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DATE: Saturday, February 12th
SITE: Daytona International Speedway (1959) -- Daytona Beach, Florida
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval - 3,800 feet (Frontstretch); 3,000 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 168,000
ANNUAL: 33rd
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS Satellite
START TIME: 8:10 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 17th)
LAPS: 75 (25 laps in 1st segment; 50 laps in 2nd segment)
MILES: 187.5
TOTAL PURSE: $1,095,439 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $202,357; 2nd Place - $97,834; 3rd Place - $57,834
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kevin Harvick213Jimmie Johnson16
2Kasey Kahne1914Ken Shcrader14
3Jamie McMurray915Greg Biffle5
4Kyle Busch1716Matt Kenseth8
5Denny Hamlin2417Carl Edwards1
6Jeff Gordon2318Bobby Labonte12
7Joey Logano2119Ryan Newman4
8Brian Vickers320Mark Martin6
9Tony Stewart1321Michael Waltrip15
10Juan Pablo Montoya2022John Andretti10
11Dale Earnhardt Jr1123Kurt Busch22
12Jeff Burton724Derrike Cope18
2010 Budweiser Shootout Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 144.670 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 18 minutes, 48 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (random draw)
Past Budweiser Shootout Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 144.670 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (27th) -- Chevrolet -- 127.243 m.p.h.
2008 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 140.751 m.p.h.
2007 -- Tony Stewart (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 166.195 m.p.h.
2006 -- Denny Hamlin (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 153.627 m.p.h.
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson (17th) -- Chevrolet -- 181.399 m.p.h.
2004 -- Dale Jarrett (15th) -- Ford -- 150.826 m.p.h.
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 180.827 m.p.h.
2002 -- Tony Stewart (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 181.295 m.p.h.
2001 -- Tony Stewart (7th) -- Pontiac -- 181.036 m.p.h.
2000 -- Dale Jarrett (15th) -- Ford -- 182.334 m.p.h.
1999 -- Mark Martin (13th) -- Ford -- 181.745 m.p.h.
1998 -- Rusty Wallace (7th) -- Ford -- 178.998 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 185.376 m.p.h.
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (2nd) -- Ford -- 184.995 m.p.h.
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 188.482 m.p.h.
1994 -- Jeff Gordon (12th) -- Chevrolet -- 188.877 m.p.h.
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 186.916 m.p.h.
1992 -- Geoff Bodine (3rd) -- Ford -- 189.070 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 189.474 m.p.h.
1990 -- Ken Schrader (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 192.308 m.p.h.
1989 -- Ken Schrader (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 192.926 m.p.h.
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 191.489 m.p.h.
1987 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 197.802 m.p.h.
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 195.865 m.p.h.
1985 -- Terry Labonte (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 195.865 m.p.h.
1984 -- Neil Bonnett (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 192.926 m.p.h.
1983 -- Neil Bonnett (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 192.513 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (12th) -- Buick -- 191.093 m.p.h.
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Buick -- 189.076 m.p.h.
1980 -- Dale Earnhardt (5th) -- Oldsmobile -- 191.693 m.p.h.
1979 -- Buddy Baker (3rd) -- Oldsmobile -- 194.384 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Busch Clash (1979-1997), Bud Shootout (1998-2000).
 
Past Budweiser Shootout Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 17th
2009 -- Paul Menard -- 12th
2008 -- Kurt Busch -- 18th
2007 -- Dale Jarrett -- 18th
2006 -- Ken Schrader -- 14th
2005 -- Dale Jarrett -- 15th
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 18th
2003 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 19th
2002 -- Kurt Busch -- 14th
2001 -- Ken Schrader -- 16th
2000 -- Mark Martin -- 15th
1999 -- Rusty Wallace -- 7th
1998 -- Mark Martin -- 8th
1997 -- Terry Labonte -- 11th
1996 -- Rick Mast -- 12th
1995 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 12th
1994 -- Ken Schrader -- 8th
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 3rd
1992 -- Brett Bodine -- 11th
1991 -- Derrike Cope -- 14th
1990 -- Jimmy Hensley -- 10th
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 1st
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 4th
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1986 -- Harry Gant -- 7th
1985 -- Ricky Rudd -- 6th
1984 -- Jody Ridley -- 7th
1983 -- Bill Elliott -- 3rd
1982 -- Terry Labonte -- 2nd
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1980 -- Bobby Allison -- 4th
1979 -- Benny Parsons -- 4th
Last Race Results
RACE: Ford 400 (November 21, 2010)
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Florida
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Carl Edwards
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Kevin Harvick
FOURTH: Aric Almirola
FIFTH: AJ Allmendinger
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (Finished 6th)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 9 minutes, 50 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 126.585 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.608 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 41 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 22 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kahne 1-4, Edwards 5-19, Yeley 20, Edwards 21-69, Burton 70,
Johnson 71, Stewart 72, Truex Jr 73-98, Edwards 99, Truex Jr
100-102, Edwards 103-127, Truex Jr 128-135, Edwards 136, Truex Jr
137-139, Edwards 140-146, Truex Jr 147-164, Edwards 165-188,
Truex Jr 189-192, Edwards 193-206, Kenseth 207, Edwards 208-240,
Kahne 241-246, Edwards 247-267.
Budweiser Shootout Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1
15Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/NAPA
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal Black
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
29 *Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Wix Filters
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Reese/Higland
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
64Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Toyota/TBA
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
88Dale Earnhardt Jr (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
97Kevin Conway (Lynchburg, VA)Toyota/Extenze
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Scotts EZ Seed
 
* - Defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kevin Harvick---9th3rd---20th5th---WonWon
Kasey Kahne---------9th18th15th10th6th2nd
Jamie McMurray------17th---8th---22nd2nd3rd
Kyle Busch------------15th7th---10th4th
Denny Hamlin------------Won17th9th13th5th
Jeff Gordon3rd2nd5th3rd19th21st4th4th6th
Joey Logano---------------------28th7th
Tony StewartWon15th7th4th3rdWon2nd3rd9th
Juan Pablo Montoya------------------------10th
Dale Earnhardt Jr2ndWon2nd7th2nd14thWon18th11th
Jeff Burton---------------9th---24th12th
Jimmie Johnson---7th9thWon5th4th3rd14th13th
Greg Biffle---------5th---13th20th17th15th
Matt Kenseth---3rd------6th------8th16th
Carl Edwards------------16th---12th7th17th
Ryan Newman15th4th16th2nd17th20th17th---19th
Mark Martin12th17th4th8th7th6th8th---20th
Kurt Busch14th11th---6th---3rd18th9th23rd
Clint Bowyer------------------14th------
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Darkhorse - Tony Stewart
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards, November 21st) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Greg Biffle, November 21st) - Finished 10th
 
NOTES:
The Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, a pre-season, non-points event, now includes a collection of the sport's top drivers and top performers at Daytona. Eligibility is based on the 12 drivers who competed in the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title, past Cup Series champions, previous Budweiser Shootout winners and past Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola champions. The reigning Rookie of the Year in Cup also is eligible. This season, a total of 30 drivers are eligible to compete.

Since 2009, the Budweiser Shootout has been run in two segments, with the first at 25 laps, and the second a 50-lap sprint for the win. That's 187.5 miles on the track's high-banked, 2.5-mile layout. Following the first segment, a 10-minute "pit stop" gives crews the opportunity to make normal adjustments to their cars. That means tweaks they would do on a normal pit stop during a regular Sprint Cup Series event. Following the 10-minute "pit stop", the event's second segment includes a 50- lap sprint for the win.

Anheuser-Busch and its Budweiser brand has sponsored the race at Daytona International Speedway since 1979. Called the Busch Clash until 1998, the name was changed to the Bud Shootout. Renamed the Budweiser Shootout for the 2001 edition, the event just underwent the most significant changes in the format and eligibility since the inception of the event in '79. During the 32 years of the event, there have been 18 different winners.

Tony Stewart, Neil Bonnett, Ken Schrader and now Kevin Harvick are the only drivers to win this race two consecutive years. Dale Earnhardt was a six-time champion of this race. The winner of this race has gone on to capture the Cup championship seven times -- Dale Earnhardt (1980, 1986, 1991 and 1993), Darrell Waltrip (1981), Jeff Gordon (1997) and Stewart (2002). The Shootout winner has doubled as the Daytona 500 champion five times -- Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1987), Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000) and Jeff Gordon (1997).

The 28 cars in the 2009 race was the largest field in the history of the event, five more than the previous record of 23 cars set in 2008.

Since 1979, seven drivers have won the Daytona 500 who did not compete in the Budweiser Shootout the week before: Michael Waltrip (2001 and 2003), Ward Burton (2002), Dale Earnhardt (1998), Sterling Marlin (1994), Dale Jarrett (1993), Derrike Cope (1990) and Richard Petty (1979).

Chevrolet has won this race 19 times, including last year with Kevin Harvick, while Ford has posted seven wins in this event. Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac have two wins each.

Last season, Harvick overcame flu-like conditions earlier in the week to capture this event for the second consecutive year. The race concluded in a wild overtime finish. Michael Waltrip's crash late in the race set up a green- white-checkered finish. During the caution, Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne were the only drivers in the field that opted not to pit.

Biffle led the field for the final two-lap restart, but lost the lead on the backstretch after Kahne pushed Harvick to the front. Jeff Gordon then rammed into the back of Biffle heading into turn three, causing the Roush Fenway Racing driver to spin and then collect his teammates Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards, as well as Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman and Mark Martin. Harvick held the lead when NASCAR displayed the yellow flag to end the race. Kahne placed second under the caution. In all, Harvick led five times for 21 laps, while pole sitter Carl Edwards, who placed 17th, led twice for 42 laps.

When Harvick won in 2009, he defeated Jamie McMurray under the caution. Harvick started from the 27th position, the furthest any driver has started at this race and won. Earnhardt Jr, who placed 18th, led four times for a race- high 23 laps, while McMurray led for 16 laps. Pole sitter Paul Menard placed 12th.

In 2006, Tony Stewart became a three-time winner of this event, as he raced to victory over David Gilliland under caution. Starting from the 14th position, Stewart reclaimed the lead on lap 63 and held on for the win. Stewart led twice for a total of 11 laps, while Kyle Busch, who placed seventh, led three times for 39 laps.

Bill Elliott has appeared in 23 Budweiser Shootouts, while Mark Martin has raced in 23 overall. Only five drivers have won this race in their first appearance: Buddy Baker (1979), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett(1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006). There are seven multiple winners of this race led by Dale Earnhardt with six. Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart are three-time champions, while Jeff Gordon, Neil Bonnett, Ken Schrader, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Harvick have won it twice.

The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points season kicks off with the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on February 20. Jamie McMurray is the defending race champion.

02/10 13:46:56 ET

As of February 10, 2011, at 01:47 PM ET

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