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2006 NASCAR Busch Series

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2006 NASCAR Busch Series
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Champions | Seasons
Kevin Harvick, the 2006 Busch Series champion
Kevin Harvick, the 2006 Busch Series champion
Paul Menard, who finished sixth in points, was the highest-finishing series regular in the standings.
Paul Menard, who finished sixth in points, was the highest-finishing series regular in the standings.

The 2006 NASCAR Busch Series opened on February 18, 2006, at Daytona International Speedway, and concluded on November 18, 2006, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kevin Harvick, driving for his own team, Kevin Harvick, Inc., as well as for Richard Childress Racing, was declared champion.

This was the last year that Fox Sports/FX, TNT, and NBC covered the Busch Series. Starting in 2007, as part of a new TV contract with the television networks of The Walt Disney Company, ESPN2 televised the entire Busch season with select races on ABC.

Invasion of the "Busch Whackers"

There has been some controversy of the use of NEXTEL Cup teams with their drivers in Busch Series races, most notably at NEXTEL Cup tracks where there are Busch Series support races. This has been dubbed by Fox Sports announcer Mike Joy as "Busch Whacking", and many underfunded (or one-car) teams have failed to qualify for these races because of this. The 2006 season has been notable for those "double duty" drivers even traveling to sites where there are stand-alone races at Nashville Superspeedway, Kentucky Speedway, Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez and The Milwaukee Mile just to name a few, even on the rare weeks where there are no NEXTEL Cup races. Kentucky was the big upset where one of the underfunded one-car teams took advantage and pulled off the big upset.

In the end, Kevin Harvick, who at the time drove for Richard Childress Racing in the Cup series, won the 2006 championship on October 13, the second of his career having previously won in 2001. After Harvick won the title, talk began about limiting the number of "Busch Whackers" (Cup drivers) in each race or capping the double-dippers appearances for the entire season or even having a "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" playoff system in place for the 2007 season since Harvick was so dominant during 2006 as NEXTEL Cup drivers won every race but two in the season. Ultimately, no changes were made until 2011, where NASCAR announced that Cup drivers could only run for points in one series. A limit over the number of races Cup drivers could run was not put into effect until over a decade later in 2017. The Busch/Nationwide/Xfinity Series did not have a playoffs ("Chase") until 2016, ten years later.

Schedule

No. Race Title Track Date
1 Hershey's Kissables 300 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida February 18
2 Stater Bros. 300 California Speedway, Fontana, California February 25
3 Telcel-Motorola 200 Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico March 5
4 Sam's Town 300 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada March 11
5 Nicorette 300 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia March 18
6 Sharpie Mini 300 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee March 25
7 O'Reilly 300 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas April 8
8 Pepsi 300 Nashville Superspeedway, Gladeville, Tennessee April 15
9 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona April 21
10 Aaron's 312 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama April 29
11 Circuit City 250 presented by FUNAI Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia May 5
12 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina May 12
13 Carquest Auto Parts 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina May 26
14 StonebridgeRacing.com 200 Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware June 3
15 Federated Auto Parts 300 Nashville Superspeedway, Gladeville, Tennessee June 10
16 Meijer 300 presented by Oreo Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky June 17
17 AT&T 250 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin June 24
18 Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida June 30
19 USG Durock 300 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois July 8
20 New England 200 New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire July 15
21 Goody's 250 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway July 22
22 Busch Silver Celebration 250 presented by Shop 'n Save Gateway International Raceway, Madison, Illinois July 29
23 Kroger 200 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Indiana August 5
24 Zippo 200 Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York August 12
25 Carfax 250 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan August 19
26 Food City 250 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee August 25
27 Ameriquest 300 California Speedway, Fontana, California September 2
28 Emerson Radio 250 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia September 8
29 Dover 200 Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware September 23
30 Yellow Transportation 300 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas September 30
31 Dollar General 300 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina October 13
32 Sam's Town 250 Memphis Motorsports Park, Millington, Tennessee October 28
33 O'Reilly Challenge Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas November 4
34 Arizona.Travel 200 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Arizona November 11
35 Ford 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida November 18

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 11 Paul Menard Dan Stillman
Davis Motorsports 0 Kertus Davis 26 Adam Risher
Randy LaJoie 1
Morgan Shepherd 6
P. J. Jones 1
Chris Wimmer 1
Duesenberg & Leik Motorsports 01 Jay Sauter Fred Wanke
Haas CNC Racing 00 Johnny Sauter Harold Holly 31
Bootie Barker 4
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Kyle Busch 34 Chad Walter
Justin Labonte 1
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 J. J. Yeley Jason Ratcliff
20 Denny Hamlin Dave Rogers
JR Motorsports 88 Mark McFarland (R) 21 Richard Hubbs
Wes Ward
Martin Truex Jr. 3
Robby Gordon 2
Shane Huffman 9
Kevin Harvick, Inc. 33 Tony Stewart 10 Wally Rogers
Charlie Wilson
Kevin Harvick 4
Ron Fellows 2
Ron Hornaday Jr. 14
Aaron Fike 3
Sean Caisse 1
Cale Gale 1
77 Burney Lamar (R) 29 Gene Nead
Stacy Johnson
Dana Brugman
Jeff Burton 1
Bobby Labonte 5
McGill Motorsports 36 Tim Sauter 29 Ricky Pearson
Max Papis 2
Jeff Green 1
Stanton Barrett 1
Brent Sherman 2
Richard Childress Racing 2 Clint Bowyer Dan Deeringhoff
21 Jeff Burton 5 Pat Smith
Shane Wilson
Todd Berrier 4
Kevin Harvick 30
Dodge Biagi Brothers Racing 4 Mark Green 11 Jon Wolfe 24
Mike Harvick 11
Paul Tracy 1
Boris Said 1
Auggie Vidovich 21
Kevin Hamlin 1
Chip Ganassi Racing 41 Reed Sorenson 34 Brian Pattie
David Stremme 1
Evernham Motorsports 9 Kasey Kahne 17 Trip Bruce
Jeremy Mayfield 1
Boris Said 5
Scott Riggs 7
Erin Crocker 5
Rusty Wallace, Inc. 64 Steve Wallace 15 Bryant Frazier
Jamie McMurray 20
Ford Brewco Motorsports 27 David Green 27 Stewart Cooper
Casey Atwood 8
Wood Brothers/JTG Racing 47 Jon Wood Jay Guy 23
Jerry Pitts 7
David Hyder 5
59 Stacy Compton Ernie Cope 23
Jay Guy 11
ppc Racing 10 John Andretti (R) Rick Gay 24
Steve Plattenberger 11
22 Kenny Wallace Randy Cox 18
Todd Gordon 17
Robert Yates Racing 90 Elliott Sadler 7 Raymond Fox 22
Skip Eyler 3
Jerry Pitts 4
Cully Barraclough 7
Marc Goossens 1
Stephen Leicht 20
Matt McCall 5
David Gilliland 2
Roush Racing 06 Todd Kluever (R) Mike Kelley
50 Danny O'Quinn Jr. (R) 33 Drew Blickensderfer
David Ragan 2
60 Carl Edwards Pierre Kuettel
Team Rensi Motorsports 25 Ashton Lewis Charlie Lewis 12
Todd Brewer 23
35 Regan Smith Chris Wright
Dodge
Ford
Brewco Motorsports 34
Michael Waltrip Racing 1 [N 1]
66 Ken Schrader 8 Newt Moore 34
Cully Barraclough 1
Scott Wimmer 16
Jorge Goeters (R) 1
David Reutimann 1
Greg Biffle 4
Bobby Labonte 2
Jason Keller 2
Brad Coleman 1
Michael Waltrip Racing 34
Brewco Motorsports 1 [N 1]
99 Michael Waltrip 21 Cully Barraclough 9
Newt Moore 1
Jerry Baxter 25
David Reutimann 12
Darrell Waltrip 1
Joey Miller 1
Ford
Chevrolet
Jay Robinson Racing [N 2] 49 Steve Grissom 2 Kenneth Campbell
Derrike Cope 10
Eduardo Goeters 1
Jorge Goeters (R) 5
Shane Hall 11
Randy LaJoie 1
Jamie Mosley 1
John Finger 1
Dexter Bean 1
Jennifer Jo Cobb 1
Morgan Shepherd 1
Dodge
Chevrolet
Phoenix Racing 1 Jason Keller 8 Marc Reno
Mike Wallace 23
Cale Gale 3
Scott Pruett 1

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Round(s)
Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 29 Kevin Harvick 1
Jeff Burton 10
Timothy Peters 1
Hendrick Motorsports 48 Jimmie Johnson 3
57 Brian Vickers 8
Adrián Fernández 2
Robby Gordon Motorsports 7 Robby Gordon 2
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5
Martin Truex Jr. 3
Tony Stewart 1
Joe Gibbs Racing 19 Aric Almirola 9
Tony Stewart 1
Keith Coleman Racing 26 Joey McCarthy 1
Carl Long 1
Duesenberg & Leik Motorsports Dwayne Leik 1
SKI Motorsports 30 Mike Bliss 4
Marsh Racing 31 Steve Park 6
Peyton Sellers 2
Frank Cicci Racing 34 Paul Tracy 5
Todd Bodine 2
Carlos Pardo 1
Scott Lynch 1
Mike Bliss 4
Jason Keller 1
Kertus Davis 3
Jeff Fuller 2
Kim Crosby 1
Kevin Lepage 1
Brian Simo 1
Vision Racing 37 Josh Krug 2
Randy LaJoie 2
Mac Hill Motorsports 56 Kevin Lepage 7
Chris Cook 2
Kevin Grubb 5
Tim Schendel 1
Keith Coleman Racing 23 Chris Wimmer (R) 8
Marc Mitchell 1
Carl Long 5
Stan Boyd 1
Eduardo Troconis 1
Brad Keselowski 8
Brian Keselowski 1
Horn Auto Racing 58 Chris Horn 3
MacDonald Motorsports Donnie Neuenberger 2
Patrick Goeters 1
72 Jerry Robertson 1
Stanton Barrett 8
Donnie Neuenberger 1
Eric McClure 1
Randy MacDonald 2
D. J. Kennington 4
Brad Baker 1
S.W.A.T. Racing 62 Larry Hollenbeck 1
Silva Motorsports 65 Stan Silva Jr. 2
ML Motorsports 70 Justin Diercks 11
RB1 Motorsports 71 Ron Young 3
Henderson Motorsports 75 Caleb Holman 3
Team Johnson Racing 76 Jerick Johnson 1
Furniture Row Racing 78 Jerry Robertson 12
Odle Motorsports 79 Chris Wimmer 1
Shelby Howard 1
Richardson Racing 80 Robert Richardson Jr. 3
JR Motorsports 83 Shane Huffman 1
Clay Andrews Racing 84 David Gilliland 9
Premier Motorsport 85 John Hayden 3
NEMCO Motorsports 87 Joe Nemechek 2
Stanton Barrett Racing 95 Stanton Barrett 2
Matt Kobyluck Racing 04 Matt Kobyluck 2
Morgan-McClure Motorsports Eric McClure 3
Ginn Racing Kraig Kinser 1
Day Enterprise Racing 05 Chad Chaffin 3
Brad Teague 3
Justin Ashburn 1
Morgan Shepherd 1
Brett Rowe 1
TC Motorsports 07 David Odell 4
Chuck Barnes Jr. 1
Braun-Akins Racing 32 Jason Leffler 9
Dave Blaney 7
Chase Pistone 1
38 Ryan Moore 1
Jason Leffler 26
Dodge A. J. Foyt IV (R) 7
FitzBradshaw Racing 12 David Reutimann 1
Joel Kauffman (R) 13
Tracy Hines (R) 4
Mike Skinner 9
Carlos Contreras 4
Kevin Hamlin 1
Scott Wimmer 1
Ted Musgrave 1
14 Tracy Hines (R) 7
Carlos Contreras 2
Steadman Marlin 2
A. J. Foyt IV 1
Ricky Craven 1
Ted Musgrave 4
Scott Wimmer 2
Willie Allen 2
44 David Reutimann 1
Carver Racing 40 Kevin Conway 3
58 3
Chip Ganassi Racing 42 Casey Mears 9
Juan Pablo Montoya 4
Curb Agajanian Performance Group 43 Aaron Fike 13
Kertus Davis 1
Chris Cook 4
P. J. Jones 4
Erin Crocker 1
Penske Racing 39 Kurt Busch 7
Sam Hornish Jr. 2
Ryan Newman 5
02 1
Rusty Wallace, Inc. 61 Steve Wallace 2
Tom Eriksen Racing 67 Rogelio López 1
TW Motorsports 68 Jimmy Morales 1
Robert Torriere Racing 79 Butch Leitzinger 1
Sadler Brothers Racing 95 Steadman Marlin 5
Chad Chaffin 1
Ashton Gray Racing 08 Jason White 5
Ford Long Brothers Racing 89 Carl Long 1
Richard Landreth 1
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin 7
David Ragan 1
16 Greg Biffle 26
17 Matt Kenseth 21
ppc Racing 15 Michel Jourdain Jr. 3
Brewco Motorsports 37 Brad Coleman 1
Chris Diederich Racing 65 Spencer Clark 1
Chevrolet
Ford
Jay Robinson Racing 28 Shane Hall 5
Jorge Goeters (R) 2
Randy MacDonald 1
James Hylton 1
Josh Richeson 1
Todd Shafer 1
Hermie Sadler 1
Derrike Cope 1
Jeff Spraker Racing 63 Jeff Spraker 1
Dexter Bean 1
Jorge Goeters 2

Notes

  1. ^ a b Michael Waltrip Racing fielded the No. 99 Dodge in all races and Brewco Motorsports fielded the No. 66 Ford in all races, except at Nashville (Race 8), where they swept their entries for one-race deal. So, at Nashville (Race 8), Michael Waltrip Racing fielded the No. 66 Dodge for David Reutimann while Brewco Motorsports fielded the No. 99 Ford for Michael Waltrip.
  2. ^ At Kentucky (Race 16), Jamie Mosley wrecked the team's primary car (a Ford) and they had to run their backup car (a Chevrolet)

Races

Hershey's Kissables 300

The Hershey's Kissables 300 race was held on February 18, 2006, at Daytona International Speedway. J. J. Yeley won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. #33 Tony Stewart
  2. #77 Burney Lamar
  3. #2 Clint Bowyer
  4. #47 Jon Wood
  5. #29 Kevin Harvick
  6. #32 Jason Leffler
  7. #06 Todd Kluever
  8. #18 J. J. Yeley
  9. #41 Reed Sorenson
  10. #4 Mark Green

Failed to qualify: Kertus Davis (#0), Jay Sauter (#01), Kevin Lepage (#56), Chad Chaffin (#05), Larry Hollenbeck (#62), Chris Wimmer (#23).

Stater Brothers 300

On February 25, 2006, the Busch Series took to California Speedway for this 300-mile race. Carl Edwards was the polesitter. Matt Kenseth suffered a 25-point penalty for an unapproved adjustment found in his car during opening day inspection.

Top ten results

  1. #16 Greg Biffle
  2. #39 Ryan Newman
  3. #60 Carl Edwards
  4. #21 Jeff Burton
  5. #64 Jamie McMurray
  6. #17 Matt Kenseth
  7. #18 J. J. Yeley
  8. #33 Kevin Harvick
  9. #57 Brian Vickers
  10. #20 Denny Hamlin

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#49), David Gilliland (#84), Chris Wimmer (#23).

Telcel-Motorola 200

This road-course race took place on March 5, 2006 at Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. Boris Said won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. #20 Denny Hamlin
  2. #9 Boris Said
  3. #21 Kevin Harvick
  4. #18 J. J. Yeley
  5. #11 Paul Menard
  6. #00 Johnny Sauter
  7. #5 Kyle Busch
  8. #60 Carl Edwards
  9. #90 Marc Goossens
  10. #64 Jamie McMurray
  • This was Hamlin's first career Busch Series victory.

Failed to qualify: Eduardo Goeters (#49), Stan Silva Jr. (#65), and Chris Wimmer (#23).

Sam's Town 300

On March 11, 2006, the Busch Series raced at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth started from the pole position.

Top ten results

  1. #9 Kasey Kahne
  2. #17 Matt Kenseth
  3. #21 Kevin Harvick
  4. #16 Greg Biffle
  5. #60 Carl Edwards
  6. #20 Denny Hamlin
  7. #64 Jamie McMurray
  8. #18 J. J. Yeley
  9. #2 Clint Bowyer
  10. #41 Reed Sorenson

Failed to qualify: Jorge Goeters (#49), Kertus Davis (#0), Chris Wimmer (#23).

This race was the only NASCAR Busch Series race for Spencer Clark. He would pass away two months later.

Nicorette 300

The Nicorette 300 was held on March 18 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch was the polesitter.

Top ten results

  1. #21 Jeff Burton
  2. #9 Kasey Kahne
  3. #16 Greg Biffle
  4. #17 Matt Kenseth
  5. #18 J. J. Yeley
  6. #32 Jason Leffler
  7. #57 Brian Vickers
  8. #77 Burney Lamar
  9. #64 Jamie McMurray
  10. #11 Paul Menard

Failed to qualify: Jorge Goeters (#49), Steadman Marlin (#95), Chris Wimmer (#23)

Sharpie Mini 300

This race was held on March 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Qualifying was snowed out and the field was set by current owner points. As a result, Kevin Harvick started from pole. The race was also halted by snow and drivers, crews, and fans amused themselves by throwing snowballs and building a snowman. The race was restarted after a 90-minute delay and run full-distance.

Top Ten results

  1. #5 Kyle Busch
  2. #21 Kevin Harvick
  3. #17 Matt Kenseth
  4. #20 Denny Hamlin
  5. #60 Carl Edwards
  6. #9 Scott Riggs
  7. #33 Ron Hornaday Jr.
  8. #22 Kenny Wallace
  9. #10 John Andretti
  10. #00 Johnny Sauter

Failed to qualify: Caleb Holman (#75), Brad Teague (#05), Jerry Robertson (#72), Shane Hall (#28)

O'Reilly 300

This race was held on April 8 at Texas Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole, the first of his Busch series career. The race finished under a green-white-checker finish and was won by Kurt Busch in his first Busch Series start. Matt Kenseth suffered a 25-point penalty for an unapproved adjustment to his car found in post race inspection.

Top ten results

  1. Kurt Busch (#39)
  2. Greg Biffle (#16)
  3. Casey Mears (#32)
  4. Kyle Busch (#5)
  5. Matt Kenseth (#17)
  6. Jeff Burton (#21)
  7. Paul Menard (#11)
  8. Kevin Harvick (#33)
  9. Scott Wimmer (#66)
  10. Denny Hamlin (#20)

Failed to qualify: Kertus Davis (#0), Jorge Goeters (#49), Chris Wimmer (#23)

Pepsi 300

This race was on held April 15 at Nashville Superspeedway. Denny Hamlin won his second pole in a row.

Top ten results

  1. Kevin Harvick (#21)
  2. Clint Bowyer (#2)
  3. Denny Hamlin (#20)
  4. J. J. Yeley (#18)
  5. Carl Edwards (#60)
  6. Jon Wood (#47)
  7. Burney Lamar (#77)
  8. Kenny Wallace (#22)
  9. Paul Menard (#11)
  10. Michael Waltrip (#99)

Failed to qualify: Jason White (#08)

Bashas' Supermarkets 200

This race was held April 21 at Phoenix International Raceway. Jason Leffler won the pole. The race finished under a green-white-checker finish as Kevin Harvick won his second race in a row.

Top ten results:

  1. Kevin Harvick (#21)
  2. Reed Sorenson (#41)
  3. Carl Edwards (#60)
  4. Kurt Busch (#39)
  5. Mark Martin (#6)
  6. Matt Kenseth (#17)
  7. Greg Biffle (#16)
  8. David Green (#27)
  9. Casey Mears (#42)
  10. Jamie McMurray (#64)

Failed to qualify: Jay Sauter (#01), Marc Mitchell (#23), Jorge Goeters (#49), Chris Cook (#56)

Aaron's 312

This race was held April 29 at Talladega Superspeedway. J. J. Yeley won the pole. Kevin Harvick, Burney Lamar, who finished 20th, and Tony Stewart, who finished 39th, all suffered 25 point penalties for unapproved adjustments to their cars.

Top ten results

  1. Martin Truex Jr. (#8)
  2. Kevin Harvick (#21)
  3. Kyle Busch (#5)
  4. Brian Vickers (#57)
  5. Clint Bowyer (#2)
  6. Greg Biffle (#16)
  7. Mark McFarland (#88)
  8. Johnny Sauter (#00)
  9. Paul Menard (#11)
  10. Carl Edwards (#60)

As there were the maximum of forty-three cars to race, there were no drivers or teams that failed to qualify.

Circuit City 250

This race was held May 5 and May 6 at Richmond International Raceway. Jason Leffler won the pole. The race start was delayed approximately 1 hour for rain, after 13 laps rain fell again and the race was stopped for approximately another 43 minutes. The race eventually finished after midnight local time, resulting in the race occurring over two days. Kevin Harvick won his third Busch race of the year.

Top ten results

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #29 Jeff Burton
  3. #17 Matt Kenseth
  4. #16 Greg Biffle
  5. #39 Ryan Newman
  6. #60 Carl Edwards
  7. #2 Clint Bowyer
  8. #11 Paul Menard
  9. #5 Kyle Busch
  10. #20 Denny Hamlin

Failed to qualify: Jason Keller (#34), Jorge Goeters (#28), Shane Hall (#49), Kevin Conway (#40), Joel Kauffman (#12), Kertus Davis (#0), A. J. Foyt IV (#14)

Diamond Hill Plywood 200

This race was held May 12 at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin won from the pole.

  1. #20 Denny Hamlin
  2. #17 Matt Kenseth
  3. #64 Jamie McMurray
  4. #6 Mark Martin
  5. #16 Greg Biffle
  6. #5 Kyle Busch
  7. #21 Kevin Harvick
  8. #60 Carl Edwards
  9. #18 J. J. Yeley
  10. #38 Jason Leffler

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#49), Morgan Shepherd (#0), Shane Hall (#28)

Carquest Auto Parts 300

This race was held May 27 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. #60 Carl Edwards
  2. #39 Kurt Busch
  3. #18 J. J. Yeley
  4. #42 Casey Mears
  5. #8 Martin Truex Jr.
  6. #29 Jeff Burton
  7. #48 Jimmie Johnson
  8. #21 Kevin Harvick
  9. #06 Todd Kluever
  10. #35 Regan Smith

Failed to qualify: Aaron Fike (#43), David Gilliland (#84), Stanton Barrett (#72), Joel Kauffman (#12), Eric McClure (#04), Kertus Davis (#34), Kevin Conway (#40)

Stonebridgeracing.com 200

This race was held June 3 at Dover International Speedway. Qualifying was rained out, and the field was set by the rulebook, with the top 30 teams taking the first fifteen rows. Because of that, Kevin Harvick was awarded the pole position.

Top ten results:

  1. #29 Jeff Burton
  2. #60 Carl Edwards
  3. #39 Kurt Busch
  4. #2 Clint Bowyer
  5. #33 Ron Hornaday Jr.
  6. #5 Kyle Busch
  7. #20 Denny Hamlin
  8. #16 Greg Biffle
  9. #18 J. J. Yeley
  10. #41 Reed Sorenson

As there were the maximum of forty-three cars needed to race, no drivers or teams failed to qualify.

Federated Auto Parts 300

This race was held June 10 at Nashville Superspeedway. Todd Kluever won the pole.

top ten results

  1. #60 Carl Edwards
  2. #2 Clint Bowyer
  3. #21 Kevin Harvick
  4. #20 Denny Hamlin
  5. #11 Paul Menard
  6. #99 David Reutimann
  7. #66 Greg Biffle
  8. #47 Jon Wood
  9. #25 Ashton Lewis
  10. #50 Danny O'Quinn Jr.

Failed to qualify: Jerry Robertson (#78), John Hayden (#85)

Meijer 300

This race was held June 17 at Kentucky Speedway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. In a stunning upset, David Gilliland became the first winner in the 2006 season that was not on a team with a Nextel Cup driver. Jeff Fuller was involved in a severe crash where, trying to avoid the spinning car of Jason Leffler, Fuller hit the inside wall at full speed, and the car practically imploded on impact. Fuller suffered a broken wrist and thumb.

Top ten results:

  1. #84 David Gilliland
  2. #18 J. J. Yeley
  3. #20 Denny Hamlin
  4. #1 Mike Wallace
  5. #25 Ashton Lewis
  6. #21 Kevin Harvick
  7. #66 Greg Biffle
  8. #99 David Reutimann
  9. #11 Paul Menard
  10. #90 Stephen Leicht

Failed to qualify: John Hayden (#85), David Odell (#07), Stan Boyd (#23)

AT&T 250

This race was held June 24 at The Milwaukee Mile. Aric Almirola won the pole in the car normally driven by Denny Hamlin who actually drove the race in the car and started from the back. As a result, Paul Menard started the race from the pole position. He then went on to capture his first Busch series victory. This race was strange for the fact that only 41 cars started the race, instead of the usual 43.

Top ten results

  1. #11 Paul Menard
  2. #20 Denny Hamlin
  3. #18 J. J. Yeley
  4. #38 Jason Leffler
  5. #1 Mike Wallace
  6. #59 Stacy Compton
  7. #50 Danny O'Quinn Jr.
  8. #22 Kenny Wallace
  9. #00 Johnny Sauter
  10. #99 David Reutimann

Failed to qualify: none

Winn-Dixie 250

The Winn-Dixie 250 was held June 30 at Daytona International Speedway. J. J. Yeley won the pole. Kevin Harvick and Burney Lamar, who finished 22nd, suffered 50 point penalties for unapproved adjustments found on their cars during post race inspection. This was the final race to be broadcast on FOX until the 2015 Alert Florida 300

Top ten results:

  1. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. #57 Brian Vickers
  3. #21 Kevin Harvick
  4. #18 J. J. Yeley
  5. #60 Carl Edwards
  6. #2 Clint Bowyer
  7. #1 Mike Wallace
  8. #88 Martin Truex Jr.
  9. #16 Greg Biffle
  10. #10 John Andretti

As there were the maximum of forty-three cars needed to race, no drivers or teams failed to qualify.

USG Durock 300

This race was held on July 8 at Chicagoland Speedway. Carl Edwards won the pole. Casey Mears captured his first NASCAR victory using an alternate fuel strategy.

Top ten results

  1. #42 Casey Mears
  2. #60 Carl Edwards
  3. #29 Jeff Burton
  4. #21 Kevin Harvick
  5. #17 Matt Kenseth
  6. #39 Kurt Busch
  7. #2 Clint Bowyer
  8. #41 Reed Sorenson
  9. #33 Tony Stewart
  10. #18 J. J. Yeley

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#49), Justin Diercks (#70), Carl Long (#23)

New England 200

The New England 200 was held July 15 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Kyle Busch won the pole. Clint Bowyer dominated early in the race but Carl Edwards captured the victory.

Top ten results:

  1. #60 Carl Edwards
  2. #21 Kevin Harvick
  3. #20 Denny Hamlin
  4. #11 Paul Menard
  5. #2 Clint Bowyer
  6. #00 Johnny Sauter
  7. #9 Scott Riggs
  8. #18 J. J. Yeley
  9. #66 Scott Wimmer
  10. #16 Greg Biffle

As there were the maximum of forty-three cars needed to race, no drivers or teams failed to qualify.

Goody's 250

The Goody's 250 was held July 22 at Martinsville Speedway. Clint Bowyer won the pole.

Top ten results

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #2 Clint Bowyer
  3. #20 Denny Hamlin
  4. #41 Reed Sorenson
  5. #00 Johnny Sauter
  6. #60 Carl Edwards
  7. #10 John Andretti
  8. #38 Jason Leffler
  9. #18 J. J. Yeley
  10. #01 Jay Sauter

Failed to qualify: Richard Landreth (#89)

Busch Silver Celebration 250

The Busch Silver Celebration 250 was held July 29 at Gateway International Raceway. Denny Hamlin won the pole. Tim Sauter, who finished 22nd, suffered a 50-point penalty for illegal shocks found on his car during post race inspection.

Top ten results

  1. #60 Carl Edwards
  2. #2 Clint Bowyer
  3. #20 Denny Hamlin
  4. #41 Reed Sorenson
  5. #21 Kevin Harvick
  6. #66 Scott Wimmer
  7. #27 David Green
  8. #5 Kyle Busch
  9. #22 Kenny Wallace
  10. #56 Kevin Grubb

Failed to qualify: Brad Teague (#05), Shane Hall (#49), Kevin Hamlin (#12)

Kroger 200

The Kroger 200 was held August 5 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Denny Hamlin won his second pole in a row for the second time in 2006.

Top ten results

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #41 Reed Sorenson
  3. #18 J. J. Yeley
  4. #16 Greg Biffle
  5. #29 Jeff Burton
  6. #50 Danny O'Quinn Jr.
  7. #01 Jay Sauter
  8. #20 Denny Hamlin
  9. #11 Paul Menard
  10. #60 Carl Edwards

Failed to qualify: Todd Shafer (#28)

Zippo 200

This race was held August 12 at Watkins Glen International. Kurt Busch won the race from the pole. Kurt Busch and Robby Gordon cut off track several times to duel on the final lap.

Top ten results: 202.45 miles/83 laps due to green-white-checkered rule.

  1. #39 Kurt Busch
  2. #7 Robby Gordon
  3. #64 Jamie McMurray
  4. #66 Greg Biffle
  5. #10 John Andretti
  6. #88 Martin Truex Jr.
  7. #21 Kevin Harvick
  8. #9 Boris Said
  9. #33 Ron Fellows
  10. #1 Scott Pruett

Failed to qualify: Stan Silva Jr. (#65), Eduardo Troconis (#23), John Finger (#49)

Carfax 250

This race was held August 19 at Michigan International Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top ten results: 128 laps/256 miles due to green-white-checkered rule.

  1. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. #42 Casey Mears
  3. #88 Robby Gordon
  4. #17 Matt Kenseth
  5. #6 Mark Martin
  6. #20 Denny Hamlin
  7. #41 Reed Sorenson
  8. #21 Kevin Harvick
  9. #18 J. J. Yeley
  10. #29 Jeff Burton

Failed to qualify: Dexter Bean (#49)

  • Final Busch Series win for DEI.

Food City 250

This race was held August 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #17 Matt Kenseth
  2. #21 Kevin Harvick
  3. #33 Ron Hornaday Jr.
  4. #9 Kasey Kahne
  5. #38 Jason Leffler
  6. #39 Ryan Newman
  7. #5 Kyle Busch
  8. #60 Carl Edwards
  9. #99 David Reutimann
  10. #11 Paul Menard

Failed to qualify: Carl Long (#89), Caleb Holman (#75), D. J. Kennington (#72), Brad Keselowski (#23)

Ameriquest 300

This race was held September 2 at California Speedway. Clint Bowyer won the pole. Brad Keselowski made his NASCAR debut in this race.

Top ten results:

  1. #9 Kasey Kahne
  2. #21 Kevin Harvick
  3. #6 Mark Martin
  4. #11 Paul Menard
  5. #25 Ashton Lewis
  6. #33 Tony Stewart
  7. #17 Matt Kenseth
  8. #47 Jon Wood
  9. #88 Robby Gordon
  10. #01 Jay Sauter

Failed to qualify: Derrike Cope (#49)

Emerson Radio 250

This race was held September 8 at Richmond International Raceway. Jeff Burton won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #16 Greg Biffle
  3. #17 Matt Kenseth
  4. #11 Paul Menard
  5. #41 Reed Sorenson
  6. #20 Denny Hamlin
  7. #32 Dave Blaney
  8. #66 Scott Wimmer
  9. #60 Carl Edwards
  10. #9 Scott Riggs

Failed to qualify: Chris Cook (#43), Hermie Sadler (#28), Justin Diercks (#70), Josh Krug (#37), Shane Hall (#49)

Dover 200

This race was held September 23 at Dover International Speedway. Scott Riggs won the pole. Clint Bowyer held off Matt Kenseth in a green-white-checker finish.

Top ten results:

  1. #2 Clint Bowyer
  2. #17 Matt Kenseth
  3. #21 Kevin Harvick
  4. #64 Jamie McMurray
  5. #38 Jason Leffler
  6. #41 Reed Sorenson
  7. #5 Kyle Busch
  8. #16 Greg Biffle
  9. #18 J. J. Yeley
  10. #99 Michael Waltrip

As there were the maximum of forty-three cars needed to race, no drivers or teams failed to qualify.

Yellow Transportation 300

The Yellow Transportation 300 was held September 30 at Kansas Speedway. Matt Kenseth won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #17 Matt Kenseth
  3. #5 Kyle Busch
  4. #33 Tony Stewart
  5. #2 Clint Bowyer
  6. #60 Carl Edwards
  7. #41 Reed Sorenson
  8. #16 Greg Biffle
  9. #77 Bobby Labonte
  10. #11 Paul Menard

Failed to qualify: Randy LaJoie (#37), Steadman Marlin (#95)

Dollar General 300

This race was held October 13 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards started from the pole. Dave Blaney would earn his first career Busch Series win, and Kevin Harvick, despite failing to finish on the lead lap for the only time in the 2006 season, clinched the Busch Series Championship following a wreck involving second-place driver Carl Edwards and Casey Mears on lap 199 (at the start-finish line from lap 198 to lap 199) of a scheduled 200-lap race.

Top ten results: 203 laps/304.5 miles due to the green-white-checker rule

  1. #32 Dave Blaney
  2. #99 Michael Waltrip
  3. #59 Stacy Compton
  4. #17 Matt Kenseth
  5. #50 Danny O'Quinn Jr.
  6. #00 Johnny Sauter
  7. #2 Clint Bowyer
  8. #20 Denny Hamlin
  9. #33 Kevin Harvick
  10. #25 Ashton Lewis

Failed to qualify: Tim Sauter (#36), Kertus Davis (#0), Robert Richardson Jr. (#80), Eric McClure (#04), Derrike Cope (#49)

Sam's Town 250

This race was held October 28 at Memphis Motorsports Park. Johnny Sauter won the pole. Juan Pablo Montoya made his NASCAR debut in this race.

Top ten results:

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #2 Clint Bowyer
  3. #60 Carl Edwards
  4. #00 Johnny Sauter
  5. #88 Shane Huffman
  6. #20 Denny Hamlin
  7. #41 Reed Sorenson
  8. #50 Danny O'Quinn Jr.
  9. #9 Kasey Kahne
  10. #18 J. J. Yeley

Failed to qualify: Ron Young (#71), Stanton Barrett (#95), Chris Wimmer (#0), Shane Hall (#49), Richard Landreth (#89), Chuck Barnes Jr. (#07)

O'Reilly Challenge

This race was held on November 4 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #21 Kevin Harvick
  2. #19 Tony Stewart
  3. #29 Jeff Burton
  4. #6 Mark Martin
  5. #33 Ron Hornaday Jr.
  6. #18 J. J. Yeley
  7. #60 Carl Edwards
  8. #20 Denny Hamlin
  9. #77 Bobby Labonte
  10. #06 Todd Kluever

Failed to qualify: Justin Diercks (#70), Robert Richardson Jr. (#80), Jerry Robertson (#78), Derrike Cope (#49), Jorge Goeters (#63)

Arizona.Travel 200

The Arizona.Travel 200 was held November 11 at Phoenix International Raceway. Sam Hornish Jr., the 2006 IRL champion, made his NASCAR debut here. Matt Kenseth won race from the pole.

Top ten results: 203 miles/203 laps due to green-white-checkered rule.

  1. #17 Matt Kenseth
  2. #21 Kevin Harvick
  3. #20 Denny Hamlin
  4. #2 Clint Bowyer
  5. #60 Carl Edwards
  6. #18 J. J. Yeley
  7. #41 Reed Sorenson
  8. #88 Shane Huffman
  9. #33 Ron Hornaday Jr.
  10. #5 Kyle Busch

Failed to qualify: Mike Skinner (#12), D. J. Kennington (#72), Shane Hall (#49), Josh Krug (#37)

Ford 300

The Ford 300 was held November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kevin Harvick won the pole.

Top ten results:

  1. #17 Matt Kenseth
  2. #60 Carl Edwards
  3. #11 Paul Menard
  4. #20 Denny Hamlin
  5. #18 J. J. Yeley
  6. #21 Kevin Harvick
  7. #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. #9 Kasey Kahne
  9. #06 Todd Kluever
  10. #00 Johnny Sauter

Failed to qualify: Robert Richardson Jr. (#80), Justin Diercks (#70), D. J. Kennington (#72), Kertus Davis (#0), Kraig Kinser (#04), Dawayne Bryan (#68), Morgan Shepherd (#49), Trevor Boys (#08), Brett Rowe (#05)

Final standings

Drivers

The top 10
Pos. Driver Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Points Difference
1 Kevin Harvick 9 23 32 1 5648
2 Carl Edwards 4 15 25 3 4824 -824
3 Clint Bowyer 1 12 17 2 4683 -965
4 Denny Hamlin 2 12 23 6 4667 -981
5 J. J. Yeley 0 9 22 3 4487 -1161
6 Paul Menard 1 7 16 0 4075 -1573
7 Kyle Busch 1 4 12 2 3921 -1727
8 Johnny Sauter 0 2 9 1 3794 -1854
9 Greg Biffle 1 9 18 0 3466 -1859
10 Reed Sorenson 0 5 14 0 3451 -1978

Full Drivers' Championship

(keyBold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by owner's points. * – Most laps led.

Pos Driver DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MIL DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM Pts
1 Kevin Harvick 5 8 3 3* 11 2* 8 1 1 2 1 7 8 13 3 6 19 3 4 2 1* 5 1* 7 8 2 2 1* 3 1 9 1 1* 2 6 5648
2 Carl Edwards 39 3 8 5 24 5 43 5 3 10 6 8 1 2* 1* 36 21 5 2 1 6 1 10 27 23 8 12 9 26 6 27* 3 7 5 2 4824
3 Clint Bowyer 3 16 16 9 14 12 18 2 21 5 7 17 36 4 2 12 18 6 7 5* 2 2 40 16 12 23 13 37 1 5 7 2 17 4 11 4683
4 Denny Hamlin 14 10 1* 6 38 4 10 3* 39 30 10 1 29 7 4 3 2 30 14 3 3 3* 6 12 6 22 15 6 40 33 8 6 8 3 4 4667
5 J. J. Yeley 8 7 4 8 5 29 42 4 11 34 31 9 3 9 16 2 3 4 10 8 9 37 3 11 9 12 40 13 9 11 32 10 6 6 5 4487
6 Paul Menard 38 17 5 20 10 16 7 9 17 9 8 13 24 35 5 9 1* 37 39 4 12 35 9 18 25 10 4 4 37 10 13 23 27 37 3 4075
7 Kyle Busch 25 23 7 19 40 1 4 30 12 3 9 6 23 6 31 13* 24 16 42 16 20 8 21 37 14 7 11 12 7 3 12 32 10 41 3921
8 Johnny Sauter 35 13 6 15 12 10 14 27 36 8 11 34 11 21 14 32 9 21 17 6 5 18 42 19 35 11 31 15 24 35 6 4* 35 11 10 3794
9 Greg Biffle 31 1* 4 3 28 2 6 6 4 5 12 8 7 7 9 24 10 17 4 4 43 37 23 2 8 8 41 23 12 38 3789
10 Reed Sorenson 9 11 36 10 42 27 13 19 2 17 36 23 21 10 23 39 40 8 17 4 4 2 28 7 42 19 5 6 7 38 7 36 7 42 3670
11 Kenny Wallace 13 34 19 32 19 8 27 8 28 13 23 16 13 16 11 20 8 14 29 27 13 9 20 31 18 29 36 24 14 22 19 14 16 31 26 3626
12 John Andretti (R) 34 19 23 42 20 9 19 28 34 16 19 15 17 19 18 15 12 10 25 18 7 26 27 5 30 14 29 16 19 23 25 35 15 25 16 3562
13 Jason Leffler 6 22 17 11 6 32 17 35 22* 18 24 10 18 34 43 40 4 18 19 14 8 33 19 35 13 5 24 20 5 31 28 34 43 14 19 3554
14 Jon Wood 4 18 27 14 13 17 26 6 23 19 38 33 37 40 8 22 14 34 21 20 21 15 14 29 36 28 8 25 38 15 23 29 12 38 18 3381
15 Ashton Lewis 12 29 13 13 17 30 38 11 20 33 26 20 28 42 9 5 16 17 35 24 27 16 22 33 39 18 5 31 25 14 11 37 25 24 20 3376
16 Stacy Compton 27 24 43 33 27 14 22 20 26 26 37 14 30 12 19 24 6 20 20 25 15 17 12 30 41 16 18 34 20 34 3 24 22 22 17 3339
17 Todd Kluever (R) 7 12 32 21 18 34 21 32 42 27 22 32 9 18 17 17 23 25 18 13 30 13 24 38 37 39 27 36 13 37 18 16 10 18 9 3304
18 Matt Kenseth 6 2 4 3 5 7 3 2* 38* 26 5 4 1 7 3 2 2* 4 26 1* 1* 3221
19 Danny O'Quinn Jr. (R) 18 31 26 25 25 11 32 14 14 38 20 38 22 24 10 23 7 41 31 29 22 24 6 25 20 26 14 18 5 9 30 32 35 3163
20 Regan Smith 26 28 25 22 21 38 34 13 27 37 21 19 10 39 35 16 22 15 28 35 14 23 11 23 31 19 28 26 17 19 37 21 20 29 31 3136
21 Jay Sauter DNQ 41 24 34 29 23 40 18 DNQ 15 17 40 39 20 13 29 11 36 27 19 10 11 7 26 26 43 10 17 31 29 40 26 39 17 30 2879
22 Burney Lamar (R) 2 21 18 26 8 20 39 7 19 20 27 21 26 32 12 19 35 22 23 23 12 16 20 38 24 14 33 39 38 2710
23 David Green 37 20 35 29 36 25 16 29 9 24 12 24 14 17 21 21 17 23 22 22 31 7 28 15 32 21 26 2573
24 Mike Wallace 18 12 13 41 34 14 4 5 7 12 11 29 13 15 34 19 22 28 29 18 13 19 25 2479
25 Jamie McMurray 16 5 10 7 9 15 10 36 3 43 11 40 32 3 30 17 11 4 31 15 2297
26 Michael Waltrip 15 26 40 24 22 26 25 10 13 14 25 20 31 38 11 23 13 17 10 2 39 2126
27 Tim Sauter 19 25 30 41 31 21 37 36 24 21 39 37 27 28 24 28 27 24 33 26 19 22 33 34 35 28 25 DNQ 31 2109
28 Jeff Burton 30 4 1* 6 2 6 1 3 21 5 10 33 40 40 35 3 2040
29 Scott Wimmer 14 9 16 26 25 15 29 33 9 6 42 17 25 8 11 21 11 42 15 2002
30 Mark McFarland (R) 22 30 15 27 15 31 23 33 16 7 34 18 33 30 22 26 33 11 16 25 17 1975
31 Kasey Kahne 33 1 2 11 40* 11 16 22 35 30 4 1 16 43 8 24 8 1954
32 Stephen Leicht (R) 18 20 31 25 10 13 26 33 38 36 33 35 33 23 12 14 19 19 27 27 1790
33 Auggie Vidovich 29 33 34 15 32 28 25 21 34 21 28 32 43 27 27 20 33 15 38 33 32 1628
34 David Reutimann 29 34 22 6 8 10 14 36 9 20 39 13 20 14 12 1598
35 Ron Hornaday Jr. 7 17 35 14 5 20 24 20 23 3 41 5 9 36 1536
36 Steve Wallace 33 12 28 38 15 11 25 35 31 30 24 21 24 20 31 16 22 1528
37 Tony Stewart 1 12 39 29 42 12 9 11 6 4 16 2 1461
38 Casey Mears 40 16 3 8 4 1 2 16 26 1200
39 Kurt Busch 1* 4 2 3 6* 1* 21* 1160
40 Kertus Davis DNQ 42 DNQ 35 40 DNQ 43 41 32 DNQ 42 DNQ 27 36 31 34 31 42 39 40 38 35 42 41 36 DNQ QL 37 40 DNQ 1119
41 Jason Keller 11 15 22 16 23 15 28 16 DNQ 15 12 1116
42 Brian Vickers 32 9 7 4 12 2 16 13 1062
43 Aaron Fike 43 36 28 40 26 18 31 15 31 23 35 43 DNQ 42 31 30 1004
44 Mark Martin 24 5 4 32 5 3* 4 973
45 Mark Green 10 43 31 28 22 33 38 15 28 15 27 QL QL 934
46 Mike Skinner 25 26 18 29 13 32 10 21 DNQ 24 874
47 Dave Blaney 15 13 15 40 7 16 1 854
48 Scott Riggs 6 37 11 7 19 10 12 850
49 Shane Huffman 27 31 22 36 21 39 5 42 8 37 841
50 Martin Truex Jr. 1* 5 8 16 6 30* 835
51 Aric Almirola 32 11 QL QL 38 27 20 18 30 15 13 833
52 Casey Atwood QL 23 29 17 17 17 18 23 21 814
53 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 17* 1* 15 1 7 761
54 Bobby Labonte 12 15 9 22 9 34 29 755
55 Tracy Hines (R) 20 33 38 41 13 30 43 25 29 41 34 752
56 David Gilliland (R) DNQ 39 29 33 30 DNQ 1 26 36 29 30 733
57 Joel Kauffman (R) 27 34 43 32 42 35 23 30 DNQ 35 DNQ 27 31 716
58 Boris Said 2 31 39 14 18 8 663
59 Ken Schrader 36 17 37 37 25 22 25 15 662
60 Ryan Newman 2 39 5 30 40 6* 659
61 Stanton Barrett 21 42 DNQ 22 41 42 32 28 32 DNQ 26 606
62 Mike Bliss 36 12 26 38 31 Wth 36 30 27 596
63 Elliott Sadler 28 32 30 32 18 19 38 550
64 Robby Gordon 40 2 3 9 526
65 Kevin Lepage DNQ 23 19 39 36 19 43 27 523
66 Jerry Robertson DNQ 40 29 DNQ 36 32 DNQ 39 29 42 42 DNQ 41 477
67 Erin Crocker 37 28 19 26 30 28 474
68 Juan Pablo Montoya 11 28 20 14 438
69 Carlos Contreras 11 29 32 38 39 33 437
70 Shane Hall DNQ 41 DNQ DNQ 37 38 43 40 43 DNQ 37 36 DNQ 35 DNQ DNQ 422
71 Ted Musgrave 25 21 30 24 34 418
72 Brad Keselowski DNQ 37 38 26 34 41 29 39 414
73 Kevin Grubb 25 25 33 10 43 413
74 A. J. Foyt IV 42 38 21 37 33 35 41 DNQ 400
75 P. J. Jones 13 39 43 22 21 376
76 Paul Tracy 24 37 36 35 28 42 372
77 Steve Park 30 41 39 37 30 32 351
78 Chris Cook 20 DNQ 28 30 34 DNQ 316
79 Matt McCall 24 42 41 34 26 314
80 Justin Diercks 43 32 33 DNQ 28 31 DNQ 32 30 DNQ DNQ 311
81 Cale Gale 20 37 34 25 309
82 Jorge Goeters (R) 14 DNQ DNQ 41 DNQ 24 DNQ DNQ DNQ 40 295
83 Derrike Cope DNQ 40 DNQ 33 34 DNQ 36 DNQ 33 DNQ DNQ 287
84 Jimmie Johnson 7 21 42 283
85 Steadman Marlin 41 DNQ 31 29 38 39 DNQ 281
86 Kevin Conway (R) 28 34 43 DNQ 28 DNQ 253
87 Adrián Fernández 12 17 239
88 Jason White DNQ 36 30 34 41 229
89 Carl Long 41 DNQ 38 41 34 43 DNQ 224
90 Chad Chaffin DNQ 36 22 33 216
91 Michel Jourdain Jr. 38 18 39 214
92 David Ragan 41 18 36 204
93 David Odell 25 30 DNQ 40 204
94 Ron Fellows 33 9 202
95 Morgan Shepherd DNQ 41 43 40 42 42 41 DNQ 194
96 Donnie Neuenberger 23 39 41 Wth 34 180
97 Max Papis 14 40 164
98 Steve Grissom 21 40 148
99 Marc Goossens 9 143
100 Brent Sherman 28 34 140
101 Randy LaJoie 41 35 DNQ QL 41 138
102 Joe Nemechek 40 23 137
103 Willie Allen 28 35 137
104 Scott Pruett 10 134
105 Timothy Peters 13 124
106 Chris Wimmer (R) DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 39 DNQ 40 43 DNQ 123
107 Jeff Fuller 27 41 122
108 Brad Coleman 27 41 116
109 Peyton Sellers 37 33 116
110 Ron Young Wth 40 32 DNQ 110
111 Todd Bodine 37 36 107
112 Chris Horn 37 39 Wth 38 101
113 Brian Simo 22 97
114 Jeff Green 22 97
115 Justin Labonte 22 97
116 Butch Leitzinger 24 91
117 Sam Hornish Jr. 36 43 89
118 David Stremme 26 85
119 Matt Kobyluck 39 42 83
120 Kevin Hamlin 27 QL DNQ QL 82
121 D. J. Kennington DNQ 27 DNQ DNQ 82
122 Darrell Waltrip 28 79
123 Rogelio López 29 76
124 Ryan Moore 29 76
125 Eric McClure DNQ 43 Wth 41 DNQ 74
126 Brad Baker 30 73
127 Patrick Goeters 31 70
128 Dwayne Leik 32 67
129 Dexter Bean DNQ 32 67
130 Caleb Holman DNQ 33 DNQ Wth DNQ 64
131 Jeremy Mayfield 35 63
132 Spencer Clark 35 58
133 Jamie Mosley 35 58
134 Joey Miller 36 55
135 Chase Pistone 37 52
136 Randy MacDonald 43 38 35 49
137 Brad Teague DNQ 38 DNQ 49
138 Jimmy Morales 39 46
139 Ricky Craven 39 46
140 Kim Crosby 38 43
141 Shelby Howard 40 43
142 James Hylton 41 40
143 Carlos Pardo 42 37
144 Justin Ashburn 42 37
145 Jeff Spraker 42 37
146 Sean Caisse 42 37
147 Scott Lynch 43 34
148 Josh Richeson 43 34
149 Jennifer Jo Cobb 43 34
150 Tim Schendel 43 34
151 Brian Keselowski 43 34
152 John Hayden DNQ DNQ 32
153 Jerick Johnson 37
154 Joey McCarthy 43
155 Larry Hollenbeck DNQ
156 Eduardo Goeters DNQ
157 Stan Silva Jr. DNQ DNQ
158 Marc Mitchell DNQ
159 Stan Boyd DNQ
160 Richard Landreth DNQ DNQ
161 Todd Shafer DNQ
162 John Finger DNQ
163 Eduardo Troconis DNQ
164 Josh Krug DNQ DNQ
165 Hermie Sadler DNQ QL
166 Robert Richardson Jr. DNQ DNQ DNQ
167 Chuck Barnes Jr. DNQ
168 Brett Rowe DNQ
169 Kraig Kinser DNQ
170 Dawayne Bryan DNQ
171 Trevor Boys DNQ
172 Hank Parker Jr. QL
173 Dennis Setzer QL QL
174 Brandon Miller QL
175 Peter Shepherd III QL
Pos Driver DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MIL DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM Pts

Declaring for points in one series: Rules change for 2011

This was the fifth-to-last season where Cup Series drivers could run for points in another series. NASCAR implemented this change after Cup drivers were winning the Busch/Nationwide championships over the series regulars for 5 years straight (2006-2010). If the change had been implemented for the 2006 season, Menard would have been the champion. The rest of the top 10 in the standings would have been Johnny Sauter in 2nd, Kenny Wallace (who finished 11th in points), John Andretti (12th), Jason Leffler (13th), Jon Wood (14th), Ashton Lewis (15th), Stacy Compton (16th), Todd Kluever (17th), and Danny O'Quinn Jr. (19th).

Rookies

Also, John Andretti was officially considered a Busch Series rookie of the year contender for 2006, even though he is a Winston/Nextel Cup veteran.

ROTY favorite Lamar was released early from his ride at KHI while leading the standings. Eventually, the ROTY came down to a fight between NEXTEL Cup veteran John Andretti and former USAR Pro Cup driver Danny O'Quinn Jr. Eventually, O'Quinn Jr., despite being pulled from his ride for two races in favor of David Ragan to prepare him for his full time Cup season in 2007, still managed to hold off Andretti to win the award by only a single point. Another preseason favorite and 2005 NCTS Rookie of the Year, Tood Kluever, struggled in his transition to the Busch Series. Another USAR driver, Mark McFarland, had an up and down year and was replaced by Shane Huffman. Joel Kauffman and Chris Wimmer made bids for ROTY, but were released from their rides. A. J. Foyt IV, in his transition to stock cars, was released due to a Dodge development deal.

See also

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