2006 Bank of America 500
The 2006 Bank of America 500 was the 31st of 36 scheduled NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races. It was the fifth in the ten-race season-ending Chase for the nextel Cup. The 334-lap race was won by Kasey Kahne of the Evernham Motorsports team. Jimmie Johnson finished second and Jeff Burton was third.
About 2006 Bank of America 500 in brief
The 2006 Bank of America 500 was the 31st of 36 scheduled stock car races of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. It was the fifth in the ten-race season-ending Chase for the nextel Cup. The 334-lap race was won by Kasey Kahne of the Evernham Motorsports team, who started from second position. Jimmie Johnson finished second and Jeff Burton was third. The victory was Kahne’s sixth of the season, and the seventh of his career since he debuted in 2004. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship, 48 points in front of Dodge and 54 ahead of Ford with five races left in the season. There were ten cautions and 34 lead changes by thirteen different drivers. The layout used was a four-turn, 1. 5-mile -long, asphalt quad-oval track. The track’s turns are banked at 24 degrees; both the front stretch and the back stretch have a five-degree banking. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon,Jimmie Johnson, KaseY Kahne, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top ten drivers competing in the 2006 Chase for a Nextel Cups. The race’s defending champion was Johnson. After the race, Jeff Burton maintained his lead in. the Drivers’ Championship. He increased to 45 points over nearest rival Matt Kenseth. After he was rammed by his teammate Brian Vickers in the preceding UAW-Ford 500, Johnson said the expectations for him to succeed at Lowe’s Motor Speedway were high and hoped the track’s surface would be more predictable than the last race at Charlotte.
The duo believed Goodyear had rectified problems with harder-compound tires that had been raised at the previous round at Charlotte. After he said he was in the best position he had been in for several years to win the championship, Martin spoke of his waning interest in race results. Having secured one top-ten finish in the first four Chase Nextel cup races, Earnhardt stated he needed to secure a top-five finish for his team to get his results rectified by finishing second at Talladega Superspeedway. He believed the momentum would be carried into Charlotte and stated he would push hard to return to victory in the 18th race at Chicagoland Speedway and return to championship contention. He said he felt it would help him at intermediate tracks and return him to contention. The driver who finished in the top five in the last two races was Earnhardt, who was determined to secure one more win in the championship battle. The winner of the race secured one of the best results in the race’s first four races, securing one top five finish for the first time in several years. He was the first driver to do so in the previous two races at the track, which is an intermediate that holds NASCAR races. The last time the race was held in Concord, North Carolina, was in 2005 when he won the race.