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2007 USG Sheetrock 400

2007 Nextel Cup Series
Chase for the Cup

The 2007 USG Sheetrock 400 was the 19th race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. It took place during daytime on July 15, 2007 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois with the broadcast airing on TNT.

Qualifying

Unlike the previous week at Daytona, qualifying was complete for this race. Casey Mears won the pole position with a lap of 182.556 miles per hour. Michael Waltrip qualified for only his fourth race of the season. Chad Chaffin once again filled in at BAM Racing and again qualified for the race.

Race

Tony Stewart won for the first time in 2007 and for the 30th time in his career. He also led the most laps in the competition, 108 out of 267. His margin of victory over second-place Matt Kenseth was 1.727 seconds. The rest of the top five drivers, in order, were Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer.

Jimmie Johnson led the second-most laps (82), but encountered tire trouble toward the end and wound up in 37th place.

Jeff Gordon (9th) extended his points lead over Denny Hamlin (17th) to 303 points. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. led Ryan Newman by 39 points for 12th place and the final spot in the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. After this race, seven races remained until the "playoff" field was set.

Sunday (day) race results
Position Car number Driver Manufacturer Team
1 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
2 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
3 99 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
4 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
5 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
7 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
8 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
10 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Notes

  • The command to start the engines was given by former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith.[1]
  • This was the final race in the telecast schedule for TNT. Kyle Petty, who was one of the color analysts, returned to the #45 car for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
  • On the Friday of the race weekend, NASCAR announced that Robby Gordon had lost 25 driver points and 25 owner points because the camera shell, a part that allows in-car images to be sent to television viewers, was not approved.[2]
  • The 2007 race was the last daytime race in Joliet until 2011. It was announced that starting in 2008, the race would be moved to Saturday night as lights would be installed.

References

External links

  • Complete race results
  • Points standings
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