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
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
Winner
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.

Summary[edit]

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 ($6,178,327.50 when adjusted for inflation).[6] Biffle received $323,800 for his first-place finish ($384,679.53 when adjusted for inflation).[2]

This was the final race broadcast on NBC under the original 2001-2006 broadcast deal; NBC would not broadcast another NASCAR Cup Series race until the 2015 Coke Zero 400.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying results
Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge  30.293 178.259
2 10 Scott Riggs Evernham Motorsports Dodge  30.300 178.218
3 5 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet  30.317 178.118
4 19 Elliott Sadler Evernham Motorsports Dodge  30.327 178.059
5 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet  30.340 177.983
6 25 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet  30.459 177.288
7 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet  30.462 177.270
8 18 J. J. Yeley Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet  30.494 177.084
9 38 David Gilliland Robert Yates Racing Ford  30.507 177.009
10 07 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet  30.518 176.945
11 41 Reed Sorenson Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge  30.529 176.881
12 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet  30.536 176.840
13 01 Joe Nemechek Ginn Racing Chevrolet  30.557 176.719
14 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet  30.574 176.621
15 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet  30.583 176.569
16 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing South Dodge  30.594 176.505
17 49 Mike Bliss BAM Racing Dodge  30.613 176.396
18 14 Sterling Marlin Ginn Racing Chevrolet  30.615 176.384
19 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford  30.622 176.344
20 1 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet  30.631 176.292
21 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet  30.663 176.108
22 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford  30.679 176.016
23 40 David Stremme Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge  30.679 176.016
24 33 Scott Wimmer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.682 175.999
25 22 Dave Blaney Bill Davis Racing Dodge  30.689 175.959
26 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford  30.703 175.879
27 66 Jeff Green Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet  30.715 175.810
28 15 Paul Menard Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet  30.740 175.667
29 30 Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 30.755 175.581
30 43 Bobby Labonte Petty Enterprises Chevrolet  30.760 175.553
31 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford  30.768 175.507
32 09 Jeremy Mayfield Phoenix Racing Dodge 30.774 175.473
33 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet  30.794 175.359
34 32 Travis Kvapil PPI Motorsports Chevrolet  30.801 175.319
35 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Chevrolet  30.812 175.256
36 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing South Dodge  30.817 175.228
37 21 Ken Schrader Wood Brothers Racing Ford  30.818 175.222
38 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge  30.864 174.961
39 42 Casey Mears Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge  30.955 174.447
40 96 Tony Raines Hall of Fame Racing Chevrolet  30.994 174.227
41 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford  31.084 173.723
42 26 Jamie McMurray Roush Racing Ford  31.087 173.706
43 00 Bill Elliott Michael Waltrip Racing Chevrolet Champion's Provisional
Failed to qualify
44 4 Ward Burton Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet  30.870 174.927
45 72 Brandon Whitt CJM Racing Chevrolet 30.943 174.514
46 95 Casey Atwood Brewco Motorsports Ford  30.982 174.295
47 78 Kenny Wallace Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 31.002 174.182
48 06 Todd Kluever Roush Racing Ford  31.012 174.126
49 60 David Ragan No Fear Racing Ford  31.082 173.734
50 55 Michael Waltrip Waltrip-Jasper Racing Dodge  31.208 173.033
51 27 Mike Skinner Kirk Shelmerdine Racing Chevrolet 31.303 172.507
52 74 Derrike Cope McGlynn Racing Dodge  31.699 170.352
53 61 Kevin Lepage Front Row Motorsports Dodge  31.713 170.277
54 46 Carl Long Cupp Motorsports Dodge  31.878 169.396
55 34 Chad Chaffin Front Row Motorsports Dodge  32.181 167.801
Source: [7]

Race results[edit]

Race results
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 22 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 268 1851
2 20 1 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 268 1751
3 33 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 268 165
4 1 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 268 1702
5 7 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 268 155
6 19 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 268 150
7 2 10 Scott Riggs Evernham Motorsports Dodge 268 1511
8 31 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 268 142
9 15 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 268 1431
10 10 07 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 268 134
11 23 40 David Stremme Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 268 130
12 24 33 Scott Wimmer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 268 127
13 13 01 Joe Nemechek Ginn Racing Chevrolet 268 124
14 5 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 268 121
15 21 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 268 118
16 11 41 Reed Sorenson Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 268 115
17 28 15 Paul Menard Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 268 1171
18 26 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 268 109
19 14 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 268 1111
20 40 96 Tony Raines Hall of Fame Racing Chevrolet 268 103
21 6 25 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 100
22 27 66 Jeff Green Hass CNC Racing Chevrolet 267 97
23 16 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing South Dodge 267 94
24 12 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 91
25 43 00 Bill Elliott Michael Waltrip Racing Chevrolet 267 88
26 25 22 Dave Blaney Bill Davis Racing Dodge 266 85
27 34 32 Travis Kvapil PPI Motorsports Chevrolet  266 82
28 38 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge  266 79
29 37 21 Ken Schrader Wood Brothers Racing Ford 266 76
30 8 18 J. J. Yeley Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 265 781
31 41 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 265 70
32 39 42 Casey Mears Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 261 67
33 9 38 David Gilliland Robert Yates Racing Ford 257 64
34 29 30 Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 251 61
35 42 26 Jamie McMurray Roush Racing Ford 250 58
36 4 19 Elliott Sadler Evernham Motorsports Dodge 230 601
37 18 14 Sterling Marlin Ginn Racing Chevrolet 213 52
38 3 5 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 206 541
39 17 49 Mike Bliss BAM Racing Dodge 201 46
40 35 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Chevrolet 187 43
41 30 43 Bobby Labonte Petty Enterprises Dodge 83 40
42 32 09 Jeremy Mayfield Phoenix Racing Dodge 78 37
43 36 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing South Dodge 9 34
Source: [8]
1 Includes five bonus points for leading a lap
2 Includes ten bonus points for leading the most laps

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weather information for the 2006 Ford 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i 2006 Ford 400 racing information at Racing Reference
  3. ^ a b c d e f 2006 Ford 400 race information at Race Database
  4. ^ a b 2006 Ford 400 - Kyle Busch swipes the wall slowing him down in Homestead at YouTube
  5. ^ 2006 Ford 400 Juan Montoya Fiery End Live w/ Replays at YouTube
  6. ^ 2006 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway at NASCAR.About.com
  7. ^ "Race Lineup: Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on December 3, 2006. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Official Race Results: Ford 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway". NASCAR.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on December 6, 2006. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  9. ^ "2006 Official Driver Standings After Ford 400". NASCAR. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. 
  10. ^ "2006 Manufactures Championship". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 


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