2007 Pep Boys Auto 500

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2007 Pep Boys Auto 500
Race details
Race 33 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Date October 28, 2007 (2007-October-28)
Location Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia
Course Permanent racing facility
1.54 mi (2.48 km)
Distance 329 laps, 506.66 mi (815.39 km)
Scheduled Distance 325 laps, 500.5 mi (805.476 km)
Average speed 135.26 miles per hour (217.68 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing
Time 28.807
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Laps 135
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 Pep Boys Auto 500 is the 33rd race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season and the seventh race that makes up the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. Pep Boys Auto 500 ran Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.

To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of one of the most exciting finishes to a NASCAR Cup season, a driver who made his Cup debut in the 1992 race, then known as the Hooters 500, Jeff Gordon was the Grand Marshall, and the driver who drove his last race in that same event, Richard Petty, waved the green flag to start the race. In that race, which was held in November, Alan Kulwicki drove his self-owned #7 Hooters Ford Thunderbird to his lone Winston Cup championship to edge hometown favorite Bill Elliott from nearby Dawsonville by ten points, even though Elliott won the race.

Pre-Race News[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

With a lap of 28.807 seconds at a speed of 192.453 mph, Greg Biffle won his first pole of the year. Former teammate Kurt Busch will start alongside him. Dale Jarrett, in his final fall Atlanta race, had a season best third place starting spot. Spring race winner Jimmie Johnson will start sixth. points leader Jeff Gordon will start eighth, and defending winner Tony Stewart will start 13th.

Failed to Qualify: #00-David Reutimann, #4-Ward Burton, #06-Sam Hornish Jr., #08-Burney Lamar, #36-Mike Skinner

Notes[edit]

  1. 21-Bill Elliott was forced to use his third, of his allotted 6, past champions provisional to make the field.
  2. 22-Dave Blaney had a suspension failure during his qualifying lap and did not post a speed.

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. #99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3. #41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
4. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
6. #07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
8. #2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
9. #9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
10. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota Team Red Bull

Post-Race Notes[edit]

  • Jimmie Johnson's eight victory of '07, combined with a 7th place finish for Gordon, has compacted the points difference between the two down to nine points heading into Texas.
  • In the battle for the top-35 in owners points, due to the engine failure of the #22 car, the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing #21 gains ground, but is still 82 points out.

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