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2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Recap


2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points Race
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­­nascar #48 and #24 finish line­Image Courtesy Publications International, Ltd.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson in the #48 Chevrolet and Jeff Gordon in the #24 Chevrolet cross the finish line after waging a fender-banging battle for the win at Martinsville during the Goody’s Cool Orange 500.

­Jimmie Jo­hnson started off the seas­on with a disappointing 39th-place finish in the Daytona 500 and never led the points standings until after the first Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Loudon. He remained between first and third in the standings until taking the points lead from his teammate Jeff Gordon after a win at Texas with two races to go. In the end, Johnson won the title by just 77 points. His victory came despite some midyear misfortune. In May, at Infineon Raceway, crew chief Chad Knaus was suspended for six weeks and the team fined $100,000 and 100 points for having altered fenders on the #48 Chevrolet. Car chief Ron Malec took over crew chief duties until Knaus returned from the suspension.

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­ ­ Rank ­Driver­ ­ Points Starts Wins ­ Top 5­ Top 10
1 Jim­mie Johns­on­ 6723 36 ­ 10 20 ­­ 24
Jeff Gordon 6646 36 6 21 30
3 Clint Bo­wyer 6377 36 1 5 17
4 Matt Kenseth 6298 36 2 13 22
5 Kyle Busch 6293 36 1 11 20
6 Tony Stewart 6242 36 3 11 23
7 Kurt Busch 6231 36 2 6 14
8 Jeff Burton 6231 36 1 9 18
9 Carl Edwards 6222 36 3 11 15
10 Kevin Harvick 6199 36 1 4 15
11 Martin Truex, Jr. 6164 36 1 7 14
12 Denny Hamlin 6143 36 1 12 18
13 Ryan Newman 4046 36 0 7 15
14 Greg Biffle 3991 36 1 5 11
15 Casey Mears 3949 36 1 5 10
16 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 3929 36 0 7 12
17 Jamie McMurray 3556 36 1 3 9
18 Bobby Labonte 3517 36 0 0 3
19 Kasey Kahne 3489 36 0 1 8
20 Juan Pablo Montoya 3487 36 1 3 6
21 J.J. Yeley 3456 36 0 1 3
22 Reed Sorenson 3275 36 0 3 6
23 David Ragan 3251 36 0 2 3
24 David Stremme 3163 36 0 0 3
25 Elliott Sadler 3140 36 0 0 2
26 Robby Gordon 3014 35 0 1 2
27 Mark Martin 2960 24 0 5 11
28 David Gilliland 2924 36 0 1 2
29 Tony Raines 2920 34 0 0 1
30 Johnny Sauter 2875 35 0 1 2
31 Dave Blaney 2781 33 0 1 4
32 Jeff Green 2704 32 0 0 3
33 Ricky Rudd 2622 31 0 0 1
34 Paul Menard 2496 30 0 0 0
35 Kyle Petty 2312 29 0 1 1
36 Scott Riggs 2135 27 0 0 1
37 Joe Nemechek 2117 28 0 0 1
38 Brian Vickers 2065 23 0 1 5
39 David Reutimann 1878 26 0 0 0
40 Sterling Marlin 1752 21 0 0 0
41 Dale Jarrett 1584 24 0 0 0
42 Bill Elliott 1579 20 0 0 0
43 A.J. Allmendinger 1165 17 0 0 0
44 Michael Waltrip 1149 14 0 0 2
45 Jeremy Mayfield 1126 17 0 0 0
46 Kenny Wallace 1066 15 0 0 0
47 Ward Burton 939 16 0 0 0
48 John Andretti 932 15 0 0 0
49 Ken Schrader 932 13 0 0 0
50 Regan Smith 516 7 0 0 0
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