Daytona Shootout: Countdown day 3

Countdown to the 2010 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona -- Day Three DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 3, 2010) ----- Winning the Budweiser Shootout isn't always an indicator of performance during Speed Weeks and the Daytona 500. Participating in the ...

Countdown to the 2010 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona -- Day Three

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 3, 2010) ----- Winning the Budweiser Shootout isn't always an indicator of performance during Speed Weeks and the Daytona 500. Participating in the Budweiser Shootout however, hasn't hurt drivers' chances for success in the Daytona 500.

While a trip to victory lane is incentive enough for drivers to go all out in the annual Budweiser Shootout, the race offers something else of importance to the select few that are part of the starting lineup -- track time.

"Racing in the Bud Shootout means a lot because we haven't had any testing at Daytona for a couple years now," explains Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M'S Toyota. "It's important in my mind since we will have more time to go and practice for the Budweiser Shootout and another chance to get into the rhythm of a race. With Dave Rogers as my crew chief, it's nice to have that extra race on a Superspeedway to get him on the same page with me before the Gatorade Duel and the 500."

Three-time Budweiser Shootout winner Tony Stewart concurs with Busch's thought process when it comes to using the Budweiser Shootout as a prep race for the Daytona 500.

"It gives you a little more freedom to go out and try things by using it as a practice session for the (Daytona) 500, because there's really nothing to lose," Stewart said. "You try things that maybe you wouldn't feel very comfortable with trying in the 500. If you find things that do work, you use 'em for the 500. If what you try doesn't work, you know what not to do for the 500. We're just going for broke and seeing what we can learn."

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M'S Toyota

"Since this will be our first on-track of the season, it's nice to get back in there and get that sense of speed and the mindset of managing a race. We were strong at the plate tracks last year, so I'm hoping we can keep that going. This is fun because we don't have to worry about qualifying position or points and just go for the win."

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14

"This race is to see who can win. It's not about just sitting there and riding in line. Our intention every time we go on the racetrack is to win the race. You go into the Shootout with a 'go-for'broke' attitude. There aren't any points involved. It's just money, a trophy and a lot of prestige."

By the Numbers ...

5 - There are 5 times in the history of the Budweiser Shootout that the Shootout winner has gone on to win the Daytona 500 one week later. Bobby Allison pulled off the sweep in 1982 followed by Bill Elliott achieving the sweep in 1987. Dale Jarrett pulled off the sweep twice during his career (1996 and 2000) while Jeff Gordon won the Shootout and the 500 in 1997.

10 - There are 10 drivers that are Daytona 500 champions and former winners of the Budweiser Shootout.

23 - Twenty-three of the past 31 Daytona 500 winners have been participants in the Budweiser Shootout the week before winning the Daytona 500.

-source: budweiser

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Tony Stewart , Kyle Busch