -3 8 +1 7 n/c 7 -1 8 +1 7 -3 10 10 +1
Clint Bowyer 12 +8 4 -1 5 +2 3 n/c 3 n/c 3 n/c 3 n/c 3 n/c 3 n/c 3 n/c 3 3 +9

Chg = Change in position. n/c = No change in position. Std = Standing After Race

Standings at beginning of Chase[edit]

  1. Jimmie Johnson, 5,060 points, leader
  2. Jeff Gordon, 5,040, -20
  3. Tony Stewart, 5,030, -30
  4. Carl Edwards, 5,020, -40
  5. Kurt Busch, 5,020, -40
  6. Denny Hamlin, 5,010, -50
  7. Martin Truex, Jr., 5,010, -50
  8. Matt Kenseth, 5,010, -50
  9. Kyle Busch, 5,010, -50
  10. Jeff Burton, 5,010, -50
  11. Kevin Harvick, 5,010, -50
  12. Clint Bowyer, 5,000, -60

Standings at end of the "regular season"[edit]

At the conclusion of the "regular season" (the 2007 Chevy Rock & Roll 400), these were the point standings before the Chase adjustments were made. Also indicated are how far up or down in the standings a driver went when the Chase points were awarded:

  1. Jeff Gordon, 3,849 pts., leader, down one spot.
  2. Tony Stewart, -312 pts, down one spot.
  3. Denny Hamlin, -359, down three spots.
  4. Jimmie Johnson, -410 pts., up three spots.
  5. Matt Kenseth, -419 pts., down three spots.
  6. Carl Edwards, -427 pts., up two spots.
  7. Jeff Burton, -521 pts., down three spots.
  8. Kyle Busch, -547 pts., down one spot.
  9. Clint Bowyer, -670 pts., down three spots.
  10. Kurt Busch, -689 pts. and two wins, up five spots.
  11. Martin Truex, Jr., -689 pts. and one win, up four spots.
  12. Kevin Harvick, -694 pts., up one spot.

Races[edit]

Drivers in italics did not qualify for the 2007 Chase.

Date Race Track 2006 winner 2007 winner Car
September 16 Sylvania 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, New Hampshire
Kevin Harvick Clint Bowyer CoT
September 23 Dodge Dealers 400 Dover International Speedway
Dover, Delaware
Jeff Burton Carl Edwards CoT
September 30 LifeLock 400 Kansas Speedway
Kansas City, Kansas
Tony Stewart Greg Biffle S
October 7 UAW Ford 500 Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, Alabama
Brian Vickers Jeff Gordon CoT
October 13 Bank of America 500 Lowe's Motor Speedway
Concord, North Carolina
Kasey Kahne Jeff Gordon S
October 21 Subway 500 Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, Virginia
Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson CoT
October 28 Pep Boys Auto 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, Georgia
Tony Stewart≠ Jimmie Johnson S
November 4 Dickies 500 Texas Motor Speedway
Justin, Texas
Tony Stewart≠ Jimmie Johnson S
November 11 Checker Auto Parts 500 Phoenix International Raceway
Avondale, Arizona
Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson CoT
November 18 Ford 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, Florida
Greg Biffle Matt Kenseth S

KEY: S — Standard. CoT — Car of Tomorrow.
≠ — Did not qualify for 2006 Chase.

Race results[edit]

(NOTE: Actual finish is in parentheses.)

Race 1 - 2007 Sylvania 300[edit]

Race 2 - 2007 Dodge Dealers 400[edit]

Race 3 - 2007 LifeLock 400[edit]

Race 4 - 2007 UAW-Ford 500[edit]

Race 5 - 2007 Bank of America 500[edit]

Race 6 - 2007 Subway 500[edit]

Race 7 - 2007 Pep Boys Auto 500[edit]

NOTE: Drivers in Italics are mathematically eliminated from winning the championship.

Race 8 - 2007 Dickies 500[edit]

NOTES: 1. Drivers in Italics are mathematically eliminated from winning the championship.
2. Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart were mathematically eliminated when Jimmie Johnson started the 2007 Checker Auto Parts 500

Race 9 - 2007 Checker Auto Parts 500[edit]

NOTE: Drivers in italics are mathematically eliminated from winning the championship.

Race 10 - 2007 Ford 400[edit]

* - Kurt Busch finished one place ahead of Jeff Burton based on most wins (Two wins vs. one).

Television[edit]

ABC carried the entire Chase for the NEXTEL Cup in 2007, marking the first time that the entire Chase was carried on network television. (In previous years, it had been on a combination of NBC and TNT.) The commentators for ABC were Jerry Punch and Rusty Wallace, who are joined by newcomer Andy Petree, a former team owner and Dale Earnhardt's crew chief in 1993 and 1994. The hosts were Brent Musburger (race) and Suzy Kolber (studio).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ It was discovered in post-race inspection that the right rear of the #99 Office Depot Ford driven by Carl Edwards was too low. Edwards was subsequently penalized 25 owner and driver points, and his crew chief was fined $25,000 (US), after the appeal filed was denied by NASCAR.

External links and sources[edit]

Preceded by
2006 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup
NASCAR seasons
2007
Succeeded by
2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup