2007 Checker Auto Parts 500

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2007 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil
Race details
Race 35 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season


Date November 11, 2007 (2007-November-11)
Location Phoenix International Raceway (Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.)
Course Permanent racing facility
1.000 mi (1.609 km)
Distance 312 laps, 312 mi (502.115 km)
Average speed 102.989 miles per hour (165.745 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing
Time 27.114
Most laps led
Driver Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 93
Winner
No. 48
Jimmie Johnson
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, and Andy Petree
2007 Nextel Cup Series
Chase for the Cup

The 2007 Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil, the next to last race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season and the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup ran on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at Phoenix International Raceway in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale, Arizona. This race was the final race of sixteen to feature NASCAR's template known as the Car of Tomorrow, which will be utilized full time beginning with the 2008 season.

Pre-Race News[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

With a lap of 27.114 seconds at a speed of 132.773 mph, Carl Edwards won his first pole of the season and third of his career. Fellow Chase driver Martin Truex Jr. will start alongside him, missing P1 by only .003 sec. Spring race winner Jeff Gordon starts third, hometown hero J.J. Yeley starts fourth, points leader Jimmie Johnson starts sixth, and defending winner Kevin Harvick starts 34th. Out of the open-wheel imports, IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. made his first Cup race on speed, starting 26th, Patrick Carpentier, who is taking over for Scott Riggs, qualified 24th, and Jacques Villeneuve made his second Cup race, starting 27th.

Failed to Qualify: Michael Waltrip (#55), A.J. Allmendinger (#84), Ward Burton (#4), John Andretti (#49), Dale Jarrett (#44), David Reutimann (#00)

NOTE: This is the first time in 2007 where all three Michael Waltrip Racing cars have missed a race.


Results[edit]

Top Ten Results: (NOTE: Chase drivers are in bold italics.)

Pos. No. Driver Car Team
1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2. #16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4. #20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
5. #12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
6. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7. #1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated
8. #5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
9. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports