2006 Dodge Charger 500

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2006 Dodge Charger 500
Race details[1]
Race 11 of 36 in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Layout of Darlington Raceway
Layout of Darlington Raceway
Date May 13, 2006 (2006-May-13)
Official name Dodge Charger 500
Location Darlington Raceway, Darlington County, South Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 367 laps, 501.322 mi (806.799 km)
Weather Warm with temperatures approaching 78.8 °F (26.0 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)
Average speed 135.127 miles per hour (217.466 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Evernham Motorsports
Time 29.096
Most laps led
Driver Greg Biffle Roush Racing
Laps 170
Winner
No. 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2006 Dodge Charger 500, the 50th running of the event, was on May 13, 2006 at Darlington Raceway as the eleventh race of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup season. Kasey Kahne won the pole.

Background[edit]

Darlington Raceway, nicknamed by many NASCAR fans and drivers as "The Lady in Black" or "The Track Too Tough to Tame" and advertised as a "NASCAR Tradition", is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. It is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of very different configurations, a condition which supposedly arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. This situation makes it very challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that will be effective at both ends.

The track, Darlington Raceway, is a four-turn 1.366 miles (2.198 km) oval.[2] The track's first two turns are banked at twenty-five degrees, while the final two turns are banked two degrees lower at twenty-three degrees.[2] The front stretch (the location of the finish line) and the back stretch is banked at six degrees.[2] Darlington Raceway can seat up to 60,000 people.[2]

Race results[edit]

Rookie of the year contenders denoted by *

Fin St Driver Car # Make Points Bonus Laps Winnings
1 9 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 190 10 367 $290,175
2 12 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 175 5 367 $223,161
3 31 Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 170 5 367 $205,291
4 25 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 165 5 367 $165,311
5 22 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8 Chevrolet 155 367 $152,916
6 2 Ryan Newman 12 Dodge 155 5 367 $139,333
7 29 Kyle Busch 5 Chevrolet 151 5 367 $120,625
8 17 Mark Martin 6 Ford 142 367 $105,625
9 20 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 138 367 $115,320
10 5 Denny Hamlin * 11 Chevrolet 134 367 $97,900
11 16 Reed Sorenson * 41 Dodge 130 367 $94,375
12 13 Tony Stewart 20 Chevrolet 127 367 $133,386
13 24 Robby Gordon 7 Chevrolet 129 5 367 $85,225
14 39 Martin Truex Jr. * 1 Chevrolet 121 367 $108,408
15 23 Ken Schrader 21 Ford 118 366 $109,814
16 36 Joe Nemechek 1 Chevrolet 115 366 $106,995
17 21 Casey Mears 42 Dodge 112 366 $113,908
18 40 Kyle Petty 45 Dodge 109 366 $103,133
19 10 Kurt Busch 2 Dodge 106 366 $115,633
20 42 Tony Raines 96 Chevrolet 103 366 $76,725
21 1 Kasey Kahne 9 Dodge 105 5 366 $126,439
22 11 Bobby Labonte 43 Dodge 97 366 $113,136
23 3 Clint Bowyer * 7 Chevrolet 94 365 $84,400
24 35 Dale Jarrett 88 Ford 96 5 365 $106,750
25 4 David Stremme * 40 Dodge 88 365 $96,533
26 26 J.J. Yeley * 18 Chevrolet 85 365 $107,775
27 32 Dave Blaney 22 Dodge 87 5 364 $84,158
28 27 Sterling Marlin 14 Chevrolet 79 364 $81,322
29 6 Elliott Sadler 38 Ford 76 364 $99,483
30 18 Travis Kvapil 32 Chevrolet 73 364 $71,400
31 19 Scott Riggs 10 Dodge 70 363 $68,150
32 28 Jeff Green 66 Chevrolet 67 363 $75,975
33 38 Scott Wimmer 4 Chevrolet 64 363 $68,750
34 43 Terry Labonte 44 Chevrolet 61 361 $67,675
35 37 Michael Waltrip 55 Dodge 58 359 $67,450
36 41 Kevin Lepage 49 Dodge 55 353 $67,300
37 14 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 52 350 $104,036
38 30 Jeremy Mayfield 19 Dodge 49 346 $96,866
39 7 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 46 281 $86,550
40 34 Stanton Barrett 95 Chevrolet 43 255 $66,600
41 8 Brian Vickers 25 Chevrolet 40 246 $74,475
42 15 Jamie McMurray 26 Ford 37 223 $113,200
43 33 Derrike Cope 74 Dodge 34 11 $66,577
Source:[3]

Failed to qualify: Chad Chaffin (#61), Kenny Wallace (#78), Carl Long (#37), Chad Blount (#34)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 Dodge Charger 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Darlington Raceway". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  3. ^ Official results at NASCAR.com


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