2007 Pennsylvania 500
|Race 21 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season|
Pocono Raceway, the race track where the race was held.
|Date||August 5, 2007|
|Location||Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.023 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 500 mi (804.672 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 89.1 °F (31.7 °C); wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)|
|Average speed||131.627 miles per hour (211.833 km/h)|
|Driver||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Rusty Wallace|
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole position after being allowed to requalify when a rainstorm interrupted his attempt which resulted in a 45-minute rain delay. NASCAR allowed Earnhardt to put on new tires and cool down his car because of the delay, when temperatures cooled down.
The other big story was the disqualification of Robby Gordon from his self-owned #7 car after several incidents the previous day at the Busch Series' NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal. He thought he was leading the race with 3 laps left but NASCAR told him that his move to the lead was illegal and told him to line up in 14th place. Robby Gordon refused the order, was disqualified and then he retaliated against the race leader Marcos Ambrose for previous contact in the race; by taking his anger on Ambrose and pushing Ambrose's car away from winning the race. Gordon did not leave the track as ordered and crossed the line first DQed. He then celebrated on the track as if he won the event which infuriated NASCAR. He was fined $50,000 and P.J. Jones replaced Gordon in the Pocono race, finishing 37th.
Outside polesitter Kurt Busch would be the class of the field, dominating for 175 of 200 laps and taking his first victory since the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in March 2006. While Busch dominated, the main story of the day was that of the polesitter. Dale Jr.'s team had brought an overly aggressive shock package to Pocono, and it was not working for them as the car was tight despite numerous adjustments. Their struggles hit a low point when Earnhardt Jr. spun the car in turn three. The team changed the shock and Dale Jr. rallied back to second place. Despite this comeback, Busch had overtaken Earnhardt, Jr. for the critical 12th position in points.
Top ten results:
|1.||#2||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Penske Racing South|
|2.||#8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|3.||#11||Denny Hamlin||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4.||#24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5.||#48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6.||#20||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|7.||#12||Ryan Newman||Dodge||Penske Racing South|
|8.||#07||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|9.||#01||Mark Martin||Chevrolet||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|10.||#25||Casey Mears||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
On the following Tuesday, August 7, Robby Gordon was fined $50,000 and placed on probation through December 31 for his actions in Montreal. Ironically, race winner Busch is also on probation through the end of the calendar year as a result of an earlier incident at Dover in the year when he fought with Tony Stewart.
- Kurt Busch has led a track record 175 laps.
- Weather information for the 2007 Pennsylvania 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac