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2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Recap


2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Standings

Jimmie Johnson overcame bad luck in the first four races of the 2006 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup to claim his first cham­pion­­ship. It marked the sixth title for co-owner Rick Hendrick and the first for Jeff Gordon as a co-owner. Gordon also qualified for The Chase and finished sixth in the overall standings.

2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson
2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson

Five drivers had a shot to win the title entering the season finale. In the end, however, Johnson claimed the top honors by 56 points over runner-up Matt Kenseth. Rookie Denny Hamlin was third, Kevin Harvick fourth, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., fifth.

Johnson got off to a quick start with a win in the season-opening Daytona 500. In addition to Daytona, Johnson won the Allstate 400 at the Brick­yard, making him the only driver to ever win the big races at Daytona and Indianapolis as well as the champ­ion­ship in the same season. Johnson ­posted five wins in points races, plus a victory at the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge.

All told, the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points lead changed hands nine times among Johnson, Kenseth, and Jeff Burton. See how the final standings stacked up with the chart below.

2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Standings

Rank Driver
Points
Wins
Earnings
1 Jimmie Johnson
6,475 5
$15,875,125
2 Matt Kenseth
6,419 4
9,544,966
3 Denny Hamline
6,407 2
6,607,932
4 Kevin Harvick
6,397 5
8,231,406
5 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
6,328 1
7,111,739
6 Jeff Gordon
6,256 2
7,471,447
7 Jeff Burton
6,228 4
6,439,995
8 Kasey Kahne
6,183 6
7,721,378
9 Mark Martin
6,168 0
5,568,748
10 Kyle Busch
6,027 1
6,077,337
11 Tony Stewart
4,727 5
8,801,569
12 Carl Edwards
4,428 0
5,353,629
13 Greg Biffle
4,075 2
5,347,623
14 Casey Mears
3,914 0
6,128,449
15 Brian Vickers
3,906 1
4,602,990
16 Kurt Busch
3,900 1
5,681,655
17 Clint Bowyer
3,833 0
4,550,134
18 Ryan Newman
3,748 0
5,960,473
19 Martin Truex, Jr.
3,673 0
4,759,248
20 Scott Riggs
3,619 0
3,773,674
21 Bobby Labonte
3,567 0
4,949,058
22 Elliott Sadler
3,469 0
4,852,654
23 Dale Jarrett
3,438 0
4,739,491
24 Reed Sorenson
3,434 0
3,702,767
25 Jamie McMurray
3,405 0
5,241,224
26 Dave Blaney
3,259 0
3,479,643
27 Joe Nemechek
3,255 0
4,099,914
28 Jeff Green
3,253 0
3,767,754
29 J.J. Yeley
3,220 0
4,336,547
30 Robby Gordon
3,113 0
3,143,787
31 Ken Schrader
3,049 0
4,130,883
32 Kyle Petty
2,928 0
3,655,539
33 David Stremme
2,865 0
3,456,113
34 Sterling Marlin
2,854 0
3,248,034
35 Tony Raines
2,609 0
2,358,230
36 Travis Kvapil
2,451 0
2,867,087
37 Michael Waltrip
2,350 0
2,971,978
38 Scott Wimmer
1,812 0
1,904,783
39 Jeremy Mayfield
1,684 0
2,641,732
40 Kevin Lepage
1,346 0
1,823,351
41 Terry Labonte
1,278 0
1,547,359
42 David Gilliland
1,178 0
1,564,901
43 Kenny Wallace
984 0
1,386,818
44 Bill Elliott
765 0
1,056,131
45 Paul Menard
669 0
546,993
46 Chad Chaffin
553 0
819,218
47 Boris Said
415 0
429,000
48 Mike Bliss
387 0
471,458
49 Brent Sherman
372 0
637,056
50 Mike Wallace
355 0
519,218

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