- 2007 Bank of America 500
2007 Bank of America 500, the 31st race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season, and the fifth race of the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, was run on Saturday, October 13, 2007at Lowe's Motor Speedwayin Concord, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. This race was the only Saturday night race in the Chase schedule for 2007.
Pre race news
Ricky Ruddmade his return to the #88 Yates RacingFord after missing the previous five weeks due to a separated shoulder suffered in an accident during the Sharp AQUOS 500.
*In this week's Worst Kept NASCAR Secret,
Patrick Carpentierwas signed to drive the #10 Gillett Evernham Motorsports Dodgefor the 2008 season.
Carl Edwards' 25-point penalty assessed against him at the Dover fall race.
Greg Biffle's #16 Roush Fenway RacingFord will have a new sponsor in 2008, as 3Mbecomes the primary sponsor, replacing Ameriquest, citing financial difficulties with the mortagemarket.
Dale Jarrettwill officially retire from full-time competition, and hand the wheel of the Michael Waltrip Racing#44 Toyota Camryto David Reutimann. In addition, MWR will have additional financial support from a new partial owner for 2008 in the form of financier Robert Kauffman, which was announced Friday (October 12). Jarrett will race six times in 2008 before likely going full time to ESPNas a race anaylist. Reutimann will move from the #00 car to the #44 starting with the spring race at Texas.
*There were two pink cars in the field to help raise awareness for
breast canceron the track in the race. The Yates Racing#38 Ford of David Gillilandsponsored by M&Msand the #43 Petty EnterprisesDodge of Bobby Labontesponsored by General Mills' Cheerioswill be in the pink hue for the race.
With a lap of 28.512 sec at a speed of 189.394 mph, "Rocketman"
Ryan Newmanwon his fifth pole of the 2007 season. Chase points leader Jeff Gordonstarted 4th right behind Hendrick Motorsportsteammate Jimmie Johnson, who started 2nd on the outside pole. Defending winner Kasey Kahnestarted fifth, and Coke 600 winner Casey Mearsstarted 9th.
Failed to Qualify: #44-
Dale Jarrett, #78- Joe Nemechek, #83- Brian Vickers, #06- Sam Hornish Jr., #08- Carl Long, #27- Kirk Shelmerdine
Like the previous Chase races at Dover, Kansas, and most recently at Talladega, a great portion of the 12 Chase drivers would have trouble. Many analysts expected defending champion
Jimmie Johnsonto walk away with another Charlotte victory, as he had won three consecutive 600's, including two sweeps in 2004 and 2005. He continued with his domination, leading 95 of 337 laps before an unexpected spin on lap 231 took him out of contention. His teammate, points leader Jeff Gordon picked up the lead, trading it with teammate Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer. After an oil spill by Jeff Green, Gordon and Busch began experiencing fuel pickup problems. Fearing a wreck, owner Rick Hendricktold Kyle to race Gordon clean. Although he attempted a "bump and run" on Gordon, it gave Ryan Newmanthe opportunity to shoot back into the lead. Ryan had victory in his sights until he surprisingly spun out with 3 to go, giving the lead back to Gordon, who had not finished a Lowe's race since 2004. However, Gordon would hold off Bowyer and Busch for his first Lowe's win since 1999.
Top Ten Results: "(NOTE: Chase drivers are in bold italics.)"
Issues with ABC stations
KTKA, the ABC affiliate in Topeka, Kansas, did not air the final six laps of the race, leaving at 10 p.m. Central time(after a red-flag delay) and not returning. A full local newscast replaced it. Ironically, Bowyer is originally from Emporia, Kansas, about 50 miles away.
KSAT, the affiliate for
San Antonio, Texas, also broke away at 10 p.m. CT for news, but returned about five minutes later in time for the end of the race.
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