2007 Pep Boys Auto 500
|Race 33 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season|
Atlanta Motor Speedway (after 1997, before Atlanta International Speedway)
|Date||October 28, 2007|
|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)|
|Driver||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Martin Truex, Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
|No. 48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree|
The 2007 Pep Boys Auto 500 is the 33rd race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season and the seventh race that makes up the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. Pep Boys Auto 500 ran Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.
To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of one of the most exciting finishes to a NASCAR Cup season, a driver who made his Cup debut in the 1992 race, then known as the Hooters 500, Jeff Gordon was the Grand Marshal, and the driver who drove his last race in that same event, Richard Petty, waved the green flag to start the race. In that race, which was held in November, Alan Kulwicki drove his self-owned #7 Hooters Ford Thunderbird to his lone Winston Cup championship to edge hometown favorite Bill Elliott from nearby Dawsonville by ten points, even though Elliott won the race.
- Jeremy Mayfield will be replacing Jeff Green driving the #66 Chevrolet for Haas CNC Racing starting immediately this weekend and also starting next season.
- Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson will be substituting in the #36 Toyota for Bill Davis Racing vacated by Mayfield until the end of the season with Skinner running the Atlanta race.
- #08-Burney Lamar will be attempting to make his first ever Cup start.
With a lap of 28.807 seconds at a speed of 192.453 mph, Greg Biffle won his first pole of the year. Former teammate Kurt Busch will start alongside him. Dale Jarrett, in his final fall Atlanta race, had a season best third place starting spot. Spring race winner Jimmie Johnson will start sixth. points leader Jeff Gordon will start eighth, and defending winner Tony Stewart will start 13th.
- 21-Bill Elliott was forced to use his third, of his allotted 6, past champions provisional to make the field.
- 22-Dave Blaney had a suspension failure during his qualifying lap and did not post a speed.
Top Ten Results: (NOTE: Chase drivers are in bold italics.)
|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|
- Jimmie Johnson's eight victory of '07, combined with a 7th place finish for Gordon, has compacted the points difference between the two down to nine points heading into Texas.
- In the battle for the top-35 in owners points, due to the engine failure of the #22 car, the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing #21 gains ground, but is still 82 points out.