Sunday, October 29, 2006
Kevin Harvick wins Memphis Busch Series race
The 2006 NASCAR Busch Series season has been the Kevin Harvick show. He's already clinched the drivers championship and was looking to clinch the car owners championship at the Sams Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park. The other big story is the NASCAR debut of Juan Pablo Montoya in this race. He qualified third. Johnny Sauter won the pole.
All the Nextel Cup guys flew from practice in Atlanta. Because they didn't qualify the cars themselves, they would all have to go to the back of the starting grid. How long would it take for them to get to the front? Johnny Sauter-#00 Yellow Freight Chevy led the first part of the race. He would lead until the caution came out on lap 84 for a Carlos Contreras-#12 Supercuts Dodge spin. Clint Bowyer-#2 AC Delco Chevy would take the lead on the ensuing pit stops. Kevin Harvick-#21 Coast Guard Chevy was second.
Bowyer leads until a crash with Carlos Contreras, Mike Wallace-#1 Miccosukee Casino Dodge, Casey Atwood-#27 Scott Tissue Ford & Paul Menard-#11 Menards Chevy brings out a caution on lap 138. Most guys pit but Kenny Wallace-#22 Auto Zone Ford stays out to lead followed by four other guys. They won't stay at the front too long with older tires. Juan Pablo Montoya-#42 Texaco Havoline Dodge is running tenth when he spins out on lap 156. The he was penalized for speeding on pit road. He would restart 30th and finish 11th.
Kevin Harvick would take the lead on lap 163. But Carl Edwards-#60 Free Credit Report.com Ford was coming and would take the lead on lap 237. A Steve Wallace-#64 Dodge spin sets up a green/white/checker finish. Harvick taps Edwards to get the win and Bowyer passes Edwards for second. Harvick's win clinches the car owners championship for Richard Childress.