2006 UAW-Ford 500

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2006 UAW-Ford 500
Race details[1][2][3][4]
Race 30 of 36 in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Layout of Talladega Superspeedway
Date October 8, 2006 (2006-October-08)
Official name UAW-Ford 500
Location Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
Course Permanent racing facility
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 188 laps, 500.08 mi (804.8 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 75.2 °F (24.0 °C); wind speeds up to 8.9 miles per hour (14.3 km/h)[5]
Average speed 157.602 miles per hour (253.636 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Robert Yates Racing
Time 49.950
Most laps led
Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
Laps 37
Winner
No. 25 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach Jr.
Nielsen Ratings
  • 4.8/10 (Final)
  • 4.3/9 (Overnight)[6]
Radio in the United States
Radio Motor Racing Network
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Barney Hall
Turn Announcers Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle

The 2006 UAW-Ford 500 was a stock car race that took place on October 8, 2006. The 38th annual running of the UAW-Ford 500, it was held at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, before 160,000 spectators; the 188-lap race was the thirtieth in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the fourth in the ten-race, season-ending Chase for the Nextel Cup. Brian Vickers of Hendrick Motorsports won the race; Kasey Kahne finished second, and Kurt Busch came in third.

David Gilliland, who had the pole position, was passed immediately by teammate Dale Jarrett. The race lead changed 63 times, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. leading for the most laps (37). Earnhardt was leading on the final lap when he and Jimmie Johnson crashed after Vickers made contact with Johnson's right rear quarter panel, causing the race to end under caution flag conditions. Vickers (Johnson's teammate) was determined the race winner by NASCAR and was later criticized since the crash lowered Johnson in the points standings.

The victory was the first in Vickers' career. After the race, Jeff Burton maintained his Drivers' Championship points lead, although that lead decreased significantly because he had a flat tire during the final laps of the race. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, 51 points ahead of Dodge and 52 ahead of Ford with six races remaining in the season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Talladega Superspeedway is one of six superspeedways which host NASCAR races.[7] The standard track is a four-turn, 2.66-mile (4.28 km) superspeedway.[8] Its turns are banked 33 degrees, and its front stretch (the location of the finish line) is banked at 16.5 degrees. The back stretch also has a two-degree bank.[8][9]

Talladega Superspeedway aerial view; the track was built on the site of an old airport, with two runways still visible
Talladega Superspeedway, where the race was held

Before the race Jeff Burton led the Drivers' Championship with 5,511 points, with Denny Hamlin second and Mark Martin third. Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five and Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top ten drivers competing in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.[10] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet led with 222 points; Ford was second with 175, and Dodge was a close third with 174 points.[11] Dale Jarrett was the race's defending champion.[12]

After the previous race at Talladega (the 2006 Aaron's 499), the track's condition was beginning to deteriorate. Cracks in the third and fourth turns were beginning to cause handling problems with the cars, and a temporary storage unit was built outside the track to accommodate the asphalt needed for resurfacing the track.[13] The entire track, including the skid pad and pit road, was resurfaced,[14] with the work completed shortly before the 2006 UAW-Ford 500 began.[13]

Practice and qualification[edit]

Two 60-minute practice sessions were held the Friday before Sunday's race.[4] In the first session Jeff Gordon was the fastest, ahead of Jarrett in second and Robby Gordon in third.[15] David Gilliland placed fourth and Dave Blaney followed in fifth, with Casey Mears, J. J. Yeley, David Stremme, Brian Vickers and Kurt Busch rounding out the top ten.[15] Later that day, Robby Gordon paced the second session, with Bobby Labonte, Hamlin and Tony Stewart in second, third and fourth place.[16] Blaney duplicated his first-session result in fifth, followed by Yeley, Harvick, Scott Riggs, Ryan Newman and Tony Raines.[16]

David Gilliland in 2015
David Gilliland of Robert Yates Racing (pictured in 2015) qualified for the pole position with a time of 49.950 seconds.

Forty-nine cars were entered in the qualifier,[17] although due to NASCAR's qualifying procedure only forty-three could race. Gilliland clinched his first career pole position with a time of 49.950 seconds and was joined on the grid's front row by Jarrett, his Robert Yates Racing teammate.[18] Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five positions,[18] with Travis Kvapil, Chad Chaffin, Todd Bodine, Hermie Sadler, Kirk Shelmerdine and Kevin Lepage failing to qualify.[18]

Early practice speeds approached 200 miles per hour (320 km/h). NASCAR had mandated before the qualifier that the holes in the cars' restrictor plates be reduced by 164 inch (0.4 mm), later conceding that the rule may have affected some teams more than others.[2] According to Gilliland, "They threw a curveball at us this morning with the restrictor plate and (engine builder) Doug Yates wasn't worried at all. He put the super-tune on it and the thing ran great."[2] Earnhardt called the reduction in speed unnecessary:[19] "The track is safe ... I don't feel (the late change in plate size) is a very fair situation for everybody. Once you're up around the 190s, what's two miles an hour? I don't see what the big deal is. The speed average is up because the corner speed remains better with the new asphalt. As far as running in a straight line, we're no faster than we've always run here."[2] Despite the mandated change, NASCAR did not schedule an additional practice session.[19]

Race[edit]

Live television coverage of the race, the thirtieth of thirty-six in the 2006 season, began in the United States at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on NBC. Rev. Mike Jackson gave the invocation at 2:20, followed by the 151st Army Band's rendition of the national anthem. The command for the drivers to start their engines was given by Gary Casteel of the UAW, and no driver had to move to the rear of the grid at the start.[20]

The race began at 2:41 p.m. Jarrett passed Gilliland almost immediately to lead the first lap, but lost the lead to Jeff Gordon a lap later. Jamie McMurray passed Gordon for the lead on lap 4; by this time, Gilliland had fallen back to 30th after losing the draft. Three laps later Gordon regained the lead from McMurray, with drafting assistance from Vickers. On lap 18 McMurray reclaimed the lead from Gordon, and they exchanged the lead again two laps later. On lap 24 McMurray reclaimed the lead, and Kenny Wallace made a pit stop with his car smoking.[20]

On lap 28, Biffle took the lead from McMurray and Earnhardt moved into the top five. Green-flag pit stops were made from laps 30 to 33, with Biffle maintaining his lead. On lap 35 he was passed by Stewart, who lost the lead to Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch two laps later. On the 38th lap, Earnhardt took the lead. Busch passed him on lap 41, with Earnhardt (in the outside lane) dropping back to seventh. On lap 46 Kenseth passed Kyle Busch for the lead, with Kurt Busch and Earnhardt passing Kenseth five laps later.[20]

NASCAR driver Paul Menard leads a race at Talladega Superspeedway
Paul Menard led the pack on lap 154.

Earnhardt reclaimed the lead on lap 52, losing it seven laps later to Elliott Sadler. Sadler refueled on the next lap, giving the lead back to Earnhardt. Kenseth took the lead on lap 61, as Earnhardt and others made green-flag pit stops. Kenseth stopped on lap 71 with Biffle and Edwards, with Biffle taking the lead as the pit-stop cycle ended. Lap 72 saw the first caution, as Blaney's left rear tire shredded and he made a pit stop. Biffle, Edwards and Sterling Marlin stayed out, while the others stopped.[20]

Biffle led the field back up to speed at the restart, and was passed on lap 77 by Jeff Gordon. Three laps later, Sadler made a pit stop with a flat right rear tire. On lap 90 Kyle Busch took the lead, losing it to Gordon on the next lap. Earnhardt passed Gordon on lap 93, holding the lead for nine laps. Vickers took the lead on lap 102; Earnhardt's left front tire went flat the next lap, costing him a lap. Green-flag pit stops began on lap 107, with Vickers stopping on lap 108 and giving the lead to McMurray. After the pit stops, Vickers regained the lead.[20]

On lap 121 Kyle Busch took the lead, losing it to Jeff Gordon two laps later. Within a lap Gordon lost the draft and fell back to 27th, allowing Kenseth to regain the lead. On lap 127 Clint Bowyer passed Kenseth, holding the lead for two laps until a second yellow flag was displayed due to debris. Hamlin and Michael Waltrip staggered their pit stops, enabling each of them to lead a lap under the caution. Bowyer regained the lead after Waltrip stopped, and the race restarted on lap 134. Kenseth moved back into the lead on the next lap, with Bowyer falling back to tenth.[20]

In a multi-car accident on the first turn of lap 137 Edwards and Mears collided, involving Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Hamlin, Harvick, Marlin, McMurray, Kyle Petty and Martin Truex Jr. Gordon drove straight to the garage and others made pit stops, giving the lead to Burton. The race restarted on lap 145, during which many drivers topped up with fuel. Kenseth regained the lead; Vickers passed him on lap 147, with Johnson taking the lead a lap later. That lap Reed Sorenson's engine failed, ending his race.[20]

Brian Vickers in August 2006
Brian Vickers (pictured in 2006) won the race after Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, Vickers' teammate, crashed on the final lap.

Truex Jr. stayed out of pit road, and led the field to the restart on lap 152 before Johnson passed him a lap later. On lap 154 Paul Menard took the lead, with drafting assistance from Earnhardt, before Johnson regained the lead a lap later. Kahne took the lead on lap 158, losing it to Earnhardt on lap 165. A five-car accident on turn two of lap 173, involving Yeley, Menard, Stewart, Stremme and Hamlin, prompted the fifth caution; none of the leaders made pit stops during this caution.[20]

The race restarted on lap 178, with Earnhardt leading Johnson and Vickers. That lap, Burton (in fifth) had a flat left rear tire and lost a lap. The field then formed a single line, with most remaining in that formation for the rest of the race. On the final lap, Johnson and Vickers left turn two with Johnson moving out of line to pass Earnhardt. When Vickers tried to move out with Johnson to provide drafting assistance, he clipped Johnson's right rear quarter panel. Johnson clipped Earnhardt, sending both drivers into the infield. The yellow flag went out and the field was frozen in place, with the order of finish determined by where the drivers were when the caution began. This gave Vickers the victory (the first of his career), although he was booed by the crowd.[20]

Post-race comments[edit]

"It is mixed emotions. It is neat to be in Victory Lane, but the last thing I wanted to do was get into Jimmie and wreck either of those guys."

Vickers after the race[21]

Vickers appeared in Victory Lane to celebrate his first career win in front of the crowd, earning $228,850 for the victory.[22] Earnhardt was quick to forgive him for the last-lap accident: "He didn't wreck anyone on purpose. He was trying to push the 48. I don't think he thought, 'Oh, here's my chance to knock them both out.' He just got excited trying to push the 48."[21] Johnson was less sanguine: "We had a great chance to make up some points and got crashed by a teammate ... I was real patient until the white flag was up. I got a good run inside the 8 and got a lot of help from behind — too much help ... Knowing the situation we're all in, I would hope someone would be a little more patient."[21] Johnson's crew chief, Chad Knaus, was annoyed: "I just don't think [Vickers] has the talent to understand what he has underneath him."[21]

Vickers, who would leave Hendrick Motorsports in 2007 for Red Bull Racing Team, said: "I would expect them to be a little upset. Jimmie is my friend, my teammate, and he is running for a championship. But he knows just as well as I do that if I wasn't bump-drafting, he never would have had a shot to pass Junior."[21] Additionally, he denied that he drove more aggressively because he was leaving.[21] Third-place finisher Kurt Busch argued Vickers was in a "Catch-22" situation: "He was trying to help his teammate. It just didn't turn out that way. Vickers was doing the best he could to help the 48. He just didn't anticipate the 8 car blocking as long as he did."[21] Vickers would later receive additional security during the next race weekend.[23]

The result kept Burton in the lead in the Drivers' Championship.[21][24] After the race, Jeff Gordon (who was involved in the lap-137 accident) was less optimistic about his championship chances: "This pretty much does it for us as far as I'm concerned for the championship. You knew exactly that something like that was going to happen."[21] In the Manufacturers' Championship Chevrolet increased its point total to 231; Dodge moved into second place with 180 and Ford was a close third with 179.[11] The race took three hours, ten minutes and twenty-three seconds to complete; because it ended under caution, no margin of victory was recorded.[25]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying results
Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 38 David Gilliland Robert Yates Racing Ford 49.950 191.712
2 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 50.001 191.516
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.294 190.400
4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.347 190.200
5 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 50.389 190.042
6 5 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.451 189.808
7 14 Sterling Marlin Ginn Racing Chevrolet 50.527 189.522
8 26 Jamie McMurray Roush Racing Ford 50.610 189.212
9 25 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.678 188.958
10 18 J. J. Yeley Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 50.686 188.928
11 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing South Dodge 50.727 188.775
12 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 50.758 188.660
13 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 50.781 188.574
14 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50.786 188.556
15 01 Joe Nemechek Ginn Racing Chevrolet 50.826 188.408
16 1 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 50.834 188.378
17 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 50.870 188.245
18 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 50.886 188.185
19 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 50.892 188.163
20 49 Mike Bliss BAM Racing Dodge 50.901 188.130
21 55 Michael Waltrip Waltrip-Jasper Racing Dodge 50.925 188.041
22 19 Elliott Sadler Evernham Motorsports Dodge 50.932 188.015
23 21 Ken Schrader Wood Brothers Racing Ford 50.940 187.986
24 15 Paul Menard Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 50.943 187.975
25 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 50.946 187.964
26 78 Kenny Wallace Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 50.951 187.945
27 04 Eric McClure Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 50.956 187.927
28 09 Mike Wallace Phoenix Racing Ford 50.975 187.857
29 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing South Dodge 50.983 187.827
30 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 50.996 187.779
31 42 Casey Mears Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 51.002 187.757
32 07 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.077 187.482
33 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 51.080 187.471
34 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.083 187.460
35 22 Dave Blaney Bill Davis Racing Dodge 51.099 187.401
36 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Chevrolet 51.108 187.368
37 66 Jeff Green Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet 51.129 187.291
38 40 David Stremme Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 51.190 187.068
39 43 Bobby Labonte Petty Enterprises Chevrolet 51.258 186.820
40 96 Tony Raines Hall of Fame Racing Chevrolet 51.318 186.601
41 10 Scott Riggs Evernham Motorsports Dodge 51.463 186.075
42 41 Reed Sorenson Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 51.556 185.740
43 74 Derrike Cope McGlynn Racing Dodge 51.105 187.379
Failed to qualify
44 32 Travis Kvapil PPI Motorsports Chevrolet 51.173 187.130
45 61 Chad Chaffin Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet 51.188 187.075
46 4 Todd Bodine Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 51.244 186.871
47 00 Hermie Sadler MBA Racing Ford 51.329 186.561
48 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Kirk Shelmerdine Racing Chevrolet 51.545 185.779
49 34 Kevin Lepage Front Row Motorsports Dodge 51.649 185.405
Source:[2][18]

Race results[edit]

Race results
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 9 25 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 188 1851
2 25 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 188 1751
3 29 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing South Dodge 188 1701
4 19 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 188 1651
5 16 1 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 188 1601
6 14 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 188 150
7 37 66 Jeff Green Hass CNC Racing Chevrolet 188 146
8 30 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 188 1471
9 17 99 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 188 138
10 39 43 Bobby Labonte Petty Enterprises Dodge 188 134
11 6 5 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 188 1351
12 2 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 188 1321
13 11 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing South Dodge 188 124
14 21 55 Michael Waltrip Waltrip-Jasper Motorsports Dodge 188 1261
15 1 38 David Gilliland Robert Yates Racing Ford 188 118
16 36 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Chevrolet 188 115
17 28 09 Mike Wallace Phoenix Racing Ford 188 112
18 15 01 Joe Nemechek Ginn Racing Chevrolet 188 1141
19 41 10 Scott Riggs Evernham Motorsports Dodge 188 106
20 40 96 Tony Raines Hall of Fame Racing Chevrolet 188 103
21 12 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 188 1051
22 13 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 188 1021
23 33 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 188 1042
24 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 187 961
25 23 21 Ken Schrader Wood Brothers Racing Ford 187 88
26 20 49 Mike Bliss BAM Racing Dodge 187 85
27 34 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 187 871
28 35 22 Dave Blaney Bill Davis Racing Dodge 186 79
29 22 19 Elliott Sadler Evernham Motorsports Dodge 186 811
30 31 42 Casey Mears Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 185 781
31 27 04 Eric McClure Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 182 70
32 10 18 J. J. Yeley Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 177 67
33 38 40 David Stremme Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 175 64
34 24 15 Paul Menard Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 173 661
35 32 07 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 171 631
36 4 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 167 601
37 8 26 Jamie McMurray Roush Racing Ford 160 571
38 18 45 Kyle Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 149 49
39 42 41 Reed Sorenson Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 147 511
40 7 14 Sterling Marlin Ginn Racing Chevrolet 145 43
41 5 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 137 451
42 26 78 Kenny Wallace Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 24 37
43 43 74 Derrike Cope McGlynn Racing Dodge 9 34
1 Includes five bonus points for leading a lap
2 Includes ten bonus points for leading the most laps

Standings after the race[edit]

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