2006 Ford 400

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2006 Ford 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 36 of 36 in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season
Layout of Homestead-Miami Speedway
Layout of Homestead-Miami Speedway
Date November 19, 2006 (2006-11-19)
Location Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 268 laps, 402 mi (646.956 km)
Scheduled Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.542 km)
Weather Mild with temperatures approaching 71.6 °F (22.0 °C); wind speeds up to 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)
Average speed 125.375 miles per hour (201.772 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Evernham Motorsports
Time 30.293
Most laps led
Driver Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports
Laps 90
No. 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach, Bill Weber

The 2006 Ford 400 was a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race that took place on November 19, 2006, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. There were 43 drivers on the grid; 42 of them were American-born.

Before the race, the television announcers "humanized" the drivers and shows them as just regular guys making tons of money driving race cars for living and gives fans a better look into their personal lives. Subsequent telecasts of NASCAR would have in-race reporters and/or celebrity narrators like Clint Eastwood, Blake Shelton or Denis Leary that would make the drivers look like "bad boys" or "hardcore drivers" instead of regular people.


80,000 live spectators attended this 267-lap race with eleven caution periods for 43 laps. It took more than three hours for Greg Biffle to defeat Martin Truex, Jr. by less than 4/10 of a second.[2][3] Kasey Kahne qualified for the pole position with a top speed of 178.259 miles per hour (286.880 km/h) while the average speed of the actual race would end up being 125.375 miles per hour (201.772 km/h).[2][3] 12 drivers would fail to qualify for this race.[2] Kurt Busch would get credit for the last-place finish due to a crash on the ninth lap.[2][3] Kyle Busch, who was an inexperienced driver in the #5 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Hendrick Motorsports, would frequently collide with the wall.[4] This would result in him being slow during this race.[4]

Juan Pablo Montoya would make his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series debut in this race and would change the complexion of the motorsport forever.[3] Although he would cause his then-futuristic Dodge Avenger to ignite into flames on lap 251 of the race after crashing into Ryan Newman; he finished in 34th place ending his maiden venture into the highest level in NASCAR stock car racing.[2][3][5] Jimmie Johnson would emerge as the champion after this race was over.[2][3]

The race officially started at 2:51 P.M. and did not officially conclude until 6:31 P.M.. The complete prize purse for this race was $5,200,543 ($6,104,500.05 when adjusted for inflation).[6] Biffle received $323,800 for his first-place finish ($380,082.83 when adjusted for inflation).[2]

Top twenty finishers[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points[2]
1 Jimmie Johnson 6475
2 Matt Kenseth 6419
3 Denny Hamlin 6407
4 Kevin Harvick 6397
5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 6328


Previous race:
2006 Checker Auto Parts 500
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
2006 season
Next race:
2007 Daytona 500