I, Professor Lumbis, need to assign the final grades for 2007 freshman class as they completed their first season on the NASCAR Nextel Cup tour.
With two laps to go, Jimmie Johnson finally made the race-deciding pass on Matt Kenseth after a fiercely waged eight-lap battle at Texas.
Juan Montoya has enjoyed a good amount of non-road course success on quad ovals this year, and at one point in time, it appeared Texas would be no different.
AJ Allmendinger worked his way into the top 25, then took advantage of a strong car and late-race chaos among the leaders to bring home a finish of 16th.
Juan Montoya didn’t fall back too far; by the time the checkered flag flew, the Colombian was in eighth, taking home his 14th top-rookie finish of the year.
0.579 – Jeff Gordon’s margin of victory over Clint Bowyer in the Bank of America 500.
Rookies in the Starting Lineup: Paul Menard (17th), David Reutimann (20th), AJ Allmendinger (30th), David Ragan (31st), Juan Pablo Montoya (36th) Unofficial Finishing Positions: Allmendinger (15th), Menard (22nd), Reutimann (29th), Montoya (37th), Ragan (40th) Rookie of the Race: Allmendinger. Allmendinger started just 30th for Saturday night’s race, but there was no need for Team Red Bull …
Making his first Cup start Jacques Villeneuve shocked the NASCAR world by turning in the sixth-fastest qualifying time, easily making the Talladega field.
Rookies in the Starting Lineup: David Ragan (18th), Juan Pablo Montoya (21st), Paul Menard (23rd), David Reutimann (25th) Unofficial Finishing Positions: Ragan (16th), Menard (27th), Montoya (28th), Reutimann (31st) Rookie of the Race: Ragan. In a race that offered multiple wrecks, wicked weather, hot tempers and an unusual finish, simply surviving the Lifelock 400 must have …
Juan Pablo Montoya tied this career-best starting position by placing his Donnie Wingo-prepared Dodge on the outside front row for the third time this season.