2003 Shootout at Daytona news 2002-08-23

Budweiser Shootout at Daytona to Celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2003 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2002) - The Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will celebrate its silver anniversary in the desirable showcase position the non-points race has enjoyed...

Budweiser Shootout at Daytona to Celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2003

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2002) - The Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will celebrate its silver anniversary in the desirable showcase position the non-points race has enjoyed since its inception in 1979.

NASCAR announced today the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway, continuing the tradition of the much-anticipated, non-points race jumpstarting the opening weekend of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season.

The 2003 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, previously known as the Busch Clash and Bud Shootout, will feature NASCAR Winston Cup drivers who earned a Bud Pole Award during the 2002 season as well as any former Budweiser Shootout champions who did not win a Bud Pole but participated in a NASCAR Winston Cup Series points-paying event during this current season.

"There's no better way to jumpstart the first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race of the season than with the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, and we're excited many of NASCAR's top drivers will again compete in the event," said Tony Ponturo, Anheuser-Busch vice president of global media and sports marketing.

The opening weekend of the 2003 season also will feature Bud Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500. Bud Pole qualifying will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 and will set the front row for the Daytona 500, which will be run Sunday, Feb.16.

The Budweiser Shootout at Daytona is one of three non-points events held during the NASCAR Winston Cup season, two of which are hosted by Daytona International Speedway. DIS also will play host to the Gatorade 125s on Thursday, Feb. 13.

"Daytona International Speedway continues to strengthen its position as the World Center of Racing," said Robin Braig, who was recently named president of Daytona International Speedway."The Budweiser Shootout, coupled with Bud Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500, is a great way to kick off the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season."

The Winston is the third and final non-points race that is traditionally held during the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. R.J. Reynolds officials announced Wednesday that the 2003 version of The Winston will be held Saturday, May 17 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

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