2006 Coca-Cola 600
|Race 12 of 36 in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season|
|Date||May 28, 2006|
|Official name||Coca-Cola 600|
|Location||Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina|
Permanent racing facility|
1.5 mi (2.414 km)
|Distance||400 laps, 600 mi (965.606 km)|
|Weather||Chilly with temperatures reaching as low as 60.8 °F (16.0 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)|
|Average speed||128.84 miles per hour (207.35 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kasey Kahne||Evernham Motorsports|
|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 Coca-Cola 600, the 47th running of the event, was a NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held on May 28, 2006 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Contested at 400 laps and 600 miles, it was the twelfth race of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season.
Kasey Kahne of Evernham Motorsports won the race, his third win of the season. Jimmie Johnson finished second and Carl Edwards finished third. Michael Waltrip failed to qualify, but he bought Derrike Cope's 43rd starting spot (No. 74). Kyle Busch was fined US$50,000 and had 25 championship points deducted for throwing his HANS device at Casey Mears after an accident.
Failed to qualify: Kevin Lepage (No. 49), Hermie Sadler (No. 00), Chad Chaffin (No. 61), Michael Waltrip (No. 55), Stanton Barrett (No. 95), Mike Garvey (No. 51), Chad Blount (No. 34), Carl Long (No. 37), Kirk Shelmerdine (No. 27), and Kertus Davis (No. 72).
Lowe's Motor Speedway is a motorsports complex located in Concord, North Carolina, United States 13 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina. The complex features a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) quad oval track that hosts NASCAR racing including the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend and the Nextel All-Star Challenge, as well as the Bank of America 500. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams located in the Charlotte area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) with Humpy Wheeler as track president.
- Time of race: 4:39:25
- Average Speed: 128.84 miles per hour (207.35 km/h)
- Pole Speed: 187.865
- Cautions: 15 for 66 laps
- Margin of Victory: 2.114 sec
- Lead changes: 37
- Percent of race run under caution: 16.8%
- Average green flag run: 20.8 laps
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