2007 NASCAR Busch Series

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Carl Edwards celebrating his 2007 Busch Series championship. CarlEdwardsClenches2007BuschSeriesChampionship.jpg
Carl Edwards celebrating his 2007 Busch Series championship.
Jason Leffler, who finished third in points, was the highest-finishing series regular in the standings. Jason Leffler.jpg
Jason Leffler, who finished third in points, was the highest-finishing series regular in the standings.

The 2007 NASCAR Busch Series was the twenty-sixth season of the NASCAR Busch Series. It began on February 17 with the Orbitz 300 at Daytona International Speedway and concluded on November 17 with the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Carl Edwards clinched the Busch Series championship on November 3 during the O'Reilly Challenge with 2 races remaining. The 2007 season was the final season of the series under Anheuser-Busch's sponsorship. In 2008, the Busch Series became the NASCAR Nationwide Series sponsored by insurance company Nationwide Insurance with a $70 million contract for 7 years.

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Buschwhackers

The domination of the series by "Buschwhackers" continued in 2007. In the first 28 races, only two drivers not with regular Nextel Cup Series schedules drove their cars to victory from start to finish: Stephen Leicht (Meijer 300, Kentucky Speedway) and Jason Leffler (Kroger 200, O'Reilly Raceway Park). A third, Aric Almirola, was the official winner of the AT&T 250 at the Milwaukee Mile; Almirola qualified the car for Denny Hamlin who was racing at Sonoma in the Cup Series and was not scheduled to start, but was forced to as Hamlin was delayed in returning from Sonoma. Hamlin was placed in the car after arriving and drove nearly the entire race, winning, but he failed to receive credit because he failed to start. 32 of the 35 races were won by Cup Series drivers in 2007.

Meanwhile, Carl Edwards led Kevin Harvick by 733 points in the championship standings, a reversal from 2006 when Harvick beat Edwards by a record 824 points. At one time, Edwards' lead was 871 points prior to a stretch of five consecutive races outside the top 10 in the finishing order (in three of those races he finished 23rd or worse). There were more Busch only regulars near the top of the standings, but only because the Cup drivers ran fewer cumulative races than in 2006.

Owner's Championship

The Owner's Championship went to the No. 29 car of Richard Childress Racing driven by Scott Wimmer and Jeff Burton. This is currently only the second time in Busch Series history where the driver's and owner's points champions were different. [1] The other instance also involved RCR and happened in 2003. Hendrick Motorsports driver Brian Vickers won the series points title as a driver, but RCR's No. 21 car earned more total points with Johnny Sauter and Kevin Harvick sharing the ride.

2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series

After 26 years of Anheuser-Busch sponsoring the series with their Busch Beer brand they decided not to renew their sponsorship for the 2008 season. Rumored sponsorship deals for the series included Subway, KFC, and Wal-Mart; however, those deals fell through. On October 3, 2007, chairman Brian France announced that insurance company Nationwide had signed a seven-year $70 million deal to sponsor the series. Nationwide also replaces Allstate as the official insurance company of NASCAR. [2]

Schedule

Busch cars pacing at Texas during the 2007 O'Reilly 300 BuschSeriesFieldAtTexasApril2007.jpg
Busch cars pacing at Texas during the 2007 O'Reilly 300

The official 2007 Busch Series schedule was announced on October 2, 2006. The only major schedule change was the addition of the first NASCAR race in Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which replaces last year's race at Martinsville. This marked the first time in Busch Series history that there are two consecutive road courses on the schedule. The order of races in July was also shuffled. [3]

No.Race Title Track Date
1 Orbitz 300 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 17
2 Stater Brothers 300 California Speedway, Fontana February 24
3 Telcel-Motorola México 200 Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City March 4
4 Sam's Town 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas March 10
5 Nicorette 300 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton March 17
6 Sharpie Mini 300 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol March 24
7 Pepsi 300 Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon April 7
8 O'Reilly 300 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth April 14
9 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale April 20
10 Aaron's 312 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln April 28
11 Circuit City 250 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond May 4
12 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Darlington Raceway, Darlington May 11
13 Carquest Auto Parts 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord May 26
14 Dover 200 Dover International Speedway, Dover June 2
15 Federated Auto Parts 300 Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon June 9
16 Meijer 300 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta June 16
17 AT&T 250 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis June 23
18 Camping World 200 New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon June 30
19 Winn-Dixie 250 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 6
20 USG Durock 300 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet July 14
21 Gateway 250 Gateway International Raceway, Madison July 21
22 Kroger 200 O'Reilly Raceway Park, Brownsburg July 28
23 NAPA Auto Parts 200 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal August 4
24 Zippo 200 Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 11
25 Carfax 250 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 18
26 Food City 250 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol August 24
27 Ameriquest 300 California Speedway, Fontana September 1
28 Emerson Radio 250 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 7
29 RoadLoans.com 200 Dover International Speedway, Dover September 22
30 Yellow Transportation 300 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City September 29
31 Dollar General 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord October 12
32 Sam's Town 250 Memphis Motorsports Park, Millington October 27
33 O'Reilly Challenge Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth November 3
34 Arizona.Travel 200 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale November 10
35 Ford 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead November 17

ESPN2 covered the majority of the Busch Series in 2007 with ESPN on ABC covering six races as part of the new television package. The primary commentators for ESPN were Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree.

2007 team chart

Complete schedule

ManufacturerTeamNo.DriverCrew chief
Chevrolet D.D.L. Motorsports 0 Eric McClure 32Steve Jenkins 17
Tyler Roach 5
Mike Tichenor 13
J. R. Fitzpatrick 2
Kevin Lepage 1
Jay Robinson Racing 28 Robert Richardson Jr. 15Steve Plattenberger 17
Jay Robinson 1
Wayne Carroll Jr. 11
Kenneth Campbell 6
Jeff Green 3
Germán Quiroga 1
Johnny Sauter 6
Derrike Cope 5
Niclas Jönsson 1
Blake Bjorklund 3
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Aric Almirola 8 Jason Ratcliff
Tony Stewart 3
Brad Coleman 17
Kevin Conway 7
20 Denny Hamlin 22 Dave Rogers
Tony Stewart 1
Aric Almirola 10
Travis Kittleson 1
J. J. Yeley 1
JR Motorsports 88 Shane Huffman 18Wes Ward 31
Tony Eury Sr. 4
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1
Brad Keselowski (R)14
Andy Pilgrim 2
Kevin Harvick, Inc. 33 Tony Stewart 8Dan Stillman
Kevin Harvick 8
Ron Fellows 3
Tony Raines 9
Cale Gale 7
77 Bobby Labonte 19Wally Rogers
Kertus Davis 5
Kevin Harvick 4
Ron Hornaday Jr. 4
Scott Wimmer 1
Brandon Miller 1
McGill Motorsports 36 Brent Sherman 31Ricky Pearson
Jeremy Clements 4
Phoenix Racing 1 J. J. Yeley 30Marc Reno 6
Chuck Meyers 29
Johnny Benson 1
Max Papis 2
Sterling Marlin 2
7 Mike Wallace Fred Wanke 29
Gere Kennon Jr. 6
Richard Childress Racing 21 Kevin Harvick 14 Shane Wilson
Timothy Peters 7
P. J. Jones 1
Scott Wimmer 6
Tim McCreadie 6
Clint Bowyer 1
29 Scott Wimmer 16Pat Smith
Jeff Burton 18
Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 41 Reed Sorenson 18 Brian Pattie 18
Brad Parrott 17
Scott Pruett 3
David Stremme 5
Scott Lagasse Jr. 2
Bryan Clauson 5
A. J. Allmendinger 2
42 Juan Pablo Montoya 17Brad Parrott 18
Brian Pattie 14
Eddie Buffington 3
Kevin Hamlin 7
Michael Valiante 1
David Stremme 1
A. J. Allmendinger 5
Dario Franchitti 4
Fitz Racing 22 David Stremme 8 Paul Wolfe
Carlos Contreras 1
Mike Bliss 21
Josh Wise 1
Patrick Carpentier 2
Robby Gordon 1
Gillett Evernham Motorsports 9 Kasey Kahne 18 Mike Shiplett
Scott Riggs 4
Boris Said 4
Elliott Sadler 2
Chase Miller 6
Deac McCaskill 1
Rusty Wallace, Inc. 66 Steve Wallace 34Bryant Frazier 20
Steve Darne 9
Gio Edward Liberati 2
Shane Huffman 4
Reed Sorenson 1
Ford Brewco Motorsports 26
Baker Curb Racing 9
27 Ward Burton 16Stewart Cooper 31
Newt Moore 3
Shawn Parker 1
Jorge Goeters 3
Jason Keller 6
Bobby East 3
Johnny Sauter 1
Robby Gordon 2
Casey Atwood 2
Brad Baker 2
37 Jamie McMurray 10Newt Moore 31
Stewart Cooper 4
Greg Biffle 11
Johnny Sauter 1
Bobby East 6
John Graham 4
Casey Atwood 2
Brad Baker 1
Carl A. Haas Motorsports 14 Kyle Krisiloff (R)Todd Gordon 6
Travis Carter 23
Bryant Frazier 6
Robert Yates Racing 90 Stephen Leicht Cully Barraclough
Roush Racing 6 David Ragan (R)Mike Kelley
16 Todd Kluever 15Eddie Pardue
Greg Biffle 19
Colin Braun 1
60 Carl Edwards Pierre Kuettel
Team Rensi Motorsports 25 David Gilliland 18Todd Brewer
Kenny Wallace 1
Richard Johns 15
35 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chris Wright
Wood Brothers/JTG Racing 47 Jon Wood 13Scott Zipadelli
Travis Kvapil 1
Kelly Bires 19
Andy Lally 2
59 Marcos Ambrose (R)Greg Conner 21
Ernie Cope 14
Toyota Braun Racing 10 John Andretti 1 Trent Owens
Dave Blaney 22
Todd Bodine 1
Mike Bliss 1
John Graham 2
Brian Vickers 6
Brent Sherman 2
38 Jason Leffler Todd Lohse
Michael Waltrip Racing 99 David Reutimann Jerry Baxter

Part-time schedule

ManufacturerTeamNo.DriverCrew chiefRounds
Chevrolet Brian Carter Racing 61 Josh Krug Brian Carter1
Travis Kittleson 1
CJM Racing 12 Marc Mitchell Matthew Gimbel1
11Todd Gordon1
Jason Keller 15
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Manion 1
82
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Eury Jr. 4
15 Paul Menard Mike Greci11
Day Enterprise Racing 05 Brett Rowe Tom Perkins6
Justin Ashburn 4
Brad Teague 1
D.D.L. Motorsports 00 Mike Potter Michael Walters2
01 Morgan Shepherd William Technier 8
Mike Tichenor 7
Michael Walters 10
5
Kevin Lepage 1
Shelby Howard 2
Danny Efland 4
Joe Fox 2
Kertus Davis 9
Frank Cicci Racing 34 Steve Grissom James Daly1
Jay Sauter 5
Brian Simo 1
Ginn Racing 4 Regan Smith Doug Randolph17
Henderson Motorsports 75 Caleb Holman Darrell Holman1
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Kyle Busch Mike Bumgarner19
Adrián Fernández 1
Mark Martin 2
Casey Mears 1
Landon Cassill 2
24 Casey Mears Chad Walter20
Landon Cassill 4
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus 1
Chad Walter 2
3
Horn Automotive 58 Chris Horn Fred Horn4
Jay Robinson Racing 49 Derrike Cope Randy Huffman 1
Mark Fordham 3
4
Jeff Spraker Racing 63 Kerry Earnhardt Jeff Spraker1
Mike MacKenzie 1
Keith Coleman Racing 23 Brad Keselowski (R)Ronnie Griffin14
MacDonald Motorsports 71 Randy MacDonald James Daly1
Trevor Boys 2
Eddie MacDonald 1
RB1 Motorsports Ron Young Greg Tester4
Mac Hill Motorsports 56 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Tony Lambert6
Dange Hanniford 1
A. J. Frank 1
Frank Kreyer 4
Larry Foyt 1
Mike Harmon Racing 44 Mike Harmon Steve Kuykendall 9
Donnie Richardson 4
Mike Harmon 1
8
Johnny Borneman III 1
Jennifer Jo Cobb 3
48 Mike Harmon 2
ML Motorsports 70 Justin Diercks Tom Sokoloski8
Mark Green 10
Premier Motorsport 85 Brett Rowe Dan Kinney1
NEMCO Motorsports 87 Joe Nemechek Mike Boerschinger3
Richard Childress Racing 2 Clint Bowyer Dan Deeringhoff20
Kenny Wallace 1
SKI Motorsports 30 Stanton Barrett Mike Dayton16
Danny O'Quinn Jr. 1
31 Jeff Fuller Doug Hodge1
Team Johnson Racing 76 Jerick Johnson Gene Allnut6
Central Coast Racing 13 Todd Souza Michael Muñoz2
Transnet Racing 98 Alex García Jason Roche4
Dodge Fitz Racing 44 Rubén Pardo Randy Nelson
Jerry Kelly
2
Mike Bliss 1
Carlos Contreras 1
Mark Green 1
Gillett Evernham Motorsports 19 Patrick Carpentier Kevin Kidd1
Whitney Motorsports Brian Keselowski Bob Keselowski 1
493
MacDonald Motorsports 72 D. J. Kennington Robbie Wethington 11
James Daly 6
14
Kevin Lepage 1
Randy MacDonald 1
Marc Mitchell 1
Penske Racing 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Matthew Gimbel9
Kurt Busch 3
Ryan Newman 8
39 Kurt Busch Troy Raker1
Rusty Wallace, Inc. 64 Chase Austin Steve Darne1
Sadler Brothers Racing 95 Blake Feese Joey Jones1
Tom Eriksen Racing 67 Rogelio López Tom Eriksen1
68 Antonio Pérez Troy Williams1
Ford AFR Motorsports 34 Brian Pannone Bob Farmer1
50Jeff Barrister1
Brewco Motorsports 43 Bobby East Newt Moore1
John Young Racing 46 John Young Ed Ash1
Means Racing 52 Brad Teague Jimmy Means 7
Kevin Lepage 5
Donnie Neuenberger 4
Jamie Mosley 1
Ian Henderson 2
Scott Gaylord 2
Chris Lawson 1
Robby Gordon Motorsports 55 Robby Gordon Eddie Buffington 7
Dana Brugman 1
8
Roush Racing 06 Mark Martin  ??? 1
Chad Norris 1
2
17 Matt Kenseth Drew Blickensderfer 25
Michel Jourdain Jr. 2
Danny O'Quinn Jr. 2
26 Greg Biffle Chad Norris1
Jamie McMurray 12
Todd Kluever 2
Danny O'Quinn Jr. 1
Specialty Racing 40 Matt Carter Doug Taylor 1
Toyota Braun Racing 32 Dave Blaney  ???1
Michael Waltrip 1
Bill Elliott 1
Brian Vickers 1
Germain Racing 03 Todd Bodine Doug Chouinard5
Michael Waltrip Racing 00 Michael McDowell Randy Goss 3
Butch Hylton 1
3
44 Dale Jarrett 1
Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports 91 Bobby Santos III Gene Nead 2
Jerry Pitts 1
2
David Green 3
92 Bobby Santos III Lance Dieters2
Chevrolet
Dodge
Fridel-Carter Motorsports 54 Brad Teague Robert Larkins1
Carl Long Jon Sykes 2
Dom Turse 1
3
Chevrolet
Ford
Revelocity Racing 73 Brett Rowe Tom Perkins3
Dodge
Ford
Faith Motorsports 89 Morgan Shepherd Walter Tollett 15
James Graham 6
20
Brad Teague 1

Races

Orbitz 300

The Orbitz 300 was held February 16 at Daytona International Speedway. Aric Almirola won the pole. Kevin Harvick won a relatively quick race from the 31st starting position. There were two early cautions: the first one on lap 4 for a three-car incident and the second one for "the Big One" on lap 16 involving 12 cars. The race was clean afterward. This was the first race televised on ESPN2 as part of the 2007 television package that lasted until 2014.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
121 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
232 Dave Blaney Toyota Braun Racing
360 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
42 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
506 Mark Martin Ford Roush Fenway Racing
611 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
78 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
833 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
920 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
1026 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Did not qualify: No. 1-J. J. Yeley, No. 22-David Stremme, No. 23-Brad Keselowski, No. 24-Casey Mears, No. 52-Brad Teague, No. 70-Justin Diercks

Stater Brothers 300

The Stater Brothers 300 was held February 24 at California Speedway. Dave Blaney won the pole, the first pole for Toyota in the Busch Series. The race had a short field of only 41 cars.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
117 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
224 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
35 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
460 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
516 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
633 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
729 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
820 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
94 Regan Smith Chevrolet Ginn Racing
1010 Dave Blaney Toyota Braun Racing

Did not qualify: None.

Telcel-Motorola México 200

The Telcel-Motorola México 200 was held March 4 at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. The race was broadcast on ESPN2 in English and en español on ESPN Deportes. Scott Pruett won the pole. Juan Pablo Montoya made contact with his leading teammate Scott Pruett on a restart after coming back from a fuel-filler problem, spinning Pruett and going on to win the race, becoming the first non-American to win a NASCAR race since Ron Fellows in 2001.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
142 Juan Pablo Montoya (R) Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
220 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
39 Boris Said Dodge Evernham Motorsports
460 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
541 Scott Pruett Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
638 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
727 Jorge Goeters Ford Brewco Motorsports
859 Marcos Ambrose (R)Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing
95 Adrián Fernández Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
1047 Jon Wood Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing

Did not qualify: Andy Pilgram (32).

Sam's Town 300

The Sam's Town 300 was held March 10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick won the pole. In a challenging race that was held on a newly banked racetrack, many teams, especially cup teams with drivers racing on Sunday, tried to find a setup that would work with their cars. Grip and aerodynamics became major issues as the race set a record for number of caution flags with 12 for 58 laps. This included a red flag with 10 laps to go for a hard crash into the wall by Reed Sorenson. Las Vegas natives, Kyle and Kurt Busch dominated the race, leading 123 of 200 laps, with 81 and 42 led respectively. However, Jeff Burton had been consistently quicker than the younger Busch and had taken the lead for 31 laps. Coming to the checkers, two-time Las Vegas winner Jeff Burton took his No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevy to the outside and banged fenders with Kyle who got loose under Burton and spun down on the apron and hit the outside wall after taking the second position. Out of respect for Busch leaving him room to pass, Jeff Burton pulled alongside Kyle's wrecked car to shake hands with him before going to victory lane and receive his checkered flag. This was the first NASCAR race broadcast on ABC since the 2000 Brickyard 400 seven years earlier.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
129 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
25 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
333 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
412 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing South
522 David Stremme Dodge Fitz Motorsports
660 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
721 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
877 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
988 Shane Huffman Chevrolet JR Motorsports
1059 Marcos Ambrose (R) Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing

Did not qualify: None.

Note:No. 52-Kevin Lepage withdrew from the race prior to qualifying.

Nicorette 300

The Nicorette 300 was held March 17 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won the pole. From the drop of the green flag, it appeared as though Kyle Busch would walk away with an easy victory. He proved his dominance by leading 143 of 195 laps. However, a loose lugnut after the final pit stop forced Busch to go to the tail end of the longest line, handing the lead to Jeff Burton. Burton would hold off RCR teammate Kevin Harvick for the win while Kyle Busch rallied to third after his penalty.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverCarTeam
129 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
221 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
35 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
460 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
524 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
62 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
79 Kasey Kahne Dodge Evernham Motorsports
842 Juan Pablo Montoya (R) Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
917 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
1020 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing

Did not qualify: No. 34-Jay Sauter

Sharpie Mini 300

The Sharpie Mini 300 was held March 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Steve Wallace won his first career pole. This would be the last Busch Series race before Bristol would be repaved with new concrete and progressive banking. For the second consecutive week, Kyle Busch again proved he had the car to beat. He and series points leader Carl Edwards proved they had the cars to beat. The biggest controversy of the race came after a crash at lap 182 by David Reutimann. At the point of the crash, some of the leaders elected to come down pit road for tires and some gas on lap 188. Although the electronic light was green, signaling that pit road was open, the flagman near the light was still waving the pit road closed flag. The pit crews of Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. argued with NASCAR officials about the call. Eventually, NASCAR controversially decided to let all of the cars pit and maintain their position in the field. After the confusion was sorted out, Busch took off with Edwards in pursuit. However, Mike Wallace, running on the tail end of the lead lap (Mike was in front of the leader), jumbled up the 9th restart. Mike's mistake forced Edwards into the rear bumper of Kyle Busch. Edwards would inherit the lead and would hold off teammate Matt Kenseth for his first win since Gateway in 2006.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
160 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
217 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
35 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
412 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
52 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
68 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
737 Greg Biffle Ford Brewco Motorsports
833 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
929 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
1022 Mike Bliss Dodge Fitz Motorsports

Did not qualify: None only 43 entries.

Pepsi 300

The Pepsi 300 was held April 7 at Nashville Superspeedway. David Stremme won the pole. From the drop of the green flag, it appeared as though new manufacturer Toyota would steal the show and walk off with its first Busch Series win. However, Carl Edwards spoiled the party, coming back from a loose wheel penalty to pass Busch regular Jason Leffler with 25 laps to go to win his second consecutive race and extend his points lead.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
160 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
299 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
310 Dave Blaney Toyota Braun Racing
438 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
54 Regan Smith Chevrolet Ginn Racing
688 Shane Huffman Chevrolet JR Motorsports
729 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
890 Stephen Leicht Ford Robert Yates Racing
935 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford Team Rensi Motorsports
1022 Mike Bliss Dodge Fitz Motorsports

Did not qualify: None only 43 entries.

O'Reilly 300

The O'Reilly 300 was held April 14 at Texas Motor Speedway. David Ragan won his first career Busch Pole Award. The race, for the third time of the season, was dominated again by Kyle Busch, who hoped to turn his strong runs into a win. However, that day would not come as an unlucky caution during a green flag pit stop would again cost Kyle the victory. Former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya appeared to have his second Busch Series win in the bag until he hit the clutch during a pit stop, leaving him with a loose lugnut. Juan would tangle with fellow rookie Marcos Ambrose and finish 30th. Denny Hamlin would hold the lead until Matt Kenseth, who had recovered from an early spin, took the lead with 11 laps left and would go on to win in Texas.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
117 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
220 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
360 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
424 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
56 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
699 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
75 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
812 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
915 Paul Menard Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
1029 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Did not qualify: No. 80-Robert Richardson Jr.

Bashas' Supermarkets 200

The Bashas' Supermarkets 200 was held April 20 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch won the pole. The early portion of the race was dominated again by Busch. However, lady luck would, for the fourth time this season, deal Busch a bad hand. While running fifth after a restart, Busch attempted to pass Ryan Newman and thought he had cleared him. However, Busch came back down on Ryan's front bumper and they both ended up crashing. Running a partial schedule, Clint Bowyer would dominate the race, leading 120 of the 200 laps. His only contender seemed to be Matt Kenseth, who had previously passed Bowyer with 33 to go but Bowyer passed him back with 14 to go and held on to win his first race since Dover last fall.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
12 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
217 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
329 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
420 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
560 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
637 Greg Biffle Ford Brewco Motorsports
724 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
84 Regan Smith Chevrolet Ginn Racing
977 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
1010 Dave Blaney Toyota Braun Racing

Did not qualify: No. 50-Brian Pannone

Aaron's 312

The Aaron's 312 was held on April 28 at Talladega Superspeedway. The race is tagged as 312 miles (502 km) to pay homage to the title sponsor, Aaron's custom of letting customers rent an item for 12 months. Brad Coleman captured his first NASCAR pole. The race itself was an exciting one to watch. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the dominant car of the day until his transmission broke on a lap 95 restart. Kyle Busch's streak of bad luck would continue as on lap 26, Tony Stewart made contact with Kyle Busch's left rear fender sending Kyle into the wall on the backstretch. Busch took a wild ride as the car slid across the track into the grass and flipped several times. From there, many cars, including surprises Kyle Krisiloff, and Juan Pablo Montoya were in contention for the win. But Tony Stewart, who was aiming to avenge his spectacular flip from one year ago, took the lead from Casey Mears with help from Kevin Harvick, Inc. teammate Bobby Labonte. However, Labonte pulled aside Stewart coming to the checkered flag in the trial to win his first Busch Series race since 1998.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
177 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
233 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
324 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
46 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
514 Kyle Krisiloff Ford Carl A. Haas Motorsports
621 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
742 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
827 Ward Burton Ford Brewco Motorsports
918 Brad Coleman Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
1060 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Did not qualify: None only 42 entries.

Circuit City 250

The Circuit City 250 presented by Funai was held on May 4 at Richmond International Raceway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. In the Busch Series' first Friday night shootout of the season, Kevin Harvick aimed to make it a four-peat of consecutive wins at RIR. From the outset, pole-sitter Denny Hamlin dominated but was taken out early by Matt Kenseth. From there, Kenseth, Jeff Burton, and Clint Bowyer established themselves as the frontrunners. Matt Kenseth looked to have the race locked up until J. J. Yeley spun on lap 222 and cut Kenseth's 2-second lead. During the final pit stop of the night, Kenseth had a mishap with the jack and came out behind Bowyer and Burton. On the last restart of the night, Bowyer pulled away from Kenseth and Buron to snap Harvick's win streak but give owner Richard Childress his fourth consecutive victory at RIR.

Top ten results:

PosNo.DriverMakeTeam
12 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
217 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
329 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
477 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
55 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
616 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
724 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
841 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
999 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
1021 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Did not qualify: No. 0-Eric McClure

Diamond Hill Plywood 200

The Diamond Hill Plywood 200 was held May 11 at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin captured his first win of the season from the pole.

Top ten results:

PosNo.DriverMakeTeam
120 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
25 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
360 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Racing
429 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
52 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
638 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
733 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
837 Greg Biffle Ford Brewco Motorsports
924 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
1021 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Did not qualify: No. 52-Kevin Lepage

Carquest Auto Parts 300

The Carquest Auto Parts 300 was held May 26 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole. From the drop of the green, pit strategy played into the race. Although he was not running on fresh tires, Kurt Busch amazingly made his tires last for most of the race en route to leading the most laps. However, Busch's day would end as he would end up hitting the wall on lap 148. This accident gave the top 2 positions to Casey Mears and Kasey Kahne. Both drivers needed to rebound heavily from a struggling Nextel Cup season, and both wanted to carry any momentum from this race over into the 600. However, it was the latter Kasey who held off the competition to win his first NASCAR race since October.

Top ten results:

PosNo.DriverMakeTeam
19 Kasey Kahne Dodge Evernham Motorsports
224 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
32 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
429 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
54 Regan Smith Chevrolet Ginn Racing
648 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
717 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
85 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
921 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
1090 Stephen Leicht Ford Yates Racing

Did not qualify: No. 0-Eric McClure, No. 32-Bill Elliott, No. 72-Kevin Lepage, No. 95-Blake Feese

Dover 200

The Dover 200 was held June 2 at Dover International Speedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. The race would end up being dominated by Carl Edwards, whom many had dubbed the "Concrete Carl" for his victories on concrete. True to his nickname, Edwards dominated the race, leading for 122 of the 200 laps.

Top ten results:

PosNo.DriverMakeTeam
160 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Racing
220 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
321 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
424 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
517 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
659 Marcos Ambrose Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing
777 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
833 Tony Raines Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
922 Mike Bliss Dodge Fitz Motorsports
1035 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford Team Rensi Motorsports

Did not qualify: None only 43 entries.

Federated Auto Parts 300

The Federated Auto Parts 300 presented by Dollar General was held June 9 at Nashville Superspeedway. Steve Wallace won the pole. This race was seen as an opportunity for Busch Series regulars to upset the Cup drivers who had to fly from Pocono to Nashville. Although Carl Edwards had no seat time in a car practiced by Matt McCall, he laid down the 7th quickest lap time. From the drop of the green, the race was a good mix of contending Busch regulars and Cup stars. Although Clint Bowyer seemed to have the car to beat, it was Edwards who had the upper hand and recorded his second consecutive win.

Top ten results:

PosNo.DriverMakeTeam
160 Carl Edwards Ford Roush-Fenway Racing
22 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
338 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
429 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
54 Regan Smith Chevrolet Ginn Racing
611 Jason Keller Chevrolet CJM Racing
76 David Ragan Ford Roush-Fenway Racing
816 Todd Kluever Ford Roush-Fenway Racing
999 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
1020 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing

Did not qualify: No. 05-Justin Ashburn

Meijer 300

The Meijer 300 presented by Oreo was held June 16 at Kentucky Speedway. Regan Smith won his first career pole (even after hitting a seagull on his second qualifying lap), making it seven different pole winners in seven races. Many Busch regulars, including Smith, were aspiring to end the Cup drivers' parade by pulling out a victory. From the drop of the green, it looked as though Smith would be the class of the field. However, a refiring problem during a pit stop cost him 2 laps, but amazingly rallied back. The race, unfortunately for the Busch regulars, would be handed to Carl Edwards. Edwards again dominated the race and looked to have it in hand until he was tagged by Steve Wallace on a restart. It was Stephen Leicht who downed the Buschwhackers and fulfilled that dream to earn his 1st career Busch Series victory.

Top ten results:

PosNo.DriverMakeTeam
190 Stephen Leicht Ford Robert Yates Racing
218 Brad Coleman Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
329 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
441 David Stremme Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
588 Shane Huffman Chevrolet JR Motorsports
620 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
747 Kelly Bires Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing
816 David Ragan Ford Roush-Fenway Racing
922 Mike Bliss Dodge Fitz Motorsports
1037 Greg Biffle Ford Brewco Motorsports

Did not qualify: No. 76-Jerick Johnson

AT&T 250

The AT&T 250 took place on June 23 at The Milwaukee Mile. Aric Almirola won the pole, but in an interesting twist, the No. 20's regular driver, Denny Hamlin, was late getting back from Sonoma, so Almirola took the green flag. The race would be again dominated by Carl Edwards, who was looking to bounce back from his worst finish of the year (33rd at Kentucky). Edwards had the field covered, leading for 123 laps until an unscheduled pit stop forced Edwards down pit road and pinned him a lap down. A tough decision had to be made by Dave Rogers, crew chief on the 20. Hamlin had arrived on the track at lap 43, and Almirola was still running in third. Rogers decided to put Hamlin in the car at lap 59 instead of leaving Almirola in it. The decision, although tough, paid off as Hamlin held off Wisconsin native Scott Wimmer to cross the start/finish line in first, but Almirola was credited with his first career NASCAR Busch Series victory. Hamlin also became the first relief driver to finish first since Jack Ingram handed his car over to Harry Gant at Darlington Raceway and finished first.

Top ten results:

PosNo.DriverMakeTeam
120 Aric Almirola* Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
229 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
338 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
418 Brad Coleman Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
527 Jason Keller Ford CJM Racing
610 Todd Bodine Toyota Braun Racing
799 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
860 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
91 Johnny Benson Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
1088 Shane Huffman Chevrolet JR Motorsports

Did not qualify: None.

Note: Denny Hamlin came in for Almirola on lap 60 and finished first. The win, points, and earnings were given to Almirola.

Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com

The Camping World 200 presented by RVs.com was held June 30 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Kevin Harvick won the pole. Harvick established that he had the car to beat throughout the race. This domination was highlighted by the fact that he led 166 of 200 laps. The race included a short red flag for a crash involving J. J. Yeley and Marcos Ambrose. Juan Pablo Montoya, coming off his first ever Cup victory and with a new crew chief in Brian Pattie, was taken out by Clint Bowyer on lap 165, setting up the run to the finish. Although points leader Carl Edwards tried many times to pass Harvick, he would settle for second. In an ironic twist, Harvick, driving the No. 21 Chevy, became the 21st different winner in 21 Busch Series races at NHIS. After the race Carl Edwards suffered a 25-point penalty for the use of illegal shocks found after the race.

Top ten results:

PosNo.DriverMakeTeam
121 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
260 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
317 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
433 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
520 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
62 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
737 Greg Biffle Ford Brewco Motorsports
899 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
941 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
1024 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports

Did not qualify: None.

Note: An accident in practice sent No. 52-Ian Henderson home as he did not have a backup car and was unable to make repairs.

Winn-Dixie 250

The Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo was held July 6 at Daytona International Speedway. Jason Leffler won the pole. The race was postponed to July 7 due to a rainstorm that cancelled Bud Pole Qualifying for the Nextel Cup Series race to be held there. Throughout the season, Kyle Busch had been hampered by terrible luck, either through faulty pit stops, penalties, or crashes. However, on this day, it looked as though, again, Busch had the car to beat. But this time, he finished the deal in style, holding off Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick and Dave Blaney for his first win of the season.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
15 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
221 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
310 Dave Blaney Toyota Braun Racing
418 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
52 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
69 Kasey Kahne Dodge Evernham Motorsports
741 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
824 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
938 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
1025 David Gilliland Ford Team Rensi Motorsports

Did not qualify: Cale Gale (89).

USG Durock 300

The USG Durock 300 was held on July 14 at Chicagoland Speedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. Fresh off of his first victory of the season, Kyle Busch would again take command of the race. However, this race featured many contending drivers, including the likes of Matt Kenseth, Busch Series points leader Carl Edwards, and the Richard Childress Racing trio of Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer. The race would feature many twists, including many of the above-mentioned drivers struggling to simply get onto pit road for a pit stop. For Burton, his problem was heavily documented by ABC as he was enduring 100-degree heat inside his car without a working AC system. Eventually, the moment of the race would be decided under a caution flag. As Kyle Busch, who was leading the race, ducked down pit road, it appeared as though all of the leaders would follow suit. However, the other leaders faked the dominant Busch onto pit road, forcing the frustrated driver to rally to 5th by the end. Up front, Kevin Harvick pulled away from Matt Kenseth to become the first Busch Series repeat winner at Chicagoland.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
121 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
217 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
329 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
42 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
55 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
615 Paul Menard Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
720 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
833 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
910 Dave Blaney Toyota Braun Racing
1090 Stephen Leicht Ford Robert Yates Racing

Did not qualify: No. 05-Justin Ashburn, No. 58-Chris Horn

Gateway 250

The Gateway 250 was held July 21 at Gateway International Raceway. Scott Wimmer won his first career pole. The race would feature many "young guns", or drivers who had a lot of talent but no experience. Featuring over 19 rookies, including the likes of Landon Cassill, development driver for Hendrick Motorsports, Travis Kittleson and Brad Coleman, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, Third-generation driver Brad Keselowski, among others. However, with a high number of young drivers in the field, mixed with a difficult racetrack would combine to form many caution flags. However, Reed Sorenson, who had won at GIR in 2005, was looking to snap his 61-race losing streak. He would do so, avoiding accidents, and even coming back from an unscheduled green flag pit stop to take his first victory of the season.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
141 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
229 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
399 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
438 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
56 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
660 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
742 Kevin Hamlin Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
877 Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
91 J. J. Yeley Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
1003 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing

Did not qualify: No. 44-Mike Harmon.

Kroger 200

The Kroger 200 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children was held on July 28 at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Aric Almirola won the pole. Fresh from qualifying at the Brickyard, the Nextel Cup drivers converged with the Busch regulars at ORP. The race would be dominated by Greg Biffle, who is in the midst of a dismal year. Biffle showed the field that he had not lost any talent, leading 94 of the 200 laps. However, Busch regular Jason Leffler would trump the "Buschwhackers" with a pass on Biffle with 2 to go. Leffler would hold on the get his second career victory since 2004 and the historic first win for Toyota in a stock car.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
138 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
216 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
399 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
460 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
577 Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
620 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
729 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
842 Kevin Hamlin Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
910 Mike Bliss Toyota Braun Racing
1088 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports

Did not qualify: No. 00-Mike Potter

Note: Following the race, Greg Biffle was fined $5,000 and place on probation until December 17 for failing to meet his post-race media obligations.

NAPA Auto Parts 200

The inaugural NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge took place on August 4 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. This was the Busch Series second international road course and the first time that any of NASCAR's top three series has gone to Canada. Canadian native and ex-Champ Car driver Patrick Carpentier won his first career pole. The race would be dominated by former V8 Supercars champion and Busch Series rookie Marcos Ambrose. However, road course ringers such as Scott Pruett and Niclas Jönsson, "Buschwhackers" Carl Edwards, Robby Gordon, and Kevin Harvick, along with Canadian natives Ron Fellows and Carpentier. The race was predicted to be a wreckfest due to the many hard braking points along the circuit. However, there were only five caution flags, with three for blown engines. With the race winding down, many drivers tried desperate moves to get to the front. The excitement started when Harvick tangled with road course ringers Pruett and Fellows, causing a major pileup involving the likes of Jeff Burton, Brad Coleman, and Andy Pilgrim. However, Robby Gordon was thought to have made the winning pass of Ambrose in Turn 3 before Ambrose spun Gordon out. During the ensuing caution, Gordon had not maintained the minimum speed limit to maintain one's position, and was to be placed behind Ron Fellows. Gordon, however, could not find Fellows' car and was black-flagged. In an unsurprising move, Gordon bumped back Ambrose and spun him out, handing the race lead to Kevin Harvick. Going from last to first, and being on a shaky fuel mileage strategy, Harvick held off polesitter Carpentier to win the inaugural Busch Series race in Montreal. Gordon was disqualified from his position, and suspended for the Nextel Cup Pennsylvania 500 the following day. Two days later, Gordon was docked $35,000 (US), and was placed on probation for the rest of 2007. Once the caution came out on Lap 72 the field was frozen. Once the field is frozen, all cars must maintain cautious pace in order to be scored. At the time that the field was frozen, the 59 was in the lead. The 55 did not maintain cautious pace and by NASCAR rules, cars not maintaining cautious pace are scored only when they blend back into the continuous line. The 55 based on our scoring was ordered to blend back in behind the 33 [and] in front of the 7. The tower ordered the 55 multiple times to get into position. The directive was acknowledged by the crew chief of the 55 and the crew chief also communicated the order to the driver of the 55. The driver ignored NASCAR’s directive. He was warned that he would be black-flagged if he did not comply. Once the 55 crossed the start-finish line he was posted per the NASCAR rule book and at that time the directive to display the black flag was given. After contact with the 59 on Lap 73, NASCAR took emergency action per the rule book Section 12-2 thus parking the 55, which was also ignored. The black flag with the white cross was displayed to the 55 when it crossed the start-finish line on Lap 74, which was also the only time this flag was shown in any NASCAR series. The 55 finished the race in the 18th position. Patrick Carpentier, who finished 2nd suffered a 25 point penalty for an unapproved adjustment on his car found during post-race inspection.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
121 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
222 Patrick Carpentier Dodge Fitz Motorsports
31 Max Papis Chevrolet Phoenix Racing
433 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
590 Stephen Leicht Ford Yates Racing
614 Kyle Krisiloff Ford Carl A. Haas Motorsports
759 Marcos Ambrose Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing
818 Brad Coleman Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
999 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
1029 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Did not qualify: None.


Zippo 200 at The Glen

The Zippo 200 at The Glen was held August 11 at Watkins Glen International. Kurt Busch won the pole. This is the final road course on the Busch Series schedule. Busch would dominate early, but the entire race changed when road course ringer Max Papis blew an engine on lap 2. Pit strategy was key at this point as many chose to pit for fresh tires. One of those was Montreal winner Kevin Harvick, who took command on lap 50 and never looked back as he won his second consecutive road course race, and tied Jack Ingram for second on the all-time wins list with 31.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
121 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
229 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
339 Kurt Busch Dodge Penske Racing
415 Paul Menard Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
518 Brad Coleman Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
617 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
777 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
85 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
947 Andy Lally Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing
1012 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing

Did not qualify: None only 41 entries.

CarFax 250

The CarFax 250 was held August 18 at Michigan International Speedway. Greg Biffle won the pole. From the drop of the green flag, it was established that the two best cars belonged to Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin. Taking advantage of the multi-grooved racetrack, the two swapped lines almost every lap. However, the bigger story of the day was with Busch Series points leader Carl Edwards. Although his points lead in drivers standings was immense, that was not the case for owners points, as his two consecutive finishes of 30th or worse put the No. 29 car of Richard Childress Racing only 41 points behind. Edwards was hoping to get his season back on track. However, that was not to be as he got loose off of turn 2 and lost a lap, giving him another 30th or worse finish. While Edwards struggled, Hamlin dominated the race, leading 69 laps en route to his second win of the season.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
120 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
217 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
321 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
429 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
516 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
610 Brian Vickers Toyota Braun Racing
715 Paul Menard Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
803 Todd Bodine Toyota Germain Racing
924 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
102 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing

Did not qualify: No. 0-Eric McClure, No. 71-Ron Young

Food City 250

The Food City 250 was held on August 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jason Leffler won the pole. Based on the racing that the truck race provided, the Busch race was expected to be no different with the use of the outside lane and more two wide racing. From the green, it appeared as though Jeff Burton would have the car to beat. However, his night ended abruptly when Eric McClure blew a right front tire in front of Burton, handing the lead back to Leffler. Pit strategy and tires were key in this race, as the lead was traded between Kyle Busch, Leffler, David Reutimann, and Ryan Newman. One highlight of the race was when the red flag came out during the middle of this race for a hard crash between rookie Marcos Ambrose and Robert Richardson Jr. Busch's shot at victory would end with a controversial commitment line violation, although commentator Andy Petree noted that Busch did fake going onto pit road. Back at the front, the lead had been given to Ryan Newman, who was on 170 lap old tires. However, the cars of Kasey Kahne, Jason Leffler, and David Reutimann were all lurking in Newmans mirror. Finally, with 10 laps to go, Kahne made a daring three wide pass on Newman and Leffler going into turn one. The inevitable contact ruined Newman's right front tire, ending his night. Surprisingly, with 5 laps to go, NASCAR on ESPN lost its satellite feed, ruining the suspenseful finish for TV viewers. ESPN came back with Kahne taking the checkered flag and Leffler spinning across the line in second after a tap from Reutimann.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
19 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
238 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
399 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
45 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
521 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
66 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
788 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
82 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
926 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
1020 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing

Did not qualify: No. 49-Derrike Cope, No. 54-Brad Teague

NOTE: The No. 08 of Jason White withdrew his entry after a crash in practice.

Camping World 300 presented by RVs.com

The Camping World 300 presented by RVs.com was held on September 2 at California Speedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. At the start, the dominant cars of the race belonged to Jimmie Johnson, Brian Vickers, Hamlin, and Jeff Burton. Many felt that Vickers' No. 10 Toyota was the car to beat. However, late in the race, his tires wore out on him and Vickers was later involved in a late race crash, involving Stephen Leicht, spring race winner Matt Kenseth, and Busch Series points leader Carl Edwards. The race took a scary turn when the car of Brad Keselowski was involved in a fiery four-car incident involving A. J. Allmendinger, Eric McClure and J. J. Yeley. ESPN determined that Keselowski was heading for the Turn 1 wall at over 140 mph (230 km/h) and instantly decelerated on impact. Keselowski was later airlifted to the hospital for a bruised leg. Afterwards, the lead would be traded between Burton, Kyle Busch, and polesitter Denny Hamlin. On the fifth caution flag of the night, Burton, knowing he would be 3 laps short on fuel, decided to come down pit road and take on fresh tires while Busch stayed out and inherited the lead. Burton's strategy worked as he passed Busch with 8 laps to go and held on for his third win of the season.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
129 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
25 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
320 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
448 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
521 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
69 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
733 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
826 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
922 Robby Gordon Dodge Fitz Motorsports
106 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Did not qualify: None only 42 entries.

Emerson Radio 250

The Emerson Radio 250 was held September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Kyle Busch won the pole. From the drop of the green, it was established that Busch had the car to beat. The only other car that could challenge the nearly unstoppable Busch was that of Matt Kenseth, who led for 17 laps before spinning late to avoid a spinning Paul Menard. The red flag was brought out late for a blown engine by Derrike Cope. Kyle Busch took command after the red flag and would lead a total of 225 laps en route to his second victory at RIR.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
15 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
260 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
312 Ryan Newman Dodge Penske Racing
417 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
522 Mike Bliss Dodge Fitz Motorsports
610 Brian Vickers Toyota Braun Racing
720 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
829 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
99 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
1011 Jason Keller Chevrolet CJM Racing

Did not qualify: No. 0-Eric McClure, No. 89-Morgan Shepherd

RoadLoans.com 200

The RoadLoans.com 200 was held September 22 at Dover International Speedway. Greg Biffle won the pole. During NASCAR on ESPN's broadcast, it was documented that Denny Hamlin had a case of the flu and had future teammate Kyle Busch standing by. The other story of the day was the amount of so-called "young guns" such as Brad Keselowski, Steve Wallace, Danny Efland, Kyle Krisiloff, and development drivers Landon Cassill and Brad Keselowski. The high number of these young drivers combined with the tricky and physically demanding "Monster Mile" made into a crashfest, including 13 caution flags. The big highlight of the race was when Robby Gordon was attempting to block the No. 41 of Reed Sorenson. Tony Raines was clipped by Gordon. In a fit of rage, and due to the fact that Tony's sponsor, RoadLoans.com, was sponsoring the race, exited his car, and threw his helmet at Gordon. However, the helmet missed and bounced off another car. Raines received a 25-point penalty after the race. In the melee, many strong cars, such as those of polesitter Biffle and Mike Bliss had pit problems early on, but both rallied to finish fourth and ninth, respectively. However, making no mistakes at all was Denny Hamlin, who avoided the carnage to dominate, leading 138 of 200 laps, holding off hometown hero Martin Truex Jr. for his third win of the season.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
120 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
28 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
317 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
422 Mike Bliss Dodge Fitz Motorsports
541 Reed Sorenson Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing
660 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
788 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
811 Jason Keller Chevrolet CJM Racing
916 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
1099 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing

Did not qualify: None only 43 entries.

Yellow Transportation 300

The Yellow Transportation 300 was held on September 29 at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole. This was a historic race for veteran Jason Keller because when he took the green flag for this race, it marked his 417th Busch Series start, tying Tommy Houston for 1st on the all time starts list. From the start, Kenseth established himself as the car to beat. While Kenseth led, other drivers had trouble. Seemingly out of his slump, points leader Carl Edwards experienced trouble again, in the form of a cut tire sending him into the wall with just under 50 laps to go. Kenseth's domination was short lived, however, as cars such as those of Emporia native Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch came to life. Busch was especially determined as he was forced to rally from an early speeding penalty. On the final restart with 14 to go, Kenseth and Busch would have a shootout to the checkered flag, with Busch prevailing by .085 thousandths of a second.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
15 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
217 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
324 Casey Mears Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
42 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
526 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
620 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
715 Paul Menard Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
829 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
910 Brian Vickers Toyota Braun Racing
1016 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing

Did not qualify: No. 44-Jennifer Jo Cobb, No. 89-Morgan Shepherd

Note: The No. 61 of Josh Krug did not make an attempt due to a crash in practice.

Dollar General 300

The Dollar General 300 was held on October 12 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. By taking the green flag for the race, Jason Keller became the all time starts leader in the NASCAR Busch Series with 418. Greg Biffle won the pole. With the craziness of the previous year's race, much of the same was expected out of this year's race. The combination of a freshly paved racetrack, hard Goodyear tires, and a famously loose turn 4, the race became one of survival as driver after driver spun. Another top storyline was the "fight" for the drivers championship. Carl Edwards simply needed David Reutimann to struggle to wrap up the championship. To the surprise of ESPN analyst Andy Petree, most of the driver who caused the cautions were Cup drivers in the Chase. "The Big One" was surprisingly triggered by 2nd place in Nextel Cup points Jimmie Johnson, who spun alone in turn 2, collecting points leader Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Keller, and Kentucky winner Stephen Leicht. Other wrecks involved polesitter Biffle and Clint Bowyer, although the latter was able to rally for an eighth-place finish. While the wrecks were taking place, Jeff Burton, forced to the back because of an engine change, steadily worked his way through the field, taking the lead on lap 169. He would not look back as he held off Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his third win at Lowe's.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
129 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
25 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
38 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
418 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
520 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
66 David Ragan Ford Roush Fenway Racing
755 Robby Gordon Ford Robby Gordon Motorsports
82 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
947 Kelly Bires Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing
1033 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.

Did not qualify: No. 0-Eric McClure, No. 61-Travis Kittleson, No. 72-D. J. Kennington

Sam's Town 250

The Sam's Town 250 was held October 27 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Marcos Ambrose won his first NASCAR career pole. This race marked the Busch Series debut of 2007 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2007 IndyCar season champion Dario Franchitti, as well as Rolex Sports Car Series driver Colin Braun. Also, 18-year-old Chase Austin became the first African-American to start a Busch Series race since Bill Lester in 1999. The race would be dominated by crashes, including one that thwarted Edwards' bid to lock up the championship. Through all the wrecks, a previously winless Reutimann dominated the race, holding off Mike Bliss and David Ragan on a green-white-checkered finish to win his first career Busch Series race and the second for Toyota on a short track. The race was slowed by 25 cautions, a record for the year and 1 caution short of the Series all-time record. Ron Young, who finished 17th, suffered a 50-point penalty after illegal shock absorbers were found during post-race inspection.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
199 David Reutimann Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing
222 Mike Bliss Dodge Fitz Motorsports
36 David Ragan (R) Ford Roush Fenway Racing
459 Marcos Ambrose (R) Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing
538 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
629 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
726 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
811 Jason Keller Chevrolet CJM Racing
988 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
1049 Brian Keselowski Chevrolet Jay Robinson Racing

Did not qualify: No. 01-Kertus Davis, No. 12-Marc Mitchell, No. 44-Mike Harmon, No. 52-Chris Lawson, No. 54-Carl Long, No. 89-Morgan Shepherd

O'Reilly Challenge

The O'Reilly Challenge was held November 3 at Texas Motor Speedway. Memphis winner David Reutimann earned his first career pole. Tony Stewart dominated the day, leading 144 laps. However, a collision with the lapped car of Kyle Krisiloff put him in 16th place after repairs to his car, later rallying to 7th. Greg Biffle would pass Denny Hamlin on lap 140 for the lead, it seemed he was on his way to his first Busch Series victory of the season but he pitted on lap 166 for what he thought was a flat tire but later it turned out that the tire was fine. Kevin Harvick would take over the top spot, easily holding off Kyle Busch for his third consecutive fall Texas win. Carl Edwards clinched the championship and finished 11th in the race.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
121 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
25 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
320 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet Joe Gibbs Racing
42 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
517 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
688 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet JR Motorsports
720 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
829 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
933 Tony Raines Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
1090 Stephen Leicht Ford Robert Yates Racing

Did not qualify: No. 05-Brett Rowe, No. 44-Mike Harmon, No. 72-D. J. Kennington

Arizona.Travel 200

The Arizona.Travel 200 was held November 10 at Phoenix International Raceway. Clint Bowyer won his first pole of the season. The race was slowed by 11 cautions and 2 red flags. Kyle Busch dominated the race leading 132 laps and holding off Matt Kenseth (who had lost his power steering) on a green-white-checkered finish. This race marked the end of Kyle Busch's 4 year Busch Series career at Hendrick Motorsports as Mark Martin drove the No. 5 at the Homestead-Miami race. [4] Beginning in 2008 Kyle Busch will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing. Matt Kenseth suffered a 25-point penalty for unapproved adjustments found during post-race inspection.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
15 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
217 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
32 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
429 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
521 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
69 Kasey Kahne Dodge Gillett Evernham Motorsports
760 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
838 Jason Leffler Toyota Braun Racing
926 Jamie McMurray Ford Roush Fenway Racing
1077 Ron Hornaday Jr. Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.

Did not qualify: No. 0-Eric McClure, No. 34-Brian Pannone, No. 44-Jennifer Jo Cobb, No. 89-Morgan Shepherd

Ford 300

No. 6-David Ragan leads No. 10-Dave Blaney to the first restart of the Ford 300. David Ragan leads Dave Blaney.jpg
No. 6-David Ragan leads No. 10-Dave Blaney to the first restart of the Ford 300.
No. 66-Steve Wallace's team works on his car after making contact with another car during the Ford 300. Steven Wallaces team at Homestead - Miami.jpg
No. 66-Steve Wallace's team works on his car after making contact with another car during the Ford 300.

The Ford 300 was held November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. David Ragan won the pole (David chose to start the race in the outside lane rather than the inside lane; all pole winners are given this option in NASCAR races). This was the final race with Anheuser-Busch sponsorship, and Carl Edwards was officially crowned the 2007 and final Busch Series champion, as Nationwide Insurance takes over in 2008. Jeff Burton would take the final checkered flag of 2007 and with it, Richard Childress' third owner's championship.

Top ten results:

Pos.No.DriverMakeTeam
129 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
25 Mark Martin Chevrolet Hendrick Motorsports
317 Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Fenway Racing
460 Carl Edwards Ford Roush Fenway Racing
590 Stephen Leicht Ford Yates Racing
616 Greg Biffle Ford Roush Fenway Racing
733 Tony Raines Chevrolet Kevin Harvick, Inc.
835 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford Team Rensi Motorsports
92 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing
1059 Marcos Ambrose Ford Wood Brothers/JTG Racing

Did not qualify: No. 0-Eric McClure, No. 01-Kertus Davis, No. 44-Jennifer Jo Cobb, No. 72-D. J. Kennington

Final standings

Drivers

The top 10
Pos.DriverWinsTop 5Top 10PolesPointsDifference
1 Carl Edwards 4152904805
2 David Reutimann 151214187-618
3 Jason Leffler 171123996-809
4 Kevin Harvick 6112023993-812
5 David Ragan 04923739-1066
6 Bobby Hamilton Jr. 00303667-1138
7 Stephen Leicht 13703603-1202
8 Marcos Ambrose 01613477-1328
9 Greg Biffle 031333466-1339
10 Matt Kenseth 2151823451-1354

Full Drivers' Championship

(key) Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by owner's points. * – Most laps led.

PosDriver DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MIL NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM Pts
1 Carl Edwards 344641*1*3510133171*133*8*211206430322811262638332511744805
2 David Reutimann 29141231133326122492443159167840173392516315231017121*1812154187
3 Jason Leffler 2238637413441318353763111314312933412627122*14113021195128143996
4 Kevin Harvick 1672811964101271*2111*31672413101516*3993
5 David Ragan (R)431814242013365354141325327812183419518192121610393234631723333739
6 Bobby Hamilton Jr. 242917142418914341222203310133613201229131324222712211612201638142483667
7 Stephen Leicht 3320271829208202828242610343311425271023245172620292141191812101953603
8 Marcos Ambrose (R)1625810282817312225261920636111530353718327*131937131520394143015103477
9 Greg Biffle 1052038407366306821182810737392*2011514321391030163663466
10 Matt Kenseth 121*4092122377532623428432*315233451
11 Mike Wallace 23241913172930151933362323332525112815181220272623351631134115132117243396
12 Clint Bowyer 441651*131532*654108533484393269
13 Denny Hamlin 9821224411*342RL57141*371*65328133224
14 Scott Wimmer 133097341093432113127QL5128291513643072
15 Jeff Burton 7111033*441931024401*81*813002
16 Kyle Busch 37*32*3*37*3739581*5*421*1221*2943
17 J. J. Yeley DNQ233719222212182417121626251812362211916173934193337113311402889
18 Kyle Krisiloff (R)273316273839212723534283821272924322028362163734264129342821422725292798
19 Steve Wallace 302218173531143229263239302212222715393228173234373225182237352337342752
20 Casey Mears DNQ2425473*7924108138919315222633
21 Mike Bliss 1010151433183991692513173391354312924332232608
22 Dave Blaney 2101325163032510321631111617153539352336262491
23 Brent Sherman 21271539263720372616313535352124323124402533223040312234432721372425
24 Jamie McMurray 4215291417173619182018231198124053879192331
25 Brad Keselowski (R)DNQ324334254138433235363724401426101373538736119621172297
26 Jason Keller 331413620526353011222417108163482235282206
27 Kasey Kahne 412871928211*126123116912176252199
28 Bobby Labonte 188421122134222923167182717111429431963
29 Aric Almirola 192732194320411410612838611104181959
30 Reed Sorenson 383630391635278422757151*2033115251881
31 Regan Smith 269263326365348231512526516291820
32 Kelly Bires 1573024162424383229232619409141922201820
33 Brad Coleman (R)383515169272427318515174233161795
34 Shane Huffman 3621219193863942151827243719510231729
35 Tony Stewart 8113102744830117*1723
36 Juan Pablo Montoya (R)40391*208143021711154014343021331689
37 Todd Kluever 14113312133338158231817261121201687
38 Eric McClure 354026372426293018DNQ40DNQ283532313736413729DNQ4237422642DNQ2840DNQDNQ1639
39 David Gilliland 203632313526163720332729191027162941181597
40 Ward Burton 32341521272120825211917161922351555
41 David Stremme DNQ1251111191130161442524151554
42 Stanton Barrett 401733422938273120171917241938301285
43 Paul Menard 173736189226474071208
44 Richard Johns 3434281931152530282627233431351185
45 Jon Wood 153110113643163825312132131154
46 Robert Richardson Jr. (R)2831DNQ19363034333926222738273132361146
47 Robby Gordon 111232341836931713201130
48 Danny O'Quinn Jr. 21231129382222182715952
49 Tony Raines 343123821359187893
50 Ryan Newman 4361143928313851
51 Morgan Shepherd 41WthWth42404243384142424239403839414339DNQ38DNQ43DNQ39DNQ41829
52 Bobby East 24221639382425223612806
53 Brian Vickers 13636276927796
54 Kevin Hamlin 182321167842748
55 Mark Martin 5122142743
56 D. J. Kennington 273923262537303629DNQ4343719
57 Todd Bodine 6108201437707
58 Mark Green 21323019QL40392528243630705
59 A. J. Allmendinger 36142125261321678
60 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7629143668
61 Cale Gale 27261323291429658
62 Timothy Peters (R)17253241132017646
63 Chase Miller 221817151624642
64 Ron Hornaday Jr. 36851310615
65 Tim McCreadie 281412322416600
66 Johnny Sauter 3023352338362232587
67 Kertus Davis 3031373230QL4333DNQ4342DNQ4141DNQ584
68 Sam Hornish Jr. (R)313515254325313938551
69 Kurt Busch 48413527
70 Brett Rowe 4322404039392137DNQ524
71 Kevin Conway 26303121204335523
72 Landon Cassill 323022182034510
73 Justin Diercks (R)DNQ22242440284331505
74 Scott Riggs 16171714460
75 Boris Said 3292812452
76 Bryan Clauson 3523201828443
77 John Graham 233141272631441
78 Derrike Cope 29254336424135DNQ37440
79 Brian Keselowski 23331011422
80 Casey Atwood QL141822QL26412
81 Scott Pruett 51418395
82 Jimmie Johnson 6432387
83 Jay Sauter 2821DNQ1528Wth376
84 Martin Truex Jr. 6412370
85 Ron Fellows 32424328
86 Kevin Lepage Wth423942DNQDNQ403328306
87 Jeremy Clements 2340423827305
88 Mike Harmon 4041413838DNQ4339DNQDNQ301
89 Joe Nemechek 341316300
90 Jorge Goeters 73129297
91 Brad Teague DNQ40394242394042DNQ40295
92 David Green 281126294
93 Patrick Carpentier 21942293
94 Michael McDowell 201432291
95 Dario Franchitti 32252939277
96 Jeff Green 192336255
97 Andy Pilgrim 1515236
98 Bobby Santos III (R)30373339235
99 Donnie Neuenberger 38394125228
100 Frank Kreyer 34382842226
101 Elliott Sadler 1424212
102 Andy Lally 2910210
103 Ron Young 3229DNQ17210
104 Alex García (R)34WthWth3623DNQ210
105 Max Papis 341205
106 Sterling Marlin 1526203
107 Michel Jourdain Jr. 2516203
108 Brad Baker 283435198
109 Blake Bjorklund 303533195
110 Chris Horn 3540DNQ30174
111 Travis Kvapil 31QL21170
112 Jerick Johnson 41Wth41DNQ414142157
113 Marc Mitchell 2037DNQ155
114 Kenny Wallace 2634QL146
115 Adrián Fernández 9138
116 Johnny Benson 9138
117 Todd Souza 2340137
118 Shelby Howard 2736137
119 Justin Ashburn 22DNQ42DNQ134
120 Trevor Boys 2935134
121 Niclas Jönsson 12132
122 Danny Efland DNQ404336132
123 Scott Lagasse Jr. 3534119
124 Travis Kittleson 17DNQ112
125 Josh Wise 19106
126 Carl Long 3341DNQ104
127 J. R. Fitzpatrick 334398
128 Brian Simo 2297
129 Carlos Contreras 354397
130 Dale Jarrett 2394
131 P. J. Jones Wth2491
132 Scott Gaylord 394089
133 Steve Grissom 2588
134 Kerry Earnhardt 2588
135 Germán Quiroga 2884
136 Rogelio López 2976
137 Colin Braun 3073
138 Mike MacKenzie 3364
139 Deac McCaskill 3563
140 Michael Valiante 3461
141 A. J. Frank 3752
142 Ian Anderson 37DNQ52
143 Brandon Miller QLQL3752
144 Dange Hanniford 3849
145 Larry Foyt 3849
146 Jeff Fuller 3849
147 John Andretti 3946
148 John Young 3946
149 Matt Carter 3946
150 Jamie Mosley 3943
151 Joe Fox 413840
152 Eddie MacDonald 4140
153 Chase Austin 4140
154 Caleb Holman 4237
155 Mike Potter 42DNQ37
156 Johnny Borneman III 4237
157 Randy MacDonald 434334
158 Michael Waltrip 4334
159 Jason White 26DNQ
160 Rubén Pardo 4143
161 Antonio Pérez 42
162 Brian Pannone DNQDNQ
163 Bill Elliott DNQ
164 Blake Feese DNQ
165 Josh Krug DNQ
166 Chris Lawson DNQ
167 Erik Darnell QLQL
168 Auggie Vidovich QL
169 Matt McCall QL
PosDriver DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MIL NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM Pts

Declaring for points in one series: Rules change for 2011

This was the fourth-to-last season where Cup Series drivers could run for points in another series. NASCAR implemented this change after Cup drivers were winning the Busch/Nationwide championships over the series regulars for 5 years straight (2006-2010). If the change had been implemented for the 2007 season, Leffler would have been the champion. The rest of the top 10 in the standings would have been Hamilton Jr. in 2nd, Leicht, Ambrose, Mike Wallace (who finished 11th in points), Scott Wimmer (14th), Kyle Krisiloff (18th), Steve Wallace (19th), Mike Bliss (21st), and Brent Sherman (23rd).

Wimmer and Bliss were only running part-time in 2007 and they still would have finished in the top 10 in points. Sherman was released from his ride (the No. 36 for McGill Motorsports) with five races to go in the season, and he too would have finished in the top 10 in points.

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