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The 2006 Aaron's 312 at Talladega was a Busch Series event that occured at Talladega on 4-29-2006. Martin Truex, Jr, running a Dale Earnhardt-themed paint scheme won in his first start of the year.

2006 Aaron's 312 (at Talladega)
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3-wide racing at Talladega
General info
Series Busch Series
Location Talladega Superspeedway
Date April 29, 2006
Qualifying
Pole Sitter J.J. Yeley
Pole Speed 184.751 seconds
Race Data
Winner Martin Truex, Jr
Margin of Victory .086 seconds
Average Speed 149.785 mph
Cautions 4 for 12 laps
Points Leader Kevin Harvick (+274)

Practice NotesEdit

  • Chad Chaffin was a late-race entry in the race, driving the #28 car. The team would use Jay Robinson Racing owner points, despite being a MacDonald Motorsports entry. However, it would matter not, as only 43 cars were entered for the forty-three slots. Randy MacDonald replaced Chaffin in the #28 for second practice and would stay in the car for the rest of the weekend.
  • Practices at restrictor plate races are very tricky: The draft affects how fast the car will go. David Green paced the field in first practice, Danny O'Quinn took rookie practice and Jay Sauter was fastest in final practice.

Qualifying EventsEdit

In the second restrictor plate race of the year, J.J. Yeley won his second pole of his career, the other coming at Daytona. Clint Bowyer took the outside pole and points leader Kevin Harvick would start 19th.

As mentioned, with 43 cars entered in the event, no drivers would go home.

Race RewindEdit

Lap-by-LapEdit

No cars moved to the back prior to the start. The weather was cloudy and possibly rain was on the way.

Pole sitter J.J. Yeley led the first lap and afterwards, Bowyer would take the lead. As customary with restrictor plate events, lead changes were many. Tony Stewart took the lead first on lap twelve, and he would lead twenty-five laps.

By lap 40, cars were forced to pit for fuel and tires, as the Busch Series did not have the smaller fuel cells the Nextel Cup cars did. Kyle Busch maintained the lead through the stops.

The first caution of the event came out on lap 42. Derrike Cope and Donnie Neuenberger got together in the tri-oval and slid into Regan Smith. The leaders were far behind the crash.

The race restarted on lap 49. Jon Wood (#47), Ashton Lewis (#25) and Stephen Leicht (#90) had the first pit road penalties of the day.

The race would be fairly quiet after that, with Kyle Busch in control, until Tony Stewart made an agressive move on the frontstretch on lap 67. He slid into Kenny Wallace, slammed the wall and went airborne. After flipping on his roof, he collected Danny O'Quinn and both drivers' days were over. Martin Truex, Jr lead. Pit stops on lap 70 meant only one more pit stop would occur, with Busch leading.

Four-wide racing at times would be the normal until caution came out on lap 100 for debris. The last pit stops would be critical. Truex emerged from those with the lead. Brian Vickers would emerge at Truex's nemesis, trying to pass him multiple times after the restart. However, Truex fended off Vickers as Vickers got no support from the draft.

A crash on lap 111 involving J.J. Yeley and Michael Waltrip set up a late-race restart. However, Vickers last attempt failed, leaving Truex Jr to fend off Kevin Harvick.

Race ResultsEdit

Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Laps Lead Status
1 128Martin Truex, JrBass Pro ShopsChevy11736running
2 1921Kevin HarvickCoast GuardChevy1170running
3 95Kyle BuschLowe'sChevy11725running
4 557Brian VickersOre-IdaChevy11715running
5 22Clint BowyerAC DelcoChevy1174running
6 1816Greg BiffleAmeriquestFord1174running
7 2788Mark McFarlandNavyChevy1170running
8 1400Johnny SauterYellow TransportationChevy1170running
9 2511Paul MenardMenardsChevy1170running
10 760Carl EdwardsFreeCreditReport.comFord1176running
11 249Scott RiggsRaguDodge1170running
12 211Mike WallaceMiccosukeeDodge1170running
13 3422Kenny WallaceAuto ZoneFord1170running
14 3399Michael WaltripAaron'sDodge1171running
15 3001Jay SauterWestern UnionChevy1170running
16 2310John AndrettiFreedom RoadsFord1170running
17 1341Reed SorensonDiscount TireDodge1170running
18 1638Jason LefflerGreat ClipsChevy1170running
19 2647Jon WoodCloroxFord1170running
20 2277Burney LamarDollar GeneralChevy1170running
21 2936Tim SauterLester BuildingsChevy1170running
22 2066Ken SchraderYard-ManFord1170running
23 643Aaron FikeCurb RecordsDodge1170running
24 1127David GreenKleenexFord1170running
25 2812Tracy HinesBlueGreen VacationsDodge1170running
26 3259Stacy ComptonKingsfordFord1170running
27 1506Todd Kluever3MFord1170running
28 394Mark GreenGEICODodge1170running
29 3114Sterling MarlinFitzBradshaw RacingDodge1170running
30 320Denny HamlinRockwell AutomationChevy1160running
31 890Stephen LeichtCitiFinancialFord1150running
32 100Kertus DavisRace GirlChevy1150running
33 4025Ashton LewisMarinesFord1150running
34 118J.J. YeleyVigoroChevy1101crash
35 3734Paul TracySport ClipsChevy980running
36 3564Jamie McMurrayTop-FliteDodge970engine
37 3835Regan SmithMcDonald'sFord970running
38 450Danny O'QuinnStonebridgeFord680crash
39 1733Tony StewartOld SpiceChevy6825crash
40 3672Donnie NeuenbergerCayman IslandsChevy420crash
41 4149Derrike CopeXtreme GelFord420crash
42 4205Justin AshburnSpectra MetalsChevy360engine
43 4328Randy MacDonaldFMI FireplacesChevy10engine

Top Ten in PointsEdit

1) Kevin Harvick (2rd) +274 *

2) Clint Bowyer (5th)

3) Carl Edwards (10th)

4) Denny Hamlin (30th)

5) J.J. Yeley (34th)

6) Paul Menard (9th)

7) Kyle Busch (3rd)

8) Greg Biffle (6th)

9) Jon Wood (19th)

10) Johnny Sauter (#00)

  • See post-race note

Post-RaceEdit

After the race, it was found that Kevin Harvick's right rear category was too low. Shane Wilson, Harvick's crew chief was fined and Harvick and Richard Childress lost 25 drivers and owners points. However, Harvick still had his massive lead.

External LinksEdit

Pictures from NBSRacing.com

Stats from Racing-Reference

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