|2006 Aaron's 312 (at Talladega)|
3-wide racing at Talladega
|Date||April 29, 2006|
|Pole Sitter||J.J. Yeley|
|Pole Speed||184.751 seconds|
|Winner||Martin Truex, Jr|
|Margin of Victory||.086 seconds|
|Average Speed||149.785 mph|
|Cautions||4 for 12 laps|
|Points Leader||Kevin Harvick (+274)|
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
|1||12||8||Martin Truex, Jr||Bass Pro Shops||Chevy||117||36||running|
|2||19||21||Kevin Harvick||Coast Guard||Chevy||117||0||running|
|5||2||2||Clint Bowyer||AC Delco||Chevy||117||4||running|
|8||14||00||Johnny Sauter||Yellow Transportation||Chevy||117||0||running|
|13||34||22||Kenny Wallace||Auto Zone||Ford||117||0||running|
|15||30||01||Jay Sauter||Western Union||Chevy||117||0||running|
|16||23||10||John Andretti||Freedom Roads||Ford||117||0||running|
|17||13||41||Reed Sorenson||Discount Tire||Dodge||117||0||running|
|18||16||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips||Chevy||117||0||running|
|20||22||77||Burney Lamar||Dollar General||Chevy||117||0||running|
|21||29||36||Tim Sauter||Lester Buildings||Chevy||117||0||running|
|23||6||43||Aaron Fike||Curb Records||Dodge||117||0||running|
|25||28||12||Tracy Hines||BlueGreen Vacations||Dodge||117||0||running|
|29||31||14||Sterling Marlin||FitzBradshaw Racing||Dodge||117||0||running|
|30||3||20||Denny Hamlin||Rockwell Automation||Chevy||116||0||running|
|32||10||0||Kertus Davis||Race Girl||Chevy||115||0||running|
|35||37||34||Paul Tracy||Sport Clips||Chevy||98||0||running|
|39||17||33||Tony Stewart||Old Spice||Chevy||68||25||crash|
|40||36||72||Donnie Neuenberger||Cayman Islands||Chevy||42||0||crash|
|41||41||49||Derrike Cope||Xtreme Gel||Ford||42||0||crash|
|42||42||05||Justin Ashburn||Spectra Metals||Chevy||36||0||engine|
|43||43||28||Randy MacDonald||FMI Fireplaces||Chevy||1||0||engine|
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
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.