2012 Pole Winners, Past Event Winners Will Make Field
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2012) – NASCAR today released the eligibility requirements for the 2013 Shootout at Daytona, an announcement that signals a return to the fan-favorite preseason event’s roots.
Next season’s field will consist of 2012 Coors Light Pole winners and past Shootout winners who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.
Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Team: No. 18 M&M’s Toyota Owner: Joe Gibbs Crew Chief: Dave Rogers
– Kyle Busch won the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, his first victory in six starts in the annual non-points preseason event.
– Busch’s previous best finish in the Shootout was fourth in 2010.
– Busch led three laps in the victory, the fifth time he has led the Shootout.
– This is the first Budweiser Shootout victory for Toyota.
– The margin of victory of .013 seconds is the closest in Budweiser Shootout history.
– Tony Stewart finished second, his eighth top-10 finish in the last nine Shootouts.
– Marcos Ambrose finished third in his Budweiser Shootout debut.
Season Starts In Shootout Style
Before the points-paying season gets under way with the Daytona 500, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX, fans will get to see many of their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series favorites in the 34th annual Shootout at Daytona.
The race distance will again be 75 laps (187.5 miles), consisting of two segments – 25 and 50 laps. Both green-flag laps and yellow-flag laps will count. Between segments there will be a 10-minute pit stop allowing teams to pit to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments.
Finishing last in the 2011 edition of this race, Kasey Kahne hopes to follow Denny Hamlin (2006) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2008) and get a Shootout win in his first race for a new team, Hendrick Motorsports. Defending race winner Kurt Busch will attempt to do the same thing as he moves to Phoenix Racing. Kevin Harvick will go for his third victory in four years in this race, extending Richard Childress’ record for Shootout wins to eight.
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FOX will televise the Shootout live beginning at 8 p.m. ET. MRN and NASCAR Sirius Radio also will provide coverage.