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Race Capsule

Dover International Speedway
  • What:

    Race 33 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE

  • When:

    September 23, 2007 1:45 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Jimmie Johnson Chase Points: 5,210 (T-1st) Remains the top seed in the Chase despite being tied with Gordon by holding a 6-4 edge in season victories for the tiebreaker; opened the Chase with a sixth at New Hampshire; earned top seed with consecutive wins at Richmond and California; was 21st at Bristol, but posted back-to-back third place finishes at Michigan and Watkins Glen; 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 also posted victories this season at Las Vegas, Atlanta, Martinsville and the first Richmond race; despite collecting 14 top-five finishes, has been hurt by five finishes outside the top 35; was 15th at Dover in June and 13th last September.
Denny Hamlin Chase Points: 5,128 (9th) Won his only race of the season at New Hampshire in July, but could manage only a 15th -place finish at Loudon to start the Chase; dropped to ninth in the standings; followed up the at New Hampshire by finishing dead last at Daytona after wrecking early in the race with teammate Tony Stewart; has avoided the sophomore slump by posting 10 top-five and 15 top-finishes this season; finished second at Darlington and Watkins Glen and has four third-place finishes at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Phoenix and Richmond; also finished last at Bristol; was fourth at Dover in June and ninth here last September.
Kurt Busch Chase Points: 5,108 (12th) Title hopes to a hit after suffering through engine problems and finishing 25th at New Hampshire; dropped seven spots to 12th in the Chase standings; did not qualify for Chase until late in the Richmond race, where he finished ninth; turned season around over last nine races before the Chase 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 seven finishes of 25th or worse this season; finished 42nd here in June, but was fourth at this race last season.
Martin Truex Jr. Chase Points: 5,170 (6th) Ran fifth at New Hampshire for a solid start to his first Chase; finished 15th at Richmond, but only needed to start the race to qualify; has been overshadowed by more famous teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., but has outperformed him all season; won his first career Nextel Cup race here at Dover in June; has six top-fives and 11 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; ran sixth here last September.
Kevin Harvick Racing Car: No. 29 Chevrolet Impala Chase Points: 5,122 (10th) Was the final driver to clinch a berth in the Chase and opened with a 17th at New Hampshire despite suffering through a pair of flat tires; finished seventh at Richmond, ending recent struggles which included five straight finishes out of the top-10; has finished 33rd or worse three times in 26 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 11 top 10s this season; finished second to Juan Pablo Montoya on the road course at Sonoma; has struggled at Dover recently with a 20th here in June and a 32nd last September.
Matt Kenseth Chase Points: 5,156 (7th) Ran seventh at New Hampshire to move up a spot to seventh in the standings; did not close the regular season strong with a 14th at Richmond after a seventh at California - a week after crashing and finishing 39th at Bristol; 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 17 top-10s this season; finished fifth here earlier this year and 10th in this event last September.
Carl Edwards Chase Points: 5,156 (7th) Finished 12th at New Hampshire, but dropped four spots in the standings; ran 42nd at Richmond, but prior to that had four consecutive top-10 finishes, including a win at Bristol and a runner-up finish at California; also won at Michigan earlier this year; has seven top-fives and 11 top-10s this year; has been consistent with only a pair of finishes lower than 30, including a 42nd at Talladega; has three top-10 finishes at Dover in six starts including a third here in June and a runner-up showing to Burton last September.
Jeff Gordon Chase Points: 5,210 (T-1st) Rebounded from rough stretch leading up to the Chase by finishing second to Bowyer at New Hampshire; moved into a first-place tie with teammate Jimmie Johnson atop standings; finished fourth at Richmond but was 22nd at California, 19th at Bristol and 27th at Michigan over previous 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; was 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 four wins and three poles at the "Monster Mile" but also has five DNF's; was ninth here in June and third last September.
Tony Stewart Chase Points: 5,200 (3rd) Maintained third spot in the standings by placing third at New Hampshire; finished second at Richmond for his eighth top-10 finish over the past nine races; recent surge includes fourth at Bristol as well as running 10th at Michigan on the heels of winning at Watkins Glen - his third win over the past eight 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; was 40th at Dover in June and 33rd last September.
Jeff Burton Chase Points: 5,119 (11th) Started the Chase in seventh place, but dropped to 11th with his second straight 18th place finish; ran fourth at California and 12th at Bristol prior to Richmond; finished out of the top-10 in four races before California; prior to that tough stretch had registered four top-10 finishes over a six-race span; ran seventh at first New Hampshire race 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; was 12th at Dover in June and won this event last year.
Clint Bowyer Chase Points: 5,195 (4th) Won his first career Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire in his 64th start, jumping seven spots to fourth in the Chase standings; finished 12th at Richmond and ran 20th at California, following a third at Bristol in three races prior to the Chase; has 13 top-10 finishes in 27 races this season; has three top-five finishes, including a fourth on the road course at Sonoma to go along with his solid showing at Bristol and win at New Hampshire; has finished 30th or worse just three times - 36th at Las Vegas, 35th at Talladega and 37th at the first race in New Hampshire; finished eighth here in June and in this event last season.