2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series

The 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season started at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 12 with the Bud Shootout and ended on Sunday, November 19 with the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup began with the Sylvania 300 on Sunday, September 17 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing, was the defending series champion, but lost out in defending his championship this year, having finished outside of the top 10 in the points standings after the Chevy Rock and Roll 400. He did, however, claim a $1 million (US) bonus as the best finisher outside the Chase for the Nextel Cup drivers, winning three of the ten Chase races.

New cars

The 2006 season was the first for Ford's all-new Fusion, which replaced the Taurus both in NASCAR and in showrooms. Also, a new version of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, called the Monte Carlo Super Sport (SS for short) debuted on the circuit.

Major changes from 2005

Several new drivers were in their first stint as regulars on the NEXTEL Cup circuit in 2006. Martin Truex Jr. raced the #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) after winning back-to-back Busch Series championships in 2004 and 2005. The #15 car, which was vacated by Michael Waltrip, is being driven by another rookie, Paul Menard, and is being sponsored by his father's Menards Home Improvement stores and ran a partial schedule of seven races.

The vacancy left following Rusty Wallace's retirement from the Penske #2 Miller Lite Dodge, was filled by former 2004 NEXTEL Cup champion Kurt Busch. Jamie McMurray took over for Busch in the #26 Sharpie / Crown Royal / Irwin Tools ride for Roush Racing which had previously been the #97. In addition, Mark Martin continued his "Salute to You" tour for an encore with new sponsorship from AAA and 3M, who replaced Viagra on the hood of the #6 Ford.

With the egressing of both McMurray and Sterling Marlin from Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Casey Mears became the senior driver and moved from the #41 Target Dodge to the Texaco Havoline #42 car. Reed Sorenson took the wheel of the #41 Target ride and David Stremme became the pilot of the #40 car sponsored by Lone Star Steakhouse and Coors Light. Marlin, who was the driver of the #40 a year ago, drove the #14 (formerly #10) ride for MB2 Motorsports, which was sold to resort magnate Bob Ginn during the season, with partial sponsorship from Waste Management. Scott Riggs took the #10 Valvoline-sponsored car and number to Evernham Motorsports, where they switched from Chevy to Dodge.

The #66 (formerly #0) car, now with full-time sponsorship from Best Buy Electronics stores and vacated by Mike Bliss, was driven by Jeff Green, leaving Petty Enterprises' fabled #43 Cheerios car open for former Joe Gibbs Racing driver (and former Cup champion when the series carried the Winston Cup Series banner) Bobby Labonte to step in, and new teammate/boss Kyle Petty has brought Wells Fargo, NTB and Schwan's to the #45 Dodge he drives, with Schwan's moving from the #49 ride. J. J. Yeley took the wheel of JGR's #18 Interstate Batteries ride and Denny Hamlin, who scored three top ten finishes at the end of last season in the #11 FedEx ride, earned the full-time seat for 2006, paying off with two wins and Rookie of the Year honors.

Waltrip and his sponsor, NAPA, left DEI for Bill Davis Racing and the new #55 car, but ownership was transferred to the newly merged (with the old #77 team) Waltrip-Jasper Racing in order to ensure that Waltrip made the first five races. Despite the change, the #55 still receives most of its equipment and crew from Bill Davis Racing. On January 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the annual Media Tour, NASCAR announced that the Toyota Camry will be added to the series in 2007, and become the first non-American brand to run in the premier series since Jaguar raced in the mid 1950s. Waltrip-Jasper Racing and BDR will become one of the first Toyota teams because, despite the fact that they currently race Dodges in Nextel Cup, they have done so without Dodge's support because BDR races Toyotas in the Craftsman Truck Series. The team recently hired Dave Blaney to take the wheel of the #22 Caterpillar Dodge. A third Toyota team, which will carry the #83, will be owned and sponsored by Red Bull Energy Drink, with Brian Vickers scheduled to drive. There were stories that they would also buy the #7 Jim Smith-owned team driven by Robby Gordon, who is sponsored by Red Bull, but those were denied. Bill Elliott, the 1988 series champion drove in an attempt for three races for Red Bull in a Dodge, as the 2006 Camry was not approved for racing. He didn't make any of the races in the ride, nor did former Champ Car driver A.J. Allmendinger.

Hall of Fame Racing, a new NASCAR team created by former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, fielded their first car, the #96 sponsored by Texas Instruments' DLP technology. Terry Labonte, a two-time series champion, drove the car for the first five races utilizing the past champions provisional rule, as the team was new at the start of the season, and Tony Raines took over at Martinsville. Terry Labonte will officially wound down his career "Texas Style" in the #44 Hendrick Motorsports second Kellogg's ride following the Dickies 500 race in November in his home state at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing 34th.

Brent Sherman took over the #49 Dodge for BAM Racing with new sponsor Serta Mattresses and State Water Heaters, but was replaced by Kevin Lepage, who had started the season in the Peak Fitness Racing #61, which was the #66 in 2005. Ken Schrader moved to the famous Wood Brothers #21 Ford for Ricky Rudd which not only has the U.S. Air Force and Ford Motorcraft sponsorship, but also Little Debbie on board as a new sponsor, and the #07 car, sponsored by Jack Daniels with Blaney's departure, was piloted by Clint Bowyer for Richard Childress Racing.

Other moves saw Scott Wimmer moved to the Morgan-McClure Motorsports Aero Exhaust Chevrolet replacing Mike Wallace, Travis Kvapil moved from the Jasper team to the PPI Motorsports Tide Chevrolet team. Front Row Motorsports hired Chad Chaffin to run for Rookie of the Year honors and Randy LaJoie, who has been replaced by Chad Blount, to run full time in its #34 and #92 teams, then bought Peak Fitness Racing's #61, suspending the operations of the #92 car. Chaffin planned to run for rookie of the year. Furniture Row Racing announced it would run full time with Kenny Wallace in the #78 Chevrolet.

The silly season never ended after that. Competitive Edge Motorsports closed, Marathon Petroleum Company now to sponsor Kyle Petty. Jeremy Mayfield was released for Evernham Motorsports, Elliott Sadler was released from Robert Yates Racing. Sadler will drive the #19 for Evernham and David Gilliland will drive #38 of Robert Yates Racing taking effect at GFS Marketplace 400. Scott Wimmer parted from Morgan-McClure Motorsports, and in a game of musical drivers, 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, who had been sitting on the sidelines, took over late in the season. Mike Bliss took over in the #49 for BAM Racing.

2006 team chart

List of full time teams of 2006.

Races

"NOTE: An asterisk (*) in each Top Ten finish denotes a rookie driver."

Budweiser Shootout

This non-points race, which involves the previous season's pole winners and past Shootout winners, was held February 12, 2006, at Daytona International Speedway after a postponement of one day due to rain, and in a major upset, rookie Denny Hamlin won the event after qualifying at the Checker Auto Parts 500 last November in Phoenix.

Daytona 500

Qualifying and Gatorade Duels

Jeff Burton won the pole for the race with a speed of over 189 mph, and would start alongside Jeff Gordon in an all-Chevy front row. Gordon would win the second Gatorade Duel (his third career victory in a Daytona qualifying race) after Elliott Sadler won in race 1, which was delayed by showers.

The race

The weather dawned cloudy and cold for the 48th running of "The Great American Race", as Jeff Burton led the field to the green at 2:45 p.m., the latest scheduled start in the history of the race (so as to get a finish in prime time.) There were several lead changes in the early going in route to a race record of 32. Tony Stewart was a magnet for controversy, tangling with Jeff Gordon on lap 48 and Matt Kenseth on lap 106. Stewart was penalized for aggressive driving after the Kenseth incident, in which he blocked the 17 car down into the grass on the backstretch, which led to a Kenseth spin. Kenseth took matters into his own hands and was black flagged for hitting Stewart's car in retaliation on pit road. All three drivers involved in the incidents would repair their cars and get back into contention. Carl Edwards, a popular dark horse candidate for the Nextel Cup title, got off to a bad start when he was collected in a five-car incident on lap 80 that included Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty and two other cars. Edwards finished 43rd and last.

Jimmie Johnson had one of the strongest cars all day, despite the suspension of crew chief Chad Knaus for rules violations. He took the lead with 10 laps to go just as the caution flag came out for an incident between Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray. It set up a 10-lap battle for the win, which was extended into "overtime" when McMurray and Jeff Burton collided on lap 197. The green-white-checker finish was anti-climactic, as Casey Mears and Ryan Newman battled for second, leaving Johnson to take the victory. The race ended under caution just before Johnson crossed the line. The 48th Daytona 500 was the first win for the 48 car on a restrictor plate track and his 19th career victory.

Top Ten Results: ("Race distance extended to 203 laps/507.5 miles due to green-white-checkered rule.")
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #42 Casey Mears
# #12 Ryan Newman
# #38 Elliott Sadler
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #07 Clint Bowyer *
# #25 Brian Vickers
# #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# #21 Ken Schrader
# #88 Dale Jarrett

Failed to qualify: Scott Riggs (#10), Kenny Wallace (#78), Scott Wimmer (#4), Mike Skinner (#23), Derrike Cope (#74), Larry Gunselman (#52), Chad Blount (#37), Larry Foyt (#50), Andy Belmont (#59), Randy LaJoie (#64), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Chad Chaffin (#92), Carl Long (#80), Paul Menard (#15), Stanton Barrett (#95)

Auto Club 500

Body styles and engines were the story in the second race of the Nextel Cup season, the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway on February 26. Kurt Busch won the pole (187.086 mph) using a 2004 Dodge Intrepid-styled body, as opposed to the new Dodge Charger, which his Penske Racing team believed was aerodynamically superior. Bobby Labonte and the #43 team ran the Intrepid as well. Others, including Evernham Motorsports drivers Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne, drove the Charger.

On race day, Greg Biffle dominated, leading 168 of the first 218 laps. Biffle won last year's spring race at California, finished second in the fall, and had won the Busch race the day before. Tony Stewart was the fastest Chevy in the early going. He overcame the car falling off the jack on a pit stop and an unscheduled stop for a flat tire to claw his way back among the leaders only to have an engine failure at lap 215, ending a string of 30 straight races without a DNF. Biffle continued up front until lap 226. He reported to the crew that his engine had lost a cylinder and a few laps later, he retired to the garage. This left Matt Kenseth to take the lead and only a late-race caution kept him from pulling away. Smoke and oil from the #4 car of Scott Wimmer brought out a yellow with three laps to go. Kenseth easily held off Jimmie Johnson in the green-white-checker finish to earn his 11th career win.

Top ten results: ("Race distance extended to 502 miles/251 laps due to green-white checkered rule.")
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #26 Jamie McMurray
# #42 Casey Mears
# #18 J. J. Yeley *
# #6 Mark Martin
# #5 Kyle Busch

Failed to qualify: Travis Kvapil (#32), Hermie Sadler (#00), Derrike Cope (#74), Randy LaJoie (#34), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400

After a week off, the Nextel Cup series returned to action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 12, 2006 for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Greg Biffle clocked the fastest lap in qualifying at 172.403 mph.

In the third consecutive race to require a green-white-checker finish, Jimmie Johnson blew past Matt Kenseth on the last corner of the day to get his 20th career victory and second of the season. Kenseth looked like a good bet to cruise to victory before Denny Hamlin and Kenny Wallace wrecked three laps from the end, bunching the field and leading to the overtime finish. Before the lap 268 restart, Kenseth told his crew that his engine felt weak, but he was able to protect the lead until the last corner, where Johnson, who had not led all day, overtook the 17 car on the high side to take the win by a half a car length. Top Ten Results: ("Race distance extended to 270 laps/405 miles due to green-white-checkered rule.")
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #6 Mark Martin
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #42 Casey Mears
# #11 Denny Hamlin *

Failed to qualify: Stanton Barrett (#95), Hermie Sadler (#00), Brandon Ash (#02), Mike Skinner (#37), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Randy LaJoie (#92)ffff

Golden Corral 500

There were no extra laps in race four of the Nextel Cup season, the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but there was an extra day, as rain showers forced the green flag to be moved to Monday, March 20 at 11 a.m. Television coverage moved to cable's FX channel for the race (with some exceptions).

Kasey Kahne sat on the pole with a speed of 192.553 mph, edging Ryan Newman by .002 seconds. Bill Lester qualified 19th in the #23 Waste Management Dodge Charger, becoming the first African-American to start a NASCAR Nextel Cup race since 1986. He finished 38th, six laps down. Last year's Atlanta winner, Carl Edwards eliminated himself from contention early. He damaged the front end of the 99 car after hitting Dave Blaney on pit road on lap 45 during a caution to address the stopped car of Kyle Busch. Bobby Labonte ran in the top 10 for the first 50 laps before his engine failed on lap 55. Another scary incident took place on pit road during the sixth caution of the day (laps 189-197), when Reed Sorenson hit John Slusher, catch can man for Robby Gordon's crew, as he pulled out of his pit stall. Slusher was attached to a backboard but treated at the infield care center.

Several rookies had good days at Atlanta. Paul Menard and Reed Sorenson finished in the top ten, and Denny Hamlin led 16 laps. He was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop because of a loose condition, and finished 31st.

On the track, the 9 car was near the front all day. Kahne took the lead from Greg Biffle with 79 laps to go. Despite a challenge from Mark Martin, Kahne was not seriously challenged down the stretch and visited victory lane for the second time in his career. Kahne was the first driver to win from the pole since Matt Kenseth in the 2005 Sharpie 500.

Top ten results:
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #6 Mark Martin
# #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #15 Paul Menard *
# #45 Kyle Petty
# #88 Dale Jarrett
# #41 Reed Sorenson *

Failed to qualify: Mike Garvey (#51), Stanton Barrett (#95), Chad Chaffin (#34), Derrike Cope (#74), Kenny Wallace (#78), Travis Kvapil (#32), Mike Skinner (#37), Greg Sacks (#13), Chad Blount (#92)

Food City 500

The fifth race of the season, the Food City 500, was held at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 26, 2006. Qualifying was cancelled on March 24 due to snow, sleet and rain, and the field was set with top 35 owners points from 2005, the Champion's Provisional (for Terry Labonte) and seven others, based on qualifying attempts in 2006. As a result, 2005 champion Tony Stewart sat on pole.

The race featured 18 cautions, and over 100 of the 500 laps were run under the yellow flag. Points leader Jimmie Johnson made contact with the car of Reed Sorenson which caused a flat tire and put the 48 car multiple laps down. He finished 30th. Lap 188 saw the most notable wreck of the first half of the race, as Clint Bowyer spun Dave Blaney, causing a chain reaction that collected David Stremme, Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip and brought out a red flag to clean up.
Jeff Gordon spun Martin Truex Jr. out on lap 415 in an incident that collected Jeff Burton, Robby Gordon and J. J. Yeley. Kurt Busch, who had made up two laps lost earlier in the day due to tire problems, used the "bump-and-run" to nudge Matt Kenseth out of the lead with four laps to go. Jeff Gordon used the same tactic to take third, but on the final lap, Kenseth used the bump and run to spin Gordon out as Busch raced to victory. Gordon finished 21st and was involved in a shoving match with Kenseth on pit road after the race, for which he was put on probation and fined $10,000 by NASCAR.

The win was Busch's fifth in 11 career races at the Tennessee track and the fifteenth in his career. It was Dodge's first win at Bristol since Richard Petty in 1975.

Top ten results:
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #43 Bobby Labonte
# #6 Mark Martin
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #12 Ryan Newman
# #9 Kasey Kahne

Failed to make field: Chad Chaffin (#34), Mike Skinner (#37), Mike Garvey (#51), Derrike Cope (#74), Kenny Wallace (#78), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Chad Blount (#92).

DirecTV 500

The sixth race of the season, the DirecTV 500, was held at Martinsville Speedway on April 2, 2006. Jimmie Johnson won the pole.

Top ten results:
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #38 Elliott Sadler
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #25 Brian Vickers
# #26 Jamie McMurray
# #10 Scott Riggs

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#74), Kevin Lepage (#61), Kenny Wallace (#78), Jimmy Spencer (#49), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Hermie Sadler

amsung/Radio Shack 500

The Samsung/Radio Shack 500, the seventh race of the season was held at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2006. Kasey Kahne won the pole.

Top ten results:
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #11 Denny Hamlin *
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #10 Scott Riggs
# #1 Martin Truex Jr. *
# #6 Mark Martin
# #43 Bobby Labonte

Failed to qualify: Brent Sherman (#49), Chad Blount (#92), Kenny Wallace (#78), Chad Chaffin (#34), Stanton Barrett (#95).

ubway Fresh 500

The Subway Fresh 500, the eighth race of the season was held at Phoenix International Raceway on April 22, 2006. Kyle Busch won the pole.

Top ten results:
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #07 Clint Bowyer *
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #43 Bobby Labonte
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #24 Jeff Gordon

Failed to qualify: Chad Chaffin (#34), Mike Garvey (#51), Chad Blount (#92), Kevin Lepage (#61), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Steve Portenga (#52)

Aaron's 499

The ninth race of the season, the Aaron's 499, was scheduled to be held at Talladega Superspeedway on April 30, 2006. However, due to rain starting one lap prior to the green flag, the event was postponed until the following day. Television coverage was moved from FOX to FX except for several FOX stations which elected to carry the race. Elliott Sadler won the pole. The Aaron's 499 was one of five impound races this year in the NEXTEL Cup Series.

Top ten results:
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #25 Brian Vickers
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #26 Jamie McMurray
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #10 Scott Riggs
# #7 Robby Gordon

Failed to qualify: Morgan Shepherd (#89), Stanton Barrett (#95), Mike Wallace (#09), Chad Blount (#92), Brent Sherman (#49), Kenny Wallace (#78)

Crown Royal 400

The Crown Royal 400, NASCAR's tenth race of the season was held at Richmond International Raceway on May 6, 2006. Greg Biffle won the pole. This was the second impound race of the 2006 season.

Top ten results:
# #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
# #11 Denny Hamlin *
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #12 Ryan Newman
# #14 Sterling Marlin
# #07 Clint Bowyer *

Failed to qualify: Kertus Davis (#89), Chad Chaffin (#34), Stanton Barrett (#95), Hermie Sadler (#00)

Dodge Charger 500

The Dodge Charger 500, the eleventh race of the season was held at Darlington Raceway on May 13, 2006. Kasey Kahne won the pole.

Top ten results:

# #16 Greg Biffle
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #12 Ryan Newman
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #6 Mark Martin
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #11 Denny Hamlin *

Failed to qualify: Chad Chaffin (#61), Kenny Wallace (#78), Carl Long (#37), Chad Blount (#34)

NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and Nextel Open

This non-points race doubleheader was held May 20, 2006, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole for the NEXTEL Open, while Kasey Kahne won the All-Star Challenge pole in the unique three-lap qualifier that included a required four-tire pit stop.

Top Ten Results
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #12 Ryan Newman
# #43 Bobby Labonte
# #88 Dale Jarrett
# #45 Kyle Petty +
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #10 Scott Riggs §

+ - Was selected by fans in a poll to participate following NEXTEL Open.

§ - Winner of NEXTEL Open.

Coca-Cola 600

The twelfth points-paying race, the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's longest race in terms of distance, was run on May 28, 2006 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole.

Top Ten Results:

# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #6 Mark Martin
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #26 Jamie McMurray
# #11 Denny Hamlin *
# #41 Reed Sorenson *

Failed to qualify: Kevin Lepage (#49), Hermie Sadler (#00), Chad Chaffin (#61), Michael Waltrip (#55)+, Stanton Barrett (#95), Mike Garvey (#51), Chad Blount (#34), Carl Long (#37), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), and Kertus Davis (#72).

Michael Waltrip failed to qualify, but he bought Derrike Cope's 43rd starting spot (#74).

* "Kyle Busch was fined $50,000 (US) and had 25 championship points deducted for throwing his HANS device at Casey Mears after an accident."

Neighborhood Excellence 400 presented by Bank of America

The thirteenth race of the season, the Neighborhood Excellence 400 presented by Bank of America, was held at Dover International Speedway on June 4, 2006. Ryan Newman won the pole for this race.

Top ten results:
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #26 Jamie McMurray
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #6 Mark Martin
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#34), Donnie Neuenberger (#52), Chad Chaffin (#61), and Stanton Barrett (#95).

Pocono 500

The Pocono 500, the fourteenth race of the season was held at Pocono Raceway on June 11, 2006. Denny Hamlin sat on pole and led 49 of the first 50 laps before crashing and coming back from 40th place to become the first rookie to win in 2006.

Top Ten Results:

# #11 Denny Hamlin *
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #25 Brian Vickers
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #10 Scott Riggs
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #48 Jimmie Johnson

Failed to qualify: Scott Wimmer (#4), Derrike Cope (#74), Stanton Barrett (#95), Greg Sacks (#34), Brent Sherman (#72)

3M Performance 400

The fifthteenth race of the season, the 3M Performance 400, was held at Michigan International Speedway on June 18, 2006. Kasey Kahne won the pole.

Top Ten Results: ("Race called after 129 laps/258 miles because of rain.")
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #41 Reed Sorenson *
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #42 Casey Mears
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #29 Kevin Harvick

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#37), Mike Garvey (#51), Chad Chaffin (#61), Jimmy Spencer (#78)

Dodge/Save Mart 350

Race number sixteen on the 2006 schedule was the Dodge/Save Mart 350, the 100th road race in Cup history. The race was held at Infineon Raceway on June 25, 2006. Kurt Busch won the pole.

Top Ten Results:

# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #12 Ryan Newman
# #96 Terry Labonte
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #38 Elliott Sadler
# #60 Boris Said
# #48 Jimmie Johnson

Failed to qualify: Johnny Miller (#34), Chris Cook (#49), Travis Kvapil (#78), Stanton Barrett (#95), Brian Simo (#61)

Pepsi 400

The Pepsi 400, the traditional "halfway point" of the season, and the seventeenth race of the season, was held at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2006. Boris Said won the pole, his first on an oval. This race was the third impound race of the season.

Top ten results:
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #60 Boris Said
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #38 Elliott Sadler
# #42 Casey Mears
# #26 Jamie McMurray
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #07 Clint Bowyer *

Failed to qualify: Scott Wimmer (#4), Kevin Lepage (#49), Kenny Wallace (#78), Chad Blount (#34), Kertus Davis (#72)

USG Sheetrock 400

The USG Sheetrock 400, the Nextel Cup Series' eighteenth race of the season, was held at Chicagoland Speedway on July 9, 2006. Jeff Burton won the pole. Jeff Gordon won his second race of the year after the race was extended to 270 laps due to a green-white-checker finish after spinning out leader Matt Kenseth with three laps remaining.

Top Ten Results: ("Race distance extended to 270 laps/405 miles due to green-white-checkered rule.")

# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #41 Reed Sorenson *
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #07 Clint Bowyer *
# #18 J. J. Yeley *

Failed to qualify: Paul Menard (#15), Kevin Lepage (#61), Chad Blount (#61), Brent Sherman (#04), Mike Garvey (#51), Derrike Cope (#74), Carl Long (#34)

Lenox Industrial Tools 300

The nineteenth race of the season, the Lenox Industrial Tools 300, was held at New Hampshire International Speedway on July 16, 2006. Ryan Newman won his second pole of the season. Kyle Busch got his first win of 2006 in a race extended by the green-white-checker finish rule in which a caution setting up the green-white-checker finish was extended due to another crash under caution involving Michael Waltrip and Robby Gordon just before the green flag was to have flown on lap 304.

Top Ten Results: ("Race distance extended to 308 laps/308 miles due to green-white-checkered rule.")
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #6 Mark Martin
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #11 Denny Hamlin *
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #10 Scott Riggs

Failed to qualify: Ted Christopher (#61), Joey McCarthy (#34), Derrike Cope (#74), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

Pennsylvania 500

The twentieth race of the season, the Pennsylvania 500, was held at Pocono Raceway on July 23, 2006. Denny Hamlin took the pole in qualifying and went on to win the race, earning his second career win and sweeping both races at Pocono.

Top Ten Results:

# #11 Denny Hamlin *
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #25 Brian Vickers
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #43 Bobby Labonte
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #1 Martin Truex Jr. *

Failed to qualify: Greg Sacks (#34), Stanton Barrett (#52), Derrike Cope (#74), Jimmy Spencer (#78)‡

* ‡ - Chad Chaffin originally qualified in the #61 car, but his time was disqualified due to failing a post-qualifying inspection. Spencer took his place in the grid as he was the fastest of the four who failed to qualify on time.

Allstate 400 at the Brickyard

The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the twenty-first race of the season and the second richest race on the Nextel Cup circuit, was held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 6, 2006. Jeff Burton won the pole. Jimmie Johnson came back from 38th place to become the second driver to win both the Daytona 500 and the Allstate 400 in the same season, first accomplished by Dale Jarrett in 1996.

Top Ten Results:

# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #07 Clint Bowyer *
# #6 Mark Martin
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #2 Kurt Busch

Failed to qualify: Paul Menard (#15), Michael Waltrip (#55), Johnny Sauter (#70), Kevin Lepage (#49), Stephen Leicht (#90), Bobby Hamilton, Jr. (#04), Derrike Cope (#61)

AMD at The Glen

The AMD at The Glen, NASCAR's second and final road course race of the season and the twenty-second race on the season, was held at Watkins Glen International on August 13, 2006. Kurt Busch won the pole.

Top Ten Results:

# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #26 Jamie McMurray
# #7 Robby Gordon
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #40 Scott Pruett
# #38 Elliott Sadler
# #12 Ryan Newman
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #11 Denny Hamlin *

Failed to qualify: Chris Cook (#49), Max Papis (#78), Tom Hubert (#27), David Murry (#37), Dale Quarterly (#72), Johnny Miller (#92), Brandon Ash (#02)

*"This would be the last race for Sadler in the #38 M&Ms ride. As of August 20, he became the driver of the Everham Motorsports #19 Dodge."

GFS Marketplace 400

The GFS Marketplace 400, the twenty-third race of the season was held at Michigan International Speedway August 20, 2006. Jeff Burton won his fourth pole of the year. Matt Kenseth held off Jeff Gordon in the closing laps to earn his third victory of the season.

Top Ten Results:

# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #6 Mark Martin
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #41 Reed Sorenson
# #11 Denny Hamlin *
# #19 Elliott Sadler

Failed to qualify: Scott Wimmer (#4), Mike Skinner (#34), Chad Chaffin (#61), Kenny Wallace (#78)

harpie 500

One of the most popular races on the circuit, the Sharpie 500, NASCAR's twenty-fourth race of the season was held on August 26, 2006 under the lights on the 0.533 mile Bristol International Speedway. Kurt Busch won the pole for this event. Matt Kenseth won his second straight NEXTEL Cup race and, along with points leader Jimmie Johnson, clinched a berth in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

Top Ten Results:

# #17 Matt Kenseth +
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #10 Scott Riggs
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #11 Denny Hamlin *
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #12 Ryan Newman
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #48 Jimmie Johnson +

Failed to qualify: Chad Chaffin (#61), Hermie Sadler (#00), Mike Wallace (#09), Mike Skinner (#37). "NOTE: Morgan Shepard (#89) and Stanton Barrett (#30) withdrew from qualifying."

:"+ - Clinched a spot in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup."

ony HD 500

The twenty-fifth race, and the penultimate race prior to the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup was the Sony HD 500, held at California Speedway on September 3, 2006. Kurt Busch won the pole.

Top ten results:
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #07 Clint Bowyer *
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #11 Denny Hamlin *
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #88 Dale Jarrett

Failed to qualify: Todd Kluever (#06), Kertus Davis (#34), Chad Chaffin (#61), Bill Lester (#23)

Chevy Rock and Roll 400

The twenty-sixth and final race prior to the Chase, the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 was held at Richmond International Raceway on September 9, 2006. Following this race, the top ten drivers in point qualified for the ten-race Chase. Richmond-area native Denny Hamlin won the pole in front of his hometown fans, and clinched a spot in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. This was the season's fourth impound race.

Top ten results:

# #29 Kevin Harvick +
# #5 Kyle Busch +
# #9 Kasey Kahne +
# #22 Dave Blaney
# #6 Mark Martin +
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #21 Ken Schrader
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #31 Jeff Burton +
# #10 Scott Riggs

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#74), Mike Wallace (#09), Michael Waltrip (#55), Hermie Sadler (#00), Ted Christopher (#27)

+ - Clinched spots in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

Chase for the NEXTEL Cup

With the top ten positions all locked in, the playoff began.

In the top ten results, a • indicates one of the 10 drivers who made the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

Sylvania 300

The Sylvania 300, the first race in the 2006 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, was held September 17 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Kevin Harvick won the pole and the race, becoming the overall points leader for the first time in his career.

Top ten results:

# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #11 Denny Hamlin * •
# #25 Brian Vickers
# #19 Elliott Sadler
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #18 J. J. Yeley *
# #22 Dave Blaney
# #17 Matt Kenseth

Failed to qualify: Stanton Barrett (#30), Derrike Cope (#74), Carl Long (#46), Kenny Wallace (#78), Chad Blount (#34)

Dover 400

The Dover 400, the second race of the 2006 Chase, was held September 24 at Dover International Speedway. Jeff Gordon won the pole.

Top Ten results:

# #31 Jeff Burton
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #1 Martin Truex, Jr.
# #43 Bobby Labonte
# #07 Clint Bowyer
# #11 Denny Hamlin *•
# #17 Matt Kenseth

Failed to qualify: Morgan Shepherd (#89), Kenny Wallace (#78), Chad Blount (#34), Donnie Neuenberger (#52)

Banquet 400

The third race of the 2006 Chase, the Banquet 400, was held October 1 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Kasey Kahne won the pole. Tony Stewart captured his third win of the year despite running the last half of the final lap with no fuel.

Top ten results:
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #42 Casey Mears
# #6 Mark Martin •
# #88 Dale Jarrett
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #25 Brian Vickers
# #07 Clint Bowyer *
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Failed to qualify: Scott Wimmer (#4), Kevin Lepage (#49), Chad Blount (#92), Carl Long (#46)

UAW-Ford 500

Considered the wild card track of the Chase, the fourth race on the 2006 Chase, the UAW-Ford 500 was held on the newly-repaved Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, October 8, 2006. The repaving was the first on the 2.66 mile trioval since 1979. David Gilliland won his first career pole. This race was the fifth and final impound race of the season. Brian Vickers won his first Nextel Cup race when he was declared the winner after he, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made contact on the final lap.

Top ten results:
# #25 Brian Vickers
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #1 Martin Truex, Jr. *
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #66 Jeff Green
# #43 Bobby Labonte
# #6 Mark Martin •
# #99 Carl Edwards

Failed to qualify: Hermie Sadler (#00), Todd Bodine (#4), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), Travis Kvapil (#32), Kevin Lepage (#34), Chad Chaffin (#61)

Bank of America 500

Race number five on the 2006 Chase, and the halfway point of the playoff, the Bank of America 500, was held on Saturday, October 14, 2006 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The event is the only Saturday night race in the Chase. Scott Riggs won the pole, and Kurt Busch had his 3rd-place run disqualified due to an unapproved right rear shock absorber. It cost him 50 points (along with a similar deduction for Penske Racing) and $25,000 (US) in fines as well as a four race suspension for his crew chief.

Top ten results:

# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #31 Jeff Burton
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #43 Bobby Labonte
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #96 Tony Raines
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #01 Joe Nemechek
# #25 Brian Vickers

Failed to qualify: Bill Elliott (#83), Kevin Lepage (#34), Derrike Cope (#74), Chad Chaffin (#61), Hermie Sadler (#00), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), Carl Long (#46), Kenny Wallace (#78), Morgan Shepherd (#89)

ubway 500

The sixth event on the Chase, the Subway 500, was held on October 22, 2006 at Martinsville Speedway outside Martinsville, Virginia. The .526 mile track is the shortest in the NEXTEL Cup series and the Chase as well. Kurt Busch won his sixth pole of the season. Ward Burton, the 2002 Daytona 500 champion, returned to the circuit to drive the Morgan-McClure #4 Chevy after a two-year absence.

Top ten results:

# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #11 Denny Hamlin *•
# #43 Bobby Labonte
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #42 Casey Mears
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #66 Jeff Green
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #25 Kyle Petty

Failed to qualify: Mike Bliss (#49), Hermie Sadler (#00), Chad Chaffin (#61), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Ted Christopher (#27), Derrike Cope (#74), Stanton Barrett (#30)

Bass Pro Shops 500

The seventh Chase event, the Bass Pro Shops 500 was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, located in Hampton, Georgia, on October 29. Qualifying was rained out, and the starting order was set by owner points, with Matt Kenseth sitting on the pole. A. J. Allmendinger was to have made his NEXTEL Cup debut here. Tony Stewart captured his second race win in a 2006 chase race.

Top ten results:
# #20 Tony Stewart
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #11 Denny Hamlin *•
# #01 Joe Nemechek
# #7 Robby Gordon

Failed to make field: Derrike Cope (#74), Kirk Shelmerdine (#27), Mike Skinner (#72), A. J. Allmendinger (#84)

* "In a video replay shown by NBC after the race, it was determined that Robby Gordon deliberately and willfully caused a late-race caution by throwing out his rollbar padding (for which he got the free pass to the lead lap). For that, he was docked 50 owner and driver points (as he owns the #7 car), fined $15,000 and placed on probation until December 31."

Dickies 500

The eighth Chase race, the Dickies 500, was run on November 5, 2006 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. This was the final race for two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Terry Labonte as he officially drove off into the sunset in 36th place. Brian Vickers, the last car to qualify, edged Elliott Sadler, next to last to take time, for the pole in this race.

Top Ten Results: ("Race distance extended to 339 laps/508.5 miles due to green-white-checkered rule.")

# #20 Tony Stewart
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #5 Kyle Busch
# #07 Clint Bowyer
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #42 Casey Mears
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #11 Denny Hamlin *•

Failed to qualify: Chad Chaffin (#34), Bill Elliott (#37), David Ragan (#60), Kevin Lepage (#61), Mike Skinner (#72), Derrike Cope (#74), A. J. Allmendinger (#84)

* "Following this race, Craig Curione, the front tire carrier for the #10 Evernham Dodge driven by Scott Riggs, shoved Kevin Harvick, his wife Delana and NASCAR official John Sacco to the pavement after Harvick was blamed for a late race incident that led to the green-white-checkered finish. Curione was suspended indefinitely and fined $10,000 by NASCAR and fired from Evernham, while Sacco suffered a sprained ankle."

Checker Auto Parts 500

The ninth race on the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, the Checker Auto Parts 500, will be held at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona on November 12, 2006. Jeff Gordon was the pole winner, while the championship provisional was used by Bill Elliott.

Top Ten Results:

# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #48 Jimmie Johnson
# #11 Denny Hamlin *•
# #24 Jeff Gordon
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #6 Mark Martin •
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #2 Kurt Busch
# #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
# #31 Jeff Burton

Failed to qualify: Jason Leffler (#71), Todd Kluever (#06), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Brandon Ash (#02), Kevin Lepage (#34), Kenny Wallace (#78), Derrike Cope (#74), Jeremy Mayfield (#09)

Ford 400

The final race of the season, and the last race in the 2006 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, the Ford 400, was run on November 19, 2006, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ford Championship Weekend will crown the next champion at the track. Kasey Kahne won the pole, and won the Bud Pole Award overall championship for 2006, while for the second straight week, Bill Elliott used the Championship Provisional. Juan Pablo Montoya, making his NEXTEL Cup debut, qualified 29th, but finished 34th after his car hit the wall after being clipped by Ryan Newman and caught fire on lap 251.

Top ten results: "(Race extended to 268 laps/402 miles due to green-white-checkered rule.)"
# #16 Greg Biffle
# #1 Martin Truex, Jr. *
# #11 Denny Hamlin *•
# #9 Kasey Kahne
# #29 Kevin Harvick
# #17 Matt Kenseth
# #10 Scott Riggs
# #99 Carl Edwards
# #48 Jimmie Johnson •°
# #07 Clint Bowyer

° - Clinched 2006 NEXTEL Cup Championship.

Failed to qualify: Michael Waltrip (#55); Todd Kluever (#06); Ward Burton (#4); Brandon Whitt (#72); Kenny Wallace (#78); Mike Skinner (#27); Derrike Cope (#74); Kevin Lepage (#61); Carl Long (#46); Chad Chaffin (#34). "Note: Morgan Shepherd (#89) withdrew after his only car crashed during practice."

Championship Standings

2006 Chase Top Ten

These ten drivers competed in the Nextel Cup Championship.

Non-chase participants

11. Tony Stewart
12. Carl Edwards
13. Greg Biffle
14. Casey Mears
15. Brian Vickers
16. Kurt Busch
17. Clint Bowyer*
18. Ryan Newman
19. Martin Truex, Jr.*
20. Scott Riggs
21. Bobby Labonte
22. Elliott Sadler
23. Dale Jarrett
24. Reed Sorenson*
25. Jamie McMurray
26. Dave Blaney
27. Joe Nemechek
28. Jeff Green
29. J. J. Yeley*
30. Robby Gordon
31. Ken Schrader
32. Kyle Petty
33. David Stremme*
34. Sterling Marlin
35. Tony Raines
36. Travis Kvapil
37. Michael Waltrip
38. Scott Wimmer
39. Jeremy Mayfield
40. Kevin Lepage
41. Terry Labonte
42. David Gilliland*
43. Kenny Wallace
44. Bill Elliott
45. Paul Menard
46. Chad Chaffin*
47. Boris Said
48. Mike Bliss
49. Brent Sherman*
50. Derrike Cope
51. Mike Wallace
52. Stanton Barrett
53. Hermie Sadler
54. Ward Burton
55. Scott Pruett
56. Todd Kluever
57. Mike Skinner
58. Mike Garvey
59. Kirk Shelmerdine
60. Todd Bodine
61. David Ragan
62. Jimmy Spencer
63. Ron Fellows
64. Bill Lester
65. Johnny Sauter
66. Brandon Ash
67. Chad Blount
68. Morgan Shepherd
69. Eric McClure
70. Stephen Leicht
71. Juan Pablo Montoya
72. P. J. Jones
73. Brian Simo
74. Carl Long
75. Ted Christopher
76. Marc Goossens
77. Tom Hubert
78. Brandon Whitt

* — Denotes rookie.

Rookies

*Clint Bowyer, #07 Jack Daniels Chevy (Richard Childress Racing)
*Denny Hamlin, #11 FedEx Chevy (Joe Gibbs Racing) --winner of the Raybestos Rookie of the Year award
*David Stremme, #40 Lone Star Steakhouse/Coors Light Dodge (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)
*Martin Truex Jr., #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy (Dale Earnhardt Incorporated)
*Brent Sherman, released from #49 Serta Dodge (BAM Racing)
*Reed Sorenson, #41 Target Dodge (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates)
*J.J. Yeley, #18 Interstate Batteries Chevy (Joe Gibbs Racing)

The battle for ROTY was expected to be fierce, as many predicted that two time Busch Series Champion Martin Truex Jr. would handily win the award, and possibly be a chase contender. However, this was not to be as Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin shocked the NASCAR world the previous year by winning his first career pole at Phoenix while driving a part time schedule. Hamlin again got everyone's attention by not only winning the Bud Shootout in his first attempt, but becoming the first rookie to sweep a racetrack(Pocono Raceway) since Jimmie Johnson accomplished that same feat at Dover. As Hamlin ran away with ROTY, his other competitors had up and down years. Although Clint Bowyer scored a surprising top-ten finish at Daytona, he was not a factor. Hamlin's teammate, J.J. Yeley, struggled mightily. Ganassi rookie Reed Sorenson had an up and down year, scoring his first top five at Michigan but was plagued by bad breaks. David Stremme was constantly fighting to stay within the top 35 in owners points throughout the year, and Brent Sherman was released from his ride with BAM Racing 1/3 into the year.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Until March 6, 2006, NASCAR was without a recognized Hall of Fame. Charlotte, North Carolina, where most NASCAR teams are based near, was chosen over six other candidates (Atlanta, Georgia; Talladega, Alabama; Kansas City, Kansas; Detroit, Michigan; Richmond, Virginia and Daytona Beach, Florida) for the NASCAR Hall of Fame which will be located in the new Charlotte Convention Center, and is scheduled to open in 2009 or 2010. Unlike other sports' halls of fame, which are run mainly by nonprofit organizations, NASCAR will own and operate this hall directly. Winston R. Kelley, a respected motorsports broadcaster and vice president of Duke Energy, a Charlotte-based electrical provider, was named the hall's executive director on June 29.

Television

The 2006 season marked the final year of television contracts with FOX/FX/SPEED and NBC/TNT. NBC aired the Daytona 500 to officially start the season on February 19, with FOX/FX picking up coverage the following week in California up to the Pepsi 400 July 1. FOX and TNT began new eight-year contracts while ESPN (and ABC) both joined in, taking over for NBC.

ee also

*2006 in NASCAR Busch Series
*2006 in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
*2006 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup

External links

* [http://www.nascar.com Official NASCAR site]
* [http://www.racingone.com RacingOne]
* [http://www.jayski.com Jayski's Silly Season Site]
* [http://www.speedtv.com Speed Channel]
* [http://www.thatsracin.com ThatsRacin.com]
* [http://www.racing-reference.info/raceyear?yr=2006&series=W Racing Reference]

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