Casey Atwood qualified for Budweiser Shootout

Casey Atwood Youngest Competitor To Qualify For Budweiser Shootout At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Oct. 29, 2001) -- Casey Atwood became the youngest pole winner in the modern era of NASCAR when he won the Bud Pole for last weekend's Checker...

Casey Atwood Youngest Competitor To Qualify For Budweiser Shootout At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Oct. 29, 2001) -- Casey Atwood became the youngest pole winner in the modern era of NASCAR when he won the Bud Pole for last weekend's Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

In the 23rd annual Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 10 at Daytona International Speedway, Atwood, driver of the No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T for Evernham Motorsports, will become the youngest competitor in the race's history.

The 21-year-old Atwood, who hails from Antioch, Tenn., became the 22nd eligible driver to date for Budweiser Shootout with his first career Bud Pole in 34 NASCAR Winston Cup Series starts. He turned a fast lap of 131.296 mph, 27.419 seconds on the 1.0-mile track.

"Now we can be in the Budweiser Shootout next year," Atwood said after his pole winning run. "That looks like a fun race, and I'm really glad we are in it."

If all 22 drivers choose to participate in the Budweiser Shootout, it would set a record for most starters in the field since the inception of the event back in 1979. The previous mark was 18 drivers, set in last year's Budweiser Shootout.

Atwood is the third Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate to win a Bud Pole this year and qualify for the 2002 Budweiser Shootout. Kurt Busch won the Bud Pole for the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and Jason Leffler captured the Bud Pole for the Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Ryan Newman, who'll run for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors next year, is also qualified for the Budweiser Shootout, winning the Bud Pole in May in Concord, N.C.

Atwood's Evernham Motorsports teammate Bill Elliott is already qualified for the Budweiser Shootout by winning the Bud Pole for the Daytona 500.

Tickets for the Budweiser Shootout At Daytona and other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

A Look At The Current 2002 Budweiser Shootout At Daytona Field

2001 Bud Pole Award Winners
Bill Elliott No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T
Dale Jarrett No. 88 UPS Ford
Jeff Gordon No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet
Mark Martin No. 6 Viagra Ford
Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet
Stacy Compton No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T
Bobby Labonte No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac
Ryan Newman No. 02 Alltel Ford
Ricky Rudd No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Ford
Sterling Marlin No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T
Todd Bodine No. 66 Kmart Blue Light Special Ford
Jimmy Spencer No. 26 Kmart Ford
Ricky Craven No. 32 Tide Ford
Jeff Green No. 30 AOL Chevrolet
Kurt Busch No. 97 Sharpie/Rubbermaid Ford
Jason Leffler No. 01 Cingular Dodge Intrepid R/T
Casey Atwood No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T

Former Budweiser Shootout winners that are also eligible for the 2002 Budweiser Shootout
Tony Stewart (2001)
Rusty Wallace (1998)
Geoffrey Bodine (1992)
Ken Schrader (1990)
Terry Labonte (1985)

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Todd Bodine , Jason Leffler , Geoffrey Bodine , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Casey Atwood , Stacy Compton , Ricky Craven , Mark Martin