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DATE: Sunday, April 6th
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile banked paved oval speedway
ANNUAL: 12th
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
PIT REPORTERS: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
RADIO: PRN/Sirius Satellite
START TIME: 2:15 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jeff Burton
RUNNER-UP: Matt Kenseth
POLE SITTER: Jeff Gordon (Finished 4th)
LAPS: 334
MILES: 501
QUALIFYING RECORD: 193.903 m.p.h. (Bobby Labonte, 2004)
RACE RECORD: 144.276 m.p.h. (Terry Labonte, 1999)
TOTAL PURSE: $7,336,866
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $526,766; 2nd - $357,266; 3rd - $275,583 (2007 figures)
 
2007 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jeff Burton26Greg Biffle21
2Matt Kenseth47Martin Truex Jr24
3Mark Martin68Juam Pablo Montoya16
4Jeff Gordon19Denny Hamlin7
5Jamie McMurray1310David Stremme14
2007 Samsung 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 143.359 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 29 minutes, 41 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.410 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 33 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: none due to inclement weather
Past Samsung 500 Winners (car) and Speed
2007 -- Jeff Burton (Chevrolet) -- 143.359 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kasey Kahne (Dodge) -- 137.943 m.p.h.
2005 -- Greg Biffle (Ford) -- 130.055 m.p.h.
2004 -- Elliott Sadler (Ford) -- 138.845 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (Dodge) -- 134.517 m.p.h.
2002 -- Matt Kenseth (Ford) -- 142.431 m.p.h.
2001 -- Dale Jarrett (Ford) -- 141.804 m.p.h.
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (Chevrolet) -- 131.152 m.p.h.
1999 -- Terry Labonte (Chevrolet) -- 144.276 m.p.h. (race record)
1998 -- Mark Martin (Ford) -- 136.771 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Burton (Ford) -- 125.111 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Previously called Interstate Batteries 500 (1997), Texas 500 (1998,
2000-01), Primestar 500 (1999), Samsung/RadioShack 500 (2002-06).
 
Past Samsung 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2007 -- None -- weather
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- Won
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 16th
2004 -- Bobby Labonte -- 25th
2003 -- Bobby Labonte -- 37th
2002 -- Bill Elliott -- 9th
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 8th
2000 -- Terry Labonte -- 8th
1999 -- Kenny Irwin Jr -- 15th
1998 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 23rd
1997 -- None -- weather
Last Race Results
RACE: Goody's Cool Orange 500 (March 30th)
SITE: Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia
MILES: 263
LAPS: 500
WINNER: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
THIRD: Jeff Burton
FOURTH: Jimmie Johnson
FIFTH: Tony Stewart
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 35 minutes, 41 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 73.163 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: .398 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 18 for 89 laps
LAP LEADERS: J. Gordon (Pole); Hamlin 1; J. Gordon 2-45; Labonte 46-48;
Earnhardt Jr. 49-102; Johnson 103-106; Earnhardt 107; Johnson
108-160; Earnhardt 161-182; Johnson 183-207; Hamlin 208-214;
Johnson 215-261; Earnhardt 262; Johnson 263-268; J. Gordon
269-295; Earnhardt 296-363; Blaney 364-367; Reutimann 368-370; J.
Gordon 371-389; Burton 390-426; Hamlin 427-500.
Samsung 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Michael McDowell (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
01Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Dale Earnhardt, Inc
1Martin Truex Jr (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops Tracker
2Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Cheez-It/CARQUEST
6David Ragan (Kannapolis, NC)Ford/AAA Insurance
7Robby Gordon (Cerritos, CA)Dodge/Jim Beam
07Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Jack Daniel's
08Burney Lamar (West Sacramento, CA)Dodge/Rhino Energy Drink
8Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
9Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Dodge/Budweiser
10Patrick Carpentier (Quebec, Canada)Dodge/Valvoline
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
12Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Dodge/Alltel/Samsung
15Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Dish Network
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/DeWalt
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
19Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Dodge/Best Buy
20Tony Stewart (Rushville, IN)Toyota/Home Depot
21Bill Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Ford/Motorcraft
22Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Toyota/Caterpillar
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Dupont
26Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Ford/Cask 16
28Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Yates Racing
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Shell-Pennzoil
31 *Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Prilosec OTC
34John Andretti (Indianapolis, IN)Dodge/TBA
38David Gilliland (Torrance, CA)Ford/Yates Racing
40Dario Franchitti (Edinburgh, Scotland)Dodge/Kennametal
41Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/Target
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Columbia)Dodge/Texaco/Havoline
43Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Cheerios/Sam's Club
44David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/UPS
45Chad McCumbee (Supply, NC)Dodge/Marathon American Spirit
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
49Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Dodge/TBA
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
66Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
70Jeremy Mayfield (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
77Sam Hornish Jr (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Mobil 1
78Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
84Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Red Bull
88Dale Earnhardt Jr (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard/AMP
96J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/DLP HDTV
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last seven years)
Driver2001200220032004200520062007
Jeff Burton19th39th20th27th12th6thWon
Matt Kenseth20thWon6th16th18th2nd2nd
Mark Martin9th3rd5th17th20th9th3rd
Jeff Gordon5th2nd3rd3rd15th22nd4th
Greg Biffle------28th31stWon42nd6th
Denny Hamlin---------------4th9th
Kurt Busch4th23rd9th6th7th34th11th
Carl Edwards------------19th36th12th
Elliott Sadler16th17th41stWon28th33rd17th
Kasey Kahne---------2nd35thWon20th
Tony Stewart23rd5th34th8th31st3rd25th
Bobby Labonte42nd30th37th25th38th10th28th
Kevin Harvick7th25th15th13th13th5th29th
Dale JarrettWon24th13th18th14th17th30th
Ryan Newman---40thWon39th16th40th32nd
Dale Earnhardt Jr8th42nd2nd4th9th12th36th
Jimmie Johnson---6th8th9th3rd11th38th
 
Mover of the Week
Casey Mears - Started in the 39th position and finished 7th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Kenseth
Darkhorse - David Ragan
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jeff Gordon) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Sam Hornish Jr) - Finished 28th
 
NOTES:
Last season, Jeff Burton overtook Matt Kenseth on the final lap to record his 19th career Sprint Cup title. Burton, who started second on the grid, led only one lap, as he edge Kenseth by 0.410 of a second. Jeff Gordon, who started on the front row, led for most of the race, leading 173 laps, but finished fourth. Only five of the 43 cars failed to finish the race, including Dale Earnhardt Jr, who led for 96 laps, but placed 36th due to engine problems. With his win last year, Burton became the first multiple champion of this race.

When pole sitter Kasey Kahne raced to victory in 2006, he outdistanced Matt Kenseth for his third career Sprint Cup title. In all, Kahne led five times for 63 laps, including the final 37 as he posted a 5.229 seconds win over Kenseth. Tony Stewart, who placed third, led twice for a race-high 99 laps. Jimmie Johnson had his string of four straight top-10's at this race snapped, as he finished 11th.

In 2005, Greg Biffle overtook Casey Mears with just 24 laps remaining to take the lead for the seventh and final time, as he crossed the finish line over three seconds ahead of Jamie McMurray, collecting his second win of that season and fifth of his "Cup" career. Mears, who started in the 32nd position, finished fourth, while pole sitter Ryan Newman finished 16th. Carl Edwards set a new track race record that year of 151.055 m.p.h. in November's Dickies 500.

Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995, with the original configuration calling for an unusual dual banking system that had 24 degrees of banking for stock cars and eight degrees for open-wheel cars. The first NASCAR race at Texas was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997. The first Sprint Cup race at Texas was held the following day. In 1998, Turn 4 at Texas was reshaped to ease the transition from the turns to the front straightaway. A second renovation started after the 1998 race which eliminated the dual banking and gave the track its current configuration. In all, there have been 14 Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season from 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.

Dale Earnhardt Jr is the only driver with five top fives this season, as he has moved into fourth position on the Sprint Cup Series standings. Earnhardt's first ever Sprint Cup title came at this race back in 2000.

Jeff Gordon has moved into the top-10 on the points list. After placing second last race, Gordon has three top-five's in the last five races. Gordon, however, has yet to take the checkered flag at Texas, one of just two tracks (Homestead) he has yet to win on. Gordon is 0-for-14 at TMS.

When Matt Kenseth started in the 31st position in 2002, it was the lowest starting position of a race winner at Texas. Jack Roush has posted five victories at Texas, more than any other car owner. All have been won by a different driver: Jeff Burton (1997), Mark Martin (1998), Matt Kenseth (2002), Greg Biffle (spring 2005) and Carl Edwards (fall 2005).

The NASCAR Sprint Cup championship travels to Phoenix, Arizona on April 12th for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon is the defending champion.

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