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Talladega Superspeedway
  • What:

    Race 35 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL

  • When:

    October 7, 2007 2:20 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    188

  • Track Length:

    2.66 miles

  • Race Length:

    500.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,384,639

Drivers to Watch

Tony Stewart Chase Points: 5,389 (4th) Dropped to fourth in the standings after 39th at Kansas and sits 117 points behind Johnson; had moved within two points of the with a ninth at Dover after placing third at New Hampshire; finished second at Richmond to enter the Chase on a hot streak; recent surge includes fourth at Bristol as well as running 10th at Michigan on the heels of winning at Watkins Glen - his third win; captured back-to-back victories at Chicagoland and at the Brickyard while placing sixth at Pocono; finished 38th at Daytona prior to his win at Chicago after an early-race crash with teammate Denny Hamlin; was 28th here in April and 22nd last October.
Martin Truex Jr. Chase Points: 5,348 (8th) Ran 38th at Kansas and 13th at Dover following a fifth at New Hampshire to start 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 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 other finishes outside the top 30 this season - 42nd at California and 37th at Bristol during the early part of the season; ran fifth here last October and 10th in April.
Denny Hamlin Chase Points: 5,258 (12th) Title hopes all but dashed after 29th at Kansas; ran 38th at Dover, dropping to last among Chase contenders; was involved in an altercation with Kyle Petty in the garage following wreck midway through the race at Dover; 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; followed up the win at New Hampshire by finishing dead last at Daytona after wrecking early in the race with teammate Tony Stewart; 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 21st in last two starts at Talladega.
Jimmie Johnson Chase Points: 5,506 (1st) Reclaimed top spot in the Chase after a third at Kansas; opened the Chase with a 14th at Dover following 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 15 top-five finishes, has been hurt by five finishes outside the top 35; was second here in April and 24th last October.
Jeff Burton Chase Points: 5,320 (10th) Dropped to 10th in the Chase standings after running 36th at Kansas; started the Chase in seventh place, but dropped to 11th with his second straight 18th place finish at New Hampshire, following Richmond; 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 14 top-10s and has only four finishes of 34th or worse this season; captured his only victory of the season at Texas; was 27th here last season.
Clint Bowyer Chase Points: 5,492 (3rd) Followed up his first career Nextel Cup win at New Hampshire by running 12th at Dover and second at Kansas; moved up two spots to third in the Chase standings, 14 points behind leader Jeff Gordon; finished 12th at Richmond and ran 20th at California, following a third at Bristol in three races prior to the Chase; has 14 top-10 finishes in 28 races this season; has four 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; ran 35th here last year.
Matt Kenseth Chase Points: 5,287 (11th) Back-to-back 35th-place finishes at Dover and Kansas all but end title hopes; sits 11th in the standings; ran seventh at New Hampshire; 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 14th here in April and fourth last October.
Carl Edwards Chase Points: 5,364 (7th) Wrecked at Kansas and finished 37th to fall one spot to seventh; won at Dover after finishing 12th at New Hampshire, but failed post-race inspection and was docked 25 points and fined; penalty dropped him from third to sixth 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 eight top-fives and 12 top-10s this year; has been consistent with only a trio of finishes lower than 30, including a 42nd at Talladega; ran ninth here last season.
Jeff Gordon Chase Points: 5,500 (2nd) Ran fifth at Kansas, but dropped out of the top spot in the standings; trails teammate Jimmie Johnson by six points; rebounded from rough stretch leading up to the Chase by finishing 11th at Dover and second to Bowyer at New Hampshire; prior to the Chase 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; won here in April and placed 36th at this race last year.
Kevin Harvick Chase Points: 5,380 (5th) Jumped four spots to fifth in the standings after running sixth at Kansas; was the final driver to clinch a berth in the Chase and opened with a 17th at New Hampshire and a 20th at Dover despite suffering through tire issues in both races; prior to the Chase finished seventh at Richmond, ending struggles which included five straight finishes out of the top-10; has finished 33rd or worse three times in 27 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; ran sixth in last two races at Talladega.
Kurt Busch Chase Points: 5,329 (9th) Title hopes still slim with an 11th at Kansas after starting the Chase with a 25th at New Hampshire and 29th at Dover; sits ninth 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 eight finishes of 25th or worse this season; ran third here a year ago.