By Zane Miller
On Sunday, November 18th, 2007, the 2007 NASCAR Cup Series season concluded with Jimmie Johnson defeating Jeff Gordon by 77 points to win the 59th championship in Cup Series history. It was the second Cup Series championship for Johnson. Jeff Gordon claimed the regular season championship.
The 2007 Daytona 500 was won by Kevin Harvick, while Kurt Busch led the most laps with 95.
The 2007 season also saw two more spots added for the playoffs, as now the top 12 drivers in points following the regular season would be in the playoffs to determine the overall champion in the final 10 races.
2007 playoff results
12. #11 Denny Hamlin (-580 points)
11. #1 Martin Truex Jr. (-559)
10. #29 Kevin Harvick (-524)
9. #99 Carl Edwards (-501)
8. #31 Jeff Burton (-492)
7. #2 Kurt Busch (-492)
6. #20 Tony Stewart (-481)
5. #5 Kyle Busch (-430)
Busch claimed the fifth spot with one win, 11 top-fives and 20 top-10s, getting an average finish of 14.1. Busch also led the most laps in two races during the season.
4. #17 Matt Kenseth (-425)
Kenseth grabbed fourth as he had two victories, 13 top-fives and 22 top-10s for an average finish of 13.0, while leading the most laps in four starts.
3. #07 Clint Bowyer (-346)
Bowyer finished in third with one win, five top-fives and 17 top-10s for an average finish of 13.8. Bowyer also led the most laps in two races.
2. #24 Jeff Gordon (-77)
Gordon took the runner-up spot with six wins, 21 top-fives and 30 top-10s, for an average finish of 7.3, while leading the most laps in seven races.
1. #48 Jimmie Johnson
Johnson picked up back-to-back championships as he had 10 wins, 20 top-fives and 24 top-10s, taking an average finish of 10.8. Johnson led the most laps in two races.
Race Winners (left) & Lap Leaders (right)
Link to stats database: https://www.racing-reference.info/yeardet/2007/W
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