2007 Toyota/Save Mart 350

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2007 Toyota/Save Mart 350
Race details
Race 16 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Track as used by NASCAR
Track as used by NASCAR
Date June 24, 2007 (2007-June-24)
Location Infineon Raceway Sonoma, California
Course Permanent racing facility
1.99 mi (3.202 km)
Distance 110 laps, 218.9 mi (352.285 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 84 °F (29 °C); wind speeds up to 17.1 miles per hour (27.5 km/h)
Average speed 74.547 miles per hour (119.972 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Jamie McMurray Roush Fenway Racing
Time 77.521
Most laps led
Driver Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports
Laps 48
Winner
No. 42
Juan Pablo Montoya
Chip Ganassi Racing
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Bill Weber, Kyle Petty and
Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
2007 Nextel Cup Series
Chase for the Cup

The 2007 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was the 16th race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. It took place on June 24, 2007, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, about 25 miles north of San Francisco.

It was the first of two Cup races on road courses and the first time that the Car of Tomorrow was used on a road course.

Qualifying[edit]

Jamie McMurray won the pole with a lap of 92.414 miles per hour (148.726 km/h). In addition to the NEXTEL Cup regulars, five Road course ringers also qualified: Boris Said, Ron Fellows, Marc Goossens, Butch Leitzinger, and P.J. Jones. Two others failed to make the field: Klaus Graf and Brian Simo.

Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson did not participate in qualifying. The cars they were driving failed the first inspection of the weekend due to a violation in the width of their fenders. Both cars were re-done and passed a later inspection. Gordon and Johnson had to start 41st and 42nd, respectively, for the race.[1]

Race[edit]

Juan Pablo Montoya won the Toyota/Save Mart 350, his first win in the NEXTEL Cup Series. He had dueled with McMurray throughout the end of the race. Montoya passed McMurray with seven laps to go and held on for the victory. McMurray ran out of gas late in the race and finished 37th.

All three of the Richard Childress Racing cars, all Chevrolet Impalas, were next in the final rundown: Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, and Clint Bowyer in that order. Greg Biffle finished fifth, best for Ford. Jones (12th) had the best finish for a Toyota driver.

Top ten results:

Pos. No. Driver Car Team
1. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya (R) Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
2. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
3. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
4. #07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6. #20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
7. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
8. #5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
9. #60 Boris Said Ford No Fear Racing
10. #11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing

Points[edit]

Gordon (7th in the race) left the track with a 271-point lead over Denny Hamlin (10th) for the points lead. However, that lead was reduced to 171 points after the announcement of NASCAR penalties (see below).

Race notes[edit]

Post-race[edit]

On June 26, NASCAR announced that Gordon and Johnson would each lose 100 points in the championship standings. Their respective crew chiefs, Steve Letarte and Chad Knaus, were suspended for six races, fined $100,000 each, and placed on probation through December 31, 2007. In addition, Hendrick Motorsports lost 100 owner points from each team.[3]

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