2007 Samsung 500
|Race 7 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season|
Map of the track
|Date||April 15, 2007|
|Location||Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.414 km)
|Distance||334 laps, 501 mi (806.281 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 71.1 °F (21.7 °C); wind speeds up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)|
|Average speed||143.359 miles per hour (230.714 km/h)|
|Driver||no time trials|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds|
Hendrick Motorsports would be shooting for its fifth consecutive win as a team. The last team to accomplish this feat was Petty Enterprises in 1971. HMS driver Jeff Gordon would start from pole as qualifying was rained out. The race itself featured many attritions, including a hard first lap crash involving David Ragan, J.J. Yeley, and Ricky Rudd. Gordon would dominate the early part of the race until a pit mistake forced him to lose the lead. November Texas winner Tony Stewart would struggle throughout the day, first being spun out after contact with rookie Juan Pablo Montoya, and being hit by Jimmie Johnson in the drivers side, but spinning again later, but not being hit. However, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who got his first cup win at Texas, slowed to avoid the spinning Stewart, but was hit from behind by Kyle Busch, who was traveling over 30 mph faster. In the end, the race came down to former Texas Motor Speedway winners and ex-teammates Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton. Burton attempted many times to pass Kenseth low, but he held the top spot. On the last lap, however, Burton was able to get underneath and clear Kenseth off turn 2 and hold him off to become the first repeat winner of a Cup series event held at the speedway.
While Burton won his second race, being the first repeat winner, still the past twelve races have been won by twelve different drivers, and it was the fourth different winning team at Texas Motor Speedway in the past four races (Roush, Evernham, Gibbs, Childress), with the past three teams winning at Texas winning for the first time.
|7||24||Martin Truex Jr.||1||Chevrolet||146||334||$164,945|
|8||16||Juan Montoya *||42||Dodge||142||334||$168,375|
|15||42||Paul Menard *||15||Chevrolet||118||333||$113,325|
|36||12||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||8||Chevrolet||60||5||288||$128,983|
|39||19||David Ragan *||6||Ford||46||239||$117,025|
- "Weather information for the 2007 Samsung 500". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- Blount, Terry (April 17, 2007). "Dale Jr.'s decision to drive the No. 5 scrutinized". ESPN. Retrieved February 18, 2014.