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Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400

Status: Final Richmond International Raceway

Race Capsule

Richmond International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 11 of 41 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA

  • When:

    May 6, 2007 1:15 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    400

  • Track Length:

    0.75 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,032,994

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Gordon Reached a landmark milestone last Sunday at Talladega, recording his 77th career victory to pass the late Dale Earnhardt for sixth on NASCAR's all-time list; has completely dominated the circuit this season, placing inside the top 10 in eight of nine races and finishing no lower than 12th; has won back-to-back races and has captured the pole in three straight and four of the last five races; is on pace to capture his fifth career title, leading the series in poles (5), top-five finishes (7) and top-10s (8); owns a comfortable 203-point cushion in the standings; has been successful at this track, collecting two victories, 10 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s in 28 career starts; struggled to 40th place in this event last season after experiencing engine trouble on lap 287.
Jimmie Johnson Finished second at Talladega to continue his fast start to the season; is fourth in the standings but is a whopping 231 points behind Gordon, his teammate at Hendrick Motorsports; despite collecting three victories and six top-five finishes, has been hurt by a pair of finishes outside the top 35; has captured checkered flags at Las Vegas, Atlanta and most recently at Martinsville; reigning series champion struggled to 12th place in this event last season.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Finished seventh at Talladega to climb to 13th in the standings; had struggled over the previous two races after appearing to have bounced back from his awful start to the season, running 36th at Texas and 19th at Phoenix; registered consecutive top-10 finishes at Bristol and Martinsville after failing to place inside the top 10 over the first four races; may have been bothered by recent distractions stemming from his ongoing contract negotiations with DEI; won this event last season and in 2004 and has been outstanding at this track, recording seven top-five finishes and nine top-10s in 15 career starts.
Tony Stewart One of the circuit's most inconsistent drivers over the first eight races, collecting five top-10 finishes while placing 25th or worse in the other four events; sputtered to 28th place last week at Talladega after crashing on the final lap; followed up 25th-place finish at Texas by running second two weeks ago at Phoenix, his second runner-up finish of the campaign; finished sixth in this event last year but struggled to 18th in the fall race.
Kevin Harvick Has been wildly inconsistent this season since winning the Daytona 500, placing outside the top 15 in five of eight races since the season opener; has shown signs of improvement over the last two events, running 10th at Phoenix and placing sixth at Talladega; is ninth in the standings, 469 points behind Gordon; finished third in this race last season and won the 2006 fall race at this track; has six top-10 finishes in 12 career starts at this track.
Matt Kenseth Has been outstanding since struggling to 27th place at Daytona, running inside the top 11 in the next seven races; struggled to 14th place last week at Talladega but remained third in the standings; finished fifth two weeks ago at Phoenix, his fifth top-five finish of the season; struggled to 38th place in this event last season but ran eighth in the fall race; has eight top-10 finishes in 14 career starts at this track.
Kyle Busch Endured a rough weekend at Talladega, where he placed 37th after wrecking in lap 131; also survived a scary crash in the Busch Series race; is eighth in the standings despite placing outside the top 35 in two of the last three races; has been outstanding over the first three COT races this year, winning at Bristol and registering top-10 finishes at Martinsville and Phoenix; placed fifth in this race last season.
Jeff Burton Fell 203 points behind leader Jeff Gordon in the Nextel Cup standings thanks to running 34th last week at Talladega, where he was taken out in wreck in lap 152; remained second in the standings despite registering his worst performance of the campaign; has five top-five finishes and six top-10s this season; captured his first victory of the season three weeks ago at Texas; won the fall race here in 1998 and has 12 top-10 finishes in 25 career starts at this track; ran 15th in this event last season.