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Dodge Charger 500 - Darlington Raceway

Finally! Biffle Visits Victory Lane in 2006
Forget the track too tough to tame, Greg Biffle has had luck that was too tough to tame. Tonight under the lights at the historic Darlington Raceway, Biffle was able to tame both the track and his luck. Biffle was able to leave all of the bad luck that has plagued him throughout the 2006 season in the dust, breaking into the win column for the first time. Biffle was able to hold off a hard-charging Jeff Gordon by 0.209 seconds to win the Dodge Charger 500, scoring his 10th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 125th career start. Biffle won this race one year ago, marking the 17th time that back-to-back victories have been scored at Darlington. With the win, Biffle moved to 50th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list, tied with Donnie Allison and Sterling Marlin. Biffle led the event seven times for a total of 170 laps, including the final 49. This is the fourth time in 2006 and the 10th time in his career that Biffle led the most laps in a race. Biffle had won the first five races in which he led the most laps. However he led the most laps at California, Atlanta and Phoenix this year and finished outside of the top 15 in all three races. Biffle has now won a race each season from 2003 to 2006, four consecutive years. Gordon scored his fifth top-10 finish this season with his runner-up effort tonight. It was his 17th top-10 finish in 26 races at Darlington Raceway. Gordon also climbed from ninth to sixth in the NEXTEL Cup point standings. Biffle’s teammate Matt Kenseth finished third, his best finish in 12 races at Darlington, while Gordon’s teammate Jimmie Johnson finished fourth, his eighth top-10 finish of the season. Johnson remains in first atop the point standings, the same position he found himself exactly one year ago. A physically ill Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top-five positions, posting his fifth top-10 finish in 2006. Jack Roush now has 91 total NEXTEL Cup wins, scoring five victories at Darlington Raceway.

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· Kyle Busch Notes
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· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes

Kasey Kahne Wins Darlington Pole Position
Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for Saturday night’s Dodge Charger 500 at the famed Darlington Raceway. He is now three-for-three in qualifying at Darlington, winning the pole in all three of his qualifying sessions here. Kahne qualified in 29.096 seconds, at an average speed of 169.013 mph, to nab his ninth career pole position in 83 NEXTEL Cup Series races. This is his third Bud Pole and seventh top-10 start in 2006. Ryan Newman posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 29.238 seconds, at an average of 168.192 mph, and will join Kahne on the front row when the green flag flies on Saturday evening. This is Newman’s third start from the outside pole in eight Darlington races. The last all-Dodge front row was in Atlanta this past March, it was also Kahne on the pole and Newman in second. Clint Bowyer qualified in the third position, posting his career-best start in his first NEXTEL Cup start at Darlington. David Stremme also posted his career-best start, qualifying fourth. This is his first top-10 start in this his rookie season. It is his first start of better than 17th in his 15 career races. Denny Hamlin will start fifth, becoming the third rookie to qualify in the top-five positions.


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