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Chevy Rock & Roll 400

Status: Final Richmond International Raceway

Race Capsule

Richmond International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 31 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA

  • When:

    September 8, 2007 7:45 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    400

  • Track Length:

    0.75 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,057,510

Drivers to Watch

Jimmie Johnson Is back on track with a win at California, following consecutive third-place finishes at Michigan and Watkins Glen; remains sixth in the standings, but will has clinched at least a share of the top seed for the Chase based on series-high five wins; defending series champion has suffered through an up-and-down season, finishing 39th at the Brickyard after a fiery crash on the heels of a 37th at Chicago; prior to those two poor showings, finished 10th at Daytona after running fifth at New Hampshire; has posted victories this season at California, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Martinsville and Richmond; despite collecting 13 top-five finishes, has been hurt by five finishes outside the top 35; won here in May.
Jeff Gordon Finished 22nd at California, 19th at Bristol and 27th at Michigan over past three races; prior to Michigan had finished in the top 10 in 10 straight races; was the first driver to clinch a spot in the "Chase for the Championship"; spun with less than two laps remaining at Watkins Glen while leading, costing him a potential fifth win this season - still managed to finish ninth; still owns a comfortable 317-point cushion atop the series standings despite being docked 100 points for failing post-qualifying inspections at Sonoma, where he ran seventh; has four checkered flags this season and 79 career, just four shy of tying Cale Yarborough for fifth place all-time; reached a landmark milestone at Talladega, recording his 77th career victory to pass the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth all-time; has completely dominated the circuit this season, leading the series in poles (8), top-five finishes (14) and top 10s (20); was fourth here in May and 31st in this race in 2006.
Tony Stewart Was 13th at California a week after locking up Case berth at Bristol; continued recent surge by finishing fourth at Bristol to jump up to second in the standings; ran 10th at Michigan on the heels of winning at Watkins Glen - his third win over the past seven races; captured back-to-back victories at Chicagoland and at the Brickyard while placing sixth at Pocono during that stretch; finished 38th at Daytona prior to his win at Chicago after an early-race crash with teammate Denny Hamlin; has turned his season around with nine finishes of sixth or better over the last 13 races; has three career wins at Richmond and placed eighth here in May.
Jeff Burton Ran fourth at California and remained seventh in the standings en route to clinching a spot in the Chase; was 12th at Bristol and had finished out of the top-10 in four races prior to California; prior to that tough stretch had registered four top-10 finishes over a six-race span; ran seventh at New Hampshire and third at Sonoma to end a streak of four consecutive finishes outside the top 10; has seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10s and has only three finishes of 34th or worse this season; captured his only victory of the season at Texas; finished last here in May, but was ninth in this event a yaer ago.
Kevin Harvick Continued recent struggles with 14th at California, dropping to 12th in the standings; needs to only finish 32nd or better at Richmond to clinch a berth in the Chase; has finished 33rd or worse three times in 25 races this season; was 36th at Watkins Glen on the heels of a 17th at Pocono; won the season-opening Daytona 500 by nipping Mark Martin at the finish line; has four top-fives and 10 top 10s this season; finished second to Juan Pablo Montoya on the road course at Sonoma; finished fifth at Richmond in May and won this race a year ago.
Kurt Busch Finished ninth at California and moved up to 11th in the standings to greatly improve chances to make the Chase; needs only to finish 36th or better at Richmond to clinch a spot, and 37th if he leads a lap; turned season around over last eight races by finishing out of the top 10 just twice with 11th place finishes at the Brickyard and Watkins Glen; won at Pocono, then later at Michigan during the rain-delayed event; has a pair of third-place finishes at Talladega and the second Daytona race; the 2004 Nextel Cup Champion has six finishes of 25th or worse this season; finished fifth here in May and 27th in this race last season.
Matt Kenseth Finished seventh at California a week after crashing and finishing 39th at Bristol, where he locked up a spot in the Chase; is fifth in the standings after being passed by teammate Carl Edwards; ran fourth at Michigan in the rain delayed race; posted fourth straight top-10 finish by placing 10th at the Brickyard; ran 34th and 42nd, respectively, prior to the four straight top-10 results; captured his only victory of the season in the campaign's second race at California; has eight top-five finishes and 16 top-10s this season; finished 10th here in May.
Clint Bowyer Sits ninth in the standings and merely needs to start this race to clinch his first berth in the Chase; ran 20th at California, following a season-best third at Bristol; has 12 top-10 finishes in 25 races this season; also has a pair of top-five finishes, including a fourth on the road course at Sonoma to go along with his solid showing at Bristol; has finished 30th or worse just three times - 36th at Las Vegas, 35th at Talladega and 37th at New Hampshire; has a pair of top-10 finishes at Richmond, including a ninth here in May.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Posted consecutive fifth-place finishes at California and Bristol, but still sits 128 points behind Kevin Harvick for the final spot in the Chase; has to finish fifth at Richmond and lead the most laps to have a shot at making the playoffs; followed up a season-best second-place finish at Pocono with a 42nd at Watkins Glen, then placed 12th at Michigan after missing his pit box late in the race while running in the top five; finished 19th or worse over the previous three races prior to Pocono, including a 34th at the Brickyard and a 36th at Daytona; leaving the company his father founded to run for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008; has yet to win a race and has just one pole (Pocono) this season, but has six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s; also has six finishes of 30th or lower; finished 13th here in May and 17th at this event a year ago.
Martin Truex Jr. Finished sixth at California to climb a spot to 10th in the standings; only needs to start the race in Richmond to qualify for his first Chase; has been overshadowed by more famous teammate Earnhardt, but has outperformed him all season; won his first career Nextel Cup race at Dover in June; has five top-fives and 10 top 10s, including a third at Pocono and second at Michigan in back-to-back weeks after the win at Dover; finished second in both Michigan races this year; has only two finishes outside the top 30 this season - 42nd at California and 37th at Bristol during the early part of the season; was 28th at his track earlier this year and finished 40th in this event last season.