2007 Kobalt Tools 500

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2007 Kobalt Tools 500
Race details
Race 4 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Date March 18, 2007 (2007-March-18)
Location Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia
Course Permanent racing facility
1.54 mi (2.48 km)
Distance 325 laps, 500.5 mi (805.476 km)
Average speed 152.915 miles per hour (246.093 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Ryan Newman Penske Racing
Time 28.707
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 135
Winner
No. 48
Jimmie Johnson
Hendrick Motorsports
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 Kobalt Tools 500, the fourth race of the 2007 NEXTEL Cup Season, was held Sunday, March 18, 2007 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. The race was won by Jimmie Johnson, his second consecutive win in the Nextel Cup.

Lineup[edit]

This is the starting lineup for the race.

Row Pos Car # Name Speed (mph) Team/Sponsor/Car Make
1 1 12 Ryan Newman** 193.124 Penske Racing South Alltel Dodge Charger
1 2 19 Elliott Sadler 191.894 Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger
2 3 48 Jimmie Johnson** 191.788 Hendrick Motorsports Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
2 4 01 Mark Martin 191.744 Ginn Racing U.S. Army Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
3 5 24 Jeff Gordon 191.714 Hendrick Motorsports DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
3 6 43 Bobby Labonte 191.648 Petty Enterprises Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Charger
4 7 40 David Stremme 191.509 Chip Ganassi Racing Coors Light Dodge Charger
4 8 5 Kyle Busch 191.503 Hendrick Motorsports Kellogg's/Carquest Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
5 9 49 Mike Bliss 191.100 BAM Racing ZoneLoans.com Dodge Charger
5 10 10 Scott Riggs 190.916 Evernham Motorsports Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge Charger
6 11 41 Reed Sorenson 190.837 Chip Ganassi Racing Target Dodge Charger
6 12 9 Kasey Kahne 190.686 Evernham Motorsports Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger
7 13 20 Tony Stewart 190.594 Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
7 14 99 Carl Edwards 190.398 Roush Fenway Racing Office Depot Ford Fusion
8 15 07 Clint Bowyer 190.372 Richard Childress Racing Jack Daniel's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
8 16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya 190.293 Chip Ganassi Racing Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger
9 17 2 Kurt Busch 190.189 Penske Racing South Miller Lite Dodge Charger
9 18 1 Martin Truex Jr. 190.176 DEI Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
10 19 13 Joe Nemechek 189.954 Ginn Racing Ginn Resorts Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
10 20 18 J.J. Yeley 189.850 Joe Gibbs Racing Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
11 21 17 Matt Kenseth* 189.837 Roush Fenway Racing DeWALT Ford Fusion
11 22 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.* 189.837 DEI Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
12 23 15 Paul Menard 189.818 DEI Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
12 24 00 David Reutimann 189.701 Michael Waltrip Racing Domino's Pizza Toyota Camry
13 25 16 Greg Biffle 189.564 Roush Fenway Racing Jackson Hewitt Ford Fusion
13 26 70 Johnny Sauter 189.467 Haas CNC Racing Best Buy Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
14 27 38 David Gilliland 189.383 Robert Yates Racing M&M's Ford Fusion
14 28 14 Sterling Marlin 189.105 Ginn Racing Panasonic Plasma HDTV Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
15 29 21 Ken Schrader 189.067 Wood Brothers/JTG Racing Little Debbie Ford Fusion
15 30 11 Denny Hamlin 188.841 Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
16 31 83 Brian Vickers 188.828 Team Red Bull Red Bull Toyota Camry
16 32 31 Jeff Burton 188.495 Richard Childress Racing Cingular Wireless Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
17 33 96 Tony Raines 188.411 Hall of Fame Racing Texas Instruments DLP Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
17 34 25 Casey Mears 188.360 Hendrick Motorsports National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
18 35 22 Dave Blaney 188.302 Bill Davis Racing Caterpillar Toyota Camry
18 36 29 Kevin Harvick 187.958 Richard Childress Racing Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
19 37 26 Jamie McMurray 187.133 Roush Fenway Racing IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion
19 38 6 David Ragan†‡ 185.753 Roush Fenway Racing AAA Ford Fusion
20 39 7 Robby Gordon 185.492 Robby Gordon Motorsports Motorola Ford Fusion
20 40 45 Kyle Petty 184.499 Petty Enterprises National Tire & Battery Dodge Charger
21 41 66 Jeff Green 184.364 Haas CNC Racing Yellow Transportation Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
21 42 88 Ricky Rudd 183.515 Robert Yates Racing Snickers Ford Fusion
22 43 44 Dale Jarrett 186.660
(Champion's Provisional)
Michael Waltrip Racing UPS Toyota Camry

*Tie broken by owner points
**Ryan Newman started 43rd after blowing an engine in practice. Jimmie Johnson started from the pole.
†-Made the race on owner points
‡-Rookie of the Year Candidate

NOTE: Robby Gordon had sponsorship from Motorola for this race. At first, the decals were ordered removed from the car by NASCAR, as per Nextel's exclusivity rights (even though Nextel uses Motorola equipment exclusively),[1], however, the decision was modified to allow Gordon to carry an advertisement for Motorola's digital audio players, which allowed Motorola to evade any ban. [2]

Top ten results[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Car Team
1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2. #20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
3. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya (R) Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
6. #07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8. #1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
9. #41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
10. #01 Mark Martin Chevrolet Ginn Racing

Did Not Qualify[edit]

The following drivers failed to qualify for the race:

Scott Wimmer (#33), Ward Burton (#4), John Andretti (#37), Michael Waltrip (#55), Kenny Wallace (#78), Kevin Lepage (#34), Jeremy Mayfield (#36), and A.J. Allmendinger (#84) (Allmendinger lost his engine in qualifying). Ward Burton, Waltrip, and Wallace have missed 3 of the first four races, John Andretti has missed 2 of the 3 races he has attempted, and Mayfield and Allmendinger have not made any of the races.

The race[edit]

Jimmie Johnson passed Tony Stewart with two laps to go to win his second straight NEXTEL Cup Series event. Johnson vaulted to fourth in the Cup standings, trailing only Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, and Jeff Burton in that order.
Race results and point leaders