2006 USG Sheetrock 400
|Race 18 of 36 in the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season|
Layout of Chicagoland Speedway
|Date||July 9, 2006|
|Location||Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
|Distance||267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.5 km)|
|Weather||Temperatures reaching up to 87.8 °F (31.0 °C); wind speeds up to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h)|
|Average speed||132.077 mph (212.557 km/h)|
|Driver||Richard Childress Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Matt Kenseth||Roush Racing|
|No. 24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach, Jr.|
The 2006 USG Sheetrock 400 was a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race held on July 9, 2006, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The race was the 18th of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Jeff Burton of Richard Childress Racing won the Budweiser pole position with a lap speed of 181.647 mph (292.333 km/h), his second pole of 2006 along with the Daytona 500, marking the first time in his career that he won two poles in the same year. Roush Racing's Matt Kenseth led the most laps, while Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports won the race on a green-white-checker finish, which extended the race from 267 laps to 270.
Pole-sitter Jeff Burton led much of the early portion of the race, but Jeff Gordon then took first after a strong green-flag pit stop. On lap 68, the first caution flag was flown for debris on the track, shuffling the driver order and giving the lead to Kevin Harvick. With three laps to go, Gordon drove into a slowing Matt Kenseth's rear bumper, spinning him. On the green-white-checker finish, Gordon led the final laps to win his 75th career Cup Series victory and second of 2006 with a 0.461 second lead over Burton, followed by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and defending race winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Points leader Jimmie Johnson, Reed Sorensen, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and J. J. Yeley closed out the top ten. Meanwhile, Kenseth was involved in a second wreck and ran out of fuel, but managed to finish the race on the lead lap and finished 22nd.
After the race, the points standings saw Johnson pull away from Kenseth, with the eight-point margin between them increasing to 51, with Johnson leading Kenseth 2,651 points to 2,600. Earnhardt, Jr. was third with 2,394 points, Burton had 2,327 points, and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five with 2,303. Mark Martin (2,291), Tony Stewart (2,274), Kyle Busch (2,265), Harvick (2,253) and Gordon (2,219) completed the top ten points standings.
Top ten finishers
|5||25||8||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Chevrolet||270|
Standings after the race
|3||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||2394|
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