19 September 2007
NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Series Chase for the Championship Begins: UGS PLM Software Technology Sponsored Race Teams Win Seven of 12 Spots Including Top Four
UGS PLM Software , a division of Siemens Automation and Drives ( A&D ) announced UGS PLM Software-sponsored racing teams Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing - whose cars are developed with the help of UGS PLM Software technology - won seven of the top 12 spots including the top four in the NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup Series Chase for the Championship.
Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch made the Chase for the second consecutive year and will start in first, second and ninth place, respectively. Leading up to the Chase, Johnson, the 2006 NEXTEL Cup champion, had 15 top-5 finishes and six wins including the last two races; Gordon, a four-time NEXTEL Cup Champion, had 15 top-5 finishes and four wins; and Busch, who holds the record for the youngest race winner in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, had six top-5 finishes including a win.
Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin will start the Chase in third and sixth place respectively. This will be Hamlin's second consecutive year to make the Chase. Stewart, the 2005 NEXTEL Cup Champion and winner of the 2002 Winston Cup title, has 10 top-5 finishes and three wins and Hamlin, the first rookie to win the Budweiser Shootout in its 28-year history, has 10 top-5 finishes including a win.
Roush Fenway Racing drivers Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth each secured a spot in the Chase for 2007. Edwards is in his second NASCAR NEXTEL championship chase and is tied with Kurt Busch for fourth. He has seven top-5's and 11 top-tens and two wins. This is Kenseth's fourth consecutive year in the Chase and he is tied for sixth going into the first race of the 10-race Chase. Kenseth, the 2003 NEXTEL Cup champion, has eight top-5 finishes, 16 top-tens and one win at California Speedway.
"UGS PLM Software congratulates Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing and their drivers for making the Chase for the Championship, and we wish the teams good luck," said Dave Shirk, executive vice president of Global Marketing for UGS PLM Software. "UGS PLM Software and sponsored racing teams share a common culture of teamwork and a relentless pursuit of excellence, pieces that are integral for success. UGS PLM Software is proud of our relationship with the racing teams and along with our customers are pleased to know that our solutions help the teams consistently deliver wins to continue to stay on top of the pack and go for the championship."
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