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Sharp Aquos 500 - California Speedway

Hometown Boy Johnson Wins in California
Jimmie Johnson capped a California homecoming by winning the 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at California Speedway Sunday night. Johnson, who spent the better part of last week in his home state, captured his fifth win of the season in a race that provided plenty of action. While in California, he hosted a charity golf tournament, was inducted into his high school Hall of Fame and capped the fast-paced week with a victory at his home track. The win was Johnson's second at California. Trailing Johnson was Carl Edwards, last week's Bristol winner, and Kyle Busch, who looked like he had the car to beat in the first half of the race before the sun went down. Jeff Burton was fourth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who raced hard all day -- and night -- was fifth. Johnson, one of the fittest drivers on the circuit, survived one of the hottest events in NASCAR history. The temperature at the start of the race was close to 110 degrees and was still in the 90's at the finish. Rounding out the top 10 were Matt Kenseth, Earnhardt teammate Martin Truex, Jr., Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Bobby Labonte. Earnhardt's finish cut the points distance from 13th to 12th down to 128 points with Kevin Harvick holding the bubble position going into next week's 26th race at Richmond International Raceway. The top 12 drivers in points after Richmond qualify for The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship. The top eight drivers are already locked into the championship chase. Eleven caution periods, a record-tying number for this event, kept things close at the two-mile track. The 11th caution damaged cars driven by Jeff Gordon, the current points leader, and David Reutimann, a rookie who ran in the top 10 much of the last half of the event. Several other cars were involved, including that of Ricky Rudd, who was transported to a local hospital for x-rays. Rudd's start at California was the 900th of his career, second only to Richard Petty's 1,185 starts. The Busch brothers led most of the early laps with young Kyle keeping his Chevrolet ahead of all challengers most of the time. Michael Waltrip's hard-luck season continued when a right front tire exploded after contact with Rudd and caved the fender in on the tire. Waltrip, trying to ride out the tire rub after 38 laps, hastily exited his Toyota when it burst into flames. The blown tire shattered oil lines which created a fire when the oil spattered on the exhaust headers. Five caution flags slowed the pace in the first quarter of the race. As expected, drivers already in the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship, came to the front to join front-row starters Kurt Busch and Johnson, including Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Gordon, Earnhardt, and Earnhardt's' teammate Martin Truex, Jr. Truex and Earnhardt beat Kyle Busch out of the pits on a restart at 81 laps but Busch went back in front right after the green flag waved. Burton moved into third spot. Earnhardt passed Busch back a couple of laps later and left no doubt he would not settle for anything less than a win on this hot, steaming Southern California night.

Sharp Aquos 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Toyota Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Final Practice
· Practice 2
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Rookie Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Toyota Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes and Audio Files
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Team Red Bull Notes
· Aric Almirola Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Juan Pablo Montoya Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Tony Raines Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Paul Menard Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes

Kurt Busch on California Pole
Kurt Busch won the Bud Pole for the Sharp AQUOS 500 with a lap of 39.474 seconds, 182.399 mph. This is Busch’s 10th Bud Pole in 245 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. This is his first Bud Pole and ninth top-10 start in 2007. His most recent Bud Pole was Martinsville in October 2006. This is Busch’s third Bud Pole and sixth top-10 start in 11 races at California Speedway. All of his top-10 starts at California have been fourth or better. Jimmie Johnson posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 39.475 seconds, 182.394 mph. It is his 16th top-10 start in 2007 – one behind Series leader Denny Hamlin. Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 14th top-10 start in 2007 and his sixth in eight California races. Brian Vickers (17th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time. AJ Allmendinger (18th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

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