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Previewing the Budweiser Shootout At Daytona International Speedway

Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

The Budweiser Shootout kicks off NASCAR racing at the famed Daytona International Speedway. Kevin Harvick is the defending champion of the event.

Courtesy: NASCAR Media Relations

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.– NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing returns to the track Saturday night with the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. A total of 28 drivers are eligible to participate in the annual preseason, non-points race at Daytona International Speedway.
Following is a shootout-specific rundown of this year’s eligible drivers.
 
Eligible Drivers Performance
 
John Andretti                                                                          
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1996     17         16         37         20                                 Running
1998      9          14         25         25                                 Running
 
Greg Biffle                                                                               
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2005      5           2          16         70         1          44         Running
2007     13          5          16         70                                 Running
2008     20         17         16         48                                 Accident
2009     17         26         16         72                                 Accident
 
Geoffrey Bodine                                                                                  
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1983     9          16         88         20                                 Running
1984     5           4          5          20                                 Running
1985     4           4          5          20                                 Running
1986     4           7          5          20                                 Running
1987     2          10         5          20                                 Running
1988     4           1          5          20         1          6          Running
1989     4           5          5          20                                 Running
1990     4          5          11         20                                 Running
1991     6          4          11         20                                 Running
1992     1          3          15         20                                 Running
1994     11         6          7          20                                 Running
1995     12         11         7          20                                 Running
1998     6           6          7          25                                 Running
2002     13        20         09         70                                 Running
2003     19         1          11         3                                  Suspension
2005     20         20         93         9                                  Too Slow
 
Jeff Burton                                                                              
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1997     14         9          99         20                                 Running
2001     5          16         99         70                                 Running
2007     9          12         31         70                                 Running
2009     24         23         31         32                                 Accident
 
Kurt Busch                                                                              
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2002     14         1          97         70         1          3           Running
2003     11         3          97         70         1          11         Running
2005     6           6          97         70                                 Running
2007     3          19          2          70         2          6          Running
2008     18         1           2          70                                 Running
2009     9          12          2          78                                 Running
 
Kyle Busch                                                                              
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2006     15         14         5          72         2          4          Running
2007     7            6          5          70         3         39         Running
2009     10         10         18         78         2          6          Running
 
Derrike Cope                                                                           
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1991     14         6          10         20                                 Running
1999     13         5          30         25                                 Running
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr.                                                                               
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2001     6          10         8          70                                 Running
2002     2          16         8          70         1          20         Running
2003     1          19         8          70         4          13         Running
2004     2          19         8          70                                 Running
2005     7          12         8          70                                 Running
2006     2          19         8          72         1          1          Running
2007     14         17         8          70                                 Running
2008     1           7          88         70         7          47         Running
2009     18         9          88         64         4          23         Accident
 
Carl Edwards                                                                          
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2006     16         11         99         71                                 Running
2008     12         20         99         70          1          1          Running
2009      7          11         99         78         2          11         Running
 
Bill Elliott                                                                                
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1982     10         3          9          20                                 Running
1983      3          1          9          20         1          7          Running
1985      3          8          9          20                                 Running
1986      2          6          9          20                                 Running
1987      1          1          9          20         1          13         Running
1988      5          6          9          20                                 Running
1989     12         13         9          20                                 Running
1990      5          4          9          20                                 Running
1991     4          13         9          20                                 Running
1992     7          4          11         20                                 Running
1993     9          4          11         20                                 Running
1994     7          3          11         20                                 Running
1995     3          2          94         20                                 Running
1996     8          1          94         20                                 Running
1998     3          7          94         25                                 Running
2001     12         13         9         70                                 Running
2002     18         5          9          70                                 Running
2003     16         13         9         70                                 Running
2004     14         10         91       70                                 Running
2005     17         3          39        70                                 Running
2006     12         12         36       72                                 Running
2007     19         16         37       70                                 Running
2008     23         14         21       15                                Accident
 
Jeff Gordon                                                                             
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1994     1          10         24         20         1          2          Running
1995     4          10         24         20                                 Running
1996     9          14         24         20                                 Running
1997     1           3          24         20                                 Running
1998     14         5          24         25                                 Running
1999     15         8          24         25                                 Running
2000     2           6          24         25                                 Running
2001     11         6          24         70                                 Running
2002     3          22         24         70                                 Running
2003     2          18         24         70         2          31         Running
2004     5           2          24         70         2          16         Running
2005     3          11         24         70                                 Running
2006     19        10         24         23                                Accident
2007     21        11         24         31                                 Electrical
2008     4          22         24         70         1          1          Running
2009     4          28         24         78         2          2          Running
 
Denny Hamlin                                                                         
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2006      1          15         11         72         3          16         Running
2007     17         21         11         70                                 Running
2008      9          12         11         70                                Running
2009     13          5          11         78         2          4          Running
 
Kevin Harvick                                                                          
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2003      9          16         29         70                                 Running
2004      3           5          29         70         2          10         Running
2006     20         18         29         15                                  Engine
2007      5          20         29         70         2          11         Running
2009      1          27         29         78         1           1          Running
 
Jimmie Johnson                                                                                 
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2003      7           2          48         70         1           4          Running
2004      9          17         48         70                                 Running
2005      1          17         48         70         1          16         Running
2006      5           2          48         72         3          12         Running
2007      4           8          48         70                                 Running
2008      3          18         48         70                                 Running
2009     14         21         48         77         1           2          Accident
 
Kasey Kahne                                                                           
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2005      9          13         9          70                                 Running
2006     18          5          9          35                                 Accident
2007     15         15         9          70                                 Running
2008     10          8          9          70                                Running
2009      6          14         9          78         1          2          Running
 
Matt Kenseth
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2003      3          5          17         70         3          6          Running
2006      6          16         17         72                                 Running
2009      8          25         17         78         1          1          Running
 
Bobby Labonte                                                                        
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1994     12          1          22         20                                 Running
1996     16          2          18         20                                 Running
1997     13          1          18         20                                 Running
1998     15          9          18         25                                 Running
1999      3           9          18         25                                 Running
2000     11          7          18         25                                 Running
2001      7           8          18         70                                 Running
2002      8          14         18         70         1          11         Running
2004     11         12         18         70                                 Running
2005     10         19         18         70         1          3          Running
2009     19          8          96         63                                 Accident
 
Terry Labonte                                                                          
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1982      2           1          44         20                                 Running
1983     10         11         44         19                                 Accident
1984      9          11         44         20                                 Running
1985      1          11         44         20         1          16         Running
1986      5           8          44         20                                 Running
1987      9           5          11         0                                  Accident
1988      9           5          11         20                                 Running
1989      3           4          11         20                                 Running
1992     13          7          94         20                                 Running
1996      4           8           5          20                                 Running
1997     11         14          5          20                                 Running
2001     15         12          5          70                                 Running
2002      7           7          5          70                                 Running
2003     14         17          5          70                                 Running
2004      8           6          5          70         3          17         Running
 
Joey Logano                                                                           
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2009     28         19         20         3                                  Accident
 
Sterling Marlin                                                                        
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1992     6          10         22         20                                 Running
1993     8           6           8          20                                 Running
1995     2           9           4          20                                 Running
1996     2          12          4          20                                 Running
2000     3           2          40         25                                 Running
2002     5          13         40         70                                 Running
 
Mark Martin                                                                             
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1982      8           9          2          20                                 Running
1989      7          11         6          20                                 Running
1990      6          10         6          20                                 Running
1991      2          12         6          20                                 Running
1992      3          13         6          20                                 Running
1993      4           8          6          20                                 Running
1994      5           9          6          20         1          2          Running
1995     16         14         6          20                                 Accident
1996      7          10         6          20                                 Running
1997      6          13         6          20                                 Running
1998      8           1          6          25                                 Running
1999      1          13         6          25                                 Running
2000     15          1          6          25                                 Running
2001      8           4          6          70                                 Running
2002     12         18         6          70                                 Running
2003     17          9          6          70         1          4          Running
2004      4           7          6          70                                 Running
2005      8          14         6          70                                 Running
2006      7          13         6          72                                 Running
2007      6          10         01         70                                 Running
2008      8           2          8          70         1          1          Running
 
Jamie McMurray                                                                                  
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2004     17          3          42         69         2          8          Accident
2006      8          17         26         72         1          1          Running
2008     22          4          26         24                                Accident
2009      2          15         26         78         4          16         Running
 
Juan Pablo Montoya                                                                           
None                                                                           
 
Ryan Newman                                                                         
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2002     15          8          12         70                                 Running
2003      4          15         12         70                                 Running
2004     16         16         12         69         1          4          Accident
2005      2           7          12         70         1          4          Running
2006     17          7          12         68                                 Accident
2007     20          9          12         46                                 Engine
2008     17         23         12         70                                Running
 
Ken Schrader                                                                          
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1988      7           3          25         20                                 Running
1989      1           1          25         20         2          15         Running
1990      1           3          25         20                                 Running
1991     12         11         25         20                                 Running
1993      2          12         25         20                                 Running
1994      8           8          25         20         1          2          Running
1996      5          17         25         20                                 Running
1998      5           2          33         25                                 Running
1999      2           4          33         25                                 Running
2000      6          10         36         25                                 Running
2001     16          1          36         70                                 Running
2002      4           4          36         70         1          1          Running
2003      6          11         49         70         1          1          Running
2004     13         14         49         70                                 Running
2005     16          5          49         70                                 Running
2006     14          1          21         72         2          18         Running
2007     11          7          21         70                                 Running
2008     15         13         49         70                                Running
 
Tony Stewart                                                                           
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2000      4           3          20         25                                 Running
2001      1           7          20         70                                 Running
2002      1           3          20         70         2          31         Running
2003     15         12         20         70                                 Running
2004      7          18         20         70                                 Running
2005      4           8          20         70                                 Running
2006      3           3          20         72         3          7          Running
2007      1          14         20         70         2          11         Running
2008      2          10         20         70         2          9          Running
2009      3           6          14         78         1          4          Running
 
Brian Vickers                                                                          
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
2005     19          4          25         46                                 Rear End
2006     21         20         25         14                                 Accident
2007      8           4          83         70         1          2          Running
2009     11          7          83         78         1          2          Running
 
Michael Waltrip                                                                                   
                                                            Times   Laps    
Year     Fin       St         Car       Laps     Led      Led      Status
1992      8           6          30         20                                 Running
2006     11         21         55         72         1          11         Running
2008     11          3          55         70         2          2          Running
2009     22         17         55         43                                 Accident
Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Tidbits
·         The number of participants has ranged from a low of seven in 1981 to a high of 28 in 2009.
·         The drivers with the most Budweiser Shootout appearances:
o    Bill Elliott (23)
o    Mark Martin (21)
o    Rusty Wallace (19)
o    Ken Schrader (18)
o    Geoffrey Bodine (16)
o    Ricky Rudd (16)
o    Jeff Gordon (16)
·         Mark Martin had appeared in the most consecutive Budweiser Shootout races, competing in 20 consecutive events from 1989-2008. The active leader in consecutive appearances is Jeff Gordon, with 16. This year marks his 17th.
·         There have been seven multiple winners in the Budweiser Shootout:
o    Tony Stewart has won three of the last nine (2001, 2002 and 2007).
o    Dale Earnhardt won six events, most all-time.
o    Dale Jarrett won in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
o    Other multiple winners: Neil Bonnett (1983 and 1984), Ken Schrader, (1989 and 1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2008).
o    Bonnett, Schrader and Stewart are the only drivers to win back-to-back races.
·         Buddy Baker (1979), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Jeff Gordon (1994), Dale Jarrett (1996) and Denny Hamlin (2006) all won the first Budweiser Shootout in which they competed.
·         Only five times in the 31-year history of the race has the winner gone on to win the Daytona 500:
      Bobby Allison (1982)
      Bill Elliott (1987)
      Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)
      Jeff Gordon (1997)
·         There have been three winners from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981), Bill Elliott (1987) and Ken Schrader (1989).
 
Budweiser Shootout Manufacturer Recap
Manufacturer          Victories          Last Victory - Driver
Chevrolet                18                     2009 – Kevin Harvick
Ford                       7                      2004 – Dale Jarrett
Buick                      2                      1982 – Bobby Allison
Oldsmobile             2                      1980 – Dale Earnhardt
Pontiac                   2                      2002 – Tony Stewart
 
By the Numbers: Budweiser Shootout at Daytona
 
.08 –Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the closest margin in Budweiser Shootout history
 
1 – Laps led by Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980), Dale Jarrett (2004) and Kevin Harvick (2009) in the Budweiser Shootouts they won
 
2.75 – Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts
 
5 – Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006)
 
14 – Number of different leaders in last season’s event, most since race began in 1979
 
19 –Starting position of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2003, the lowest starting position of a Budweiser Shootout race-winner
 
23 – Number of lead changes in last season’s event, highest number since race began in 1979
 
27 – Kevin Harvick’s starting position last season, the lowest by a race winner in the event’s history
 
28 – Number of participants in 2009, the largest field in the event’s history
 
44 – Laps led by Greg Biffle in 2005, the most by a driver who did not win the event
 
47 – Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Budweiser Shootout



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