2007 Ford 400

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2007 Ford 400
Race details
Race 36 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Date November 18, 2007 (2007-11-18)
Location Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.542 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 79.5 °F (26.4 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)[1]
Average speed 131.888 miles per hour (212.253 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Time 30.545
Most laps led
Driver Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 214
Winner
No. 17
Matt Kenseth
Roush Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree, Jerry Punch
2007 Nextel Cup Series
Chase for the Cup

The 2007 Ford 400, the final race of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season for 2007 and the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, was run on Sunday, November 18, 2007 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida, in Dade County outside Miami, the final event of the three-day Ford Championship Weekend. The race was historic for several reasons:

  • The race was the last to use the current template for NASCAR's premier series, based on the 1966 Ford Fairlane run by the Holman-Moody Racing team. Starting in 2008, NASCAR used the Car of Tomorrow template full-time, one year ahead of the originally planned schedule. Those cars became standard in the Nationwide Series February 2009.
  • The series ran under the "NEXTEL Cup" banner for the last time. Starting in 2008, as per the merger of Sprint Nextel, the series changed to the "NASCAR Sprint Cup".
  • The season-long championship was decided after the completion of this race. After the Checker Auto Parts 500, Jimmie Johnson led Jeff Gordon by 86 points, with both drivers eligible to clinch the season championship. It would be Rick Hendrick's seventh championship. Johnson needed to finish better than 18th (without leading a lap), 19th (leading a lap) or 21st (leading the most laps) to clinch his second consecutive championship.
  • The race also marked the last appearance of the #25 Hendrick Motorsports car. Since making its debut in the 1986 Daytona 500, the car had been raced by eleven drivers in 656 races, winning seventeen. Its most recent win was by Casey Mears in the 2007 Coca-Cola 600. The points for this car transferred over to the new #88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ride for 2008. The current #88, piloted by Ricky Rudd, who retired after this race, and owned by Yates Racing, became the #28 again in 2008 with Travis Kvapil in the drivers' seat. While Dale Jarrett was in the seat, they won the 1999 Cup championship (then under Winston sponsorship).
  • The three-way battle for the 35th spot in owners points also concluded here. Holding down that 35th spot was the #22 Toyota of Bill Davis Racing, driven by Dave Blaney. Behind them by 136 points was the #21 Ford of Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, driven by Bill Elliott. Ahead of the #22 was the #45 Dodge of Petty Enterprises, driven by Kyle Petty, but they were only ahead by 29 points. At the conclusion of this race, the teams that held the 35th spot was guaranteed a starting position in the first five races of 2008, including the 2008 Daytona 500.

Pre-race news[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

With a lap of 30.545 seconds at a speed of 176.788 mph (284.513 km/h), points leader Jimmie Johnson moved one step closer to winning his second consecutive championship by winning the final pole award under Anheuser-Busch sponsorship. Johnson's main rival, teammate Jeff Gordon, started 11th, two-time Homestead winner Tony Stewart started 14th, and defending three-time winner Greg Biffle started 37th.

Failed to qualify: A.J. Allmendinger (#84), John Andretti (#49), Joe Nemechek (#78), Michael Waltrip (#55), Todd Bodine (#4), Burney Lamar (#08, crashed in qualifying).

Race[edit]

Matt Kenseth won the race, celebrating by doing burnouts with his race car. Jimmie Johnson finished seventh, and won the 2007 NEXTEL Cup championship by 77 points over Jeff Gordon, and also did burnouts with Kenseth.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 2007 Ford 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac