Countdown to the Daytona Shootout: Sights and Sounds

Countdown to the Budweiser Shootout: Sights and Sounds 3 Days Until the Budweiser Shootout Listen closely, and you'll hear the sounds of the Shootout (Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004) -- If you listen closely, you may be able to hear it all over ...

Countdown to the Budweiser Shootout: Sights and Sounds

3 Days Until the Budweiser Shootout
Listen closely, and you'll hear the sounds of the Shootout

(Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004) -- If you listen closely, you may be able to hear it all over again.

"There was a lot of beatin' and bangin' from the start. We were all bouncing around and slamming into each other, and I guess we were fast enough to hold 'em off at the end. I'll be honest, our car surprised the hell outta me."

Beating, banging, bouncing, and slamming -- this didn't sound like a stock car race; this sounded like a street brawl.

"That was some hard drivin' the last few laps. I owe a lot to the team, because it was wild as hell all night long. I mean, it was three-wide on the very first lap. I kind of held back because when they're three-wide in front of you, it's like a wall. You just can't drive through a wall. But, I finally decided it was time to get in there and mix it up with 'em."

The words were echoing through loud speakers and into radios, televisions, tape recorders and microphones everywhere. The victor was speaking.

"When you come out of the pits with 19 laps to go, you just throw everything out and try your best to get to the front. There are things that happen out there that only the drivers understand. It's something we can't describe and it's something that no one else can understand, no matter how much you study the races. We all just seem to know when to bump and when to push, but I can't explain it. There's just a time when it's tasteful and a time when it's not so tasteful.

On this day it was indeed tasteful for Dale Earnhardt Jr., having just won the 2003 Budweiser Shootout. And the best part might have been telling the world about it from Victory Lane.

"It's so cool to win the Budweiser Shootout, because Budweiser has been a great sponsor for me and for Dale Earnhardt Inc. They have been with me all the way and to win their event makes me really happy. It wasn't easy at all."

It never is in the Budweiser Shootout.

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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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr.