The 2007 Bank of America 500, the 31st race of the 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season, and the fifth race of the 2007 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, was run on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. This race was the only Saturday night race in the Chase schedule for 2007.
Pre race news
With a lap of 28.512 sec at a speed of 189.394 mph, "Rocketman" Ryan Newman
won his fifth pole of the 2007 season. Chase points leader Jeff Gordon
started 4th right behind Hendrick Motorsports
teammate Jimmie Johnson
, who started 2nd on the outside pole. Defending winner Kasey Kahne
started fifth, and Coke 600
winner Casey Mears
Failed to Qualify: #44-Dale Jarrett, #78-Joe Nemechek, #83-Brian Vickers, #06-Sam Hornish Jr., #08-Carl Long, #27-Kirk Shelmerdine
Like the previous Chase races at Dover
, and most recently at Talladega
, a great portion of the 12 Chase drivers would have trouble. Many analysts expected defending champion Jimmie Johnson
to walk away with another Charlotte victory, as he had won three consecutive 600's
, including two sweeps in 2004
. He continued with his domination, leading 95 of 337 laps before an unexpected spin on lap 231 took him out of contention. His teammate, points leader Jeff Gordon picked up the lead, trading it with teammate Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer. After an oil spill by Jeff Green
, Gordon and Busch began experiencing fuel pickup problems. Fearing a wreck, owner Rick Hendrick
told Kyle to race Gordon clean. Although he attempted a "bump and run" on Gordon, it gave Ryan Newman
the opportunity to shoot back into the lead. Ryan had victory in his sights until he surprisingly spun out with 3 to go, giving the lead back to Gordon, who had not finished a Lowe's race since 2004. However, Gordon would hold off Bowyer and Busch for his first Lowe's win since 1999.
Top Ten Results: (NOTE: Chase drivers are in bold italics.)
Issues with ABC stations
, the ABC affiliate in Topeka, Kansas
, did not air the final six laps of the race, leaving at 10 p.m. Central time
(after a red-flag delay) and not returning. A full local newscast replaced it. Ironically, Bowyer is originally from Emporia, Kansas
, about 50 miles away.
KSAT, the affiliate for San Antonio, Texas, also broke away at 10 p.m. CT for news, but returned about five minutes later in time for the end of the race.
At least three other affiliates - KABC, Los Angeles; KOCO, Oklahoma City; and WPLG, Miami - had not aired NASCAR Countdown before the race, in favor of local news.