May 12, 2011

As controversy goes, the ending to the 2007 Kansas Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is one of those at the top of the list. Greg Biffle, who appeared to run out of gas, eased across the start finish line, under caution, for his first win of 2007 at Kansas Speedway on September 28. Biffle’s win came after 210 laps, narrowly beating Kansan Clint Bowyer, much to the crowd’s disappointment.

As Biffle slowly approached the checkered flag, many spectators thought hometown hero Bowyer had finally mastered his home track but NASCAR ruled the field was frozen on lap 208 and Biffle was leading the race.

Earlier in the day, rain would bring out the first caution on lap 13 and would lead NASCAR to wave the red flag, a couple of laps later. Racing resumed 45 minutes later with Matt Kenesth leading the way in front of Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon until lap 46. Kenny Wallace would spin on lap 60 as Kenesth regained the lead only to relinquish it to Jimmie Johnson, who started at the back of the field due to having to change to his back up car.

Mother Nature however, wouldn’t be done as rain returned to the track just past the half way point. NASCAR could have ended the race, since it had reached the half way point, which would have given Tony Stewart back-to-back wins at Kansas Speedway. NASCAR made the decision to wait, giving fans another 55 laps before calling the race due to darkness.

With 23 laps to go Biffle would lead both Kevin Harvick and Bowyer but Johnson was gaining positions and with 10 laps to go Johnson found himself in third. When Juan Pablo Montoya had a tire go down with three laps to go, it allowed both Johnson and Bowyer to come alongside the slowing Biffle. Bowyer actually passed Biffle, but with NASCAR ruling the caution was out the win went to Biffle.  

Johnson, who would finish the day in third, would take over the points lead by six from Gordon but Gordon would take it back the following week after Talladega. Johnson would go on a roll and regain the points lead four weeks later and go on to claim his second championship.