Countdown to the Shootout: History notebook

Countdown to the Budweiser Shootout: History Notebook History Since 1979, the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona -- formerly named the Busch Clash and Bud Shootout -- has annually jump-started the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series as the season-opening race...

Countdown to the Budweiser Shootout: History Notebook

History
Since 1979, the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona -- formerly named the Busch Clash and Bud Shootout -- has annually jump-started the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series as the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. The non-points event is held annually one week prior to the Daytona 500.

Past Winners
The late Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with six victories in Bud Shootout events. Jarrett has three victories, and Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Ken Schrader and Neil Bonnett have two wins each. Below is a list of previous winners:

2004 -- Dale Jarrett
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2002 -- Tony Stewart
2001 -- Tony Stewart
2000 -- Dale Jarrett
1999 -- Mark Martin
1998 -- Rusty Wallace
1997 -- Jeff Gordon
1996 -- Dale Jarrett
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt
1994 -- Jeff Gordon
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt
1992 -- Geoffrey Bodine
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt
1990 -- Ken Schrader
1989 -- Ken Schrader
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt
1987 -- Bill Elliott
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt
1985 -- Terry Labonte
1984 -- Neil Bonnett
1983 -- Neil Bonnett
1982 -- Bobby Allison
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip
1980 -- Dale Earnhardt
1979 -- Buddy Baker

MONEY TO WIN: Over the course of 12 starts, Dale Earnhardt won a grand total of $600,222, the most of any driver. But that will most likely change this year. Just by starting the 2005 event, Dale Jarrett will surpass Earnhardt in total Shootout earnings, as he sits in a close second with $580,159 career Shootout earnings.

Top career money-winners in the Budweiser Shootout:
1. Dale Earnhardt, $600,222
2. Dale Jarrett, $580,159
3. Ken Schrader, $533,377
4. Tony Stewart, $524,377
5. Jeff Gordon, $516,677

THE SHOOTOUT IRON MAN: Mark Martin will be making his 17th consecutive start (18th overall) in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, the longest consecutive streak of any driver in Shootout history. Perhaps equally as remarkable is that Martin has made all of his consecutive starts with the same team -- the No. 6 Roush Racing team. Martin's only Shootout not in the No. 6 Ford was his first in 1982. At that time, he was driving a car funded out of his own pocket. Martin finally captured his first and only Shootout win in 1999.

Most Consecutive Starts:
1. Mark Martin, 16 (1989-2004)
2. Bill Elliott, 12 (1985-1996)
3. Jeff Gordon, 11 (1994-2004)
4. Geoffrey Bodine, 10 (1983-1992)
5. Dale Jarrett, 9 (1996-2004)
5. Darrell Waltrip, 9 (1979-1987)

PRECURSER TO THE DAYTONA 500: Five times has the winner of the Budweiser Shootout gone on to win the Daytona 500 the following week: Dale Jarrett (2000 and 1996), Jeff Gordon (1997), Bill Elliott (1987), and Bobby Allison (1982). Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished second in the 2004 Budweiser Shootout, won the Daytona 500 the following week.

PRECURSER TO CHAMPIONSHIP: Dale Earnhardt won the Budweiser Shootout a record six times, four of which paved the way to a championship season. The years Earnhardt won the Shootout and the championship were 1980, 1986, 1991, and 1993. The two other seasons -- 1988 and 1995 -- the Intimidator finished third and second in the final point standings, respectively. Other drivers who used a win in the Budweiser Shootout to propel a championship season were Tony Stewart (2002), Jeff Gordon (1997) and Darrell Waltrip (1981).

RACING TO THE WIRE: Since electronic timing and scoring was introduced in 1993, the largest margin of victory in a Budweiser Shootout was 0.3 seconds. That came in 1994 when Jeff Gordon beat Brett Bodine, Dale Earnhardt, Ernie Irvan and Mark Martin to the checkered flag in a thrilling finish.

The 27th running of the Budweiser Shootout is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET. 3 Doors Down will perform before and after the race, kicking off their 2005 world tour. Race tickets are available by calling 1-800-Pit-Shop or by logging on to www.1800Pitshop.com. For more information on the Budweiser Shootout, including photos, logos, statistics and past news releases from the Countdown Series, log on to www.fingerprintonline.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Brett Bodine , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Geoffrey Bodine , Ken Schrader , Bobby Allison , Buddy Baker , Mark Martin