DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Carl Edwards had the lucky hand at Thursday night's draw party and pulled the pole position for Saturday's Budweiser Shootout at historic Daytona International Speedway. "It's the first race of the season and it will be...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Carl Edwards had the lucky hand at Thursday night's draw party and pulled the pole position for Saturday's Budweiser Shootout at historic Daytona International Speedway.
"It's the first race of the season and it will be nice to be up front," said Edwards, who drives the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford. "It's been a while since I've been on a pole. I know I didn't earn this one. It's all luck, but it still feels good."
Defending Budweiser Shootout champion Kevin Harvick remained at home in North Carolina after suffering flu-like symptoms. Harvick's crew chief Gil Martin drew for the ailing Harvick and pulled the outside pole.
Rounding out the top five were Brian Vickers, Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle.
The 32nd annual Budweiser Shootout will be a 75-lap no-holds barred classic featuring a star-studded line-up with new criteria.
Drivers eligible include:
* The 12 drivers who qualified for the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
* Past NASCAR Sprint Cup champions
* Past Budweiser Shootout champions
* Past Daytona 500 and Coke Zero powered by Coca-Cola champions
* The reigning Raybestos Rookie of the Year
Danica Patrick: IZOD IndyCar Series Danica Patrick, who is making her stock car racing debut in Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, turned 29 laps in the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet -- the most of all drivers in Thursday's ARCA practice.
Patrick, who will go out 10th during Friday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 qualifying that begins at 11 a.m., posted a top-20 speed with a lap of 49.866 seconds, 180.484 mph.
"I think today's practice was a success," said Patrick. "I felt that the No. 7 GoDaddy.com car got stronger and more comfortable the more runs I made. We have been working hard to get to this point, so hopefully tomorrow's qualifying run goes well."
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