Countdown to the Daytona Shootout: Winning

12 Days until The Budweiser Shootout Notebook: What Winning the Shootout Means For the 500, Championship (Monday, Jan. 26, 2004) -- At the very least, the Budweiser Shootout is an indicator on which team has its restrictor-plate program up ...

12 Days until The Budweiser Shootout
Notebook: What Winning the Shootout Means For the 500, Championship

(Monday, Jan. 26, 2004) -- At the very least, the Budweiser Shootout is an indicator on which team has its restrictor-plate program up to speed, but don't expect it to shed light on who will win the Daytona 500. Only five times in 25 years has the winner of the Budweiser Shootout gone on to win the Great American Race the following week, most recently Dale Jarrett in 2000.

Winners of the Budweiser Shootout and Daytona 500 in the same year:

Driver (year)
1. Dale Jarrett (2000)
2. Jeff Gordon (1997)
3. Dale Jarrett (1996)
4. Bill Elliott (1987)
5. Bobby Allison (1982)

History shows that the winner of the Budweiser Shootout has a better chance of winning a championship. Dale Earnhardt won the Shootout a record six times, four of which paved the way to championship seasons. Years Earnhardt won the Shootout and the championship were 1980, 1986, 1991, and 1993. The two other seasons -- 1988 and 1995 -- the Intimidator finished third and second, respectively, in the final point standings. Other drivers who used a win in the Budweiser Shootout to propel championship seasons were Tony Stewart (2002), Jeff Gordon (1997), and Darrell Waltrip (1981).

Winners of the Budweiser Shootout and series championship in the same year:

Driver (year)
1. Tony Stewart (2002)
2. Jeff Gordon (1997)
3. Dale Earnhardt (1993)
4. Dale Earnhardt (1991)
5. Dale Earnhardt (1986)
6. Darrell Waltrip (1981)
7. Dale Earnhardt (1980)

<pre> The 2004 Budweiser Shootout line-up: 1. Dave Blaney #23 Bill Davis Racing Dodge 2. Geoffrey Bodine TBA 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. #8 Budweiser/Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 4. Bill Elliott #9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge 5. Jeff Gordon #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6. Jeff Green Will Not Compete 7. Kevin Harvick #29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 8. Dale Jarrett #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford 9. Jimmie Johnson #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10. Bobby Labonte #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 11. Terry Labonte #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 12. Mark Martin #6 Roush Racing Ford 13. Jamie McMurray #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 14. Jeremy Mayfield #19 Evernham Motorsports Dodge 15. Ryan Newman #12 Penske Racing Dodge 16. Steve Park TBA 17. Elliott Sadler #38 Robert Yates Racing Ford 18. Boris Said #1 MB2 Motorsports Chevrolet 19. Ken Schrader #49 BAM Racing Dodge 20. Mike Skinner #10 MB2 Motorsports Chevrolet 21. Tony Stewart #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 22. Rusty Wallace #2 Penske Racing Dodge

The 26th running of the Budweiser Shootout is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 7. It can be seen live on TNT at 8 p.m. ET. For race tickets, call 1-800-PITSHOP or log on to www.1-800-Pitshop.com

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Steve Park , Mike Skinner , Geoffrey Bodine , Ken Schrader , Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Jeff Green , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Chip Ganassi , Bobby Allison , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , Mark Martin
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Richard Childress Racing , Team Penske , Hendrick Motorsports , Joe Gibbs Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Yates Racing