After Bobby Labonte scored just one top 10 in the first 22 races of 2007, the addition of Doug Randolph as crew chief met with some immediate positive results.
Kasey Kahne went winless, scoring his lone top five at the Bristol night race in August. At least he can take some consolation from the fact that it wasn’t a fluke; for that race, at least, he looked like the Kasey Kahne everyone expected for ’07, leading 305 of 500 laps after starting from the pole.
While optimism was high at the onset of Toyota’s inaugural Cup season – led by past champion Dale Jarrett – things just never seemed to materialize.
Kevin Harvick started out the season in spectacular fashion, capturing the Daytona 500 by passing Mark Martin once they exited turn 4 on the last lap. The win completed a weekend sweep – Harvick had won the 300-mile Busch Series event the day before – and created an obvious boatload of momentum for the No. 29 team.
Denny Hamlin’s lone win of the season came at Loudon this July, and was definitely the high point for the season as much as finishing positions were concerned.
Jeff Green and the No. 66 team struggled through the first four races of the year, but hit on something in the first Car of Tomorrow event at Bristol. After qualifying ninth – his best start of the season – Green came home in sixth position.
Jeff Gordon put up remarkable numbers all year. He averaged a fifth-place finish in the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup.
There are few things in life that one can bank on: Death, taxes, and Robby Gordon on a road course.
The 2007 season started with a bang, as David Gilliland captured the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500 and finished an encouraging eighth in that prestigious event.
In a season where a team didn’t score a single top-10 finish, it is extremely difficult to find a high point. Bill Elliott’s best run of the year was an 11th-place finish in the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan.