Daytona Shootout: Series starting draw report

Edwards draws the pole for Saturdays Shootout Print Page Email Page DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Carl Edwards is on the pole for Saturday nights Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. The starting lineup for the 24-car event was determined by a draw Thursday ...

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Carl Edwards is on the pole for Saturday nights Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. The starting lineup for the 24-car event was determined by a draw Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway.

The 75-lap annual non-points exhibition for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will be divided into segments of 25 and 50 laps.

From what Ive seen so far, there might not be many cars left after the first 25, said Edwards, referring to crashes in practice Thursday. This race is going to be very interesting. Its going to spread out a little bit. Its going to become a handling race. It doesnt matter where you start unless if somebody misses a gear, well be in front of it.

Defending race champion Kevin Harvick was not at the draw party as he was battling flu-like symptoms. He drew the second spot but likely will have to drop to the rear of the field because he did not practice the car.

NASCAR also is expected to send Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Mark Martin to the back of the field because they never practiced their backup cars after crashes. Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray practiced their backup cars and will get to start where they drew. Derrike Cope also is expected to drop to the rear because he never got through technical inspection in time to practice.

None of us have been in a race car very much lately, and we all kind of jump in there and its a little bit slippery, Edwards said. If we can make it through the first 10 laps of a run all weekend on tires, its going to string out, its going to be a really good race, its going to be little packs of cars that have to handle.

The last time Edwards had been on a pole for a Cup event was at Bristol in August 2008.

Its the first race of the season, and it will be nice to be up front, Edwards said. Its been a while since Ive been on a pole. I know I didnt earn this one, its all luck, but it still feels good.

-source: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Derrike Cope , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Denny Hamlin , Mark Martin