2007 Sylvania 300
|Race 27 of 36 in the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season|
Layout of New Hampshire Motor Speedway
|Date||September 16, 2007|
|Official name||Sylvania 300|
|Location||New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1.058 mi (1.702 km)
|Distance||300 laps, 317.4 mi (510.805 km)|
|Weather||Chilly with temperatures up to 66.9 °F (19.4 °C); wind speeds up to 4.1 miles per hour (6.6 km/h)|
|Average speed||110.475 miles per hour (177.792 km/h)|
|Driver||Richard Childress Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Clint Bowyer||Richard Childress Racing|
|No. 07||Clint Bowyer||Richard Childress Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree|
This racing event was run on Sunday, September 16, 2007, at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, and was the twelfth race to use the Car of Tomorrow template that will be used[needs update] full-time starting in 2008.
* — Note: The #49 car of John Andretti failed a test in the post-qualifying inspection. As a result, his time, which would have locked him in the race, was disqualified, allowing Said to get into the race.
For Clint Bowyer, he would enter the Chase as the only driver without a victory. That all changed on Sunday when Bowyer and the 07 team flat out crushed the field, leading 222 of 300 laps en route to his first career victory. In the process, he leaped from 12th place in the Chase to fourth with the victory. Jeff Gordon finished second, followed by Tony Stewart. Jimmie Johnson retained the lead on Jeff Gordon in the Chase on more wins (six to four).
For the first time since the 1996 Tyson Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway, the entire starting field finished a NASCAR Cup Series race. This was only the fourth time in NASCAR history that this has happened; the 1959 200-lap race at the Music City Motorplex where all 12 starting cars finished, two consecutive Tyson Holly Farm 400 races (1995–96) at North Wilkesboro Speedway where all 36 cars starting finished; and the 2007 Sylvania 300 where all 43 starters finished. This 2007 Sylvania 300 does mark the first race in NASCAR's modern era where all cars in a 43-driver field finished.
Top Ten Results: (NOTE: Drivers in the Chase in Bold Italics.)
|1.||#07||Clint Bowyer||Chevrolet||Richard Childress Racing|
|2.||#24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3.||#20||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4.||#5||Kyle Busch||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|5.||#1||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevrolet||Dale Earnhardt Incorporated|
|6.||#48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7.||#17||Matt Kenseth||Ford||Roush Fenway Racing|
|8.||#25||Casey Mears||Chevrolet||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9.||#12||Ryan Newman||Dodge||Penske Racing|
|10.||#18||J.J. Yeley||Chevrolet||Joe Gibbs Racing|