2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

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2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
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The field for the Ford 200 getting the one to go signal from the flag stand during pace laps before the race.

The 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season began on February 17 at Daytona International Speedway with the GM Flex Fuel 250, and ended on November 17 with the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Todd Bodine of Germain Racing was declared champion. This was the Truck Series' 11th season.

Schedule[edit]

All races are held in the United States and carried on Speed Channel.

All times are Eastern Time.

Date and time Venue Event
02/17/2006 8:00 Daytona International Speedway GM FlexFuel 250
02/24/2006 9:00 California Speedway racetickets.com 200
03/17/2006 9:00 Atlanta Motor Speedway John Deere 200
03/31/2006 3:00 Martinsville Speedway Kroger 250
04/28/2006 8:00 Gateway International Raceway Missouri/Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200
05/19/2006 8:30 Lowe's Motor Speedway Quaker Steak and Lube 200
05/27/2006 2:00 Mansfield Motorsports Speedway City of Mansfield 250
06/02/2006 4:00
Delayed tape at 8 PM
Dover International Speedway AAA Insurance 200
06/09/2006 9:00 Texas Motor Speedway Sam's Town 400
06/17/2006 3:00 Michigan International Speedway Con-way Freight 200
06/23/2006 9:00 Milwaukee Mile Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200
07/01/2006 3:00 Kansas Speedway O'Reilly Auto Parts 250
07/08/2006 8:00 Kentucky Speedway Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers
07/15/2006 9:00 Memphis Motorsports Park O'Reilly 200
08/04/2006 8:30 O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis Power Stroke Diesel 200 presented by Ford and International
08/12/2006 5:00 Nashville Superspeedway Toyota Tundra 200
08/23/2006 8:00 Bristol Motor Speedway O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 presented by Valvoline
09/16/2006 2:00 New Hampshire International Speedway Sylvania 300
09/23/2006 9:00 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Smith's Las Vegas 350
10/07/2006 3:00 Talladega Superspeedway John Deere 250
10/21/2006 1:00 Martinsville Speedway Kroger 200
10/28/2006 5:00 Atlanta Motor Speedway EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200
11/03/2006 9:00 Texas Motor Speedway Chevy Silverado 350k
11/10/2006 8:00 Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix 150
11/17/2006 8:00 Homestead-Miami Speedway Ford 200

Teams and drivers[edit]

Complete schedule[edit]

Team Truck(s) No. Driver(s) Crew chief
Chevrolet Billy Ballew Motorsports 15 Kyle Krisiloff 12 (R) Richie Wauters
Kevin Grubb 4
Kyle Busch 5
Jeremy Mayfield 2
Mike Wallace 2
Green Light Racing 08 Bobby Hamilton Jr 3
Butch Miller 1
Boris Jurkovic 1
Sean Murphy 1
Mike Greenwell 2
Johnny Chapman 1
Chad McCumbee 15
Chris Wimmer 1
Kevin Harvick Incorporated 33 Ron Hornaday Chris Rice
Key Motorsports 40 Chad Chaffin 6 Lance Hooper
Ryan Moore 12
Tim Fedewa 1
Derrike Cope 2
Shane Huffman 4
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports 85 Dennis Setzer Eric Phillips
Spears Motorsports 75 Aric Almirola (R) Dave McCarty
ThorSport Racing 13 Kerry Earnhardt (R) Shane Tesch
88 Matt Crafton Bud Haefele
Richardson Racing 1 Robert Richardson (R) Buddy Barnes
Dodge
Bobby Hamilton Racing 4 Timothy Peters 16 Kip McCord
Bobby Labonte 1
Chase Miller 8
18 Bobby Hamilton 3 Danny Rollins
Bobby Hamilton Jr 22
Evernham Motorsports 98 Erin Crocker (R) Dan Glauz
HT Motorsports 59 Mike Wallace 2 Kevin Cram
Steve Park 10
Chad Chaffin 13
Orleans Racing 77 Brendan Gaughan Tony Liberati
Woodard & Sharp Racing 25 Boston Reid 20 (R) Patrick Donahue
Damon Lusk 5
Ford Circle Bar Racing 14 Rick Crawford Kevin Starland
ppc Racing 10 Terry Cook Dennis Connor
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin 14 Mike Beam
David Ragan 9
Auggie Vidovich II 1
Peter Shepherd 1
99 Erik Darnell (R) John Quinn
Wood Brothers/JTG Racing 20 Jon Wood 2 John Monsam
Bobby East 1 (R)
Marcos Ambrose 22 (R)
21 Stacy Compton 2 Gary Cogswell
Jon Wood 1
Bobby East 22 (R)
Xpress Motorsports 16 Mike Bliss Dave Fuge
Toyota Bill Davis Racing 5 Mike Skinner Jeff Hensley
22 Bill Lester Doug Wolcott
23 Johnny Benson Rick Ren
Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 17 David Reutimann Jason Overstreet
Germain Racing 9 Ted Musgrave Tom Ackerman
30 Todd Bodine Mike Hillman, Jr.
Red Horse Racing 11 David Starr Jamie Jones
Wyler Racing 60 Jack Sprague Tony Furr

Limited schedule[edit]

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver(s) Crew chief Rounds
Chevrolet Billy Ballew Motorsports 51 Kyle Busch 2
Martin Truex Jr. 1
Johnny Sauter 1
Ferguson Motorsports 24 Wayne Edwards 2
Green Light Racing 03 Wayne Edwards Bobby Dotter 2
Johnny Chapman 1
07 Sean Murphy 3
Clint Bowyer 1
Johnny Chapman 2
Wayne Edwards 1
Butch Miller 1
Chad McCumbee 2
K Automotive Racing 29 Kraig Kinser (R) Bob Keselowski 2
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports 46 Clint Bowyer Randy Goss 2
Joe Nemechek 3
Denny Hamlin 1
Kraig Kinser (R) 15
47 2
MRD Motorsports 06 Chad McCumbee (R) Bryan Berry 8
Rosenblum Racing 28 Carl Long 3
Sutton Motorsports 02 Kelly Sutton Gary Showalter 12
Chad Chaffin 1
Johnny Sauter 1
Brad Keselowski 2
Dodge Bobby Hamilton Racing 04 Kevin Hamlin Randy Seals 1
Scott Lagasse, Jr. (R) 10
David Stremme 1
Timothy Peters 1
Sammy Sanders 2
Ford Roush Racing 50 David Ragan Matt Puccia 9
Michel Jourdain, Jr. 9
Carl Edwards 1
Peter Shepherd 2
K Automotive Racing 29 Brad Keselowski Bob Keselowski 2
MB Motorsports 63 J. R. Patton Mike Mittler 4
Justin Martz 1
Justin Allgaier 3
Brad Keselowski 2
Cameron Dodson 4
Scott Lynch 1
Toyota Darrell Waltrip Motorsports 12 Joey Miller (R) Johnny Allen 15
Michael Waltrip 1
Bill Davis Racing 24 A. J. Allmendinger 3
Justin Labonte 1

GM Flex Fuel 250[edit]

The GM Flex Fuel 250 was held on February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

  1. 6 - Mark Martin
  2. 30 - Todd Bodine
  3. 9 - Ted Musgrave
  4. 5 - Mike Skinner
  5. 60 - Jack Sprague
  6. 99 - Erik Darnell
  7. 08 - Bobby Hamilton Jr.
  8. 14 - Rick Crawford
  9. 17 - David Reutimann
  10. 10 - Terry Cook

Failed to qualify: Chad McCumbee (#06), Chad Chaffin (#40), J. R. Patton (#63), Carl Long (#28), Wayne Edwards (#24), Norm Benning (#89)

Racetickets.com 200[edit]

This race was held February 24 at California Speedway. The polesitter was David Reutimann. Chad McCumbee, who finished 25th, suffered a 25-point penalty for an illegal modification of the carbuerator's main body.

  1. 6- Mark Martin
  2. 30- Todd Bodine
  3. 9- Ted Musgrave
  4. 17- David Reutimann
  5. 60- Jack Sprague
  6. 23- Johnny Benson
  7. 16- Mike Bliss
  8. 14- Rick Crawford
  9. 21- Jon Wood
  10. 85- Dennis Setzer

Failed to qualify: Kraig Kinser (#47), Wayne Edwards (#24)

John Deere 200[edit]

The John Deere 200 was held March 17 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Todd Bodine sat on pole and the race win was determined by a green-white-checker finish for the third consecutive race. This race was the final career start for Bobby Hamilton, who retired after being diagnosed with neck cancer and died in January 2007.

Top ten results

  1. 30- Todd Bodine
  2. 6- Mark Martin
  3. 23- Johnny Benson
  4. 9- Ted Musgrave
  5. 17- David Reutimann
  6. 21- Jon Wood
  7. 16- Mike Bliss
  8. 99- Erik Darnell
  9. 88- Matt Crafton
  10. 14- Rick Crawford

Failed to qualify: Chad Chaffin (#40), Chase Montgomery (#8), Carl Long (#28)

Kroger 250[edit]

This race was held April 1 at Martinsville Speedway. Bobby Hamilton Jr. won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 11- David Starr
  2. 9- Ted Musgrave
  3. 88- Matt Crafton
  4. 6- Mark Martin
  5. 16- Mike Bliss
  6. 77- Brendan Gaughan
  7. 07- Clint Bowyer
  8. 5- Mike Skinner
  9. 85- Dennis Setzer
  10. 18- Bobby Hamilton Jr.

Failed to qualify: Tam Topham (#70), Chad Chaffin (#40), Justin Martz (#63).

Dodge Ram Tough 200[edit]

April 29 at Gateway International Raceway. Qualifying was rained out and the field was set by owner's points. As a result, David Ragan sat on the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 30- Todd Bodine
  2. 9- Ted Musgrave
  3. 17- David Reutimann
  4. 60- Jack Sprague
  5. 23- Johnny Benson
  6. 10- Terry Cook
  7. 18- Bobby Hamilton Jr.
  8. 11- David Starr
  9. 16- Mike Bliss
  10. 75- Aric Almirola

Failed to make field: J. R. Patton (#63), J. C. Stout (#91), Nick Tucker (#31)

Quaker Steak and Lube 200[edit]

The Quaker Steak and Lube 200 was held May 19 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 51-Kyle Busch
  2. 10-Terry Cook
  3. 30-Todd Bodine
  4. 1-Ted Musgrave
  5. 9-Ron Hornaday
  6. 17-David Reutimann
  7. 85-Dennis Setzer
  8. 88-Matt Crafton
  9. 75-Aric Almirola
  10. 99-Erik Darnell

Failed to qualify: Robert Richardson (#1), Chad Chaffin (#40), J. R. Patton (#63), Nick Tucker (#31), Bill Lester (#22)

City of Mansfield 250[edit]

The City of Mansfield 250 was held May 27 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. Todd Bodine won the pole. Qualifying for this event was rained out. A series record of 18 caution flags was set during this running of the City of Mansfield 250.

Top ten results

  1. 33-Ron Hornaday
  2. 60-Jack Sprague
  3. 11-David Starr
  4. 23-Johnny Benson
  5. 12-Joey Miller
  6. 88-Matt Crafton
  7. 85-Dennis Setzer
  8. 16-Mike Bliss
  9. 17-David Reutimann
  10. 59-Steve Park

Failed to qualify: Michel Jourdain, Jr. (#50), Todd Shafer (#91)

AAA Insurance 200[edit]

The AAA Insurance 200 was held June 2 at Dover International Speedway. David Reutimann won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 6- Mark Martin
  2. 50- Carl Edwards
  3. 30- Todd Bodine
  4. 16- Mike Bliss
  5. 17- David Reutimann
  6. 23- Johnny Benson
  7. 33- Ron Hornaday
  8. 14- Rick Crawford
  9. 60- Jack Sprague
  10. 51- Kyle Busch

Failed to qualify: Robert Richardson (#1), Ryan Moore (#40)

Sam's Town 400[edit]

The Sam's Town 400 was held June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 30-Todd Bodine
  2. 5-Mike Skinner
  3. 14-Rick Crawford
  4. 17-David Reutimann
  5. 23-Johnny Benson
  6. 85-Dennis Setzer
  7. 9-Ted Musgrave
  8. 6-David Ragan
  9. 08-Chad McCumbee
  10. 16-Mike Bliss

Failed to qualify: J. R. Patton (#63), Blake Mallory (#76)

Con-way Freight 200[edit]

This race was held June 17 at Michigan International Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole. Johnny Benson captured his first Truck Series win and first NASCAR win in his home state.

Top ten results

  1. 23- Johnny Benson
  2. 6- Mark Martin
  3. 4- Bobby Labonte
  4. 30- Todd Bodine
  5. 88- Matt Crafton
  6. 14- Rick Crawford
  7. 33- Ron Hornaday
  8. 85- Dennis Setzer
  9. 10- Terry Cook
  10. 60- Jack Sprague

Failed to qualify: Robert Richardson (#1)

Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200[edit]

The Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 was held June 23 at The Milwaukee Mile. Ron Hornaday won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 23-Johnny Benson
  2. 16-Mike Bliss
  3. 33-Ron Hornaday
  4. 60-Jack Sprague
  5. 17-David Reutimann
  6. 4-Timothy Peters
  7. 85-Dennis Setzer
  8. 11-David Starr
  9. 14-Rick Crawford
  10. 10-Terry Cook

Failed to qualify: Mike Wallace (#31), Michel Jourdain Jr. (#50)

O'Reilly Auto Parts 250[edit]

This race was held July 1 at Kansas Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. 10- Terry Cook
  2. 14- Rick Crawford
  3. 20- Marcos Ambrose
  4. 77- Brendan Gaughan
  5. 5- Mike Skinner
  6. 6- David Ragan
  7. 30- Todd Bodine
  8. 11- David Starr
  9. 23- Johnny Benson
  10. 17- David Reutimann

Failed to qualify: none

Built Ford Tough 225[edit]

This race was held July 8 at Kentucky Speedway. Marcos Ambrose won his first career pole. Unsponsored Ron Hornaday captured his second win of the year.

Top ten results:

  1. 33- Ron Hornaday
  2. 14- Rick Crawford
  3. 77- Brendan Gaughan
  4. 23- Johnny Benson
  5. 6- David Ragan
  6. 9- Ted Musgrave
  7. 88- Matt Crafton
  8. 11- David Starr
  9. 99- Erik Darnell
  10. 30- Todd Bodine

Failed to qualify: Robert Richardson (#1), Todd Shafer (#291)

O'Reilly 200[edit]

The O'Reilly 200 was held July 15 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 60-Jack Sprague
  2. 99-Erik Darnell
  3. 88-Matt Crafton
  4. 33-Ron Hornaday
  5. 16-Mike Bliss
  6. 6-David Ragan
  7. 17-David Reutimann
  8. 10-Terry Cook
  9. 5-Mike Skinner
  10. 85-Dennis Setzer

Failed to qualify: none

Power Stroke Diesel 200[edit]

The Power Stroke Diesel 200 was held August 4 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. David Ragan won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. 14-Rick Crawford
  2. 85-Dennis Setzer
  3. 33-Ron Hornaday
  4. 11-David Starr
  5. 16-Mike Bliss
  6. 10-Terry Cook
  7. 30-Todd Bodine
  8. 9-Ted Musgrave
  9. 6-David Ragan
  10. 99-Erik Darnell

Failed to qualify: Chuck Maitlen (#89), Rick Craig (#31)

Toyota Tundra 200[edit]

This race was held August 12 at Nashville Superspeedway. Erik Darnell won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. 23- Johnny Benson
  2. 60- Jack Sprague
  3. 20- Marcos Ambrose
  4. 9- Ted Musgrave
  5. 77- Brendan Gaughan
  6. 17- David Reutimann
  7. 08- Chad McCumbee
  8. 30- Todd Bodine
  9. 88- Matt Crafton
  10. 10- Terry Cook

Failed to qualify: None

O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 presented by Valvoline[edit]

This race was held on August 23 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #6 Mark Martin
  2. #30 Todd Bodine
  3. #9 Ted Musgrave
  4. #23 Johnny Benson
  5. #11 David Starr
  6. #15 Kyle Busch
  7. #5 Mike Skinner
  8. #16 Mike Bliss
  9. #18 Bobby Hamilton, Jr.
  10. #17 David Reutimann

Failed to qualify: Chuck Maitlen (#89)

New Hampshire 200[edit]

The New Hampshire 200 was held September 16 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. #23 Johnny Benson
  2. #5 Mike Skinner
  3. #15 Kyle Busch
  4. #30 Todd Bodine
  5. #11 David Starr
  6. #33 Ron Hornaday
  7. #14 Rick Crawford
  8. #88 Matt Crafton
  9. #99 Erik Darnell
  10. #6 Mark Martin

Failed to qualify: Garrett Liberty (#89)

Las Vegas 350[edit]

The Las Vegas 350 was held September 23 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. #5 Mike Skinner
  2. #9 Ted Musgrave
  3. #16 Mike Bliss
  4. #23 Johnny Benson
  5. #33 Ron Hornaday
  6. #17 David Reutimann
  7. #20 Marcos Ambrose
  8. #85 Dennis Setzer
  9. #46 Kraig Kinser
  10. #75 Aric Almirola

Failed to qualify: none

John Deere 250[edit]

The John Deere 250 was held October 17 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. 6- Mark Martin
  2. 5- Mike Skinner
  3. 9- Ted Musgrave
  4. 30- Todd Bodine
  5. 24- A. J. Allmendinger
  6. 17- David Reutimann
  7. 50- David Ragan
  8. 59- Chad Chaffin
  9. 23- Johnny Benson
  10. 33- Ron Hornaday

Failed to qualify: none

Kroger 200[edit]

The Kroger 200 was held October 21 at Martinsville Speedway. Jack Sprague won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #60 Jack Sprague
  2. #11 David Starr
  3. #99 Erik Darnell
  4. #6 Mark Martin
  5. #23 Johnny Benson
  6. #15 Kyle Busch
  7. #5 Mike Skinner
  8. #46 Denny Hamlin
  9. #14 Rick Crawford
  10. #4 Chase Miller

Failed to qualify: Bradley Riethmeyer (#49), Casey Kingsland (#7), Todd Shafer (#91), Jimmy Simpson (#64)

EasyCare 200[edit]

The EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 was held October 28 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. 16- Mike Bliss
  2. 10- Terry Cook
  3. 99- Erik Darnell
  4. 17- David Reutimann
  5. 14- Rick Crawford
  6. 50- David Ragan
  7. 08- Chad McCumbee
  8. 5- Mike Skinner
  9. 18- Bobby Hamilton, Jr.
  10. 60- Jack Sprague

Failed to qualify: none

Silverado 350[edit]

This race was held November 3 at Texas Motor Speedway. Clint Bowyer won the race from the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. 46- Clint Bowyer
  2. 51- Kyle Busch
  3. 23- Mike Skinner
  4. 60- Jack Sprague
  5. 33- Ron Hornaday
  6. 6- David Ragan
  7. 17- David Reutimann
  8. 10- Terry Cook
  9. 99- Erik Darnell
  10. 20- Marcos Ambrose

Failed to qualify: none

Casino Arizona 150[edit]

The Casino Arizona 150 was held November 10 at Phoenix International Raceway. Johnny Benson won the pole. This race was unusual in that there was a short field starting this race (only 35 trucks started the race instead of the normal 36).

Top ten results:

  1. #23 Johnny Benson
  2. #6 Mark Martin
  3. #5 Mike Skinner
  4. #30 Todd Bodine
  5. #88 Matt Crafton
  6. #11 David Starr
  7. #60 Jack Sprague
  8. #17 David Reutimann
  9. #15 Kyle Busch
  10. #99 Erik Darnell

Failed to qualify: none

Ford 200[edit]

This race will be held on November 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole. Todd Bodine won the championship, and Erik Darnell won the Rookie of the Year.

Terry Cook (10) and Kerry Earnhardt (13) line up before the Ford 200.

Top ten results:

  1. #6 Mark Martin
  2. #77 Brendan Gaughan
  3. #99 Erik Darnell
  4. #18 Bobby Hamilton, Jr.
  5. #60 Jack Sprague
  6. #46 Joe Nemechek
  7. #11 David Starr
  8. #17 David Reutimann
  9. #85 Dennis Setzer
  10. #10 Terry Cook

Failed to qualify: Robert Richardson (#1)

Rookies[edit]

Erik Darnell of Roush Racing took home ROTY honors. Despite missing the season opener at Daytona and switching teams after Dover, Chad McCumbee was runner up in the ROTY fight. Finishing a surprising 3rd in ROTY was former V8 Supercars driver Marcos Ambrose, who missed the first three races of the season. Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Aric Almirola was fourth and rounding out the top five was Bobby East. Third generation driver Kerry Earnhardt and female driver Erin Crocker were expected to make runs for the title, but did not perform to expectation. Rookies such as Boston Reid, Joey Miller and Timothy Peters all attempted ROTY but were released from their rides.

Television[edit]

Speed Channel, an entity of Fox, was the exclusive broadcaster of the series for the 2006 season. Starting in 2007, Fox will carry the season-opening race at Daytona and an additional event with Speed Channel carrying the remaining races.

See also[edit]