2006 NASCAR Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2006 NASCAR Cup Series was the 58th season of professional Stock car racing in the United States and the 35th modern-era NASCAR Cup series season. It was started at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 12 with the Budweiser Shootout and ended on Monday, November 20, with the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Sterling Marlin of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. won the first and only championship in his career.

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing, was the defending series champion, but lost out in defending his championship this year, having finished outside of the top 10 in the points standings after the Chevy Rock and Roll 400. By the end of the season Chevrolet had captured 23 victories, and 270 points to win the NASCAR Manufacturers' Championship over Ford.

This is the first season since 1983 Season not to feature Rusty Wallace.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Car(s) Team No. Driver(s) Crew Chief Model
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 1 Martin Truex, Jr. (R) Kevin Manion Monte Carlo SS
8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Tony Eury, Jr.
14 Sterling Marlin Tony Eury, Sr.
15 Michael Waltrip David Hyder
81 Steve Park Kevin Hamlin
Furniture Row Racing 78 Kenny Wallace Template:Tooltip Joe Garone Impala
Jimmy Spencer Template:Tooltip
Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip
Max Papis Template:Tooltip
MB2 Motorsports
Ginn Racing
01 Jerry Nadeau Ryan Pemberton Monte Carlo SS
Haas CNC Racing 66 Jeff Green Harold Holly Monte Carlo SS
Hall of Fame Racing 96 Terry Labonte 7 Phillipe Lopez 2005 Monte Carlo
Tony Raines 27
Hendrick Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 5 Kyle Busch Alan Gustafson Impala
24 Jeff Gordon Steve Letarte
25 Brian Vickers Lance McGrew
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Mike Ford Impala
18 J.J. Yeley (R) Steve Addington
20 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
80 Jason Leffler Bryant Frazier
Morgan-McClure Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 4 Scott Wimmer Template:Tooltip Chris Carrier Monte Carlo SS
P. J. Jones Template:Tooltip
Todd Bodine Template:Tooltip
Ward Burton Template:Tooltip
NEMCO Motorsports 67 Joe Nemechek Gary Putnam 2005 Monte Carlo
87 John Nemechek Eric Phillips
PPI Motorsports 32 Travis Kvapil Template:Tooltip James Ince Impala
Ron Fellows Template:Tooltip
Earnhardt-Childress Racing (Start Your Engines!) 3 Jeff Burton Todd Berrier Monte Carlo
30 Kevin Harvick Gil Martin
31 Clint Bowyer (R) Scott Miller
Robby Gordon Motorsports 7 Robby Gordon Greg Erwin Impala
Dodge BAM Racing 49 Brent Sherman (R) Template:Tooltip Ron Otto 2005 Stratus
Jimmy Spencer Template:Tooltip
Mike Wallace Template:Tooltip
Kevin Lepage Template:Tooltip
Chris Cook Template:Tooltip
Mike Bliss Template:Tooltip
Bill Davis Racing 22 Dave Blaney Kevin Hamlin Charger
Chip Ganassi Racing
with Felix Sabates
39 Reed Sorenson (R) Steve Boyer Stratus
40 David Stremme (R) Template:Tooltip Jeff Vandermoss
Scott Pruett Template:Tooltip
41 Casey Mears Jimmy Elledge
42 Kenny Irwin, Jr. Donnie Wingo
Evernham Motorsports 9 Kasey Kahne Kenny Francis Charger
10 Scott Riggs Rodney Childers
19 Jeremy Mayfield Template:Tooltip Chris Andrews
Penske Racing South 2 Kurt Busch Roy McCauley Charger
12 Ryan Newman Matt Borland
77 Blaise Alexander Mike Nelson
Petty Enterprises 43 John Andretti Todd Parrott Stratus
44 Bobby Labonte Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Paul Andrews
46 Austin Petty Steven Lane
Ford Orr Motorsports 37 Rodney Orr John Page Fusion
Robert Yates Racing 38 Elliott Sadler Template:Tooltip Tommy Baldwin, Jr. Fusion
David Gilliland Template:Tooltip
88 Dale Jarrett Slugger Labbe
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin Pat Tryson Roush Mustang
17 Matt Kenseth Robbie Reiser
26 Jamie McMurray Jimmy Fennig Wally Brown
60 Greg Biffle Doug Richert
99 Carl Edwards Bob Osborne
Steele/Favre Motorsports 16 Tim Steele Joey Knuckles Fusion
90 Tony Roper Darrell Bryant
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ken Schrader Ernie Cope Shelby GT500
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!)
Dodge
Ford
Peak Fitness Racing Template:Tooltip
Front Row Motorsports Template:Tooltip
64/34 Randy LaJoie Template:Tooltip Wayne Hatfield Monte Carlo SS

Stratus

Fusion

Chad Chaffin (R) Template:Tooltip
Chad Blount Template:Tooltip
Carl Long Template:Tooltip
Greg Sacks Template:Tooltip
Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
Johnny Miller Template:Tooltip
Joey McCarthy Template:Tooltip
Brian Simo Template:Tooltip
Kertus Davis Template:Tooltip
Kevin Lepage Template:Tooltip
61 Kevin Lepage Template:Tooltip Greg Conner Template:Tooltip
Mike Steurer Template:Tooltip
Craig Osbourne Template:Tooltip
Chad Chaffin (R)Template:Tooltip
Brian Simo Template:Tooltip
Chad Blount Template:Tooltip
Ted Christopher Template:Tooltip
Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
Stanton Barrett Template:Tooltip

Limited schedule

Car(s) Team No. Driver(s) Crew Chief Rounds Model
Chevrolet Braun Racing 71 Derrike Cope Todd Lohse Template:Tooltip 2004 Monte Carlo
CJM Racing 72 Kertus Davis Doug George Template:Tooltip 2004 Impala
Brent Sherman Template:Tooltip
David Gilliland Template:Tooltip
Dale Quarterley Template:Tooltip
Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
Brandon Whitt Template:Tooltip
Competitive Edge Motorsports 51 Mike Garvey Barry Haefele Template:Tooltip 2005 Monte Carlo
Cupp Motorsports 46 Carl Long Stan Hover Template:Tooltip 2003 Impala
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (Start Your Engines!) 83 Paul Menard Dan Stillman Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo SS
Front Row Motorsports 92 Chad Chaffin (R) Teddy Brown Template:Tooltip 2004 Monte Carlo
Randy LaJoie Template:Tooltip
Chad Blount Template:Tooltip
Johnny Miller Template:Tooltip
Haas CNC Racing 70 Johnny Sauter Bootie Barker Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo SS
Hendrick Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 44 Terry Labonte Peter Sospenzo Template:Tooltip Impala
Kirk Shelmerdine Racing 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Phil Harris Template:Tooltip 2004 Monte Carlo
Tom Hubert Template:Tooltip
Ted Christopher Template:Tooltip
Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
MB2 Motorsports 36 Bill Elliott Frank Stoddard Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo SS
MBA Racing 00 Hermie Sadler Micah Horton Template:Tooltip
Larry Carter Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo SS
Michael Waltrip Racing Bill Elliott Template:Tooltip
Morgan-McClure Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 04 Eric McClure Danny Gill Template:Tooltip 2004 Impala
Earnhardt-Childress Racing (Start Your Engines!) 33 Scott Wimmer Pat Smith Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo SS
Stanton Barrett Racing 95 Stanton Barrett Shawn Parker Template:Tooltip 2003 Monte Carlo
Dodge Arnold Motorsports 50 Larry Foyt Buddy Sisco Template:Tooltip 2003 Stratus
Bill Davis Racing 23 Mike Skinner Ricky Viers Template:Tooltip Charger
Bill Lester Template:Tooltip
Bobby Hamilton Racing 04 Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Template:Tooltip 2004 Intrepid
Brandon Ash Racing 02 Brandon Ash Ed Ash Template:Tooltip 2005 Charger
Chip Ganassi Racing (Start Your Engines!) 30 Juan Pablo Montoya Dan Kolanda Template:Tooltip
Steve Boyer Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip Stratus
Rick Ware Racing Stanton Barrett Template:Tooltip
52 Dan Kolanda Template:Tooltip
Larry Gunselman Template:Tooltip
Steve Portenga Template:Tooltip
Donnie Neuenberger Template:Tooltip
McGlynn Racing 74 Derrike Cope Dom Turse Template:Tooltip 2003 Intrepid
R&J Racing 37 Chad Blount Mark Tutor Template:Tooltip 2004 Stratus
Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
Carl Long Template:Tooltip
David Murry Template:Tooltip
Bill Elliott Template:Tooltip
Shepherd Racing Ventures 89 Morgan Shepherd Doug George Template:Tooltip 2005 Charger
Kertus Davis Template:Tooltip
Team Red Bull 83 Bill Elliott Ricky Viers Template:Tooltip Charger
84 A. J. Allmendinger Template:Tooltip
Ford Andy Belmont Racing 59 Andy Belmont Billy Owen Template:Tooltip 2005 Taurus
Brent Sherman Racing 04 Brent Sherman Template:Tooltip 2005 Taurus
Hover Motorsports 80 Carl Long Stan Hover Template:Tooltip 2004 Taurus
MBA Racing 00 Hermie Sadler Micah Horton Template:Tooltip 2004 Mustang
No Fear Racing 60 Boris Said Frank Stoddard Template:Tooltip 2005 Mustang
David Ragan Template:Tooltip
Robert Yates Racing 90 Stephen Leicht Raymond Fox, Jr. Template:Tooltip Fusion
Marc Goossens Template:Tooltip
Roush Racing 06 Todd Kluever Frank Stoddard Template:Tooltip Roush Mustang
David Ragan Template:Tooltip
Sacks Motorsports 13 Greg Sacks Template:Tooltip Fusion
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!)
Dodge
Ford
Phoenix Racing 09 Mike Wallace Marc Reno Template:Tooltip 2004 Impala

2003 Intrepid

2004 Mustang

Manufacturer Changes

  • Ford replaced the Taurus with the new Fusion.

Schedule

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 12 CBS
Gatorade Duel February 16 CBS
1 Daytona 500 February 19 CBS
2 Subway 400 North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham February 26 Fox
3 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada March 12 Fox
4 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Moreno Valley March 20 MGM
5 Old Spice 400 Gateway International Raceway, Madison March 26 CBS
6 DirecTV 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway April 2 Fox
7 Samsung/Radio Shack 500 Texas World Speedway, College Station April 9 Fox
8 Subway Fresh 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix April 22 Fox
9 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega May 1 Fox

FX

10 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain May 6 CBS
11 Sharpie 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol May 13 Fox
NASCAR Open Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord May 20 FX
NASCAR All-Star Challenge FX
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 28 Fox
13 Music City 420 Presented by TNN Music City Motorplex, Nashville June 4 TNN
14 The Patakis 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth June 11 Fox

Nickelodeon

15 McDonald's 400 Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero June 18 Fox
16 USG Sheetrock 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet June 25 Fox
17 Pepsi 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 1 MGM
18 3M Performance 400 Presented by Post-It Picture Paper Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn July 9 TBS
19 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England July 16 MGM
20 Pennsylvania 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond July 23 TBS
21 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway August 6 NBC
22 AMD at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 13 NBC
23 GFS Marketplace 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 20 TBS
24 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis August 26 MGM
25 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 3 NBC
26 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 9 MGM
27 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 17 TBS
28 Dover 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover September 24 TBS
29 Banquet 400 Presented by ConAgra Foods Kansas Speedway, Kansas City October 1 MGM
30 UAW-Ford 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega October 8 NBC
31 Bank of America Roval 500 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord (Roval) October 14 MGM
32 Auto Club 500 California Speedway, Fontana October 22 NBC
33 Ford 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead October 29 MGM
34 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Infineon Raceway, Sonoma November 5 NBC
35 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix November 12 NBC
36 Bass Pro Shops 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton November 19 MGM

Races

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Model
Budweiser Shootout Ken Schrader Ken Schrader Denny Hamlin Chevrolet
Gatorade Duel 1 Jeff Burton Elliott Sadler Elliott Sadler Ford
Gatorade Duel 2 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
1 Daytona 500 Jeff Burton Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kirk Shelmerdine 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2 Subway 400 Kurt Busch Greg Biffle Matt Kenseth Ford
3 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 Greg Biffle Matt Kenseth Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
4 Budweiser 400 Kasey Kahne Greg Biffle Jerry Nadeau Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
5 Old Spice 400 Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Kurt Busch Dodge
6 DirecTV 500 Jimmie Johnson Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet
7 Samsung/Radio Shack 500 Kasey Kahne Tony Stewart Bobby Labonte Dodge Stratus
8 Subway Fresh 500 Kyle Busch Greg Biffle Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
9 Aaron's 499 Elliott Sadler Jeff Gordon Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
10 Howard Johnson's 400 Greg Biffle Kevin Harvick Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
11 Sharpie 500 Kasey Kahne Greg Biffle Greg Biffle Ford
Nextel Open Scott Riggs Scott Riggs Scott Riggs Dodge
Nextel All-Star Challenge Kasey Kahne Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
12 Coca-Cola 600 Scott Riggs Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne Dodge
13 Music City 420 Presented by TNN Ryan Newman Jamie McMurray Austin Petty Dodge Stratus
14 The Patakis 400 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
15 McDonald's 400 Kasey Kahne Jeff Gordon Kasey Kahne Dodge
16 USG Sheetrock 400 Kurt Busch Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
17 Pepsi 400 Boris Said Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet
18 USG Sheetrock 400 Jeff Burton Matt Kenseth Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
19 Jacob's Grand Prix Ryan Newman Kyle Busch Steve Park Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
20 Pennsylvania 500 Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Denny Hamlin Chevrolet
21 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Jeff Burton Jeff Burton Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
22 AMD at the Glen Kurt Busch Kurt Busch Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
23 GFS Marketplace 400 Jeff Burton Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Ford
24 Keystone Light 400 Kurt Busch Jeff Burton Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
25 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Kurt Busch Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne Dodge
26 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
27 Tyson Holly Farms 400 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick John Andretti Dodge Stratus
28 Dover 400 Jeff Gordon Matt Kenseth Jeff Burton Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
29 Banquet 400 Presented by ConAgra Foods Kasey Kahne Jimmie Johnson Tony Stewart Chevrolet
30 UAW-Ford 500 David Gilliland Dale Earnhardt Jr. Brian Vickers Chevrolet
31 Bank of America Roval 500 Scott Riggs Kasey Kahne Jerry Nadeau Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
32 Subway 500 Kurt Busch Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
33 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Matt Kenseth Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet
34 Dodge Save/Mart 350 Brian Vickers Tony Stewart Tim Steele Ford Fusion
35 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil Jeff Gordon Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
36 Bass Pro Shops 500 Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne Adam Petty Dodge Stratus

NOTE: An asterisk (*) in each Top Ten finish denotes a rookie driver.