2007 Allstate 400 at The Brickyard

2007 Nextel Cup Series
Chase for the Cup

The 2007 Allstate 400 at The Brickyard, the 14th running of the event, was the twentieth race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season and the first race under the ESPN/ABC section of the TV coverage. It was held on July 29, 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

Pre-Race

Two NEXTEL Cup teams announced changes in their ownership just before this race:

Two other rumored announcements - one in which Hendrick Motorsports would finalize a deal with PepsiCo, with the Mountain Dew and AMP Energy Drink brand sharing a race schedule on the #5 with new driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and that Budweiser, Earnhardt Jr.'s current sponsor, would switch its money over to the #9 team, owner Evernham Motorsports and driver Kasey Kahne - did not materialize.

Terry Labonte filled in for Michael Waltrip in the #55 Toyota which originally made Bill Elliott, winner of the 2002 race, and his #21 Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team ineligible for the past champion's provisional since Labonte's championship is more recent than Elliott's. However, with the closing of the #13 and #14 teams from Ginn, Elliott was assured of racing in this event.

Originally, there were a total of 51 cars with an entry including the #13 listed driverless and sponsorless as well as the #14 with Smith driving, but with the DEI/Ginn merger, the final total was 49 cars.

The race

Race results

Pos. No. Driver Car Team
1. #20 Tony Stewart (W) Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
2. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya (R) Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
3. #24 Jeff Gordon (W) Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
4. #5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
5. #41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
6. #01 Mark Martin Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
7. #29 Kevin Harvick (W) Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
9. #22 Dave Blaney Toyota Bill Davis Racing
10. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
11. #2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing South
12. #1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
13. #07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
14. #4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Morgan-McClure Motorsports
15. #16 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
16. #6 David Ragan (R) Ford Roush Fenway Racing
17. #38 David Gilliland (R) Ford Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
18. #99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
19. #43 Bobby Labonte (W) Dodge Petty Enterprises
20. #15 Paul Menard (R) Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
21. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota Team Red Bull
22. #11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
23. #21 Bill Elliott (W) Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing
24. #88 Ricky Rudd (W) Ford Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
25. #49 Ken Schrader Dodge BAM Racing
26. #40 David Stremme Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
27. #7 Robby Gordon Ford Robby Gordon Motorsports
28. #19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Evernham Motorsports
29. #10 Scott Riggs Dodge Evernham Motorsports
30. #55 Terry Labonte Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
31. #33 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
32. #45 Kyle Petty Dodge Petty Enterprises
33. #26 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
34. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
35. #25 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
36. #18 J. J. Yeley Chevorolet Joe Gibbs Racing
37. #70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas CNC Racing
38. #00 David Reutimann (R) Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
39. #48 Jimmie Johnson (W) Chevorlet Hendrick Motorsports
40. #9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Evernham Motorsports
41. #96 Tony Raines Chevrolet Hall of Fame Racing
42. #12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing South
43. #66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas CNC Racing

DNQ:

No. Driver Car Team
#08 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet EM Motorsports
#84 A.J. Allmendinger (R) Toyota Team Red Bull
#37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports
#44 Dale Jarrett (W) Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
#36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota Bill Davis Racing
#78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing

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Notes

  • For the first time in event history, there was not a testing session before the race.
  • This race marked the second time an Indy NASCAR race was on cable television. Either ABC or NBC televised all 13 of the previous events, except for 1995 when ESPN showed the race on one day's tape delay. This time, the 400 was scheduled to air on ESPN all along; ABC will not join coverage until September. Additionally, this was the first NASCAR Cup race on ESPN since the 2000 season finale of what was then the Winston Cup Series, the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway now called the Georgia 500. Jerry Nadeau was the race winner in his only Cup victory.
  • Dale Jarrett's failure to qualify means that only four drivers have started every Brickyard 400 since its inception in 1994: Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin and Bill Elliott.
  • Kevin Harvick who led part of the race until lap 149 when Tony made the winning pass, missed by a close finish to becoming the third driver to win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year (The third record was accomplished by Jamie McMurray). He led until contact with Tony Stewart resulted in him falling back to seventh in the finish.

Post-race

For the second time since 2004, a winning driver uttered an obscenity in a live post-race interview when Stewart said "This one's for every one of those fans in the stands who pull for me every week and take all the bullshit from everybody else" to the ESPN reporter. At first, it was perceived to be in response to critics who have gone after his blunt and abrasive personality, but it has since been reported that Stewart was the subject of statements made by Pardon the Interruption co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on the show that aired the day after Stewart's win at the USG Sheetrock 400. After Stewart joked about celebrating the victory by drinking a case of Schlitz beer, the co-hosts concluded that the driver was a bad role model for children. Whether the comments were a form of revenge against the network is open for interpretation.[2][3]

On the Tuesday after the race, Stewart was fined $25,000 and lost 25 points in the NEXTEL Cup standings due to the infraction. Joe Gibbs Racing, for which he drives, also lost 25 points in the owners' standings. His position in the standings (5th) did not change.[4] Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who said the word "shit" after winning the 2004 EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway had been given the same penalty that year.

References

External links

  • Complete results
  • Points standings
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