2007 Pep Boys Auto 500

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2007 Pep Boys Auto 500
Race details
Race 33 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Layout of Atlanta Motor Speedway
Layout of Atlanta Motor Speedway
Date October 28, 2007 (2007-October-28)
Official name Pep Boys Auto 500
Location Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia
Course Permanent racing facility
1.54 mi (2.48 km)
Distance 329 laps, 506.66 mi (815.39 km)
Scheduled Distance 325 laps, 500.5 mi (805.476 km)
Average speed 135.26 miles per hour (217.68 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Roush Fenway Racing
Time 28.807
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Laps 135
Winner
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree

The 2007 Pep Boys Auto 500 was a stock car racing competition held on October 28, 2007 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. The race was the thirty-third race of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the seventh of the season-ending ten-race Chase for the Nextel Cup.

To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the 1992 Hooters 500, the last race of the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, Jeff Gordon served as the Grand Marshal while Richard Petty served as the honorary flagman. Gordon had made his first career start in the 1992 race, which was also Petty's final race.

Background[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

With a lap of 28.807 seconds at a speed of 192.453 mph, Greg Biffle won his first pole position of the year. Former teammate Kurt Busch started alongside him. Dale Jarrett, in his final fall Atlanta race, had a season best third place starting spot. Spring race winner Jimmie Johnson started sixth, while championship leader, Jeff Gordon, started in the eighth. Tony Stewart, the defending race winner started the race in thirteenth.

Failed to Qualify: No. 00–David Reutimann, No. 4–Ward Burton, No. 06–Sam Hornish Jr., No. 08–Burney Lamar, No. 36–Mike Skinner

Notes[edit]

  1. 21-Bill Elliott was forced to use his third of six past champions provisional to make the field.
  2. 22-Dave Blaney had a suspension failure during his qualifying lap and did not post a speed.

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 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
5 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
6 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
9 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
10 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Team Red Bull

Post-race[edit]

  • Jimmie Johnson's eight victory of the 2007 season, combined with a seventh-place finish for Gordon, has compacted the points difference between the two down to nine points heading into Texas.
  • In the battle for the first thirty-five positions in owners points, due to the engine failure of the No. 22 car, the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing No. 21 gains points, but was still 82 points out.

References[edit]


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2007 Subway 500
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2007 season
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2007 Dickies 500