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
|Date||June 17, 2006|
|Pole Sitter||Denny Hamlin|
|Pole Speed||177.772 mph|
|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]
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]
|1||4||84||David Gilliland (R)||Hype Manufacturing||Chevrolet||200||11||running|
|2||10||J.J. Yeley||Vigoro/The Home Depot||Chevrolet||200||54||running|
|3||1||Denny Hamlin||Rockwell Automation||Chevrolet||200||23||running|
|4||17||Mike Wallace||Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts||Chevrolet||200||0||running|
|5||32||Ashton Lewis||U.S. Marines||Ford||200||0||running|
|6||13||Kevin Harvick (W)||U.S. Coast Guard||Chevrolet||200||1||running|
|7||30||Greg Biffle||Cub Cadet||Ford||200||41||running|
|11||7||Steve Wallace||Jackson Roscoe Foundation||Chevrolet||200||9||running|
|13||9||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||John Andretti (R)||Freedom Roads/Camping World/RVs.com||Ford||199||0||running|
|17||15||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||Burney Lamar (R)||Dollar General||Chevrolet||199||0||running|
|22||19||Jon Wood||Clorox/American Red Cross||Ford||198||0||running|
|23||5||Danny O'Quinn (R)||Transamerica||Ford||198||0||running|
|24||29||Stacy Compton||Kingsford/Bush's Beans/Kroger||Ford||198||0||running|
|25||24||Kevin Grubb||Hanger 6 Inc.||Chevrolet||198||0||running|
|26||40||Mark McFarland (R)||U.S. Navy||Chevrolet||198||0||running|
|27||31||12||Joel Kauffman (R)||Supercuts||Chevrolet||198||0||running|
|28||16||Tim Sauter||National City Barnk||Chevrolet||198||0||running|
|29||26||01||Jay Sauter||Western Union||Chevrolet||198||0||running|
|31||34||Aaron Fike||Value City||Chevrolet||195||0||running|
|32||27||Johnny Sauter||Yellow Transportation||Chevrolet||195||0||running|
|33||37||70||Justin Diercks||Foretravel Motorcoach||Chevrolet||194||0||running|
|34||11||Auggie Vidovich||GEICO/DenBeste Transportation||Chevrolet||189||0||crash|
|35||41||Jamie Mosley||Advil Liqui-Gels||Ford||188||0||running|
|36||2||Carl Edwards (W)||Henkel||Ford||174||0||running|
|37||42||58||Chris Horn||Horn Auto Racing||Chevrolet||115||0||handling|
|38||43||Shane Hall||Speed Zone Energy Drink||Ford||73||0||handling|
|39||3||Reed Sorenson||Discount Tire||Dodge||59||0||crash|
|40||36||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]
- Kevin Harvick +372
- Carl Edwards -372
- Denny Hamlin -413
- Clint Bowyer -416
- Greg Biffle -506
- J. J. Yeley -511
- Kyle Busch -593
- Paul Menard -616
- Johnny Sauter -821
- Kenny Wallace -822
- Burney Lamar -889
- Reed Sorenson -920
- Jon Wood -951
- Ashton Lewis -952
- John Andretti -957
- Jason Leffler -967
- Todd Kluever -1005
- David Green -1033
- Danny O'Quinn, Jr. -1045
- Mark McFarland -1075