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Final 2007 Standings
Rank Points Driver

1 Jimmie Johnson 6723
2 Jeff Gordon 6646
3 Clint Bowyer 6377
4 Matt Kenseth 6298
5 Kyle Busch 6293
6 Tony Stewart 6242
7 Kurt Busch 6231
8 Jeff Burton 6231
9 Carl Edwards 6222
10 Kevin Harvick 6199
11 Martin Truex Jr. 6164
12 Denny Hamlin 6143
13 Ryan Newman 4046
14 Greg Biffle 3991
15 Casey Mears 3949
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3929
17 Jamie McMurray 3556
18 Bobby Labonte 3517
19 Kasey Kahne 3489
20 Juan Montoya* 3487
21 J.J. Yeley 3456
22 Reed Sorenson 3275
23 David Ragan* 3251
24 David Stremme 3163
25 Elliott Sadler 3140
26 Robby Gordon 3014
27 Mark Martin 2960
28 David Gilliland 2924
29 Tony Raines 2920
30 Johnny Sauter 2875
31 Dave Blaney 2781
32 Jeff Green 2704
33 Ricky Rudd 2622
34 Paul Menard* 2496
35 Kyle Petty 2312
36 Scott Riggs 2135
37 Joe Nemechek 2117
38 Brian Vickers 2065
39 David Reutimann* 1878
40 Sterling Marlin 1752
41 Dale Jarrett 1584
42 Bill Elliott 1579
43 A.J. Allmendinger* 1165
44 Michael Waltrip 1149
45 Jeremy Mayfield 1126
46 Kenny Wallace 1066
47 Ward Burton 939
48 John Andretti 932
49 Ken Schrader 932
50 Regan Smith 516
51 Boris Said 510
52 Aric Almirola 357
53 Mike Bliss 325
54 Ron Fellows 283
55 P.J. Jones 267
56 Mike Wallace 266
57 Patrick Carpentier 209
58 Terry Labonte 204
59 Johnny Benson 159
60 Jacques Villeneuve 140
61 Chad McCumbee 128
62 Sam Hornish Jr. 125
63 Chad Chaffin 125
64 Kevin Lepage 95
65 Mike Skinner 91
66 Butch Leitzinger 79
67 Jon Wood 76
68 Scott Wimmer 70
69 Marc Goossens 55  

Latest NASCAR News and Commentary

Family Ties Run Strong In Daytona 500 History
 As NASCAR prepares for 50th Daytona 500

When looking at the history of the Daytona 500, there's one predominant theme that echoes throughout – Families.  Beginning with the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959, successes and disappointments in NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious race have been handed down through generations.


Toyota now sets sights on Sprint Cup win in '08

Toyota completed its first full season of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) competition with the Camry in 2007. “I would probably give our first season a letter grade of a B-minus,” says Jim Aust, vice president of motorsports, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We’re probably about 14 races behind where I thought we would be. We expected to run in the top-15 by mid-season, and we moved in on that at the end of the season."


Jimmie Johnson is the $15 million man
 crowned champion in NY

After a season of achievements and memorable competition, the payoff for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers came Friday in the form of the presentation of the final point fund awards.  NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) will collect a point fund award of $7,317,499, bringing his 2007 total winnings to $15,313,920.


Johnson and crew deserved 2nd straight title
 by Pete McCole

Jimmie Johnson successfully defended his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series title on Sunday, finishing seventh behind race winner Matt Kenseth in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to lock up his second consecutive title over teammate and car co-owner Jeff Gordon.


Homestead: Kenseth wins, Johnson clinches 2nd title

Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag but Jimmie Johnson took his 2nd straight Nextel Cup title Sunday in Homestead. Kenseth drove to his 16th career win in Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season-ending Ford 400, while Johnson captured his second consecutive championship with a seventh-place finish. Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five at the 1.5-mile superspeedway.


Jimmie Johnson wins pole for NASCAR season finale
 by Mark Cipolloni

Reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who holds an 86-point lead over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon heading into the season-ending Ford 400, got off to a great start Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning the pole position while Gordon could do no better than 11th.


Johnson wins 4th straight Nextel Cup race
 by Greg Cozzo

Defending champion Jimmie Johnson scored his fourth straight Nextel Cup victory and took a sizable lead in the Chase for the Nextel Cup Sunday in the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Johnson passed Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with 24 laps left and held off Greg Biffle to win for the 10th time this year. He became the first driver to win four straight Cup races since Jeff Gordon did it on his way to a 13-win season in 1998.


Edwards on pole, as open wheel stars steal the show
 by Greg Cozzo

While Carl Edwards drove to his first Bud Pole of 2007 at Phoenix International Raceway in preparation for the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil, he also joined in on the discussion about the impressive start to the weekend by Open Wheel stars Jacque Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier and Sam Hornish Jr.  Edwards piloted his Office Depot / Roush – Fenway Ford Fusion COT machine around the unique 1 mile Raceway with a lap of 27.114s.


Truex nips Gordon for his first career pole in Texas
 NASCAR Nextel Cup

 Martin Truex Jr. captured his first career Bud Pole on Friday in qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.  Truex, Jr. turned a lap of 193.105 mph in his DEI Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to beat point leader Jeff Gordon's 192.424 mph lap. Former Champ Car & F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Kevin Harvick & former Champ Car driver A.J. Allmendinger rounded out the top five.


Johnson wins in Atlanta, closes on points lead

Jimmie Johnson's crew gave him track position by only giving him two tires on the final caution flag with less than 10 laps to go and Johnson survived two restarts to win Sunday's Pep Boys 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Atlanta.  Carl Edwards was 2nd followed by Reed Sorenson, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton.


Biffle nips Busch for pole in Atlanta

Greg Biffle won his first pole in more than a year, nipping Kurt Busch for the top spot in Nextel Cup qualifying Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Biffle turned a fast lap of 192.453 mph, while Busch had a 192.427 on the fast 1.5-mile oval. The time difference between the top two laps was 0.004 seconds.  IRL star Sam Hornish Jr. kept his perfect record going and has come up short in six tries to make his Cup debut this year.


Jimmie Johnson wins again at Martinsville
 by Pete McCole

It seems the only thing standing in the way of Jeff Gordon and the 2007 Nextel Cup Series title is his own teammate – Jimmie Johnson.  Johnson passed Gordon with 44 laps to go and then held off Ryan Newman in a green-white checkered finish to win Sunday’s Subway 500 at Martinsville Raceway.


Gordon stays hot, wins pole at Martinsville
 NASCAR Nextel Cup

Hot on the heels of 2-race win streak, NASCAR points leader Jeff Gordon won the pole position for Sunday's Subway 500 at Martinsville.  It was Gordon's 7th pole of the season, and sixth at Martinsville.  Martin Truex Jr was 2nd followed by Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson to give Chevy the top-4 starting positions and 8 out of the top-10.


Scenes from Bank of America 500 at Lowe's

 by Rhonda McCole
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Jeff Gordon wins Bank of America 500
 by Pete McCole

Jeff Gordon finally shook off his bad luck at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and moved one step closer to his fifth series title with his second straight victory in a wild finish in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500. Despite a sputtering race car, Gordon held on for the green-white-checkered finish over fellow Chase for the Nextel Cup contender Clint Bowyer.


Ryan Newman wins pole for Bank of America 500
 by Pete McCole

Ryan Newman picked up his second straight Lowe’s Motor Speedway pole on Thursday night, besting the field to grab the top starting spot for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500. Newman’s lap of 189.394 mph was enough to knock Jimmie Johnson from the pole, giving Newman his 42nd career Bud Pole Award and his fifth of the season. Bobby Labonte was third, followed by Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.


Jeff Gordon snookers field at Talladega

Jeff Gordon ran at the back of the field all day at Talladega to avoid all the big wrecks and then burst to the front on the final lap using an outside line with Tony Stewart in tow. At the line it was Gordon followed by his Hendrick Chevrolet teammate Jimmie Johnson and Dave Blaney.  Gordon won both Talladega races this year.


Toyota dominates Cup qualifying at Talladega

 Waltrip on pole, Villeneuve 6th in debut

Toyotas will be starting up front in Sunday's UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.  For the first time in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup history, it will be an all-Toyota front row after Michael Waltrip scored the Bud Pole for the 188-lap race after turning a lap of 189.070 mph in his NAPA Auto Parts Camry. Jacques Villeneuve will make his Cup debut on Sunday after qualifying a sensational sixth.


Nationwide Insurance inks 7-year deal to replace Busch

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today that Nationwide Insurance will become title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, replacing Anheuser-Busch’s Busch brand at the start of the 2008 season. Nationwide Insurance will also become the official auto, home and life insurance provider of NASCAR.  The seven-year agreement gives Nationwide Insurance the exclusive rights to tie its brand to the most popular form of motorsports in the U.S.


Greg Biffle wins third Chase race at Kansas
 As rain wreaks havoc on Nextel Cup race

Greg Biffle survived two rain delays, several accidents and darkness to finally win Sunday's controversial NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series LifeLock 400 at Kansas Speedway. Clint Bowyer finished second followed by Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears and Jeff Gordon completed the top five finishers.


Johnson wins 2nd pole in row

Jimmie Johnson turned a lap of 175.063 mph in his Lowe's Chevrolet to earn the top spot for Sunday's third race in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup at Kansas Motor Speedway. It was Johnson's third Bud Pole of the season and second straight after earning the top spot last week in Dover. The top five was rounded out by Matt Kenseth, Scott Riggs, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin.


Carl Edwards makes it look easy at Dover

 Jeff Gordon leads Chase

A late race accident by Kurt Busch who hit the outside wall exiting Turn 2 set off a chain reaction that took out or damaged about 8 cars brought out a red-flag with 17 laps to go today at Dover.  When the green flag waved Carl Edwards and his No. 99 Office Depot car held off his teammate Greg Biffle to win Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway, his second win on a concrete track after an earlier victory this season at Bristol.


Johnson nips Montoya for Dover pole

Jimmie Johnson topped Friday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole qualifying session with a lap of 154.765 mph in the Lowe's Chevrolet to take pole position for Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway. Rookie Juan Pablo Montoya will start 2nd while Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and June Dover race winner Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the top five.


Earnhardt Jr. Car No. and Sponsor deal transcript

See the complete transcript from the Dale Earnhardt Jr. sponsorship announcement.  Today, this is an exciting, exciting day for us today. It's also a relief, I'm sure, for some of you folks that have been asking us about sponsorship and car numbers. To have an opportunity to partner them up with a guy like Dale Earnhardt Jr., it's going to be kind of a dream come true.


Clint Bowyer breaks through with first win at Loudon

Clint Bowyer was the only driver in The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup without a win until Sunday when he picked up his first career series victory in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Jeff Gordon finished second followed by Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the top five.


Bowyer draws first blood in The Chase

Richard Childress Racing driver Clint Bowyer turned a lap of 130.412 mph in his Jack Daniels Chevrolet to earn the sophomore's second career Bud Pole for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.  "It was a good lap," Bowyer said. "We were fast all day, and I'm really excited about our car."  Martin Truex, Jr., Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.


Johnson Grabs Win, Top Seed at Richmond
 by Pete McCole

Jimmie Johnson ran away from the field to post his series leading sixth NASCAR Nextel Cup Series win and secure the top spot in the Chase for the Nextel Cup with a victory in Saturday night’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond Int’l Raceway.


All Hendrick front row in Richmond
Jimmie Johnson, won the spring race at the 0.75-mile Richmond track. On Friday evening, he won the Budweiser Pole Award for Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 with a fast lap of 126.298 mph. Hendrick Motorsports took the first three positions during Friday's qualifying session. Jeff Gordon, a five-time pole winner at Richmond, qualified second with a lap of 126.342 mph, followed by Kyle Busch.


Joe Gibbs Racing switches to Toyota camp
 by Pete McCole
Joe Gibbs Racing has announced today they will field Toyota Camrys for their Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams beginning with the 2008 NASCAR season, ending a 16-year relationship with General Motors and giving Toyota their first true elite, championship-caliber team in their stable.


Scenes from race day at California Speedway

 by Bob Heathcote
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Jimmie Johnson beats the heat at Fontana
 Greg Cozzo

On a night where track temperature hit 147 degrees and ambient temperature reached 109 degrees on the call to ‘start your engines,’ Jimmie Johnson and the Hendrick team laid claim as the team to beat with victory in the Sharp Aquos 500. Johnson’s fifth win of the season guarantees a share of the lead with teammate Jeff Gordon when the points are reset for Chase to the Nextel Cup following next week’s race in Richmond.


Kurt Busch turns up heat for Chase with California pole
 by Greg Cozzo
Triple digit temperatures didn’t melt Kurt Busch’s momentum heading into the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup, by winning his 10th career pole as the #2 Miller Lite Dodge ran a fast lap of 39.474, 182.399 mph for the Sharp AQUOS 500 this Sunday at California Speedway. Busch edged out California native Jimmie Johnson by just 0.001s, who considers California Speedway his home track..


Edwards prevails at Bristol
 Nextel Cup

Three quarters of the way through Saturday night's Sharpie 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at newly repaved Bristol Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards found a place he liked -- the lead -- and decided to stay there.  Edwards took the point for good on Lap 371, beating Kasey Kahne out of the pits under a caution for David Ragan's spin in Turn 4. That's the way the top two cars ran the rest of the way.


Kahne tops Montoya for Bristol pole
 NASCAR Nextel Cup

Kasey Kahne topped Friday's Bud Pole qualifying session and grabbed his 14th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pole in earning the top spot for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway that will run Saturday night. Kahne's lap of 16.016-seconds beat fellow Dodge driver Juan Pablo Montoya who qualified outside the front row with a lap of 16.064-seconds.


Kurt Busch wins twice postponed MIS Nextel Cup race
 by Tim Wohlford

After being postponed due to rain for two straight days, NASCAR finally ran its Nextel Cup race in Michigan today.  Kurt Busch survived a 3-lap green-white-checkers shootout to finish his domination of the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. finished second, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Dave Blaney.


The last shall be Gordon wins pole

 by Tim Wohlford

The last will be first, as Jeff Gordon used his last-to-qualify run to win the pole for Sunday's 3M Performance 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup race. Starting alongside of Gordon will be Greg Biffle, who is sponsored by 3M.  Following Gordon and Biffle are Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, and Elliott Sadler. Starting sixth is Kyle Busch, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, and Mark Martin.


Gordon chokes, Stewart wins at Watkins Glen

Jeff Gordon was well on his way to winning today's Nextel Cup race at Watkins Glen but with two laps to go he locked the right front wheel in Turn 1 and spun handing the lead and the win to Tony Stewart. Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin was second after Carl Edwards went off on the last lap. Jimmie Johnson was third.


Scenes from Pocono - Sunday

 by Doug Belliveau
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Kurt Busch prevails at Pocono
 by Frank Ryan

Kurt Busch and his Penske Jasper powered Dodge was the class of the field today at the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono. Busch started on the outside pole and never looked back, leading 175 laps on the way to his first victory of the year. Dale Earnhardt Jr, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson rounded out the top-five. Busch’s win ended a 52-race winless streak that dated back to March 2006. It was his 16th career Nextel Cup victory and his second at Pocono.


Scenes from Pocono - Friday

 by Jim Garrahan
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Earnhardt Jr. tops Busch for pole at Pocono

 by Frank Ryan

It took two tries, but Dale Earnhardt Jr finally prevailed and grabbed the Bud Pole at Pocono. Earnhardt Jr was on the track qualifying when rain wiped out his first qualifying attempt, after a 45 minute rain delay Earnhardt was first out and romped around a cool, fast track to a speed of 169.975 and his first Bud Pole of the year. It’s Budweiser and Miller Lite for an all brew front row at Pocono.


Tony Stewart wins Allstate 400
 by Tim Wohlford

In a crash fest on another hazy, lazy Indiana summer day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart won the Allstate 400. During the live post race TV interview, Tony Stewart said that, “This is for everyone of those fans in the stands who pull for me and take the bullshit every week for it." Fines and controversy are sure to follow, but the fans roared their approval.


Insight on Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team
 by Tim Wohlford

The rumor of an impending merger between the Champ Car World Series (CCWS) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team, and NASCAR's Robert Yates Racing team did indeed come to pass. Even stranger still is the sight of Hulman family talent and money put into NASCAR and CCWS teams!  Some might even wonder if this is the first step in losing Newman/Haas/Lanigan, or whether it means that CCWS is in serious trouble.


Dale Earnhardt Inc. press conference on merger
 as The Brickyard

Key individuals that are part of the DEI and Ginn Racing merger announced yesterday were part of a media conference today to answer questions regarding the merger.  Those present included Max Siegel, Bobby Ginn, John Story, Jay Frye, Mark Martin, and Paul Menard.


Struggling DEI and Ginn form 4-car team
 by Pete McCole

In an effort to bolster two struggling race franchises, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Ginn Racing have announced they have merged their teams, effective immediately, creating a new powerhouse four-car Nextel Cup operation that will debut this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The new merged organization will race under the DEI banner and will combine DEI’s three teams – driven by Martin Truex, Jr., Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Paul Menard – with Ginn’s no. 01 Army Chevrolet, driven by Mark Martin and Aric Almirola.


I raced, too: Buddy Arrington

 by Anthony Hager
Buddy Arrington’s NASCAR career rose from the youthful desire to go fast. He made his first Grand National start in December of 1963 at Speedway Park, a half-mile dirt track in Jacksonville, Florida. He finished eighth that Sunday. But the 5,000 fans in attendance will remember it not because of Buddy Arrington’s first race. They will remember it as the day Wendell Scott became the first and only black man to win a race at NASCAR’s highest level.

Tony Stewart gets first win of year at Chicagoland

 by Rick Schenk
Chevy driver Tony Stewart pulled away from Ford drivers Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards after the final caution with 12 laps to go to win his first Nextel Cup race of the year at Chicagoland Sunday in the USG Sheetrock 400.  It was Stewart's first win since last November.  Matt Kenseth was second followed by Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears.

Casey Mears wins pole at Chicagoland
 by Rick Schenk

29 year old driver Casey Mears of the team number 25 National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet drove the car owned by Mary Hendrick to the Bud Pole for the USG Sheetrock 400 with a lap of 29.580 seconds, 182.556 mph. Driver Jimmie Johnson holds the qualifying track record set in July of 2005 with a time of 28.701 and a speed of 188.147 mph.


Bill Davis Racing happy with Toyota progress

With the exception of rival Nextel Cup manufacturers, few have been satisfied with Toyota’s pace of progress in its inaugural season at NASCAR’s top competitive level.  But Toyota’s substantial success in NASCAR’s other top divisions provides a sharp contrast in results.


McMurray beats Busch in photo finish
 NASCAR Pepsi 400
Jamie McMurray surged in the last 100 yards to beat Kyle Busch at the line by inches (1/100ths of a sec.) to win the Pepsi 400 at Daytona under the lights at Daytona.  The No. 26 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing took victory by a margin of 0.004 seconds. Busch finished second with brother Kurt Busch third.

Boris Said, the Cinderella Man
 by Eric Johnson

It was a muggy early Summer Friday afternoon in Daytona Beach, Florida. An hour earlier, Boris Said had wheeled his Sobe/No Fear Energy Fusion Ford around the larger than life track that Bill France had built way back in 1959 at a lap of 186.143. Now, he just watched on as the other drivers tried to find their way into the 2006 Pepsi 400. But when all was said and done, it was Boris Said at the very top, the Bud Pole winner for the next evening’s Pepsi 400.


Hamlin perseveres in New Hampshire
 Holds off Jeff Gordon in a Chevy 1-8 sweep

Denny Hamlin used tire strategy to help with track position and outraced Jeff Gordon to the line to win Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.  It was Hamlin's first win of the season and third career NEXTEL Cup victory.


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