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Fantastic Finish in Last Restrictor Plate Race for Car of Today

In one of the most dramatic finishes ever, Jamie McMurray side drafted Kyle Busch and won the Pepsi 400 at Daytona under lights by .005 seconds, tying the second closest finish in NASCAR history. This was a thrilling finish in the last ever restrictor plate race with the current type of car.

There were a number of incidents, but for once we did not see "the big one". Probably the most controversial incident came early on when Denny Hamlin was leading, with teammate Tony Stewart right behind.  Hamlins car was not handling as good as he would have liked, and Stewart just ran up onto the back of him, lifted off the gas, but it was too late, he touched the back of Hamlins car, and spun him around. Hamlin then spun across the track and straight into Stewart, taking them both out of contention. An unfortunate accident for anyone, and a nightmare for Joe Gibbs. In post race interviews Stewart said Hamlin just stopped in front of him, which when you look at the replays Hamlins car was moving around a lot, and in addition when he realised what was goign on Stewart did lift off the gas, but it was just too late for him to avoid the accident.

A little later in the race, eventual winner McMurray was handed a drive through penalty by NASCAR for driving in the no-go zone under the yellow line/ McMurray served the penalty, and then set about catching up, and moving through the field which he did.

Clint Bowyer in the 07 car was running at and near the front for a lot of the race, and with it being the 7th of July 2007 (07/07/07) a lot of people thought it might be his day, however it was not to be, but in one of those strange results the 07 car finished in 7th. Pretty amazing!

Most of the controversy in this race though happened well before the race got underway. With qualifying rained out after more than 40 cars had already qualified, the field was then set by a complicated formula in which the field was seeded with the top 35 cars in points, any previous champions, any winners in the previous year, and then finally the rest of the cars that attempted to qualify seeded by current car owner points. This left a completely different field than that expected if qualifying was completed. Part timer Boris Said was sitting on pole when the rains came, and several others in the top 10 were also go or go home cars, and would have lined up at the front had it not rained. With the rain suddenly Jeff Gordon was on pole, Boris Said and Michael Waltrip were out, even though their times would have had them in the field. Since, there has been many calls for NASCAR to re-visit their qualifying rules, as right now we are not guaranteed to see the fastest 43 cars race, and qualifying for the top 35 is completely meaningless, with teams putting no extra effort in their qualifying performance.

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