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DATE: Saturday, September 6th
SITE: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia
TRACK: .75-mile oval
CAPACITY: 112,029
TELEVISION: ABC
ANNOUNCERS: Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Dale Jarrett
PIT REPORTERS: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake
RADIO: MRN/SIRIUS Satellite
START TIME: 7:45 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Tony Stewart
POLE SITTER: Jimmie Johnson (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: 129.983 m.p.h. (Brian Vickers, 2004)
RACE RECORD: 109.047 m.p.h. (Dale Jarrett, 1997)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,057,510 (2007 figure)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $249,836; 2nd - $207,986; 3rd - $169,925 (2007 figures)
 
2007 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson16Denny Hamlin5
2Tony Stewart77Kevin Harvick13
3David Ragan88Kasey Kahne17
4Jeff Gordon29Kurt Busch14
5Johnny Sauter3510J.J. Yeley36
2007 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 91.813 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 16 minutes, 3 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.007 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 12 for 70 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 15 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (126.298 m.p.h.)
Past Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Winners (car) and Speed
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet) -- 91.813 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet) -- 101.342 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kurt Busch (Ford) -- 98.567 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield (Dodge) -- 98.946 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (Dodge) -- 94.945 m.p.h.
2002 -- Matt Kenseth (Ford) -- 94.787 m.p.h.
2001 -- Ricky Rudd (Ford) -- 95.146 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 99.871 m.p.h.
1999 -- Tony Stewart (Pontiac) -- 104.006 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Burton (Ford) -- 91.985 m.p.h.
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (Ford) -- 109.047 m.p.h. (race record)
1996 -- Ernie Irvan (Ford) -- 105.469 m.p.h.
1995 -- Rusty Wallace (Ford) -- 104.459 m.p.h.
1994 -- Terry Labonte (Chevrolet) -- 104.156 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (Pontiac) -- 99.917 m.p.h.
1992 -- Rusty Wallace (Pontiac) -- 104.661 m.p.h.
1991 -- Harry Gant (Oldsmobile) -- 101.361 m.p.h.
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- 95.567 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (Pontiac) -- 88.380 m.p.h.
1988 -- Davey Allison (Ford) -- 95.770 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- 67.074 m.p.h.
1986 -- Tim Richmond (Chevrolet) -- 70.161 m.p.h.
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (Chevrolet) -- 72.508 m.p.h.
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (Chevrolet) -- 74.780 m.p.h.
1983 -- Bobby Allison (Buick) -- 79.381 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (Chevrolet) -- 82.800 m.p.h.
1981 -- Benny Parsons (Ford) -- 69.998 m.p.h.
1980 -- Bobby Allison (Ford) -- 79.722 m.p.h.
1979 -- Bobby Allison (Ford) -- 80.604 m.p.h.
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (Chevrolet) -- 79.568 m.p.h.
1977 -- Neil Bonnett (Dodge) -- 80.644 m.p.h.
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (Chevrolet) -- 77.993 m.p.h.
1975 -- Darrell Waltrip (Chevrolet) -- 81.886 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (Dodge) -- 64.430 m.p.h.
1973 -- Richard Petty (Dodge) -- 63.198 m.p.h.
1972 -- Richard Petty (Plymouth) -- 75.899 m.p.h.
1971 -- Richard Petty (Plymouth) -- 80.025 m.p.h.
1970 -- Richard Petty (Plymouth) -- 81.476 m.p.h.
1969 -- Bobby Allison (Dodge) -- 76.388 m.p.h.
1968 -- Richard Petty (Plymouth) -- 85.659 m.p.h.
1967 -- Richard Petty (Plymouth) -- 57.631 m.p.h.
1966 -- David Pearson (Dodge) -- 62.886 m.p.h.
1965 -- David Pearson (Dodge) -- 60.983 m.p.h.
1964 -- Cotton Owens (Dodge) -- 61.955 m.p.h.
1963 -- Ned Jarrett (Ford) -- 66.339 m.p.h.
1962 -- Joe Weatherly (Pontiac) -- 64.980 m.p.h.
1961 -- Joe Weatherly (Pontiac) -- 61.680 m.p.h.
1960 -- Speedy Thompson (Ford) -- 63.740 m.p.h.
1959 -- Cotton Owens (Thunderbird) -- 60.380 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Capital City 200 (1959-60), Capital City 250 (1961),
Capital City 300 (1962-1968), Capital City 500 (1969-1975), Capital City
400 (1976-1980), Wrangler SanForest 400 (1981-85), Wrangler Jeans Indigo
400 (1986-87), Miller High Life 400 (1988-89), Miller 400 (1990-96),
Exide Select Batteries 400 (1997-99), Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400
(2000-02).
 
Past Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1st
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 15th
2005 -- Kevin Harvick -- 10th
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 20th
2003 -- Mike Skinner -- 18th
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 13th
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 36th
2000 -- Jeff Burton -- 5th
1999 -- Mike Skinner -- 11th
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 7th
1997 -- Bill Elliott -- 30th
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 9th
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 3rd
1994 -- Ted Musgrave -- 17th
1993 -- Bobby Labonte -- 13th
1992 -- Ernie Irvan -- 11th
1991 -- Rusty Wallace -- 3rd
1990 -- Ernie Irvan -- 12th
1989 -- Bill Elliott -- 18th
1988 -- Davey Allison -- 1st
1987 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 23rd
1986 -- Harry Gant -- 7th
1985 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 7th
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1982 -- Bobby Allison -- 1st
1981 -- Mark Martin -- 7th
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 26th
1979 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4th
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1977 -- Benny Parsons -- 3rd
1976 -- Benny Parsons -- 29th
1975 -- Benny Parsons -- 18th
1974 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1973 -- Bobby Allison -- 3rd
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1971 -- Bill Dennis -- 14th
1970 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1969 -- Richard Petty -- 19th
1968 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1967 -- None -- Weather
1966 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1965 -- Dick Hutcherson -- 25th
1964 -- Ned Jarrett -- 5th
1963 -- Joe Weatherly -- 21st
1962 -- Rex White -- 5th
1961 -- Junior Johnson -- 2nd
1960 -- Ned Jarrett -- 3rd
1959 -- Cotton Owens -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Pepsi 500 (August 31st)
SITE: California Speedway, Fontana, California
MILES: 500
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Greg Biffle
THIRD: Denny Hamlin
FOURTH: Kevin Harvick
FIFTH: Matt Kenseth
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 36 minutes, 3 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 138.857 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.076 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 34 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Johnson (Pole), Allmendinger 1, Johnson 2-70, Waltrip 71, Johnson
72-73, Biffle 74, Johnson 75-110, Biffle 111, Kenseth 112, J.
Gordon 113-114, Johnson 115-147, Ragan 148, Johnson 149-162,
Biffle 163-167, Johnson 168-182, Burton 183, Reutimann 184-186,
Biffle 187-188, Johnson 189-219, Biffle 220-222, Johnson 223-250.
Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Michael McDowell (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Champion Mortgage
1Martin Truex Jr (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
01Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Principal Financial
2Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Miller Lite
02Joey Logano (Middleton, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
5Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Kellogg's-CARQUEST
6David Ragan (Kannapolis, NC)Ford/AAA Insurance
7Robby Gordon (Cerritos, CA)Dodge/Jim Beam
07Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Jack Daniels
8Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
9Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Dodge/Budweiser
09Sterling Marlin (Columbia, TN)Chevrolet/Miccosukee Gaming
10Patrick Carpentier (Ville Lasalle, QC)Dodge/Valvoline
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
12Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Dodge/Alltel
15Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards-Energizer
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/DeWalt
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Dodge/Best Buy
20Tony Stewart (Rushville, IN)Toyota/Home Depot
21Bill Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Ford/Air Force
22Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Toyota/Caterpillar
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Dupont-Nicorette
26Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Ford/Crown Royal
28Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Hitachi Power Tools
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Shell-Pennzoil
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/AT&T Mobility
34Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Torrance, CA)Ford/Citifinancial
41Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/Target
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Dodge/Juicy Fruit Slim Pack
43Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Cheerios/Betty Crocker
44David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/UPS
45Kyle Petty (Trinity, NC)Dodge/Marathon Motor Oil
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/NAPA
66Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
70Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza
77Sam Hornish Jr (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Mobil 1
78Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
84A.J. Allmendinger Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Red Bull
88Dale Earnhardt Jr (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard/AMP
96Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Toyota/DLP HDTV
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Office Depot
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last seven years)
Driver2001200220032004200520062007
Jimmie Johnson---13th11th36th25th23rdWon
Tony Stewart7th30th27th19th7th18th2nd
David Ragan------------------3rd
Jeff Gordon36th40th10th3rd30th31st4th
Denny Hamlin---------------15th6th
Kevin Harvick2nd18th16th12th10thWon7th
Kasey Kahne---------24th8th3rd8th
Kurt Busch24th19th24th15thWon27th9th
Ryan Newman---2ndWon20th12th20th11th
Matt Kenseth35thWon7th28th2nd8th14th
Jeff Burton9th39th4th23rd18th9th18th
Kyle Busch------------4th2nd20th
Mark Martin19th6th13th5th13th5th21st
Dale Earnhardt Jr3rd4th17th2nd20th17th30th
Greg Biffle---33rd20th8th3rd6th39th
Carl Edwards---------6th21st35th42nd
 
Mover of the Week
Matt Kenseth - Started in the 37th position and finished 5th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr
Darkhorse - Kasey Kahne
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Elloitt Sadler) - Finished 34th
 
NOTES:
The Race to the Chase will be completed this weekend, as drivers try to jockey for position in an effort to capture the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Five drivers have clinched positions and six more seem inevitable, however the final 12th spot is certainly up for grabs. Clint Bowyer owns the last position, however he owns just a 17-point lead over David Ragan and Kasey Kahne is only 48 points back in 14th.

Starting from the pole position, Jimmie Johnson captured the 2007 Chevy Rock & Roll 400, as he crossed the finish line over three seconds ahead of Tony Stewart for his 29th career Sprint Cup title. Johnson led three times for 104 laps, including the final 61, as he posted a 3.007 seconds victory. Jeff Gordon, who placed fourth, led four times for a race-high 191 laps. Johnson, currently third on the points list, now owns 36 career titles, including three this season.

At the age of 18, Joey Logano is scheduled to make his first Sprint Cup start on Saturday for Joe Gibbs Racing. Logan will pilot the No. 02 Home Depot Toyota. Next season he takes over Tony Stewart's No. 20 Home Depot Toyota ride full-time.

In 2006, Kevin Harvick captured the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, as he recorded a 0.153 of a second win over Kyle Busch. The victory was Harvick's third of the 2006 season and eighth of his "Cup" career. Harvick, who started fifth on the grid, reclaimed the lead for the fifth and final time on the second to last lap to register the win. Busch dominated most of the race, as he led for a race-high 248 laps. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin led the first 19 laps, but finished well back in 15th place.

In 2005, Kurt Busch captured the checkered flag, as he crossed the finish line just under one second ahead of Matt Kenseth. With the win, Busch posted his third win of the 2005 season and the 14th of his career.

Richard Petty won this race seven times, including five straight (1970-74). Rusty Wallace in 1992-93 was the last driver to win this race in back-to-back seasons.

When Johnson won this race in 2007, he became the first pole sitter to capture the checkered flag since Davey Allison in 1988. In all, 21 pole sitters have won at Richmond in the history of the track spanning 104 races.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup championship visits the New Hampshire International Speedway for the Sylvania 300 on Sunday, September 14th. It is the first of 10 events that make up the "Chase for the Championship." Clint Bowyer is the defending champion.

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