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The 2007 Daytona 500 was a Nextel Cup (now Sprint Cup) event held at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2007. It was the season opener. It was a thrilling yet controversial finish. Mark Martin, 0-for-23 and likely making his final start in NASCAR's biggest race, led coming into Turn Three on the final lap. But Kevin Harvick shot out of nowhere with Harvick and Martin side-by-side exiting turn four. After that, a massive crash exploded behind the duo. Should the caution have been thrown out, as NASCAR "gray area" rules usually dictate, Martin would have been declared the winner. But NASCAR, in a rare decision, waited until the duo crossed the finish line. Instead of Martin, it was Harvick winning by .02 seconds.

2007 Daytona 500

General info
Series NEXTEL Cup Series
Location Daytona International Speedway
Date February 18, 2007
Qualifying
Pole Sitter David Gilliland
Pole Speed 186.32 mph
Race Data
Winner Kevin Harvick
Margin of Victory 0.02 seconds
Average Speed 149.333 mph
Cautions 7 for 25 laps
Points Leader Kevin Harvick (+15)

Qualifying notes Edit

Robert Yates Racing returned to its former dominating self this weekend, as David Gilliland qualified on the pole in his first ever attempt at the hallowed speedway at 186.32 mph. His teammate Ricky Rudd, himself returning to the sport after a year-long absence, joined him on the front row. Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon won the Twin Duel qualifying races, although Gordon would be sent to the rear of the 500 starting grid due to a rules violation.

The following drivers failed to qualify for the race: Jeremy Mayfield (#36), Mike Skinner (#23), Regan Smith (#39), Ward Burton (#4), Paul Menard (#15), A.J. Allmendinger (#84), Kevin Lepage (#34), Bill Elliott (#37), Brian Vickers (#83), Kenny Wallace (#78), Frank Kimmel (#71), Mike Bliss (#49), Eric McClure (#04), Stanton Barrett (#30), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), Brandon Whitt (#72), Derrike Cope (#74), James Hylton (#58)

Additional race data Edit

  • Leaders: 9
  • Time of race: 3:22:55
  • Average Speed: 149.333 mph
  • Margin of Victory: .020 sec
  • This was the first that Toyota competed in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Points Race (Not counting the Budweiser Shootout). It was represented in this race by Bill Davis Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing. Another Toyota team, Team Red Bull, attempted the race, but both of its entries did not make the field.
  • Mark Martin, for the first time in nineteen years, raced for an owner not named Jack Roush. He had joined Ginn Racing to run a part-time schedule at the start of the 2007 season.

Results Edit

Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Laps Lead Status
1 3429ShellYellowKevin HarvickShell/PennzoilChevrolet2024running
2 2601ArmyCupMark MartinU.S. ArmyChevrolet20226running
3 731Jeff BurtonCingular WirelessChevrolet2020running
4 2209Mike WallaceMiccosukee ResortsChevrolet2020running
5 356David Ragan (R)AAAFord2020running
6 30192007Elliott SadlerDodge Dealers/UAWDodge2020running
7 289EvernhamKasey KahneDodge Dealers/UAWDodge2020running
8 138M&MsDavid GillilandM&M'sFord20218running
9 1813NemechekCertainTeedJoe NemechekCertainTeed/Ginn ResortsChevrolet2020running
10 4224JGJeff Gordon (W)DuPontChevrolet2020running
11 1640David StremmeCoors LightDodge2020running
12 1218J.J. YeleyInterstate BatteriesChevrolet2020running
13 3341Reed SorensonTargetDodge2020running
14 2360Boris SaidSoBe No Fear Energy DrinkFord2020running
15 397JimBeamRobby GordonJim BeamFord2020running
16 4170Johnny SauterYellow Transportation/HaasChevrolet2020running
17 3814Sterling Marlin (W)Waste ManagementChevrolet2020running
18 1107Clint BowyerJack Daniel'sChevrolet2020running
19 3642Juan Pablo Montoya (R)Texaco/HavolineDodge2020running
20 1725Casey MearsNational Guard/GMACChevrolet2020running
21 2743CheeriosCupBobby LabonteCheerios/Betty CrockerDodge2020running
22 4344Dale Jarrett (W)UPSToyota2020running
23 1499OfficeDepotCarl EdwardsOffice DepotFord2020running
24 85Kyle BuschCarquest/Kellogg'sChevrolet2024running
25 2516Greg BiffleAmeriquestFord2020running
26 288Ricky RuddSnickersFord2020running
27 1017KensethCupBuschMatt KensethDeWaltFord2026running
28 911Denny HamlinFedEx ExpressChevrolet2010running
29 131Martin Truex Jr.Bass Pro Shops/Tracker BoatsChevrolet20113running
30 1555Michael Waltrip (R)NAPA Auto PartsToyota2000running
31 2426Jamie McMurrayCrown RoyalFord1950accident
32 58JuniorDale Earnhardt Jr. (W)BudweiserChevrolet1950accident
33 2096Tony RainesDLP HDTVChevrolet1950running
34 3722CaterpillarDave BlaneyCaterpillarToyota1860parked
35 1921LittleDebbieKen SchraderLittle Debbie Snack CakesFord1850accident
36 3166Jeff GreenBest Buy/Haas AutomationChevrolet1810running
37 3210Scott RiggsValvoline/Stanley ToolsDodge1790running
38 1612Ryan NewmanAlltelDodge1751engine
39 2148lowesJimmie Johnson (W)Lowe'sChevrolet1730accident
40 4000David Reutimann (R)Domino'sToyota1730accident
41 42PenskeBlueKurt BuschMiller LiteDodge16695running
42 2945Kyle PettyWells FargoDodge1600running
43 320TonyStewartTony StewartThe Home DepotChevrolet15235accident
  • (R) - Denotes rookie driver
  • (W) - Denotes former winner

Points Edit

  1. Kevin Harvick 190
  2. Mark Martin -15
  3. Jeff Burton -25
  4. Mike Wallace -30
  5. David Ragan -35
  6. David Gilliland -43
  7. Joe Nemechek -52
  8. Jeff Gordon -56
  9. David Stremme -60
  10. J.J. Yeley -63
  11. Elliott Sadler -65
  12. Reed Sorenson -66
  13. Boris Said -69
  14. Robby Gordon -72
  15. Johnny Sauter -75
  16. Sterling Marlin -78
  17. Clint Bowyer -81
  18. Juan Pablo Montoya -84
  19. Casey Mears -87
  20. Bobby Labonte -90
  21. Dale Jarrett -93
  22. Kasey Kahne -94
  23. Kyle Busch -94
  24. Carl Edwards -96
  25. Greg Biffle -102
  26. Ricky Rudd -105
  27. Martin Truex Jr. -109
  28. Denny Hamlin -111
  29. Jamie McMurray -120
  30. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -123
  31. Tony Raines -126
  32. Dave Blaney -129
  33. Ken Schrader -132
  34. Jeff Green -135
  35. Ryan Newman -136
  36. Kurt Busch -140
  37. Jimmie Johnson -144
  38. David Reutimann -147
  39. Tony Stewart -151
  40. Matt Kenseth -153
  41. Kyle Petty -153
  42. Scott Riggs -163
  43. Michael Waltrip -217

External links Edit


Preceded by:
2007 Budweiser Shootout
NEXTEL Cup Series Races
2007
Succeeded by:
2007 Auto Club 500

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