2006 Emerson Radio 250
September 8, 2006
Finish Start No. Name Sponsor Make Laps Laps Lead Status
1 521RCRBusch Kevin Harvick Coast Guard ReserveChevy250154running
2 2416ilevelBuschGreg BiffleiLevelFord2500running
3 317Matt KensethAmeriquestFord25016running
4 1611Paul MenardMenardsChevy2500running
5 941GanBuschReed SorensonDiscount TireDodge2500running
6 420Denny HamlinRockwell AutomationChevy2500running
7 1232Dave BlaneyHass AvacadosChevy2501running
8 2166Scott WimmerYard-ManFord25021running
9 1160HenkelBuschCarl EdwardsAmeriquestFord2500running
10 419Scott RiggsWiskDodge2500running
11 3364Jamie McMurrayTop-FliteDodge2500running
12 135HendrickBuschKyle BuschLowe'sChevy2500running
13 1518JGRBuschJ.J. YeleyVigoroChevy2500running
14 3150RoushBuschDanny O'QuinnStonebridgeFord2500running
15 2900HaasBuschJohnny SauterHaas AutomationChevy2500running
16 2210PPCBuschJohn AndrettiFreedom RoadsFord2500running
17 3601Jay SauterWestern UnionChevy2500running
18 1719Aric AlmirolaBanquetChevy2500running
19 321FinchBuschMike WallaceMiccosukeeFord2500running
20 838BuschAkinsJason LefflerGreat ClipsChevy2507running
21 3414Ted MusgraveFamily DollarDodge25011running
22 1488JRBuschShane HuffmanNavyChevy2500running
23 2027BuschBrewcoCasey AtwoodKleenexFord2500running
24 3022PPCBuschKenny WallaceAuto ZoneFord2500running
25 4047Jon WoodCloroxFord2500running
26 2635RensiBuschRegan SmithMcGriddlesFord2500running
27 274BiagiBuschAuggie Vidovich, IIGEICODodge2500running
28 3872Stanton BarrettVector SecurityChevy2480running
29 3578Jerry RobertsonFurniture RowChevy2470running
30 2390RYRBuschDavid GillilandCitiFinancialFord2410running
31 4225RensiBuschAshton LewisMarinesFord2270crash
32 712Mike SkinnerBleGreen VacationsDodge2250crash
33 1877KHIBuschBurney LamarDollar GeneralChevy2210crash
34 3759Stacy ComptonKingsfordFord2180crash
35 4336McGillBuschTim SauterLester BuildingsChevy2180crash
36 6063MTodd KlueverHagemeyerFord2170crash
37 102RCRBuschClint BowyerRed Hot Chili PeppersChevy1911running
38 2523KCRBrad KeselowskiLoveFifi.comChevy1690running
39 1999David ReutimannAaron'sDodge1470suspension
40 129Jeff BurtonHoliday InnChevy12439brakes
41 233khiRon HornadayOutdoor ChannelChevy730crash
42 390Kertus DavisAdvilChevy550brakes
43 2856MacHillBuschKevin GrubbTEREXChevy10crash
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.

Practice NotesEdit

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.

Qualifying NotesEdit

Jeff Burton claimed the pole, posting a lap time of 21.368. Ron Hornaday, driving for Kevin Harvick Incorporated, claimed the outside pole. Points leader Kevin Harvick clicked the 5th best lap.

Going home were: Chris Cook (#43), Krug (#37), Hermie Sadler (#28), Justin Diercks (#70) and Shane Hall (#49).

Race RewindEdit

To the BackEdit


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.

Matt Kenseth passed Leffler shortly after the restart and was leading after Kyle Busch tagged Ron Hornaday to bring out the third caution. Hornaday spun without contact.

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.

Position Driver Finish
1 Harvick 1st
2Carl Edwards 9th
3Denny Hamlin 6th
4Clint Bowyer 37th
5J.J. Yeley13th
6 Paul Menard 4th
7 Kyle Busch 12th
8 Greg Biffle 2nd
9 Johnny Sauter 15th
10Reed Sorenson 5th

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