2007 3M Performance 400
|Race 23 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season|
Michigan International Speedway
|Date||August 21, 2007|
|Official name||3M Performance 400|
|Location||Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.218 km)
|Distance||203 laps, 406 mi (653.393 km)|
|Scheduled Distance||200 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 87.1 °F (30.6 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)|
|Average speed||117.012 miles per hour (188.313 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing|
|No. 2||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Andy Petree and Rusty Wallace|
The 2007 3M Performance 400 is the 23rd race in the 2007 NASCAR season and was scheduled to be held on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. However, a day-long rain postponed the race until August 20, but another rainstorm postponed that run until the following day.
Pre Race News
- A select number of Chevrolet cars bore a special paint scheme honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1957 Bel Air with replica tail fins on the side panels and old-fashioned round headlight and taillight decals. The drivers were Mark Martin, Martin Truex Jr., Ward Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Menard, J.J. Yeley, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Casey Mears, Jimmie Johnson, Scott Wimmer, and Tony Raines. Mears replaced the now-defunct Ginn Racing #14 which would have been driven by Sterling Marlin.
- Kenny Wallace was released from the #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy team. Wimmer replaced him, but failed to qualify in a one-race deal.
- Due to a hand injury to his hand suffered in a fit of anger when he punched out a wall, Kyle Petty was replaced in the #45 as Chad McCumbee for that race only.
- Ricky Rudd announced that he will formally retire after the 2007 season. Rudd has been driving the #88 Robert Yates Racing Snickers Ford after taking the 2006 season off.
Practice and Qualifying
An early blow came in the first practice when Jeff Burton lost an engine minutes into the warmups. As a result, the #31 AT&T Chevrolet started in the back of the field regardless of where he qualified.
In qualifying itself, newly formed Gillett Evernham Motorsports looked to turn its season around with an all GEM front row. However, those efforts were thwarted by that of Greg Biffle, who held the pole until Jeff Gordon, the final driver to qualify, took his 62nd career Bud Pole award. Of note, Michael Waltrip Racing placed two of its cars in the top 15 although Dale Jarrett failed to make the show.
The two-day postponement because of weather was the first since the 1997 DieHard 500 at Talladega. In that case, the race was run on the day before Mothers' Day, which was May 10. However, this race would be started on August 21 at 10:00 a.m. With no rain scheduled until the afternoon, the race ran its full distance although NASCAR waved a competition caution for the drivers to adjust their cars.
Kurt Busch, driving a Dodge Charger, held off the Chevrolet Monte Carlos of Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, under a green-white-checkered finish, to take his second win in three races. As with his earlier victory at Pocono, Busch led the most laps, 96 out of 203.
Gordon and Denny Hamlin, the top two drivers in the Cup standings, clinched places in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. Busch remained in 12th place, but extended his lead over 13th place Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to 163 points.
Also, Bill Davis Racing took back 35th place in the owners' standings for its #22 team on the strength of a sixth-place finish from Dave Blaney. This meant that BDR was guaranteed a starting spot for the next race, the Sharpie 500. Wood Brothers/JTG Racing (#21) fell back to 36th. It was the third change for 35th, between these teams, since late July.
Top ten results:
|1.||#2||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Penske Racing|
|2.||#1||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevrolet||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|3.||#48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|4.||#17||Matt Kenseth||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|5.||#11||Denny Hamlin||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6.||#22||Dave Blaney||Toyota||Bill Davis Racing|
|7.||#99||Carl Edwards||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|8.||#83||Brian Vickers||Toyota||Team Red Bull|
|9.||#43||Bobby Labonte||Dodge||Petty Enterprises|
|10.||#20||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing|