The 2006 Meijer 300 was a Busch Series race that occured at Kentucky Speedway on June 17, 2006. David Gilliland won his first career race in his fifth career start in the Busch Series, driving for a single-car, unsupported race team. He was the first non-NEXTEL Cup driver to win a Busch race that season.

2006 Meijer 300
Gilliland does burnouts
General info
Series Busch Series
Location Kentucky Speedway
Date June 17, 2006
Pole Sitter Denny Hamlin
Pole Speed 177.772 mph
Race Data
Winner David Gilliland
Margin of Victory .306 seconds
Average Speed 116.004 mph
Cautions 10 for 47 laps
Points Leader Kevin Harvick (+372)

Qualifying notes[edit | edit source]

Denny Hamlin won the pole with a lap of 177.772 mph. Carl Edwards qualified on the outside pole, but suffered mechanical faliures early in the race. Points leader Kevin Harvick qualified thirteenth.

Failing to qualify were: John Hayden (#85), David O'Dell (#07), Stan Boyd (#23)

Race Recap[edit | edit source]

The race got off to a wild start, as Carl Edwards, who started on the outside pole broke a transmission on the start. Kevin Harvick then spun on lap four, saving his car while Jon Wood falls to pit road with a flat tire.

More trouble occured on the restart on lap eight, as Morgan Shepherd broke a transmission and stalled on the track. Once the race finally got a few laps under green, Kyle Busch, Reed Sorenson and Hamlin got in a battle for the lead. Busch emerged by lap 23, when David Reutimann spun out. Reed Sorenson encounters trouble on the pit stop, missing his pit and having to repit.

On the restart, Jason Leffler lost his car by himself coming off of turn two. Trying to avoid the incident, Jeff Fuller smashes the inside wall on the backstretch. Fuller had to be extradicted from the car, causing the red flag. Fuller never lost consiousness, but couldn't climb out due to what turned out to be a broken wrist.

Leffler was the cause of the next caution, after once again losing it by himself in turn four on lap 49. Kyle Busch maintainedthe lead through this portion of the race but will lose the lead after pitstops after Clint Bowyer stays on the track.

A good night that had already gone bad got worse on lap 62 for Sorenson. He got tapped and smashed his back part of the car into the wall. He would be done for the day. At this point in the season, Sorenson's point situation is grim and will be replaced by teammate David Stremme the next week at Milwuakee.

Greg Biffle took the lead from Bowyer on the restart and drove his #66 Cub Cadet Ford comfortably in the lead until lap 99, when Busch moved back into position. Biffle and Bowyer would come back to pit road laps later from green flag pitstops. Unfortuantely for those drivers, nobody else pits under the green before the next caution comes out on lap 117 for a Burney Lamar incident.

Busch maintained the lead until a debris caution on lap 134. This caution was the turning point in the race. J.J. Yeley and Mike Wallace both got just fuel to the end and other pit strategies resulted. Yeley began to dominate, pulling away from Wallace and Kevin Harvick. On lap 151, Johnny Sauter was black flagged for smoking. At the same time the second-place battle went three-wide with Kyle Busch emerging in that spot. However, Busch's luck ran out laps later. He would pit with a flat right side tire. He would only recover to 13th by the end of the race.

The race stayed under green and two fast cars quickly emerged. Denny Hamlin, who took tires was in third while a shockingly-fast David Gilliland was rolling in fourth. On lap 177, while Hamlin and Wallace battled for second, Gilliland blew through both and began to cut down Yeley's five second lead.

On lap 183, Chris Cook crashed setting up crucial final pit stops. Half of the field did not stop, including Gilliland and Yeley. Biffle, who was closing in on both was penalized for passing cars on pit road ending his bid for the win. He would finish 6th.

Gilliland stayed with Yeley on the restart and with 10 laps to go, shocked the field and pulled up to the lead. Gilliland is barely in front of Yeley when Auggie Vidovich II wrecks to end his night. NASCAR reviews the pass and declares Gilliland the leader. On the ensuing shootout, Gilliland pulled away to win his seventh career start in what could only be described at "The Biggest Upset in NASCAR history" by TV commentator Hermie Sadler

Race Results[edit | edit source]

Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Laps Lead Status
1 4 84 David Gilliland (R) Hype Manufacturing Chevrolet 200 11 running
2 10 18JGRBusch.gif J.J. Yeley Vigoro/The Home Depot Chevrolet 200 54 running
3 1 20JGRBusch.jpg Denny Hamlin Rockwell Automation Chevrolet 200 23 running
4 17 1FinchBusch.gif Mike Wallace Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts Chevrolet 200 0 running
5 32 25RensiBusch.jpg Ashton Lewis U.S. Marines Ford 200 0 running
6 13 21RCRBusch.gif Kevin Harvick (W) U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet 200 1 running
7 30 66duraflame.GIF Greg Biffle Cub Cadet Ford 200 41 running
8 25 99 David Reutimann Aaron's Dodge 200 0 running
9 8 11 Paul Menard Menards Chevrolet 200 0 running
10 28 90RYRBusch.gif Stephen Leicht CitiFinancial Chevrolet 200 0 running
11 7 64RWI.GIF Steve Wallace Jackson Roscoe Foundation Chevrolet 200 9 running
12 21 2RCRBusch.gif Clint Bowyer ACDelco Chevrolet 200 0 running
13 9 5HendrickBusch.jpg Kyle Busch (W) Lowe's/Hitachi Power Tools Chevrolet 200 61 running
14 23 9 Boris Said Hellman's Mayonnaise Dodge 200 0 running
15 18 10PPCBusch.gif John Andretti (R) Freedom Roads/Camping World/ Ford 199 0 running
16 6 35RensiBusch.gif Regan Smith McDonald's Ford 199 0 running
17 15 063M.gif Todd Kluever (R) 3M Ford 199 0 running
18 22 15 Michel Jourdain Jr. Kraft Foods/Double Stuf Oreo Ford 199 0 running
19 20 77KHIBusch.gif Burney Lamar (R) Dollar General Chevrolet 199 0 running
20 14 22PPCBusch.gif Kenny Wallace AutoZone Ford 199 0 running
21 12 27BuschBrewco.gif David Green Kleenex/Meijer Ford 198 0 running
22 19 47CloroxBusch.GIF Jon Wood Clorox/American Red Cross Ford 198 0 running
23 5 50RoushBusch.gif Danny O'Quinn (R) Transamerica Ford 198 0 running
24 29 59StacyCompton.GIF Stacy Compton Kingsford/Bush's Beans/Kroger Ford 198 0 running
25 24 56MacHillBusch.gif Kevin Grubb Hanger 6 Inc. Chevrolet 198 0 running
26 40 88JRBusch.gif Mark McFarland (R) U.S. Navy Chevrolet 198 0 running
27 31 12 Joel Kauffman (R) Supercuts Chevrolet 198 0 running
28 16 36McGillBusch.jpg Tim Sauter National City Barnk Chevrolet 198 0 running
29 26 01 Jay Sauter Western Union Chevrolet 198 0 running
30 35 43 Chris Cook ShiftIntoGear Dodge 197 0 running
31 34 33khi.gif Aaron Fike Value City Chevrolet 195 0 running
32 27 00HaasBusch.gif Johnny Sauter Yellow Transportation Chevrolet 195 0 running
33 37 70 Justin Diercks Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet 194 0 running
34 11 4BiagiBusch.gif Auggie Vidovich GEICO/DenBeste Transportation Chevrolet 189 0 crash
35 41 49advil.GIF Jamie Mosley Advil Liqui-Gels Ford 188 0 running
36 2 60HenkelBusch.gif Carl Edwards (W) Henkel Ford 174 0 running
37 42 58 Chris Horn Horn Auto Racing Chevrolet 115 0 handling
38 43 28jrr.gif Shane Hall Speed Zone Energy Drink Ford 73 0 handling
39 3 41GanBusch.gif Reed Sorenson Discount Tire Dodge 59 0 crash
40 36 38BuschAkins.gif Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevrolet 46 0 crash
41 39 34 Jeff Fuller Glow Buoy/KL Industries Chevrolet 28 0 crash
42 33 0 Morgan Shepherd RaceGirl/Racing with Jesus Chevrolet 8 0 transmission
43 38 72 Eric McClure MacDonald Motorsports Chevrolet 5 0 engine
  • (R) - Denotes rookie
  • (R) - Denotes former winner of the race

Top Twenty Points[edit | edit source]

  1. Kevin Harvick +372
  2. Carl Edwards -372
  3. Denny Hamlin -413
  4. Clint Bowyer -416
  5. Greg Biffle -506
  6. J. J. Yeley -511
  7. Kyle Busch -593
  8. Paul Menard -616
  9. Johnny Sauter -821
  10. Kenny Wallace -822
  11. Burney Lamar -889
  12. Reed Sorenson -920
  13. Jon Wood -951
  14. Ashton Lewis -952
  15. John Andretti -957
  16. Jason Leffler -967
  17. Todd Kluever -1005
  18. David Green -1033
  19. Danny O'Quinn, Jr. -1045
  20. Mark McFarland -1075

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