David Gilliland’s high point actually wasn’t Nextel Cup related; it occurred in June at the Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway, when the part-time participant became the first of only two non-Nextel Cup regulars to win a Busch race in 2006.
In the Nextel Cup season finale, Greg Biffle charged into the lead late and then held off Martin Truex Jr. in a green-white-checkered finish to win the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the third consecutive year.
$5,282,231 – total purse for the UAW-Ford 500.
While attempting to make the pass on Junior for the lead, Brian Vickers bumped Jimmie Johnson from behind a little too hard and in the wrong place, clipping the No. 48 car in the right-rear corner and sending Johnson straight into the No. 8 Chevrolet. Both cars spun out of harm’s way down the back straightaway into turn 3 while Vickers streaked by to win the UAW-Ford 500.
Harvick dominated the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Sunday, leading 118 of the final 123 laps to take the checkered flag first for the second week in a row.
Bobby Labonte was the big loser on the day. Labonte was running solidly in the mid-teens when he was tagged by Kurt Busch on lap 209.
While the race to the Chase may have been set at Richmond, with the top 10 now locked in to compete for the Cup title, the battle for the Top 35 is still less than three-quarters of the way complete. With 10 races left on the schedule, there are still plenty of opportunities for teams …