2007 Subway 500

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2007 Subway 500
Race details
Race 32 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
View from turn one and two bleachers
View from turn one and two bleachers
Date October 21, 2007 (2007-October-21)
Location Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.526 mi (0.847 km)
Distance 506 laps, 266.156 mi (428.336 km)
Scheduled Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423.257 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 82 °F (28 °C); wind speeds up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)[1]
Average speed 66.608 miles per hour (107.195 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Time 19.938
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 168
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 Subway 500, the 32nd race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season and the sixth race in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, ran on Sunday, October 21, 2007, at Martinsville Speedway, located on the outskirts of Martinsville, Virginia. This race was the fifteenth of sixteen series races to use NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow template, which will be made permanent as of the 2008 season.

Pre-Race News[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

With a lap of 19.938 seconds at a speed of 94.974 miles per hour, seven time Martinsville winner Jeff Gordon took his sixth pole at the paperclip and 63rd of his career. Spring Martinsville winner Jimmie Johnson will start fourth. South Boston natives Jeff and Ward Burton both struggled in qualifying, having to start 18th and 36th respectively. Chase contender Tony Stewart started 34th.

Race[edit]

The 2007 running of the Subway 500 set a record for cautions in this race, with 21 yellow flags flying for 127 laps. The race was eventually decided under caution, when, during the green-white-checkers, David Ragan spun in turn number 1, ending the single attempt at a racing finish. With his third consecutive win at Martinsville, Johnson became the first driver since Rusty Wallace in 1994-1995 to win three straight races at the track.

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. #12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
3. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
4. #5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6. #11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
7. #16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya (R) Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
9. #07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Points[edit]

Gordon's lead over Johnson in the standings was reduced to 58 points. (See 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup) for complete Chase standings).

For 35th place, and the last guaranteed starting spot, the #22 team (driver Dave Blaney for Bill Davis Racing) extended its lead over the #21 team (Bill Elliott for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing) to 142 points.[2]

Television pre-emption[edit]

Because of the Southern California wildfires, which began on race morning, KABC in Los Angeles showed the race on a digital subchannel rather than on its main channel. This meant that the broadcast was available in the second-largest media market in the United States only on digital cable and on stand-alone sets with digital tuners. Viewers who receive KABC on satellite services DirecTV and Dish Network had to do without.

KABC also did not air NASCAR Countdown for a second consecutive week.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 2007 Subway 500 at The Old Farmers' Almanac