2007 Samsung 500


2007 Samsung 500

The 2007 Samsung 500, the seventh race of the 2007 Nextel Cup Series, was held on Sunday, April 15 of that year at the 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Hendrick Motorsports would be shooting for its fifth consecutive win as a team. The last team to accomplish this feat was Petty Enterprises in 1971. HMS driver Jeff Gordon would start from pole as qualifying was rained out. The race itself featured many attritions, including a hard first lap crash involving David Ragan, J.J. Yeley, and Ricky Rudd. Gordon would dominate the early part of the race until a pit mistake forced him to lose the lead. November Texas winner Tony Stewart would struggle throughout the day, first being spun out after contact with rookie Juan Pablo Montoya, and being hit by Jimmie Johnson in the drivers side, but spinning again later, but not being hit. However, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who got his first cup win at Texas, slowed to avoid the spinning Stewart, but was hit from behind by Kyle Busch, who was traveling over 30 mph faster. In the end, the race came down to former Texas Motor Speedway winners and ex-teammates Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton. Burton attempted many times to pass Kenseth low, but he held the top spot. On the last lap, however, Burton was able to get underneath and clear Kenseth off turn 2 and hold him off to become the first repeat winner of a Cup series event held at the speedway.

While Burton won his second race, being the first repeat winner, still the past twelve races have been won by twelve different drivers, and it was the fourth different winning team at Texas Motor Speedway in the past four races (Roush, Evernham, Gibbs, Childress), with the past three teams winning at Texas winning for the first time.

Race Results

External links

* [http://www.jayski.com/stats/2007/results/7tms2007results.htm Complete race results]
* [http://www.jayski.com/stats/2007/standings/7tms2007points.htm Points standings after this race]
* [http://www.jayski.com/stats/2007/grids/2007tms1-grid.htm Starting lineup (set by NASCAR rule book due to rain, thunderstorm, and tornado warning in area)]


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