Garage Chatter: Bud Shootout

Ken Schrader drew the top spot for Saturday night's Bud Shootout at DIS. It is Schrader's 22nd season of full time competition and the first start for him in the Woods Brothers No. 21 Ford. Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart. Joe Nemechek and Kasey ...

Ken Schrader drew the top spot for Saturday night's Bud Shootout at DIS. It is Schrader's 22nd season of full time competition and the first start for him in the Woods Brothers No. 21 Ford.

Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart. Joe Nemechek and Kasey Kahne complete the top five starters for the Shootout.

Dodge wins case against Bill Davis Racing: DaimlerChrysler won a $6.5 million judgment against Bill Davis Racing for breach of contract on Thursday. DaimlerChrysler alleged that Davis helped Toyota develop a Tundra to race in the truck series while still under contract to Dodge.

Bill Davis Racing announced that the will switch to Toyota in 2007.

Dorton files suit: Diane Dorton, widow of Randy Dorton, killed in the Hendrick plane crash last year in Martinsville has filed suit against the company claiming negligence. Dorton's lawsuit holds Hendrick Motorsports responsible because after a helicopter pilot refused to fly the group due to inclement weather members of the party insisted they should take the plane.

Dorton is holding Hendrick and the estates of the two pilots liable in her husband's death.

Earnhardt looking for banner year: An upbeat Dale Earnhardt, Jr. told members of NASCAR's media core Thursday that he thinks he is in for one of his best seasons ever.

"We're going to come into the Chase and be in the top three in points,'' he said during Thursday's media day."We'll have six or seven wins, if not more. If we lose the championship it won't be by much.''

He also made a prediction that he would win next Sunday's Daytona 500.

"I got the car to beat over there in the garage,'' Earnhardt said."It's the fastest car. It won't run fast in qualifying, but that's the way we build it. We build it to race good and a lot of guys build their cars to go fast in straight line."

McMurray hopes move to Roush will get him back to victory lane quickly: After making a splash grabbing a win right out of the box while filling in for Sterling Marlin a few years ago, McMurray's resume at Ganassi was otherwise unimpressive. With his move to Roush Racing this year, McMurray is confident his career will be back on track.

"It's something when you know that the car you are going to drive has already had so much success," said McMurray. "I know I can win at Roush, it's like getting in the car and you are already half way there, you just have to do your part."

Bon Jovi to play pre-race concert, Fergie from the Black-Eyed Peas to perform National Anthem: Multi-Grammy winning band Bon Jovi will play a pre- race concert being dubbed as "A Tribute to America" before the Daytona 500.

Fergie from the Black-Eyed Peas will handle the National Anthem. As has been a trend in the last few years, Sprint/Nextel tries and makes the Daytona 500 'NASCAR's Super Bowl' by rolling out the biggest names in Hollywood and music.

They promised more surprise guests and lots of stars.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Tony Stewart , Ken Schrader , Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Bill Davis Racing