2006 Checker Auto Parts 500

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2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil
Race details[1][2][3][4]
Race 35 of 36 in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 program cover
2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 program cover
Date November 12, 2006 (2006-November-12)
Official name Checker Auto Parts 500
Location Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona
Course Permanent racing facility
1.000 mi (1.609 km)
Distance 312 laps, 312 mi (502 km)
Weather Warm with temperatures approaching 80.1 °F (26.7 °C); wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)
Average speed 96.131 miles per hour (154.708 km/h)
Attendance 106,000
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 26.773
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing
Laps 252
Winner
No. 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Bill Weber
Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach

The 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil was a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series racing event that took place on November 12, 2006, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

The traditional pre-race ceremonies were held with the showing of the national colors along with the invocation service from a local minister. One of country music's top ten recording artists of 2006, Taylor Swift, sang the national anthem prior to the racing event.[5] The green flag was officially waved at 2:35 p.m. and the checked flag was waved at approximately 5:49 p.m.[6] After this race, Colombian native Juan Pablo Montoya and Australian driver Marcos Ambrose would temporarily become the foreigners that would consistently make the racing grid for all the future NASCAR Cup Series races along with limited degrees of success by Scottish IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti.

Events held alongside the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 on the same weekend include the Casino Arizona 150 (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) and the Arizona Travel 200 (NASCAR Busch Series).

Qualifying[edit]

ST[7] Car # Driver Make Primary Sponsor SPD Q Time BHND
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 134.464 26.773 0.000
2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 133.973 26.871 00.098
3 25 Brian Vickers Chevrolet 133.949 26.876 00.103
4 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 133.670 26.932 00.159
5 01 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 133.620 26.942 00.169
6 16 Greg Biffle Ford 133.536 26.959 00.186
7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 133.516 26.963 00.190
8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 133.472 26.972 00.199
9 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet 133.457 26.975 00.202
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 133.417 26.983 00.210
11 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 133.378 26.991 00.218
12 99 Carl Edwards Ford 133.141 27.039 00.266
13 38 David Gilliland Ford 133.052 27.057 00.284
14 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 132.984 27.071 00.298
15 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 132.944 27.079 00.306
16 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 132.934 27.081 00.308
17 42 Casey Mears Dodge 132.856 27.097 00.324
18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 132.841 27.100 00.327
19 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 132.836 27.101 00.328
20 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 132.763 27.116 00.343
21 6 Mark Martin Ford 132.758 27.117 00.344
22 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet 132.709 27.127 00.354
23 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 132.685 27.132 00.359
24 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet 132.421 27.186 00.413
25 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet 132.246 27.222 00.449
26 1 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 132.217 27.228 00.455
27 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 132.096 27.253 00.480
28 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 131.945 27.284 00.511
29 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 131.873 27.299 00.526
30 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet 131.796 27.315 00.542
31 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 131.608 27.354 00.581
32 21 Ken Schrader Ford 131.608 27.354 00.581
33 32 Travis Kvapil Chevrolet 131.473 27.382 00.609
34 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 131.396 27.398 00.625
35 18 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 131.200 27.439 00.666
36 40 David Stremme Dodge 131.081 27.464 00.691
37 72 Brandon Whitt Chevrolet 130.985 27.484 00.711
38 49 Mike Bliss Dodge 130.966 27.488 00.715
39 61 Chad Chaffin Dodge 130.757 27.532 00.759
40 7 Robby Gordon Chevrolet 130.397 27.608 00.835
41 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet 130.326 27.623 00.850
42 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 129.851 27.724 00.951
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Race recap[edit]

Brandon Whitt would "earn" the last-place finish in his only NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start due to a rear end issue on lap 123 of 312.[2][3][4][8]

Kevin Harvick defeated Jimmie Johnson by a ¼ of a second in front of 106,000 people after three hours and fourteen minutes of racing action.[2][9] Harvick dominated this race, leading exactly 80.7% of the race.[2][4][8] There were 12 lead changes in addition to ten caution flag waved by NASCAR for 58 laps.[2][4][8] There was at least one red flag in the race; it was waved due to a multi-car accident on lap 305.[10] Jeff Gordon qualified for the pole position with a speed of 134.646 miles per hour (216.692 km/h) while the average speed of the race was 96.131 miles per hour (154.708 km/h).[2][4][8]

This was the final career race for team owner Doug Bawel.[2][4][8] It was also the last DNF for Clint Bowyer until the 2009 race in Darlington.[2][4][8] Brandon Whitt did a great job making this race, considering the team and his limited experience. His only other start that year was an ARCA race, and he had a DNQ to go with each of them.[2][4][8]

The other finishers in the top ten were: Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jeff Burton.[2][3][4][8] Now-retired drivers Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett also participated in this race during their twilight years.[2][3][4] Seven drivers failed to make the race while Robby Gordon was sent to the back of the grid due to an engine replacement.[2] Kyle Busch failed to finish in the top ten in his Hendrick Motorsports #5 Chevrolet Monte Carlo machine.[2][3][4][8]

Drivers were racing for a prize bounty of $4,892,924 ($6,281,325.51 when adjusted for inflation) with Jimmie Johnson being ahead of Matt Kenseth by a mere 17 points.[6] While Tony Stewart scored more points than the top ten drivers, the best result that he could come up within the 2006 NASCAR Cup Series season would be eleventh place in the drivers' championship standings.[6] The "Chase for the Cup" formula at that time had the best ten drivers compete for the championship – as opposed to 16 in today's formula.

Results[edit]

POS ST # DRIVER SPONSOR / OWNER CAR LAPS MONEY STATUS LED PTS
1 2 29   Kevin Harvick Reese's Cookies   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 312 216825 running 252 190
2 29 48   Jimmie Johnson Lowe's   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 312 183275 running 28 175
3 22 11   Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground   (Joe Gibbs) Chevrolet 312 139800 running 0 165
4 1 24   Jeff Gordon DuPont   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 312 136125 running 3 165
5 12 99   Carl Edwards Office Depot   (Jack Roush) Ford 312 120425 running 0 155
6 21 6   Mark Martin AAA Insurance   (Jack Roush) Ford 312 104725 running 26 155
7 11 9   Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers / UAW   (Ray Evernham) Dodge 312 99025 running 0 146
8 8 2   Kurt Busch Miller Lite   (Roger Penske) Dodge 312 93050 running 0 142
9 4 8   Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Budweiser   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 312 88050 running 0 138
10 18 31   Jeff Burton Cingular Wireless   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 312 90500 running 0 134
11 3 25   Brian Vickers GMAC   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 312 83350 running 0 130
12 26 1   Martin Truex, Jr. Bass Pro Shops / Tracker   (Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) Chevrolet 312 100608 running 0 127
13 10 17   Matt Kenseth USG Sheetrock   (Jack Roush) Ford 312 86700 running 1 129
14 23 20   Tony Stewart The Home Depot   (Joe Gibbs) Chevrolet 312 91550 running 0 121
15 7 12   Ryan Newman Alltel   (Roger Penske) Dodge 312 83125 running 0 118
16 13 38   David Gilliland M&M's   (Yates Racing) Ford 312 77950 running 1 120
17 16 19   Elliott Sadler Dodge Dealers / UAW   (Ray Evernham) Dodge 312 76500 running 0 112
18 36 40   David Stremme Discount Tire   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 312 92233 running 0 109
19 5 01   Joe Nemechek Principal Financial Group   (Bobby Ginn) Chevrolet 312 75775 running 0 106
20 35 18   J.J. Yeley GSK Boniva   (Joe Gibbs) Chevrolet 312 78350 running 0 103
21 41 96   Tony Raines DLP HDTV   (Bill Saunders) Chevrolet 312 67325 running 0 100
22 42 10   Scott Riggs Stanley Tools / Valvoline   (James Rocco) Dodge 312 67100 running 0 97
23 31 22   Dave Blaney Caterpillar   (Bill Davis) Dodge 312 81983 running 0 94
24 32 21   Ken Schrader Little Debbie   (Wood Brothers) Ford 312 74625 running 0 91
25 34 45   Kyle Petty Wells Fargo   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 312 86458 running 0 88
26 17 42   Casey Mears Texaco / Havoline   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 312 74175 running 0 85
27 15 43   Bobby Labonte Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories   (Petty Enterprises) Dodge 311 74050 running 0 82
28 24 4   Ward Burton Lucas Oil Products   (Larry McClure) Chevrolet 311 65425 running 0 79
29 28 41   Reed Sorenson Target   (Chip Ganassi) Dodge 310 70800 running 0 76
30 33 32   Travis Kvapil Tide / Downy   (Cal Wells) Chevrolet 310 72722 running 0 73
31 43 37   Bill Elliott Melling Auto Parts   (John Carter) Dodge 309 62550 running 0 70
32 40 7   Robby Gordon Harrah's   (Robby Gordon) Chevrolet 307 62400 running 0 67
33 20 07   Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's   (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 306 71225 oil line 0 64
34 6 16   Greg Biffle National Guard   (Jack Roush) Ford 306 82350 running 0 61
35 39 61   Chad Chaffin Oak Glove Co.   (Bob Jenkins) Dodge 306 62025 running 0 58
36 30 14   Sterling Marlin Principal Financial Group   (Bobby Ginn) Chevrolet 303 61875 running 1 60
37 25 66   Jeff Green Best Buy   (Gene Haas) Chevrolet 298 69750 crash 0 52
38 9 5   Kyle Busch Kellogg's   (Rick Hendrick) Chevrolet 291 79625 running 0 49
39 27 88   Dale Jarrett UPS   (Yates Racing) Ford 289 69500 crash 0 46
40 14 26   Jamie McMurray Irwin Industrial Tools   (Jack Roush) Ford 272 80350 crash 0 43
41 38 49   Mike Bliss WhatsOnline.com   (Beth Ann Morgenthau) Dodge 262 61210 engine 0 40
42 19 55   Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts   (Doug Bawel) Dodge 234 61085 engine 0 37
43 37 72   Brandon Whitt Dutch Quality Stone   (Bryan Mullet) Chevrolet 123 61286 rear end 0 34
Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:
POS NAME NBR SPONSOR OWNER CAR
44 Jason Leffler 71 Fort McDowell Resort Destination Todd Braun Chevrolet
45 Todd Kluever 06 3M Vikuiti / Sharp AQUOS Jack Roush Ford
46 Morgan Shepherd 89 Victory In Jesus / Eco First Morgan Shepherd Dodge
47 Brandon Ash 02 Sprinter Trucking, Inc. Ed Ash Dodge
48 Kevin Lepage 34 Oak Glove Co. Bob Jenkins Chevrolet
49 Kenny Wallace 78 Furniture Row Racing Barney Visser Chevrolet
50 Derrike Cope 74 Sundance Vacations / Vialafil.com Raynard McGlynn Dodge
51 Jeremy Mayfield 09 Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts James Finch Dodge

Timeline[edit]

Section reference:[2]

  • Start of race: Jeff Gordon started the race as the first-place driver.
  • Lap 4: Kevin Harvick took over the lead from Jeff Gordon.
  • Lap 71: Caution for debris; ended on lap 76.
  • Lap 72: Matt Kenseth took over the lead from Kevin Harvick.
  • Lap 73: Kevin Harvick took over the lead from Matt Kenseth.
  • Lap 123: Brandon Whitt lost his vehicle's rear end.
  • Lap 134: Jimmie Johnson took over the lead from Kevin Harvick.
  • Lap 151: Caution for debris; ended on lap 157.
  • Lap 152: Sterling Marlin took over the lead from Jimmie Johnson.
  • Lap 153: Jimmie Johnson took over the lead from Sterling Marlin.
  • Lap 162: Kevin Harvick took over the lead from Jimmie Johnson.
  • Lap 188: Caution for oil on track; ended on lap 195.
  • Lap 227: Caution for Robby Gordon and Chad Chiffin's joint accident; ended on lap 230.
  • Lap 234: Michael Waltrip developed engine problems.
  • Lap 253: Caution due to oil on track; ended on lap 257.
  • Lap 255: David Gilliland took over the lead from Kevin Harvick.
  • Lap 256: Mark Martin took over the lead from David Gilliland.
  • Lap 260: Jimmie Johnson took over the lead from Mark Martin.
  • Lap 261: Mark Martin took over the lead from Jimmie Johnson.
  • Lap 262: Mike Bliss developed engine problems.
  • Lap 265: Caution due to Mike Bliss' accident; ended on lap 271.
  • Lap 272: Jamie McMurray suffered from his vehicle's terminal crash.
  • Lap 274: Caution due to a five-car accident; the caution officially ended on lap 281.
  • Lap 283: Kevin Harvick took over the lead from Mark Martin.
  • Lap 289: Dale Jarrett suffered from his vehicle's terminal crash.
  • Lap 292: Caution due to Sterling Marlin and Dale Jarrett's joint accident; ended on lap 296.
  • Lap 298: Jeff Green suffered from his vehicle's terminal crash.
  • Lap 300: Caution due to Jeff Green's accident; ended on lap 304.
  • Lap 306: Clint Bowyer's vehicle developed a problematic oil line.
  • Lap 307: Caution due to Casey Mears spinning off turn two; ended on lap 309.
  • Finish: Kevin Harvick won the event.

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2] Differential
1 1rightarrow.png Jimmie Johnson 6332 0
2 1rightarrow.png Matt Kenseth 6269 -63
3 Increase Denny Hamlin 6242 -90
3 Increase Kevin Harvick 6242 -90
5 Decrease Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 6217 -115
6 1rightarrow.png Jeff Gordon 6165 -167
7 1rightarrow.png Jeff Burton 6107 -225
8 Increase Mark Martin 6059 -273
9 Increase Kasey Kahne 6013 -319
10 Decrease Kyle Busch 5973 -359

External links[edit]

Full qualifying results

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at the Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 race information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ a b c d e 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 racing information at Driver Averages
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 2006 Checkers Auto Parts 500 racing information at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet
  5. ^ YouTube: Taylor Swift sings the National Anthem at the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500
  6. ^ a b c 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway at NASCAR.About.com
  7. ^ "2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil Practice through Qualifying Comparisons - Phoenix Raceway". frcs.pro. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 racing information at Race-Database
  9. ^ YouTube: 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 - Kevin Harvick Wins
  10. ^ Mark Martin's top ten finish at the 2006 Checker Auto Parts 500 at MarkMartin.org
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