|2006 Emerson Radio 250|
|September 8, 2006|
|1||5||Kevin Harvick||Coast Guard Reserve||Chevy||250||154||running|
|5||9||Reed Sorenson||Discount Tire||Dodge||250||0||running|
|6||4||20||Denny Hamlin||Rockwell Automation||Chevy||250||0||running|
|7||12||32||Dave Blaney||Hass Avacados||Chevy||250||1||running|
|15||29||Johnny Sauter||Haas Automation||Chevy||250||0||running|
|16||22||John Andretti||Freedom Roads||Ford||250||0||running|
|17||36||01||Jay Sauter||Western Union||Chevy||250||0||running|
|20||8||Jason Leffler||Great Clips||Chevy||250||7||running|
|21||34||14||Ted Musgrave||Family Dollar||Dodge||250||11||running|
|24||30||Kenny Wallace||Auto Zone||Ford||250||0||running|
|27||27||Auggie Vidovich, II||GEICO||Dodge||250||0||running|
|28||38||72||Stanton Barrett||Vector Security||Chevy||248||0||running|
|29||35||78||Jerry Robertson||Furniture Row||Chevy||247||0||running|
|32||7||12||Mike Skinner||BleGreen Vacations||Dodge||225||0||crash|
|33||18||Burney Lamar||Dollar General||Chevy||221||0||crash|
|35||43||Tim Sauter||Lester Buildings||Chevy||218||0||crash|
|37||10||Clint Bowyer||Red Hot Chili Peppers||Chevy||191||1||running|
|40||1||29||Jeff Burton||Holiday Inn||Chevy||124||39||brakes|
|41||2||Ron Hornaday||Outdoor Channel||Chevy||73||0||crash|
|Yellow designates full time Cup drivers|
|Blue designates full time Busch drivers|
|Green designates full-time Cup/Busch drivers|
The 2006 Emerson Radio 250 was a Busch Series event that occured at Richmond on September 8, 2006. Kevin Harvick won his sixth event on the season. Following the event, Harvick held a 619-point lead. That is the largest point lead in the series' history.
48 cars entered the event, with a PE (Post Entry) by newcomer Josh Krug. David Gilliland replaced Stephen Leicht in the #90 Robert Yates Racing car late in the week. Casey Atwood took over the #27 Brewco Motorsports ride from 1994 champion David Green.
Reed Sorenson paced Matt Kenseth in first practice, Burney Lamar was the best in rookie practice and Matt Kenseth lead second practice. No incidents were reported during any practices. Scott Riggs team lost an engine and skipped final practice.
To the BackEdit
- Scott Riggs-#9-Impound adjustments and engine change.
Jeff Burton led the first lap as teammate Kevin Harvick was side-by-side for second. Kevin Grubb wrecked, however, right past the start finish line after just one lap. He would be done for the day and finished 43rd.
Harvick moved into second on the restart and would run with Burton until another caution flew on lap 26. Burney Lamar got tapped by Jamie McMurray coming off turn two. It would be the first of many incidents for Lamar. Meanwhile, Jason Leffler took the lead as the leaders moved down pit road. Burton would restart 9th after a bad pit stop, while Harvick had the best among the leaders, coming out 6th.
Harvick flew through the field on the restart and it didn't take long until he squeezed past Kenseth for the lead. Debris on the track would halt Harvick on lap 65 as the fourth caution flew.
Shortly after the restart, Paul Menard had his transmission slip coming off turn four. Hornaday checked up and was dumped coming off the turn. His car took a heavy glancing side blow with the wall as Jay Sauter spun to avoid the fifth caution of the night. Sauter would later gain the lap he lost back and recover for a solid 17th place finish.
Jeff Burton went past teammate Harvick on the restart but on lap 105, Harvick's only competition fell by the wayside. Burton had a right front tire go flat after a brake hose began rubbing the tire out. With the piece still causing mayhem, Burton and team parked the car since they were not running from points.
Ashton Lewis spun on lap 114 and would collect Stanton Barrett with him. Lewis was involved with four crashes this night. Scott Wimmer stayed out on the pit stops, while Ted Musgrave and Casey Atwood stayed out too. Dave Blaney took two tires, while Harvick slipped to seventh. It would be a quick eleven lap dash as another spin by Burney Lamar brought out the next caution.
Kevin Harvick drove by Musgrave and Wimmer before another caution came out on lap 136 for a spin by David Gilliland. David Reutimann, who was running in the top ten lasted ten laps after that until his transmission fluid caused a caution.
Harvick finally got a decent green flag run, hanging on to the lead until lap 176, when a caution came out for debris. Most of the leaders stayed out, but those who had not taken four tires on the most recent cycle came in. Harvick maintained the lead.
A frontstretch pileup occured a few laps after that restart. Casey Atwood slid into Clint Bowyer to avoid J.J. Yeley's car. Bowyer lost traction and plowed into the Turn One inside wall. It was only another couple laps until Jerry Robertson got spun by Aric Almirola on lap 207. Harvick had built up his biggest lead of the night (1.3 seconds) before the yellow came back out.
The big wreck of the night continued to plague the race, with the thirteenth coming after Tim Sauter crashed Stacy Compton and Burney Lamar as a result. And then, on the restart Jason Leffler got spun, collecting Mike Skinner and Ashton Lewis. It would be the record-breaking 14th caution of the night.
Harvick now had just 17 laps to win the race. However, Greg Biffle, on fresher tires, maintained ground with Harvick. Eventually, though, Harvick began to pull away again. From the last caution, he would cruise his car to victory.