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Race Capsule

Richmond International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 12 of 38 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA

  • When:

    May 6, 2006 7:30 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    400

  • Track Length:

    0.75 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $4,931,502

Drivers to Watch

Jimmie Johnson Captured the checkered flag at the Aaron's 499 to retake the lead in the standings with 1,394 points, 21 ahead of Matt Kenseth; ran seventh at Phoenix and fell to second in the standings for just the second time in nine weeks this season; finished 11th at Texas and placed third at Martinsville; absolutely dominated the circuit over the first six races, registering two victories and five finishes inside the top six; won the season-opening Daytona 500 and captured the checkered flag two weeks later at Las Vegas; struggled to a 40th-place finish in this race last season after crashing in lap 81.
Kasey Kahne Ran 39th at Talladega after crashing in lap 18 and fell to fourth in the standings with 1,213 points; has registered four top-five finishes and six top-10s this season; won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 to record his third career victory; also visited victory lane at Atlanta after registering consecutive fourth-place finishes at California and Las Vegas; won this race last season to register his only career short-track victory.
Kevin Harvick Hottest driver on the Nextel circuit hopes to bounce back from 23rd-place finish at Talladega; captured his sixth career checkered flag at Phoenix and finished seventh or better in four races consecutive races from March 26-April 22; is seventh in the standings with 1,138 points; was runner-up to Kurt Busch at Bristol, ran seventh at Martinsville on April 2 and placed fifth at Texas on April 9; finished fifth in this race last season, his fourth career top-10 finish at this track.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Finished 31st at Talladega, completing 151 laps before withdrawing with engine problems; placed inside the top 12 six times this season and is eighth in the standings with 1,120 points; won this race in 2004 and in 2000 and has eight top-10 finishes in 13 starts at this track.
Matt Kenseth Placed sixth at Talladega but fell to second in the standings, 21 points behind Johnson; finished third at Phoenix to register his fifth top-five finish of the season; was runner-up to Kahne at Texas; struggled to a 24th-place finish at Martinsville after crashing on a restart in the 493rd lap; appeared primed for a victory at Bristol before being bumped by Kurt Busch in lap 495 and fading to a third-place finish; placed 12th in this race last season.
Jeff Gordon Finished 15th at Talladega but remained sixth in the standings with 1,173 points; has three top-five finishes and four top-10s this season; struggled to 22nd place at Texas; rebounded nicely from disappointing 21st-place finish at Bristol by finishing second at Martinsville; ran fourth at Atlanta one week after placing fifth at Las Vegas; hoping to rebound from 39th-place finish in this event last season; has 16 career top-10 finishes in 26 starts here.
Tony Stewart Defending series champion was runner-up to Johnson at Talladega, his second straight second-place finish; climbed to third in the standings with 1,316 points; leads the circuit with six top-five finishes; won his first race of the season at Martinsville; had the dominant car at Bristol before fading late for a 12th-place finish; placed fifth at Atlanta to rebound from a disappointing finish at Las Vegas; experienced frequent car trouble over the first four races this season; ran into tire trouble at Daytona, finished 43rd at California when his engine blew up, and fell to 21st at Las Vegas when a late flat tire forced him out of the race; was runner-up to Kahne in this race last season.
Kyle Busch Hopes to bounce back from disappointing 32nd-place finish in Monday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway; also ran outside the top 30 at Phoenix and is ninth in the standings with 1,077 points; won the pole but crashed in lap 100 and was black-flagged by NASCAR for an incident with Casey Mears; finished inside the top 12 in five straight races from February 26-April 2; reigning Raybestos Rookie of the Year ran fourth in this race last season.