Craven turns the Tide in Budweiser Shootout lineup

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Aug. 20, 2001) -- Ricky Craven left Michigan Speedway after Sunday's Pepsi 400 with plenty of things to be happy about. He collected a career best second-place finish and the Bud Pole award, which qualifies the driver of the...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Aug. 20, 2001) -- Ricky Craven left Michigan Speedway after Sunday's Pepsi 400 with plenty of things to be happy about. He collected a career best second-place finish and the Bud Pole award, which qualifies the driver of the No. 32 Tide Ford for PPI Motorsports for next year's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

"Being in the Budweiser Shootout is a racer's dream," said Craven, who now becomes the 18th driver qualified to date for the non-points event.

"It's really a small number of laps of just pure aggression. Everyone's out there going for the trophy from Lap 1. It's a race you don't want to watch. It's a race you want to be in."

It'll be the third time Craven has participated in the Budweiser Shootout, which will go green on Sunday, Feb. 10 and will kick off the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The Newburgh, Maine native competed in the Budweiser Shootout in 1997 and 1999 finishing eight and 12th respectively. In the 2000 Budweiser Shootout qualifier, he started from the pole and finished seventh.

Tickets for Speedweeks 2002 can be purchased online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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Craven's Record In The Budweiser Shootout

Year   Start  Finish Money Won
1997   11    8      $19,500
1999   6     12     $23,500
*2000  1     7      $28,863

*-Budweiser Shootout qualifying race

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 Blue Light Special Ford Jimmy Spencer No. 26 Kmart Ford Ricky Craven No. 32 Tide Ford

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 , Geoffrey Bodine , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Sterling Marlin , Ryan Newman , Stacy Compton , Ricky Craven , Mark Martin