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Earnhardt Jr. in His First Budweiser Shootout at Daytona Two Bud Pole Positions in 2000 Secures His Spot in the Field The 2001 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona kicks off the Winston Cup season with a star-filled lineup of Bud Pole winners and past...

Earnhardt Jr. in His First Budweiser Shootout at Daytona
Two Bud Pole Positions in 2000 Secures His Spot in the Field

The 2001 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona kicks off the Winston Cup season with a star-filled lineup of Bud Pole winners and past champions of the Shootout (formerly known as the Busch Clash and the Bud Shootout). A 70-lap format with a mandatory pit stop replaces the former 25-lap sprint. This is the first Budweiser Shootout for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) Bud Winston Cup team. The team earned their way into the field with two Bud Poles during the 2000 season at Charlotte (May) and Michigan (August).

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Quotes

"I think everyone's going to be going as hard as they can for 70 laps. It's going to be fun because this type of race encourages more passing. It's not as big of a deal if you drop back a few spots. I mean, the worst you can drop to is 19th. In the 500, if you find someone that you work well with, you may stay behind 'em or work together with them for 100 laps, but this event means you are more willing to sacrifice a few spots to try and make a move you know, really get out there and try to pass some people.

I think it's going to be good for me and for the team. It's a chance to learn as much as we can about the aerodynamic package and the new tires. Anytime I can get more laps around this place (Daytona International Speedway), I'm all for it."

(The Shootout will follow Dale Jr's debut in another race, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Dale will team with his father and road racers Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins in a factory Corvette effort this weekend.)

"I don't think the 24 Hours will help me as much here as much as it will when we get to the road courses (at Sears Point and Watkins Glen). It's going to be great seat time and great road course experience."

What: Budweiser Shootout at Daytona 70 laps w/mandatory pit stop

Where: Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL

When: Sunday, February 11 2:00 pm Eastern

Watch: Fox-TV

Bud Pole Qualifying: There will be no Bud Pole qualifying for the Shootout. The starting line-up will be determined in a random drawing at noon, Thursday, February 8 as a part of the NASCAR Winston Cup Media Day.

Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 will take place Saturday afternoon,February 10.

What to Watch: All eyes will be on Fox, as they televise their first NASCAR race. To make the Budweiser Shootout more compelling, the race has been lengthened to 70 laps with a mandatory pit stop. The qualifying race has also been eliminated, so the starting line-up will consist of Bud Pole winners from the 2000 season plus past champions of this season-opening race.

It will also mark the first race at Daytona with NASCAR's new aerodynamic changes that should slow the top speeds but increase passing.

<pre> Dale Jr. at Daytona Winston Cup Starts: 2 Best Start: 8th (Feb. 2000) Best Finish: 13th (Feb. 2000)

</pre> Notable: When Dale Jr. started the Daytona 500 from the outside of the fourth row last year, it was the first time he had ever seen "the Great American Race" in person.

- Bud

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Kelly Collins