Dale Jarrett Delivers Victory in Budweiser Shootout DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2004) - Following Dale Jarrett's Budweiser Shootout Saturday night at historic Daytona International Speedway, he eagerly pointed out: "I'm looking forward to...
Dale Jarrett Delivers Victory in Budweiser Shootout
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2004) - Following Dale Jarrett's Budweiser Shootout Saturday night at historic Daytona International Speedway, he eagerly pointed out: "I'm looking forward to getting to race next Sunday for the Daytona 500, which is obviously our biggest race."
There's a simple reason why he's looking forward to "The Great American Race." In 1996 and 2000, when Jarrett won the Budweiser Shootout, he also won the Daytona 500.
Jarrett in his No. 88 UPS Ford, with help from last year's winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr., pushed past Kevin Harvick on the final lap Saturday night to claim the 26th running of the Budweiser Shootout, the no-holds barred All-Star race featuring the previous year's Bud Pole winners and past Budweiser Shootout champions. Jarrett came from 10th position on a seven-lap sprint to end the race and claim the victory.
"This is a great win for this race team to help us get a little bit of confidence instilled back in us," he said. "It's fun to get back to Victory Lane."
Defending champion Earnhardt, Jr. drove his No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet to a second place finish while Kevin Harvick, in his No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet settled for third in the 70-lap, 175-mile nighttime spectacle held under the lights at historic Daytona International Speedway.
"I couldn't have done it without Dale Jr. beating the back bumper off this thing," said Jarrett who pocketed $213,000 for the victory. "The places that Junior was hitting me were the right places to really give me that push."
The top 10 included Jarrett, Earnhardt Jr. and Harvick, followed by Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Terry Labonte, Jimmie Johnson and road-course specialist Boris Said. The race took 1 hour and 9 minutes and included 15 lead changes among nine drivers.
The win was Jarrett's 10th all-time victory at "The World Center of Racing" and his third time in Gatorade Victory Lane accepting the Budweiser Shootout trophy.
Next up at the Speedway is Budweiser Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500 and the IPOWER DASH 150 on Sunday. Tickets for all Speedweeks 2004 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.