2006 DirecTV 500

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2006 DirecTV 500
Race details[1][2][3][4]
Race 6 of 36 in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
2006 DirecTV 500 Finish
2006 DirecTV 500 Finish
Date April 2, 2006 (2006-April-02)
Location Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.526 mi (0.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423.257 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 80.6 °F (27.0 °C); wind speeds up to 7 miles per hour (11 km/h)[2]
Average speed 72.741 miles per hour (117.065 km/h)
Attendance 65,000
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 19.575
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 288
Winner
No. 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Larry McReynolds

The 2006 DirecTV 500 was the sixth race of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season. It was held on April 2, 2006 at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Jimmie Johnson won the pole and Tony Stewart led the most laps and won the race.[5]

Background[edit]

Martinsville Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

Martinsville Speedway is a 4-turn short track that is 0.526 miles (0.847 km) long.[6] Its turns are banked at 11° while the frontstretch, where the start/finish line is located, is banked 0°.[6] Like the front stretch, the backstraightaway also does not have a banked surface.[6]

Martinsville Speedway is the shortest track on the Sprint Cup circuit, [6] but because of its size and shape – described most often as the shape of a paperclip – Martinsville offers some of the most exciting and close racing in the sport.[6] Also because of its size, fans are closer to the action than any other track.[6] The cars are never more than a few hundred yards away and sometimes they seem close enough to reach out and touch.

In a recent poll of race fans by a major publication, Martinsville Speedway was voted as the top bargain in all of Sprint Cup racing as well as the track having the best view of the action.[6] The track is also one of the most modern, with high-rise aluminum chair back seating, corporate and fan suites and state-of-the-art facilities for the media.[6]

The race track was built in 1947 and is owned by the International Speedway Corporation.

The race consisted of 500 laps, equivalent to a race distance of 263 miles (423 km).[6] Jeff Gordon was the defending race winner, after he won the race in 2005, the previous year.

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Driver No. Make Points Bonus Points Laps Winnings
1 3 Tony Stewart 20 Chevrolet 190 10 500 $220,786
2 8 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 170 0 500 $153,461
3 1 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 170 5 500 $150,361
4 29 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 Chevrolet 160 0 500 $133,416
5 17 Kyle Busch 5 Chevrolet 155 0 500 $98,400
6 7 Elliott Sadler 38 Ford 150 0 500 $120,808
7 26 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 146 0 500 $115,011
8 24 Brian Vickers 25 Chevrolet 142 0 500 $85,350
9 2 Jamie McMurray 26 Ford 143 5 500 $122,675
10 11 Scott Riggs 10 Dodge 134 0 500 $76,700
11 9 Kurt Busch 2 Dodge 130 0 500 $111,683
12 25 Reed Sorenson* 41 Dodge 127 0 500 $85,925
13 30 Mark Martin 6 Ford 124 0 500 $90,575
14 6 Sterling Marlin 14 Chevrolet 126 5 500 $92,083
15 28 Dale Jarrett 88 Ford 123 5 500 $106,825
16 15 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 115 0 500 $89,100
17 14 Dave Blaney 22 Dodge 112 0 499 $89,233
18 4 Ryan Newman 12 Dodge 109 0 498 $114,358
19 21 Martin Truex, Jr.* 1 Chevrolet 106 0 498 $94,208
20 18 J.J. Yeley* 18 Chevrolet 108 5 497 $109,125
21 12 Tony Raines 96 Chevrolet 100 0 497 $67,850
22 42 Clint Bowyer* 07 Chevrolet 97 0 496 $84,250
23 22 Joe Nemechek 01 Chevrolet 94 0 495 $98,245
24 16 Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 91 0 493 $113,491
25 34 Jeff Green 66 Chevrolet 88 0 491 $90,483
26 23 Jeremy Mayfield 19 Dodge 85 0 462 $100,066
27 32 Casey Mears 42 Dodge 82 0 456 $103,918
28 36 Scott Wimmer 4 Chevrolet 79 0 451 $69,460
29 33 Michael Waltrip 55 Dodge 76 0 445 $78,722
30 37 Kyle Petty 45 Dodge 73 0 439 $77,550
31 10 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 70 0 436 $86,100
32 13 Bobby Labonte 43 Dodge 67 0 429 $105,211
33 20 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 64 0 426 $92,845
34 40 Travis Kvapil 32 Chevrolet 61 0 403 $65,425
35 5 Kasey Kahne 9 Dodge 58 0 374 $102,889
36 31 Chad Chaffin 34 Chevrolet 55 0 345 $65,325
37 41 Denny Hamlin* 11 Chevrolet 52 0 307 $65,250
38 38 David Stremme* 40 Dodge 49 0 299 $73,200
39 35 Stanton Barrett 95 Chevrolet 46 0 280 $65,140
40 19 Ken Schrader 21 Ford 43 0 164 $92,279
41 39 Mike Garvey 151 Chevrolet PE 0 93 $65,015
42 43 Chad Blount 92 Dodge 37 0 92 $64,960
43 27 Robby Gordon 7 Chevrolet 34 0 7 $64,384
Sources:[1][3][4][7]

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#74), Kevin Lepage (#61), Kenny Wallace (#78), Jimmy Spencer (#49), Morgan Shepherd (#89), Hermie Sadler[1][3][4]

References[edit]


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