2007 Citizens Bank 400

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2007 Citizens Bank 400
Race details
Race 15 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season


Date June 17, 2007 (2007-June-17)
Location Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.218 km)
Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds up to 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)
Average speed 148.07 miles per hour (238.30 km/h)
Pole position
Driver J.J. Yeley Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 38.399
Most laps led
Driver Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 63
Winner
No. 99
Carl Edwards
Roush Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Bill Weber, Kyle Petty and
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
2007 Nextel Cup Series
Chase for the Cup

The 2007 Citizens Bank 400 was the 15th race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. It was held on June 17, 2007 at Michigan International Speedway, located in the town of Brooklyn, Michigan, about 80 miles west of Detroit.

After this race, 11 races remained to set the field for the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

Qualifying[edit]

J.J. Yeley won his first career pole with a fast lap of 187.505 miles per hour, or 38.399 seconds. Jimmie Johnson fell short of Yeley's lap by .001 second. Ryan Newman, who had won the three previous poles, qualified fourth.

Michael Waltrip made only his third race in 15 tries. Ironically, he had announced earlier that week that he was stepping aside for the following week's race, the Toyota/Save Mart 350, in favor of two-time series champion Terry Labonte.[1]

Race[edit]

Carl Edwards won the Citizens Bank 400 for his first win in the NEXTEL Cup Series since November 4, 2005 at Texas Motor Speedway, a span of 52 races. Edwards took the lead from Johnson on lap 166 (out of 200) and never lost it.

Martin Truex, Jr. finished second; he now had a three-race span in which he finished first, third, and second. Tony Stewart rallied from the 41st starting position to place third. The remaining top five drivers were Casey Mears and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who will be teammates at Hendrick Motorsports in 2008.

There were 22 lead changes among 11 drivers. The race also had four caution periods; one of them was for an accident involving seven cars, including Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, and Jeff Green.

Top ten results:

Pos. No. Driver Car Team
1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
2. #1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
3. #20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
4. #25 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
6. #5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
7. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8. #26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
9. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
10. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing

Points[edit]

Jeff Gordon (9th place) retained his points lead, by 247 over second place Denny Hamlin (14th). They were followed by Kenseth (42nd), Johnson (19th due to a fuel-mileage problem), and Jeff Burton (24th) in that order. Earnhardt, Jr. entered the top 12 in points, the last qualifying spot for the Chase, while Mark Martin dropped out.

Race notes[edit]

  • Edwards, driving a Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing, was only the second non-Chevrolet driver to win a race. The other was Kenseth (Auto Club 500 at California Speedway).
  • After the race, Tom Giacchi, the motorhome driver for Edwards' #99 team, received a shave in victory lane. Giacchi had grown a beard and had promised that it would not be cut until Edwards won again in a Cup race.

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