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2007 UAW-Ford 500

2007 Nextel Cup Series
Chase for the Cup

The 2007 UAW-Ford 500 was the 30th race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Season and the fourth race in the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. This race was raced on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at the Talladega Superspeedway outside of Talladega, Alabama.

Summary

This race was historic as it marked the first race for NASCAR's new Car of Tomorrow template, which was in their fourteenth race in the 2007 season before it becomes the full-time car in 2008, on a super speedway. In addition to the mandatory restrictor plate used at both Talladega and Daytona International Speedway (which will be 31/32" in diamiter), NASCAR had a mandatory gear ratio at this track for the first time.

Pre-Race News

Qualifying

Because the top 35 teams are locked into the race, only eight slots were available for battle among sixteen teams. When all was said and done, the top eight teams were "go or go home" cars led by Michael Waltrip. Dave Blaney started second, followed by Brian Vickers, Villenevue, Joe Nemechek, David Reutimann, John Andretti, and Dale Jarrett. The next four fastest cars - A.J. Allmendinger, Boris Said, Sam Hornish Jr and Scott Riggs - were sent home.

Waltrip, in his 80th qualifying attempt, is the only driver to have attempted all 80 races, missing three (1988 Daytona 500, 2007 Aaron's 499, 2007 Pepsi 400).

Results

Top Ten Results: (NOTE: Chase drivers are in bold italics.)

Pos. No. Driver Car Team
1. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
3. #22 Dave Blaney Toyota Bill Davis Racing
4. #11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
5. #12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
6. #25 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
7. #2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
8. #20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
9. #96 Tony Raines Chevrolet Hall of Fame Racing
10. #41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing

Post-Race Notes

  • The win at Talladega was the 80th of Gordon's career. He now only needs five more wins to pass Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison for fourth and third, respectively, on the all time wins list. Gordon, by sweeping Talladega, also beat Dale Earnhardt's record of most superspeedway wins.
  • Blaney's third place finish tied the best finish of his career, which came at Darlington in March 2003. The finish also propelled him back into the top-35 in owners points, leading Ken Schrader and the Wood Brothers by 51 points.
  • During post-race inspection, the car of Reed Sorenson was found to be too low.

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