2006 Golden Corral 500

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2006 Golden Corral 500
Race details
Race 4 of 36 in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Date March 20, 2006 (2006-March-20)
Location Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia
Course Permanent racing facility
1.54 mi (2.48 km)
Distance 325 laps, 500.5 mi (805.476 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 59 °F (15 °C); wind speeds up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)
Average speed 144.098 miles per hour (231.903 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports
Most laps led
Driver Greg Biffle Roush Racing
Laps 128
Winner
No. 9
Kasey Kahne
Evernham Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2006 Golden Corral 500 was the fourth race in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season which took place on March 20, 2006 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Rain showers forced the green flag to be moved back to the Monday. Television coverage moved to cable's FX channel for the race (with some exceptions).

Race recap[edit]

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.

For the first time during the season there were no extra laps at the end of the race. 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.

Race results[edit]

Fin St Driver Car # Make Points Bonus Laps Winnings
1 1 Kasey Kahne 9 Dodge 185 5 325 $197,664
2 11 Mark Martin 6 Ford 170 325 $127,800
3 26 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8 Chevrolet 165 325 $138,841
4 12 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 165 5 325 $137,236
5 21 Tony Stewart 20 Chevrolet 160 5 325 $154,961
6 14 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 150 325 $121,761
7 22 Paul Menard 15 Chevrolet 146 325 $78,625
8 32 Kyle Petty 45 Dodge 142 325 $108,133
9 31 Dale Jarrett 88 Ford 138 325 $109,850
10 15 Reed Sorenson * 41 Dodge 134 325 $89,225
11 29 Scott Riggs 10 Dodge 130 325 $74,650
12 17 Kyle Busch 5 Chevrolet 127 325 $88,025
13 27 Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 124 325 $118,616
14 34 Jamie McMurray 26 Ford 121 325 $108,350
15 5 J.J. Yeley * 18 Chevrolet 118 325 $109,050
16 8 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 125 10 325 $104,175
17 13 Joe Nemechek 1 Chevrolet 112 325 $99,020
18 2 Ryan Newman 12 Dodge 114 5 325 $115,033
19 35 Martin Truex Jr. * 1 Chevrolet 106 324 $92,608
20 24 Michael Waltrip 55 Dodge 108 5 324 $85,158
21 10 Casey Mears 42 Dodge 100 324 $105,908
22 43 Terry Labonte 96 Chevrolet 102 5 324 $67,850
23 37 Brian Vickers 25 Chevrolet 94 324 $80,200
24 25 Ken Schrader 21 Ford 91 324 $98,164
25 3 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 93 5 324 $97,870
26 39 Jeff Green 66 Chevrolet 85 324 $90,033
27 16 Clint Bowyer * 7 Chevrolet 82 324 $78,060
28 36 Robby Gordon 7 Chevrolet 79 324 $69,810
29 28 Elliott Sadler 38 Ford 76 324 $97,433
30 42 Scott Wimmer 4 Chevrolet 73 323 $69,900
31 7 Denny Hamlin * 11 Chevrolet 75 5 323 $70,125
32 30 Dave Blaney 22 Dodge 67 323 $75,797
33 38 David Stremme * 40 Dodge 64 322 $75,125
34 33 Sterling Marlin 14 Chevrolet 61 322 $66,130
35 23 Kevin Lepage 61 Ford 63 5 322 $66,190
36 40 Brent Sherman * 49 Dodge 55 322 $66,055
37 9 Kurt Busch 2 Dodge 57 5 321 $99,153
38 19 Bill Lester 23 Dodge PE 319 $65,985
39 6 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 46 313 $102,876
40 18 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 43 313 $85,700
41 20 Jeremy Mayfield 19 Dodge 40 235 $95,846
42 41 Hermie Sadler 0 Ford 37 166 $65,815
43 4 Bobby Labonte 43 Dodge 39 5 56 $103,725

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)

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