2007 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
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|Race 3 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
|Date||March 11, 2007|
|Location||Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Clark County, Nevada|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
|Distance||267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.542 km)|
|Driver||Kasey Kahne||Gillett Evernham Motorsports|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds|
The race was the first at the newly refurbished track, which now has a progressive banking in the turns on the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval, a new garage area which is fan-friendly known as "The Neon Garage" named for the lighted signs through the city's gambling areas, and a new pit road that was built closer to the grandstands.
Jimmie Johnson won his third straight Nextel Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, defeating teammate Jeff Gordon by 2.795 seconds. Gordon finished in second place for the second straight time. Denny Hamlin was third, Matt Kenseth fourth and Mark Martin fifth.
Martin retained his points lead after three races with 495 points, six ahead of Gordon.
Because of the new asphalt concerns, NASCAR cut the size of fuel cells from 18 gallons to 13 gallons, similar to what had been used on restrictor plate tracks from October 2002 until October 2006, and also for the two 2006 races at Lowe's Motor Speedway to force more pit stops to change tires.
|1.||#48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports||267||Running|
|2.||#24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports||267||Running|
|3.||#11||Denny Hamlin||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing||267||Running|
|4.||#17||Matt Kenseth||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing||267||Running|
|5.||#01||Mark Martin||Chevrolet||Ginn Racing||267||Running|
|6.||#99||Carl Edwards||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing||267||Running|
|7.||#20||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing||267||Running|
|8.||#12||Ryan Newman||Dodge||Penske Racing South||267||Running|
|9.||#5||Kyle Busch||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports||267||Running|
|10.||#26||Jamie McMurray||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing||267||Running|
|11.||#8||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Chevrolet||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||267||Running|
|12.||#1||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevrolet||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||267||Running|
|13.||#43||Bobby Labonte||Dodge||Petty Enterprises||267||Running|
|14.||#19||Elliott Sadler||Dodge||Evernham Motorsports||267||Running|
|15.||#31||Jeff Burton||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing||267||Running|
|16.||#16||Greg Biffle||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing||266||Running|
|17.||#7||Robby Gordon||Ford||Robby Gordon Motorsports||266||Running|
|18.||#18||J.J. Yeley||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing||266||Running|
|19.||#96||Tony Raines||Chevrolet||Hall of Fame Racing||266||Running|
|20.||#40||David Stremme||Dodge||Chip Ganassi Racing||266||Running|
|21.||#38||David Gilliland||Ford||Robert Yates Racing||265||Running|
|22.||#42||Juan Pablo Montoya†||Dodge||Chip Ganassi Racing||265||Running|
|23.||#10||Scott Riggs||Dodge||Evernham Motorsports||265||Running|
|24.||#78||Kenny Wallace||Chevrolet||Furniture Row Racing||265||Running|
|25.||#66||Jeff Green||Chevrolet||Haas CNC Racing||265||Running|
|26.||#2||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Penske Racing South||265||Running|
|27.||#29||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing||265||Running|
|28.||#45||Kyle Petty||Dodge||Petty Enterprises||265||Running|
|29.||#21||Jon Wood†||Ford||Wood Brothers/JTG Racing||264||Running|
|30.||#88||Ricky Rudd||Ford||Robert Yates Racing||264||Running|
|31.||#41||Reed Sorenson||Dodge||Chip Ganassi Racing||263||Running|
|32.||#15||Paul Menard†||Chevrolet||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||263||Running|
|33.||#44||Dale Jarrett||Toyota||Michael Waltrip Racing||263||Running|
|34.||#14||Sterling Marlin||Chevrolet||Ginn Racing||251||Engine|
|35.||#9||Kasey Kahne||Dodge||Evernham Motorsports||251||Accident|
|36.||#07||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing||239||Running|
|37.||#6||David Ragan†||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing||236||Running|
|38.||#13||Joe Nemechek||Chevrolet||Ginn Racing||156||Accident|
|39.||#70||Johnny Sauter||Chevrolet||Hass CNC Racing||147||Running|
|40.||#25||Casey Mears||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports||141||Running|
|41.||#80||Aric Almirola||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing||46||Accident|
|42.||#22||Dave Blaney||Toyota||Bill Davis Racing||17||Accident|
|43.||#4||Ward Burton||Chevrolet||Morgan-McClure Motorsports||15||Accident|
†-Rookie of the Year candidate
Failed to qualify
The following 10 drivers failed to qualify for the race: A.J. Allmendinger‡ (#84), Mike Bliss (#49), John Andretti (#37), Brian Vickers (#83), David Reutimann‡ (#00), Jeremy Mayfield (#36), Brandon Whitt‡ (#72), Kevin Lepage (#34), Michael Waltrip (#55), and Ken Schrader (#47).
Allmendinger, Bliss, Mayfield, and Whitt have missed all three races for which they have attempted to qualify. Waltrip has missed the last two. Reutimann had made both previous races. Vickers had missed the Daytona 500 and made the Auto Club 500. Schrader missed making a field for the first time since the November 2003 Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Also of note: Regan Smith‡ was to have qualified in the #39 car, but the car was withdrawn and Smith did not make an attempt.
- All 10 drivers that started in the top 10 has failed to finish in the top 10. The first time that happened since the Firecracker 400 on July 4, 1965; 1,421 races ago.