Daytona Shootout: Lucky Kurt Busch draws the pole position

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2002) -- Kurt Busch can add a second pole to his resume. Busch will lead the field of some of NASCAR's biggest and brightest during the 2002 season's first Winston Cup Series race -- the Budweiser Shootout. The ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2002) -- Kurt Busch can add a second pole to his resume.

Busch will lead the field of some of NASCAR's biggest and brightest during the 2002 season's first Winston Cup Series race -- the Budweiser Shootout.

The lineup, chosen Thursday by random draw, is a non-points, 70-lap race that pits last season's pole winners and active and past winners of the Budweiser Shootout and Busch Clash in head-to-head action at Daytona International Speedway.

The race, formerly called the Busch Clash, is set for 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

Busch won his first-ever Winston Cup pole last September when he piloted his Sharpie / Rubbermaid Ford to the No. 1 spot during the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at the famed Darlington Raceway.

"When I was a kid, it was always called the Busch Clash. It was just a dream to be in the Busch Clash because my last name is Busch," Busch said following the draw.

At 22 drivers, the 2002 Budwesier Shootout has the largest and most diverse field in history. The winner will take home $200,000 and secure a spot in next year's race.

Fan favorite Kenny Wallace starts from the outside pole in his Dale Earnhardt Inc.-owned Pennzoil Chevrolet. Defending champion Tony Stewart will start third.

Brothers Geoffrey and Todd Bodine will start 20th and 21st, respectively.

Great seats for the Budweiser Shootout and other Speedweeks races at Daytona International Speedway are still available by calling 386.253.RACE. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Todd Bodine , Kenny Wallace , Kurt Busch