2006 NASCAR Busch Series

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2006 NASCAR Busch Series season
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Kevin Harvick, the 2006 Busch Series champion

The 25th season of the NASCAR Busch Series opened February 18, 2006, at Daytona International Speedway and concluded November 18, 2006, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kevin Harvick, driving for not only his own team, Kevin Harvick Incorporated, and for Richard Childress Racing, was declared champion.

Invasion of the "Busch Whackers"[edit]

There has been some controversy of the use of NEXTEL Cup teams with their drivers in Busch Series races, most notably at NEXTEL Cup tracks where there are Busch Series support races. This has been dubbed by Fox Sports announcer Mike Joy as "Busch Whacking", and many underfunded (or one-car) teams have failed to qualify for these races because of this. The 2006 season has been notable for those "double duty" drivers even traveling to sites where there are stand-alone races at Nashville Superspeedway, Kentucky Speedway, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and The Milwaukee Mile just to name a few, even on the rare weeks where there are no NEXTEL Cup races. Kentucky was the big upset where one of the underfunded one-car teams took advantage and pulled off the big upset. In the end, Kevin Harvick, who drives for Richard Childress Racing in the Cup series, won the 2006 championship on October 13, the second of his career having previously won in 2001. There is talk about limiting the number of "Busch Whackers" in each race or capping the double-dippers appearances for the entire season and even having a "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" playoff system in place for the 2007 season since Harvick was so dominant during 2006 as NEXTEL Cup drivers won every race but two in the season.

Schedule[edit]

2006 complete schedule

All races are held in the United States unless specified otherwise

All times are in Eastern Time

Date and time Venue Event TV
02/18/2006 13:00 Daytona International Speedway Hershey's Kissables 300
TNT
02/25/2006 18:00 California Speedway Stater Bros. 300
Speed
03/05/2006 14:00 Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (Mexico) Telcel-Motorola 200
Fox
03/11/2006 18:00 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sam's Town 300
FX
03/18/2006 15:00 Atlanta Motor Speedway Nicorette 300
FX
03/25/2006 15:00 Bristol Motor Speedway Sharpie Mini 300
Fox
04/08/2006 15:00 Texas Motor Speedway O'Reilly 300
Fox
04/15/2006 15:30 Nashville Superspeedway Pepsi 300
FX
04/21/2006 20:30 Phoenix International Raceway Bashas' Supermarkets 200
FX
04/29/2006 15:00 Talladega Superspeedway Aaron's 312
Fox
05/05/2006 19:30 Richmond International Raceway Circuit City 250 presented by FUNAI
FX
05/12/2006 20:00 Darlington Raceway Diamond Hill Plywood 200
FX
05/26/2006 19:30 Lowe's Motor Speedway Carquest Auto Parts 300
FX
06/03/2006 15:00 Dover International Speedway StonebridgeRacing.com 200
FX
06/10/2006 19:30 Nashville Superspeedway Federated Auto Parts 300
FX
06/17/2006 19:30 Kentucky Speedway Meijer 300 presented by Oreo
FX
06/24/2006 20:30 Milwaukee Mile AT&T 250
FX
06/30/2006 19:30 Daytona International Speedway Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo
FX
07/08/2006 16:00 Chicagoland Speedway USG Durock 300
TNT
07/15/2006 15:00 New Hampshire International Speedway New England 200
TNT
07/22/2006 15:30 Martinsville Speedway Goody's 250
NBC
07/29/2006 20:00 Gateway International Raceway Busch Silver Celebration 250 presented by Shop 'n Save
TNT
08/05/2006 21:00 O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis Kroger 200 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children
TNT
08/12/2006 14:00 Watkins Glen International Zippo 200
NBC
08/19/2006 14:45 Michigan International Speedway Carfax 250
TNT
08/25/2006 19:30 Bristol Motor Speedway Food City 250
TNT
09/02/2006 22:00 California Speedway Ameriquest 300
TNT
09/08/2006 19:30 Richmond International Raceway Emerson Radio 250
TNT
09/23/2006 15:00 Dover International Speedway Dover 200
TNT
09/30/2006 15:00 Kansas Speedway Yellow Transportation 300
TNT
10/13/2006 20:00 Lowe's Motor Speedway Dollar General 300
TNT
10/28/2006 14:00 Memphis Motorsports Park Sam's Town 250
NBC
11/04/2006 14:00 Texas Motor Speedway O'Reilly Challenge
TNT
11/11/2006 15:30 Phoenix International Raceway Arizona.Travel 200
NBC
11/18/2006 19:00 Homestead-Miami Speedway Ford 300
TNT

Teams and drivers[edit]

Complete schedule[edit]

Car(s) Team No. Driver(s)
Chevrolet Davis Motorsports 0 Kertus Davis26
Randy LaJoie1
Morgan Shepherd6
P.J. Jones1
Chris Wimmer1
Richard Childress Racing 2 Clint Bowyer
21 Jeff Burton5
Kevin Harvick30
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Kyle Busch34
Justin Labonte1
Dale Earnhardt Inc 11 Paul Menard
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 J.J. Yeley
20 Denny Hamlin
Duesenberg & Leik Motorsports 01 Jay Sauter
Kevin Harvick Inc 33 Tony Stewart10
Kevin Harvick4
Ron Fellows2
Ron Hornaday, Jr.14
Aaron Fike3
Sean Caisse1
Cale Gale1
77 Burney Lamar (R)29
Jeff Burton1
Bobby Labonte5
McGill Motorsports 36 Tim Sauter29
Max Papis2
Jeff Green1
Stanton Barrett1
Brent Sherman2
JR Motorsports 88 Mark McFarland (R)21
Martin Truex, Jr.3
Robby Gordon2
Shane Huffman9
Haas CNC Racing 00 Johnny Sauter
Dodge Phoenix Racing 1 Jason Keller8
Mike Wallace23
Cale Gale3
Scott Pruett1
Biagi Brothers Racing 4 Mark Green11
Paul Tracy1
Boris Said1
Auggie Vidovich21
Kevin Hamlin1
Evernham Motorsports 9 Kasey Kahne17
Jeremy Mayfield1
Boris Said5
Scott Riggs7
Erin Crocker5
Chip Ganassi Racing 41 Reed Sorenson34
David Stremme1
Rusty Wallace, Inc. 64 Steve Wallace15
Jamie McMurray20
Michael Waltrip Racing 99 Michael Waltrip20
David Reutimann13
Darrell Waltrip1
Joey Miller1
Ford Roush Racing 50 Danny O'Quinn, Jr. (R)33
David Ragan2
60 Carl Edwards
06 Todd Kluever (R)
ppc Racing 10 John Andretti (R)
22 Kenny Wallace
Team Rensi Motorsports 25 Ashton Lewis
35 Regan Smith
Brewco Motorsports 27 David Green27
Casey Atwood8
66 Ken Schrader8
Scott Wimmer16
Jorge Goeters (R)1
Michael Waltrip1
Greg Biffle4
Bobby Labonte2
Jason Keller2
Brad Coleman1
Jay Robinson Racing 49 Steve Grissom2
Derrike Cope10
Eduardo Goeters1
Jorge Goeters (R)5
Shane Hall11
Randy LaJoie1
Jamie Mosley1
John Finger1
Dexter Bean1
Jennifer Jo Cobb1
Morgan Shepherd1
JTG Racing 47 Jon Wood
59 Stacy Compton
Robert Yates Racing 90 Elliott Sadler7
Marc Goossens1
Stephen Leicht20
Matt McCall5
David Gilliland2

Limited schedule[edit]

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Round(s)
Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 29 Kevin Harvick 1
Jeff Burton 10
Timothy Peters 1
Hendrick Motorsports 48 Jimmie Johnson 3
57 Brian Vickers 8
Adrian Fernandez 2
Robby Gordon Motorsports 7 Robby Gordon 2
Dale Earnhardt Inc 8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 5
Martin Truex, Jr. 3
Tony Stewart 1
Joe Gibbs Racing 19 Aric Almirola 9
Tony Stewart 1
Keith Coleman Racing 26 Joey McCarthy 1
Carl Long 1
Duesenberg & Leik Motorsports Dwayne Leik 1
SKI Motorsports 30 Mike Bliss 4
Marsh Racing 31 Steve Park 6
Peyton Sellers 2
Frank Cicci Racing 34 Paul Tracy 5
Todd Bodine 2
Carlos Pardo 1
Scott Lynch 1
Mike Bliss 4
Jason Keller 1
Kertus Davis 3
Jeff Fuller 2
Kim Crosby 1
Kevin Lepage 1
Brian Simo 1
Vision Racing 37 Josh Krug 2
Randy LaJoie 2
Mac Hill Motorsports 56 Kevin Lepage 7
Chris Cook 2
Kevin Grubb 5
Tim Schendel 1
Keith Coleman Racing 23 Chris Wimmer (R) 8
Marc Mitchell 1
Carl Long 5
Stan Boyd 1
Eduardo Troconis 1
Brad Keselowski 8
Brian Keselowski 1
Horn Auto Racing 58 Chris Horn 3
MacDonald Motorsports Donnie Neuenberger 2
Patrick Goeters 1
72 Jerry Robertson 1
Stanton Barrett 8
Donnie Neuenberger 1
Eric McClure 1
Randy MacDonald 2
D.J. Kennington 4
Brad Baker 1
SWAT Racing 62 Larry Hollenbeck 1
Silva Motorsports 65 Stan Silva, Jr. 2
ML Motorsports 70 Justin Diercks 11
RB1 Motorsports 71 Ron Young 3
Henderson Motorsports 75 Caleb Holman 3
Team Johnson Racing 76 Jerick Johnson 1
Furniture Row Racing 78 Jerry Robertson 12
Odle Motorsports 79 Chris Wimmer 1
Shelby Howard 1
Richardson Racing 80 Robert Richardson, Jr. 3
JR Motorsports 83 Shane Huffman 1
Clay Andrews Racing 84 David Gilliland 9
Premier Motorsport 85 John Hayden 3
NEMCO Motorsports 87 Joe Nemechek 2
Stanton Barrett Racing 95 Stanton Barrett 2
Matt Kobyluck Racing 04 Matt Kobyluck 2
Morgan-McClure Motorsports Eric McClure 3
Ginn Racing Kraig Kinser 1
Day Enterprise Racing 05 Chad Chaffin 3
Brad Teague 3
Justin Ashburn 1
Morgan Shepherd 1
Brett Rowe 1
TC Motorsports 07 David Odell 4
Chuck Barnes, Jr. 1
Braun-Akins Racing 32 Jason Leffler 9
Dave Blaney 7
Chase Pistone 1
38 Ryan Moore 1
Jason Leffler 26
Dodge A.J. Foyt IV (R) 7
FitzBradshaw Racing 12 David Reutimann 1
Joel Kauffman (R) 13
Tracy Hines (R) 4
Mike Skinner 9
Carlos Contreras 4
Kevin Hamlin 1
Scott Wimmer 1
Ted Musgrave 1
14 Tracy Hines (R) 7
Carlos Contreras 2
Steadman Marlin 2
A.J. Foyt IV 1
Ricky Craven 1
Ted Musgrave 4
Scott Wimmer 2
Willie Allen 2
44 David Reutimann 1
Jay Robinson Racing 28 Shane Hall 5
Jorge Goeters (R) 2
Randy MacDonald 1
James Hylton 1
Josh Richeson 1
Todd Shafer 1
Hermie Sadler 1
Derrike Cope 1
Carver Racing 40 Kevin Conway 3
58 3
Chip Ganassi Racing 42 Casey Mears 9
Juan Pablo Montoya 4
Curb Agajanian Performance Group 43 Aaron Fike 13
Kertus Davis 1
Chris Cook 4
P.J. Jones 4
Erin Crocker 1
Penske Racing 39 Kurt Busch 7
Sam Hornish, Jr. 2
Ryan Newman 5
02 1
Rusty Wallace, Inc. 61 Steve Wallace 2
Tom Ericksen Racing 67 Rogelio López 1
TW Motorsports' 68 Jimmy Morales 1
Robert Torriere Racing 79 Butch Leitzinger 1
Sadler Brothers Racing 95 Steadman Marlin 5
Chad Chaffin 1
Ashton Gray Racing 08 Jason White 5
Ford Long Brothers Racing 89 Carl Long 1
Richard Landreth 1
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin 7
David Ragan 1
16 Greg Biffle 26
17 Matt Kenseth 21
ppc Racing 15 Michel Jourdain, Jr. 3
Brewco Motorsports 37 Brad Coleman 1
Jeff Spraker Racing 63 Jeff Spraker 1
Dexter Bean 1
Jorge Goeters 2
Chris Diederich Racing 65 Spencer Clark 1

Races[edit]

Hershey's Kissables 300[edit]

The Hershey's Kissables 300 race was held February 18, 2006, at Daytona International Speedway. J. J. Yeley won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. #33 Tony Stewart
  2. #77 Burney Lamar
  3. #2 Clint Bowyer
  4. #47 Jon Wood
  5. #29 Kevin Harvick
  6. #32 Jason Leffler
  7. #06 Todd Kluever
  8. #18 J. J. Yeley
  9. #41 Reed Sorenson
  10. #4 Mark Green

Failed to qualify: Kertus Davis (#0), Jay Sauter (#01), Kevin Lepage (#56), Chad Chaffin (#05), Larry Hollenbeck (#62), Chris Wimmer (#23).

Stater Brothers 300[edit]

On February 25, 2006, the Busch Series took to California Speedway for this 300-mile race. Carl Edwards was the polesitter. Matt Kenseth suffered a 25 point penalty for an unapproved adjustment found in his car during opening day inspection.

Top Ten Results

  1. #16 Greg Biffle
  2. #39 Ryan Newman
  3. #60 Carl Edwards
  4. #21 Jeff Burton
  5. #64 Jamie McMurray
  6. #17 Matt Kenseth
  7. #18 J. J. Yeley
  8. #33 Kevin Harvick
  9. #57 Brian Vickers
  10. #20 Denny Hamlin

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#49), David Gilliland (#84), Chris Wimmer (#23).

Telcel-Motorola 200[edit]

This road-course race took place March 5, 2006 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. Boris Said won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. #20 Denny Hamlin
  2. #9 Boris Said
  3. #21 Kevin Harvick
  4. #18 J. J. Yeley
  5. #11 Paul Menard
  6. #00 Johnny Sauter
  7. #5 Kyle Busch
  8. #60 Carl Edwards
  9. #90 Marc Goossens
  10. #64 Jamie McMurray

Failed to qualify: Eduardo Goeters (#49), Stan Silva Jr. (#65), and Chris Wimmer (#23).

Sam's Town 300[edit]

On March 11, 2006, the Busch Series raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth started from the pole position.

Top ten results

  1. #9 Kasey Kahne
  2. #17 Matt Kenseth
  3. #21 Kevin Harvick
  4. #16 Greg Biffle
  5. #60 Carl Edwards
  6. #20 Denny Hamlin
  7. #64 Jamie McMurray
  8. #18 J. J. Yeley
  9. #2 Clint Bowyer
  10. #41 Reed Sorenson

Failed to qualify: Jorge Goeters (#49), Kertus Davis (#0), Chris Wimmer (#23).

Nicorette 300[edit]

The Nicorette 300 was held March 18 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch was the polesitter.

Top ten results

  1. #21 Jeff Burton
  2. #9 Kasey Kahne
  3. #16 Greg Biffle
  4. #17 Matt Kenseth
  5. #18 J. J. Yeley
  6. #32 Jason Leffler
  7. #57 Brian Vickers
  8. #77 Burney Lamar
  9. #64 Jamie McMurray
  10. #11 Paul Menard

Failed to qualify: Jorge Goeters (#49), Steadman Marlin (#95), Chris Wimmer (#23)

Sharpie Mini 300[edit]

This race was held March 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Qualifying was snowed out and the field was set by current owner points. As a result, Kevin Harvick started from pole. The race was also halted by snow and drivers, crews, and fans amused themselves by throwing snowballs and building a snowman. The race was restarted after a 90 minute delay and run full-distance.

Top Ten results

  1. #5 Kyle Busch
  2. #21 Kevin Harvick
  3. #17 Matt Kenseth
  4. #20 Denny Hamlin
  5. #60 Carl Edwards
  6. #9 Scott Riggs
  7. #33 Ron Hornaday
  8. #22 Kenny Wallace
  9. #10 John Andretti
  10. #00 Johnny Sauter

Failed to qualify: Caleb Holman (#75), Brad Teague (#05), Jerry Robertson (#72), Shane Hall (#28)

O'Reilly 300[edit]

This race was held April 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. The race finished under a green-white-checker finish and was won by Kurt Busch in his first Busch Series start. Matt Kenseth suffered a 25 point penalty for an unapproved adjustment to his car found in post race inspection.

Top Ten Results

  1. Kurt Busch (#39)
  2. Greg Biffle (#16)
  3. Casey Mears (#32)
  4. Kyle Busch (#5)
  5. Matt Kenseth (#17)
  6. Jeff Burton (#21)
  7. Paul Menard (#11)
  8. Kevin Harvick (#33)
  9. Scott Wimmer (#66)
  10. Denny Hamlin (#20)

Failed to qualify: Kertus Davis (#0), Jorge Goeters (#49), Chris Wimmer (#23)

Pepsi 300[edit]

This race was held April 15 at Nashville Superspeedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. Kevin Harvick (#21)
  2. Clint Bowyer (#2)
  3. Denny Hamlin (#20)
  4. J. J. Yeley (#18)
  5. Carl Edwards (#60)
  6. Jon Wood (#47)
  7. Burney Lamar (#77)
  8. Kenny Wallace (#22)
  9. Paul Menard (#11)
  10. Michael Waltrip (#99)

Failed to qualify: Jason White (#08)

Bashas' Supermarkets 200[edit]

This race was held April 21 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jason Leffler won the pole. The race finished under a green-white-checker finish as Kevin Harvick won his second race in a row.

Top Ten Results:

  1. Kevin Harvick (#21)
  2. Reed Sorenson (#41)
  3. Carl Edwards (#60)
  4. Kurt Busch (#39)
  5. Mark Martin (#6)
  6. Matt Kenseth (#17)
  7. Greg Biffle (#16)
  8. David Green (#27)
  9. Casey Mears (#42)
  10. Jamie McMurray (#64)

Failed to Qualify: Jay Sauter (#01), Marc Mitchell (#23), Jorge Goeters (#49), Chis Cook (#56)

Aaron's 312[edit]

This race was held April 29 at Talladega Superspeedway. J. J. Yeley won the pole. Kevin Harvick, Burney Lamar, who finished 20th, and Tony Stewart, who finished 39th, all suffered 25 point penalties for unapproved adjustments to their cars.

Top ten results

  1. Martin Truex Jr. (#8)
  2. Kevin Harvick (#21)
  3. Kyle Busch (#5)
  4. Brian Vickers (#57)
  5. Clint Bowyer (#2)
  6. Greg Biffle (#16)
  7. Mark McFarland (#88)
  8. Johnny Sauter (#00)
  9. Paul Menard (#11)
  10. Carl Edwards (#60)

As there were the maximum of forty-three cars to race, there were no drivers or teams that failed to qualify.

Circuit City 250[edit]

This race was held May 5 and May 6 at Richmond International Raceway. Jason Leffler won the pole. The race start was delayed approximately 1 hour for rain, after 13 laps rain fell again and the race was stopped for approximately another 43 minutes. The race eventually finished after midnight local time, resulting in the race occurring over two days. Kevin Harvick won his third Busch race of the year.

Top ten results

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #29 Jeff Burton
  3. #17 Matt Kenseth
  4. #16 Greg Biffle
  5. #39 Ryan Newman
  6. #60 Carl Edwards
  7. #2 Clint Bowyer
  8. #11 Paul Menard
  9. #5 Kyle Busch
  10. #20 Denny Hamlin

Failed to Qualify: Jason Keller (#34), Jorge Goeters (#28), Shane Hall (#49), Kevin Conway (#40), Joel Kauffman (#12), Kertus Davis (#0), A.J. Foyt IV (#14)

Diamond Hill Plywood 200[edit]

This race was held May 12 at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin won from the pole.

  1. #20 Denny Hamlin
  2. #17 Matt Kenseth
  3. #64 Jamie McMurray
  4. #6 Mark Martin
  5. #16 Greg Biffle
  6. #5 Kyle Busch
  7. #21 Kevin Harvick
  8. #60 Carl Edwards
  9. #18 J. J. Yeley
  10. #38 Jason Leffler

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#49), Morgan Shepherd (#0), Shane Hall (#28)

Carquest Auto Parts 300[edit]

This race was held May 27 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. #60 Carl Edwards
  2. #39 Kurt Busch
  3. #18 J. J. Yeley
  4. #42 Casey Mears
  5. #8 Martin Truex, Jr.
  6. #29 Jeff Burton
  7. #48 Jimmie Johnson
  8. #21 Kevin Harvick
  9. #06 Todd Kluever
  10. #35 Regan Smith

Failed to qualify: Aaron Fike (#43), David Gilliland (#84), Stanton Barrett (#72), Joel Kauffman (#12), Eric McClure (#04), Kertus Davis (#34), Kevin Conway (#40)

Stonebridgeracing.com 200[edit]

This race was held June 3 at Dover International Speedway. Qualifying was rained out, and the field was set by the rulebook, with the top 30 teams taking the first fifteen rows. Because of that, Kevin Harvick was awarded the pole position.

Top ten results:

  1. #29 Jeff Burton
  2. #60 Carl Edwards
  3. #39 Kurt Busch
  4. #2 Clint Bowyer
  5. #33 Ron Hornaday
  6. #5 Kyle Busch
  7. #20 Denny Hamlin
  8. #16 Greg Biffle
  9. #18 J. J. Yeley
  10. #41 Reed Sorenson

As there were the maximum of forty-three cars needed to race, no drivers or teams failed to qualify.

Federated Auto Parts 300[edit]

This race was held June 10 at Nashville Superspeedway. Todd Kluever won the pole.

top ten results

  1. #60 Carl Edwards
  2. #2 Clint Bowyer
  3. #21 Kevin Harvick
  4. #20 Denny Hamlin
  5. #11 Paul Menard
  6. #99 David Reutimann
  7. #66 Greg Biffle
  8. #47 Jon Wood
  9. #25 Ashton Lewis
  10. #50 Danny O'Quinn

Failed to qualify: Jerry Robertson (#78), John Hayden (#85)

Meijer 300[edit]

This race was held June 17 at Kentucky Speedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. In a stunning upset, David Gilliland became the first winner in the 2006 season that was not on a team with a Nextel Cup driver. Jeff Fuller was involved in a severe crash where, trying to avoid the spinning car of Jason Leffler, Fuller hit the inside wall at full speed, and the car practically imploded on impact. Fuller suffered a broken wrist and thumb.

Top ten results:

  1. #84 David Gilliland
  2. #18 J. J. Yeley
  3. #20 Denny Hamlin
  4. #1 Mike Wallace
  5. #25 Ashton Lewis
  6. #21 Kevin Harvick
  7. #66 Greg Biffle
  8. #99 David Reutimann
  9. #11 Paul Menard
  10. #90 Stephen Leicht

Failed to qualify: John Hayden (#85), David Odell (#07), Stan Boyd (#23)

AT&T 250[edit]

This race was held June 24 at The Milwaukee Mile. Aric Almirola won the pole in the car normally driven by Denny Hamlin who actually drove the race in the car and started from the back. As a result, Paul Menard started the race from the pole position. He then went on to capture his first Busch series victory. This race was strange for the fact that only 41 cars started the race, instead of the usual 43.

Top ten results

  1. #11 Paul Menard
  2. #20 Denny Hamlin
  3. #18 J. J. Yeley
  4. #38 Jason Leffler
  5. #1 Mike Wallace
  6. #59 Stacy Compton
  7. #50 Danny O'Quinn
  8. #22 Kenny Wallace
  9. #00 Johnny Sauter
  10. #99 David Reutimann

Failed to qualify: none

Winn-Dixie 250[edit]

The Winn-Dixie 250 was held June 30 at Daytona International Speedway. J. J. Yeley won the pole. Kevin Harvick and Burney Lamar, who finished 22nd, suffered 50 point penalties for unapproved adjustments found on their cars during post race inspection.

Top ten results:

  1. #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  2. #57 Brian Vickers
  3. #21 Kevin Harvick
  4. #18 J. J. Yeley
  5. #60 Carl Edwards
  6. #2 Clint Bowyer
  7. #1 Mike Wallace
  8. #88 Martin Truex, Jr.
  9. #16 Greg Biffle
  10. #10 John Andretti

As there were the maximum of forty-three cars needed to race, no drivers or teams failed to qualify.

USG Durock 300[edit]

This race was held July 8 at Chicagoland Speedway. Carl Edwards won the pole. Casey Mears captured his first NASCAR victory using an alternate fuel strategy.

Top ten results

  1. #42 Casey Mears
  2. #60 Carl Edwards
  3. #29 Jeff Burton
  4. #21 Kevin Harvick
  5. #17 Matt Kenseth
  6. #39 Kurt Busch
  7. #2 Clint Bowyer
  8. #41 Reed Sorenson
  9. #33 Tony Stewart
  10. #18 J. J. Yeley

Failed to Qualify: Derrike Cope (#49), Justin Diercks (#70), Carl Long (#23)

New England 200[edit]

The New England 200 was held July 15 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Kyle Busch won the pole. Clint Bowyer dominated early in the race but Carl Edwards captured the victory.

Top ten results:

  1. #60 Carl Edwards
  2. #21 Kevin Harvick
  3. #20 Denny Hamlin
  4. #11 Paul Menard
  5. #2 Clint Bowyer
  6. #00 Johnny Sauter
  7. #9 Scott Riggs
  8. #18 J. J. Yeley
  9. #66 Scott Wimmer
  10. #16 Greg Biffle

As there were the maximum of forty-three cars needed to race, no drivers or teams failed to qualify.

Goody's 250[edit]

The Goody's 250 was held July 22 at Martinsville Speedway. Clint Bowyer won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #2 Clint Bowyer
  3. #20 Denny Hamlin
  4. #41 Reed Sorenson
  5. #00 Johnny Sauter
  6. #60 Carl Edwards
  7. #10 John Andretti
  8. #38 Jason Leffler
  9. #18 J. J. Yeley
  10. #01 Jay Sauter

Failed to qualify: Richard Landreth (#89)

Busch Silver Celebration 250[edit]

The Busch Silver Celebration 250 was held July 29 at Gateway International Raceway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. Tim Sauter, who finished 22nd, suffered a 50 point penalty for illegal shocks found on his car during post race inspection.

Top Ten Results

  1. #60 Carl Edwards
  2. #2 Clint Bowyer
  3. #20 Denny Hamlin
  4. #41 Reed Sorenson
  5. #21 Kevin Harvick
  6. #66 Scott Wimmer
  7. #27 David Green
  8. #5 Kyle Busch
  9. #22 Kenny Wallace
  10. #56 Kevin Grubb

Failed to qualify: Brad Teague (#05), Shane Hall (#49), Kevin Hamlin (#12)

Kroger 200[edit]

The Kroger 200 was held August 5 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Denny Hamlin won the pole.

Top Ten Results

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #41 Reed Sorenson
  3. #18 J. J. Yeley
  4. #16 Greg Biffle
  5. #29 Jeff Burton
  6. #50 Danny O'Quinn
  7. #01 Jay Sauter
  8. #20 Denny Hamlin
  9. #11 Paul Menard
  10. #60 Carl Edwards

Failed to Qualify: Todd Shafer (#28)

Zippo 200[edit]

This race was held August 12 at Watkins Glen International. Kurt Busch won the race from the pole. Kurt Busch and Robby Gordon cut off track several times to duel on the final lap.

Top ten results: 202.45 miles/83 laps due to green-white-checkered rule.

  1. #39 Kurt Busch
  2. #7 Robby Gordon
  3. #64 Jamie McMurray
  4. #66 Greg Biffle
  5. #10 John Andretti
  6. #88 Martin Truex, Jr.
  7. #21 Kevin Harvick
  8. #9 Boris Said
  9. #33 Ron Fellows
  10. #1 Scott Pruett

Failed to Qualify: Stan Silva, Jr. (#65), Eduardo Troconis (#23), John Finger (#49)

Carfax 250[edit]

This race was held August 19 at Michigan International Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top ten results: 128 laps/256 miles due to green-white-checkered rule.

  1. #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  2. #42 Casey Mears
  3. #88 Robby Gordon
  4. #17 Matt Kenseth
  5. #6 Mark Martin
  6. #20 Denny Hamlin
  7. #41 Reed Sorenson
  8. #21 Kevin Harvick
  9. #18 J. J. Yeley
  10. #29 Jeff Burton

Failed to qualify: Dexter Bean (#49)

Food City 250[edit]

This race was held August 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #17 Matt Kenseth
  2. #21 Kevin Harvick
  3. #33 Ron Hornaday
  4. #9 Kasey Kahne
  5. #38 Jason Leffler
  6. #39 Ryan Newman
  7. #5 Kyle Busch
  8. #60 Carl Edwards
  9. #99 David Reutimann
  10. #11 Paul Menard

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#89), Caleb Holman (#75), D. J. Kennington (#72), Brad Keselowski (#23)

Ameriquest 300[edit]

This race was held September 2 at California Speedway. Clint Bowyer won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #9 Kasey Kahne
  2. #21 Kevin Harvick
  3. #6 Mark Martin
  4. #11 Paul Menard
  5. #25 Ashton Lewis
  6. #33 Tony Stewart
  7. #17 Matt Kenseth
  8. #47 Jon Wood
  9. #88 Robby Gordon
  10. #01 Jay Sauter

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#49)

Emerson Radio 250[edit]

This race will be held September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Jeff Burton won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #16 Greg Biffle
  3. #17 Matt Kenseth
  4. #11 Paul Menard
  5. #41 Reed Sorenson
  6. #20 Denny Hamlin
  7. #32 Dave Blaney
  8. #66 Scott Wimmer
  9. #60 Carl Edwards
  10. #9 Scott Riggs

Failed to qualify: Chris Cook (#43), Hermie Sadler (#28), Justin Diercks (#70), Josh Krug (#37), Shane Hall (#49)

Dover 200[edit]

This race was held September 23 at Dover International Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole. Clint Bowyer held off Matt Kenseth in a green-white-checker finish.

Top ten results:

  1. #2 Clint Bowyer
  2. #17 Matt Kenseth
  3. #21 Kevin Harvick
  4. #64 Jamie McMurray
  5. #38 Jason Leffler
  6. #41 Reed Sorenson
  7. #5 Kyle Busch
  8. #16 Greg Biffle
  9. #18 J. J. Yeley
  10. #99 Michael Waltrip

As there were the maximum of forty-three cars needed to race, no drivers or teams failed to qualify.

Yellow Transportation 300[edit]

The Yellow Transportation 300 was held September 30 at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #17 Matt Kenseth
  3. #5 Kyle Busch
  4. #33 Tony Stewart
  5. #2 Clint Bowyer
  6. #60 Carl Edwards
  7. #41 Reed Sorenson
  8. #16 Greg Biffle
  9. #77 Bobby Labonte
  10. #11 Paul Menard

Failed to qualify: Randy LaJoie (#37), Steadman Marlin (#95)

Dollar General 300[edit]

This race was held October 13 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards started from the pole. Dave Blaney would earn his first career Busch Series win, and Kevin Harvick, despite failing to finish on the lead lap for the only time in the 2006 season, clinched the Busch Series Championship following a wreck involving second-place driver Carl Edwards and Casey Mears on lap 199 (at the start-finish line from lap 198 to lap 199) of a scheduled 200-lap race.

Top ten results: 203 laps/304.5 miles due to the green-white-checker rule

  1. #32 Dave Blaney
  2. #99 Michael Waltrip
  3. #59 Stacy Compton
  4. #17 Matt Kenseth
  5. #50 Danny O'Quinn
  6. #00 Johnny Sauter
  7. #2 Clint Bowyer
  8. #20 Denny Hamlin
  9. #33 Kevin Harvick
  10. #25 Ashton Lewis, Jr.

Failed to qualify: Tim Sauter (#36), Kertus Davis (#0), Robert Richardson, Jr. (#80), Eric McClure (#04), Derrike Cope (#49)

Sam's Town 250[edit]

This race was held October 28 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Johnny Sauter won the pole. Juan Pablo Montoya made his NASCAR debut in this race.

Top ten results:

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #2 Clint Bowyer
  3. #60 Carl Edwards
  4. #00 Johnny Sauter
  5. #88 Shane Huffman
  6. #20 Denny Hamlin
  7. #41 Reed Sorenson
  8. #50 Danny O'Quinn
  9. #9 Kasey Kahne
  10. #18 J. J. Yeley

Failed to qualify: Ron Young (#71), Stanton Barrett (#95), Chris Wimmer (#0), Shane Hall (#49), Richard Landreth (#89), Chuck Barnes Jr. (#07)

O'Reilly Challenge[edit]

This race was held on November 4 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #19 Tony Stewart
  3. #29 Jeff Burton
  4. #6 Mark Martin
  5. #33 Ron Hornaday
  6. #18 J. J. Yeley
  7. #60 Carl Edwards
  8. #20 Denny Hamlin
  9. #77 Bobby Labonte
  10. #06 Todd Kluever

Failed to qualify: Justin Diercks (#70), Robert Richardson, Jr. (#80), Jerry Robertson (#78), Derrike Cope (#49), Jorge Goeters (#63)

Arizona.travel 200[edit]

The Arizona.travel 200 was held November 11 at Phoenix International Raceway. Sam Hornish, Jr., the 2006 IRL champion, made his NASCAR debut here. Matt Kenseth won race from the pole.

Top ten results: 203 miles/203 laps due to green-white-checkered rule.

  1. #17 Matt Kenseth
  2. #21 Kevin Harvick
  3. #20 Denny Hamlin
  4. #2 Clint Bowyer
  5. #60 Carl Edwards
  6. #18 J. J. Yeley
  7. #41 Reed Sorenson
  8. #88 Shane Huffman
  9. #33 Ron Hornaday
  10. #5 Kyle Busch

Failed to qualify: Mike Skinner (#12), D.J. Kennington (#72), Shane Hall (#49), Josh Krug (#37)

Ford 300[edit]

The Ford 300 was held November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kevin Harvick won the pole.

Top Ten Results:

  1. #17 Matt Kenseth
  2. #60 Carl Edwards
  3. #11 Paul Menard
  4. #20 Denny Hamlin
  5. #18 J. J. Yeley
  6. #21 Kevin Harvick
  7. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. #9 Kasey Kahne
  9. #06 Todd Kluever
  10. #00 Johnny Sauter

Failed to qualify: Robert Richardson, Jr. (#80), Justin Diercks (#70), D.J. Kennington (#72), Kertus Davis (#0), Kraig Kinser (#04), Dawayne Bryan (#68), Morgan Shepherd (#49), Trevor Boys (#08), Brett Rowe (#05)

Rookies[edit]

Also, John Andretti was officially considered a Busch Series rookie of the year contender for 2006, even though he is a Winston/Nextel Cup veteran.

ROTY favorite Lamar was released early from his ride at KHI while leading the standngs. Eventually, the ROTY came down to a fight between NEXTEL Cup veteral John Andretti and former USAR Pro Cup driver Danny O'Quinn Jr. Eventually, O'Quinn, despite being released for one race to prepare David Ragan for 2007, he still managed to hold off Andretti to win the title by only a point. Another preseason favorite and 2005 NCTS Rookie of the Year, Tood Kluever, struggled in his transition to the Busch Series. Another USAR driver, Mark McFarland, had an up and down year and was replaced by Shane Huffman. Joel Kauffman and Chris Wimmer made bids for ROTY, but were released from their rides. A.J. Foyt IV, in his transition to stock cars, was released due to a Dodge development deal.

Television[edit]

This was the last year that Fox Sports/FX, TNT, and NBC covered the Busch Series. Starting in 2007, as part of a new TV contract with the television networks of The Walt Disney Company, ESPN2 will cover the entire Busch season with select races on ABC.

See also[edit]