NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Preview

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DATE: Saturday, February 18th
SITE: Daytona International Speedway (1959) -- Daytona Beach, Florida
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval - 3,800 feet (Frontstretch); 3,000 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 147,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 34th
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8:10 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Jamie McMurray
POLE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Finished 19th)
LAPS: 75 (25 laps in 1st segment; 50 laps in 2nd segment)
MILES: 187.5
TOTAL PURSE: $1,040,667 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $203,000; 2nd Place - $94,850; 3rd Place - $54,850
2011 Finish
1Kurt Busch1713Matt Kenseth19
2Jamie McMurray1414Derrike Cope9
3Ryan Newman815Michael Waltrip10
4Jimmie Johnson2316Kyle Busch21
5Greg Biffle1117Mark Martin20
6Jeff Gordon1218Joey Logano22
7Kevin Harvick1819Dale Earnhardt Jr.1
8Jeff Burton1520Juan Pablo Montoya13
9Clint Bowyer721Carl Edwards3
10Bobby Labonte622Regan Smith24
11Tony Stewart223Kevin Conway16
12Denny Hamlin424Kasey Kahne5
2011 Budweiser Shootout Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 153.584 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 13 minutes, 15 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.058 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 12 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 28 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (random draw)
Past Budweiser Shootout Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kurt Busch (17th) -- Dodge -- 153.584 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 19th
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 20, 2011)
SITE: Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, Florida
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Tony Stewart
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
THIRD: Martin Truex Jr
FOURTH: Matt Kenseth
FIFTH: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 29 minutes
AVERAGE SPEED: 114.976 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.306 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 54 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 26 among 15 drivers
LAP LEADERS: C. Edwards 1-14; T. Kvapil 15-17; J. Nemechek 18-20; C. Edwards
21-35; J. Montoya 36-37; B. Keselowski 38-47; C. Edwards 48-78;
J. Gordon 79; M. Kenseth 80; J. Johnson 81-82; C. Edwards 83-112;
G. Biffle 113-114; K. Harvick 115-116; J. Gordon 117-122; T.
Stewart 123-135; D. Gilliland 136; K. Harvick 137-146; M. Truex
Jr. 147-151; T. Stewart 152-156; J. Burton 157-160; M. Kenseth
161-174; C. Edwards 175-200; T. Stewart 201-211; C. Edwards
212-214; Kyle Busch 215-230; B. Keselowski 231; T. Stewart
Budweiser Shootout Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/Five Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards-Peak
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/MPH-Power Pak Pudding
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Wix
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51 *Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Tag Heuer/Avante Garde
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/Aaron's
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Nat Guard/Diet Mt. Dew
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
* - Defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Kurt Busch11th---6th---3rd18th9th23rdWon
Jamie McMurray---17th---8th---22nd2nd3rd2nd
Ryan Newman4th16th2nd17th20th17th---19th3rd
Jimmie Johnson7th9thWon5th4th3rd14th13th4th
Greg Biffle------5th---13th20th17th15th5th
Jeff Gordon2nd5th3rd19th21st4th4th6th6th
Kevin Harvick9th3rd---20th5th---WonWon7th
Jeff Burton------------9th---24th12th8th
Clint Bowyer---------------14th------9th
Tony Stewart15th7th4th3rdWon2nd3rd9th11th
Denny Hamlin---------Won17th9th13th5th12th
Matt Kenseth3rd------6th------8th16th13th
Michael Waltrip---------11th---11th22nd21st15th
Kyle Busch---------15th7th---10th4th16th
Joey Logano------------------28th7th18th
Dale Earnhardt JrWon2nd7th2nd14thWon18th11th19th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------------10th20th
Carl Edwards---------16th---12th7th17th21st
Kasey Kahne------9th18th15th10th6th2nd24th
A.J. Allmendinger------------------5th------
Martin Truex Jr---------------21st---------
Paul Menard------------------12th------
David Ragan------------------26th------
Brad Keselowski---------------------------
Marcos Ambrose---------------------------
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse - Kasey Kahne
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson, November 20th) - Finished 32nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kurt Busch, November 21st) - Finished 34th
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 25 drivers who finished in the top 25 in drivers points in 2011, past Budweiser Shootout winners and past Daytona points race winners of the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400. This season, a total of 33 drivers are eligible to compete, however 25 are scheduled to race.

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 33 years of the event, there have been 19 different winners.

Several drivers will be making their first appearances with new teams including Clint Bowyer with Michael Waltrip Racing, Kasey Kahne with Hendrick Motorsports, Kurt Busch with Phoenix Racing, David Ragan with Front Row Motorsports and A.J. Allmendinger with Penske Racing. Allmendinger already has one 2012 Speedweeks victory in last month's GRAND-AM Sports Car Series Rolex 24.

Last season, with speeds reaching more than 200 m.p.h. throughout the 75-lap non-points paying race, Kurt Busch got some assistance from defending Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray and received a lot more help from NASCAR to win his first NASCAR race at Daytona.

Denny Hamlin appeared to have crossed the finish line first, but just before crossing the line, Hamlin drove underneath then-leader Ryan Newman and passed him below the out-of-bounds line. NASCAR prohibits passing for position below the yellow line at its restrictor-plate tracks (Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway).

NASCAR credited Busch with the win after he got a friendly push from McMurray on the outside lane of Daytona's frontstretch.

Tony Stewart, Neil Bonnett, Ken Schrader and 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).

Stewart, a three-time winner of this race, has finished out of the top-10 just twice (15th in 2003) and 11th in 2011).

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, eight drivers have won the Daytona 500 who did not compete in the Budweiser Shootout the week before: Trevor Bayne (2011), 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 the 2010 race with Kevin Harvick, while Ford has posted seven wins in this event. Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac have two wins each. Dodge registered its first win last year with Kurt Busch driving.

In 2010 Kevin 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.

Mark Martin equaled the record of 23 appearances in the Budweiser Shootout set by Bill Elliott, when he raced last year. Martin, a winner in 1999, placed 17th in 2011. Martin owns the record for most consecutive Budweiser Shootout races, competing in 20 consecutive events from 1989-2008.

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 eight 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 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points season kicks off with the 54th running of the Daytona 500 on February 26. Trevor Bayne is the defending race champion.

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