2007 Sylvania 300

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2007 Sylvania 300
Race details
Race 27 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Map of New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Map of New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Date September 16, 2007 (2007-September-16)
Location New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire
Course Permanent racing facility
1.058 mi (1.702 km)
Distance 300 laps, 317.4 mi (510.805 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 66.9 °F (19.4 °C); wind speeds up to 4.1 miles per hour (6.6 km/h)[1]
Average speed 110.475 miles per hour (177.792 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing
Time 29.206
Most laps led
Driver Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing
Laps 222
Winner
No. 07
Clint Bowyer
Richard Childress Racing
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 Sylvania 300 was the 27th race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season and the first of the ten-race 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup championship series.

This racing event was run on Sunday, September 16, 2007, at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, and was the twelfth race to utilize the Car of Tomorrow template that will be used full-time starting in 2008.

Pre-race news[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

2007 Chase driver Clint Bowyer of Richard Childress Racing, with a speed of 130.412 mph, grabbed his second career pole. Fellow Chase newcomer Martin Truex Jr. will start alongside him.

Failed to Qualify: Dale Jarrett (#44), Sam Hornish Jr. (#06), Jeremy Mayfield (#36), Michael Waltrip (#55), Kevin Lepage (#37), Boris Said (#98).*

* — Note: The #49 car of John Andretti failed a test in the post-qualifying inspection. As a result, his time, which would have locked him in the race, was disqualified, allowing Said to get into the race.

Race[edit]

For Clint Bowyer, he would enter the Chase as the only driver without a victory. That all changed on Sunday when Bowyer and the 07 team flat out crushed the field, leading 222 of 300 laps en route to his first career victory. In the process, he leaped from 12th place in the Chase to fourth with the victory. Jeff Gordon finished second, followed by Tony Stewart. Jimmie Johnson retained the lead on Jeff Gordon in the Chase on more wins (six to four).

For the first time since the 1996 Tyson Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway, the entire starting field finished a NASCAR Cup Series race. This was only the fourth time in NASCAR history that this has happened; the 1959 200-lap race at the Music City Motorplex where all 12 starting cars finished, two consecutive Tyson Holly Farm 400 races (1995–96) at North Wilkesboro Speedway where all 36 cars starting finished; and the 2007 Sylvania 300 where all 43 starters finished. This 2007 Sylvania 300 does mark the first race in NASCAR's modern era where all cars in a 43-driver field finished.

Finishing Order[edit]

Top Ten Results: (NOTE: Drivers in the Chase in Bold Italics.)

Pos. No. Driver Car Team
1. #07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3. #20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
4. #5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5. #1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Incorporated
6. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
8. #25 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
9. #12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
10. #18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2007 Sylvania 300 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-06-21.