New format for 2009 Shootout at Daytona

2009 Budweiser Shootout At Daytona To Have New Format Race To Feature Top 6 Teams From Each Manufacturer, Based On 2008 Owner Points DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2008) -- The 2009 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will have a new format that...

2009 Budweiser Shootout At Daytona To Have New Format

Race To Feature Top 6 Teams From Each Manufacturer, Based On 2008 Owner Points

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 26, 2008) -- The 2009 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will have a new format that puts more emphasis on the series' four manufacturers -- and the same star-power appeal that has become a season-opening tradition for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and its fans.

The 31st annual season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway will be held on Saturday night, Feb. 7, with a field of 24 cars representing the top teams from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Toyota that will showcase the close competition in NASCAR's premier series. That lineup will consist of the top six teams from each manufacturer, based on the final 2008 car owner points.

The race distance will be increased from 70 laps to 75 (187.5 miles) on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. The race will have two segments, of 25 and 50 laps. Both green- and yellow-flag laps will count.

Between segments, there will be a 10-minute pit stop at which time teams will pit and may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Crews will be permitted to work on cars and will be allowed to perform functions they would do on a normal pit stop in a regular NASCAR Sprint Cup event. All work must be performed on pit road or in the garage. Changing of springs, shock absorbers or rear-ends will not be permitted.

Starting positions will again be determined by a blind draw, at the annual Budweiser Shootout Draw Party on Thursday night, Feb. 5, on the SPEED stage in the Midway, outside Turn 4.

The Budweiser Shootout -- a "non-points" event for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors -- was first held in 1979, and originally known as the Busch Clash. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won this year's shootout.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.