Countdown to the Budweiser Shootout: Draw Party 6 Days Until The Budweiser Shootout Notebook: Budweiser Draw Party set for Friday night (Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004) -- Unless you are a previous winner of the Budweiser Shootout, the prerequisite for...
Countdown to the Budweiser Shootout: Draw Party
6 Days Until The Budweiser Shootout
Notebook: Budweiser Draw Party set for Friday night
(Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004) -- Unless you are a previous winner of the Budweiser Shootout, the prerequisite for a driver to secure a spot in the season-opening all-star bash is to turn a qualifying lap so perfect it beats a field of 42 other drivers. Fortunately the method of determining a starting position once you're here isn't so difficult. The line-up for the Shootout is based upon a random drawing. Last season, the driver who drew the pole position, Geoffrey Bodine, finished last, while the driver who selected the final starting position in the field, Dale Earnhardt Jr., won the race.
The Budweiser Shootout Qualifying Draw Party is set to take place Friday night at 8:30 p.m. (EST) in the Daytona Club tent. Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion and FOX Sports analyst Darrell Waltrip will emcee the event, as the drivers participating in the 70-lap, all-star race draw their starting positions. Live music and entertainment will follow, as Budweiser celebrates the 26th running of this season-opening event.
MANUFACTURER BATTLE: If drafting partners are to make a difference in the Budweiser Shootout -- and they usually do -- then look for Chevrolet teams to have an advantage when the green flag drops Saturday night.
Chevrolet has a total of nine drivers confirmed in this year's race, seven of which will have teammates in the field. Two-time winner Jeff Gordon leads a Hendrick Motorsports line-up that also includes Jimmie Johnson and Terry Labonte. Other Chevy teammates include Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte from Joe Gibbs Racing, and teammates-for-a-day Boris Said and Mike Skinner, who will both be making one-off starts with MBV/MB2 Motorsports.
The two solo Chevy entries are Kevin Harvick from Richard Childress Racing and Earnhardt Jr. from Dale Earnhardt Inc. Dale Jr. won his first career Budweiser Shootout last year after receiving late-race drafting help from Ryan Newman in a Dodge. Earnhardt Jr.'s victory gave Chevrolet its 13th win in 25 Budweiser Shootouts.
Dodge has seven confirmed entries, while Ford has three.
TEAMMATES IN THE 2004 BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT:
1. MBV/MB2 Motorsports -- Boris Said (#01) and Mike Skinner (#10) -- CHEVY
2. Penske Racing -- Rusty Wallace (#2) and Ryan Newman (#12) -- DODGE
3. Hendrick Motorsports -- Terry Labonte (#5), Jeff Gordon (#24) and Jimmie Johnson (#48) -- CHEVY
4. Joe Gibbs Racing -- Bobby Labonte (#18) and Tony Stewart (#20) -- CHEVY
5. Evernham Motorsports -- Bill Elliott (#91) and Jeremy Mayfield (#19) -- DODGE
6. Robert Yates -- Elliott Sadler (#38) and Dale Jarrett (#88) -- FORD
INDIVIDUAL TEAMS IN THE 2004 BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT:
1. Mark Martin (Roush Racing) -- FORD
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (DEI) --- CHEVY
3. Kevin Harvick (Richard Childress Racing) -- CHEVY
4. Dave Blaney (Bill Davis Racing) -- DODGE
5. Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing) -- DODGE
6. Ken Schrader (BAM Racing) -- DODGE
OTHER ELIGIBLE DRIVERS WITHOUT CONFIRMED RIDES:
1. Steve Park (TBA)
2. Geoffrey Bodine (TBA)
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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