Schrader on 'Shootout' pole

Ken Schrader, driver of the No. 36 M&M's Pontiac, got lucky with Budweiser's Vegas-style slot machines on Thursday when he was awarded the pole for this Sunday's Budweiser Shootout At Daytona Schrader, a native of Fenton, Mo., didn't get overly...

Ken Schrader, driver of the No. 36 M&M's Pontiac, got lucky with Budweiser's Vegas-style slot machines on Thursday when he was awarded the pole for this Sunday's Budweiser Shootout At Daytona

Schrader, a native of Fenton, Mo., didn't get overly excited about winning the pole because he knows drawing the No. 1 position doesn't mean a whole lot when the 18-driver field receives the green flag and goes racing.

"Do you know where (the pole) puts you potentially going into Turn 3," Schrader quipped, eluding to all the passing that is expected in the 70-lap non-points event that features last year's pole winners, past Budwesier Shootout champions and a wild-card entry from last year's fastest second-round qualifiers.

Schrader, who won the 1989 and 1990 Budweiser Shootout, is excited about being able to participate in the race and hopes to gain some useful information that his team can use in next week's Gatorade 125's.

"I'm excited about being the race," Schrader said. "I'm looking forward to the 70 laps versus the 25 laps. It's a good test session for the Daytona 500."

Dale Earnhardt, the winningest driver in Daytona International Speedway's history with 34 victories, took the outside pole for the Budweiser Shootout.

"It's great to be back in this race," said Earnhardt, a six-time Budweiser Shootout champion. "It's an awesome race."

Rounding the top five were Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin and Steve Park.

<pre> The starting lineup for Sunday's Budweiser Shootout: Kenny Schrader - M&M's Pontiac Dale Earnhardt - GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Dale Jarrett - UPS Ford Mark Martin - Pfizer/Viagra Ford Steve Park - Pennzoil Chevrolet Jeff Gordon - DuPont Chevrolet Tony Stewart - Home Depot Pontiac Bobby Labonte - Interstate Batteries Pontiac Joe Nemechek - Oakwood Homes Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - Budweiser Chevrolet Ricky Rudd - Texaco Havoline Ford Terry Labonte - Kellogg's Chevrolet Bill Elliott - Dodge Dealers Dodge Jeremy Mayfield - Mobile One Ford Rusty Wallace - Miller Lite Ford Jeff Burton - Citgo Ford Ted Musgrave - Hills Brothers Coffee Machine Ford Mike Skinner - Lowe's Chevrolet

Fans can purchase tickets for the Budweiser Shootout online or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (904) 253-7223.

-DIS

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Steve Park , Mike Skinner , Ken Schrader , Joe Nemechek , Ted Musgrave , Steve Park. , Mark Martin