Daytona Speedweeks 2004, part 4

Plenty At Stake During Bud Pole Qualifying Day DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 25, 2003) - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers dream for the chance to lead the 43-car field to the green flag in the "Great American Race" - the Daytona 500. That ...

Plenty At Stake During Bud Pole Qualifying Day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 25, 2003) - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers dream for the chance to lead the 43-car field to the green flag in the "Great American Race" - the Daytona 500.

That opportunity will be up for grabs on Sunday, Feb 8 with Bud Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500, which determines both the Daytona 500 pole and outside pole.

Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is different from any other race in the world.

Bud Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500 determines the pole and outside pole as every Daytona 500 entrant completes an all-out two-lap qualifying run.

Following the time trial session, the rest of the Daytona 500 entrants will have to fight it out in the Gatorade 125's for starting spots in the "Great American Race."

Although their starting spots are already secured in the Daytona 500, the Daytona 500 pole and outside pole winner will also start on the pole for their respective Gatorade 125-mile qualifier, with the pole winner leading the way in the first Gatorade 125 and the outside pole winner will take the same honor in the second Gatorade 125.

If you are not on the pole or outside pole, it's still important to have a solid qualifying speed because you never know what will happen in the Gatorade 125's.

While starting positions 3-30 are finalized in the Gatorade 125's, positions 31-36 in the Daytona 500 are determined by qualifying speed and positions 37-43 are determined by provisionals.

During 2003 Daytona 500 Bud Pole Qualifying, Jeff Green delivered enough speed to capture the Daytona 500 pole and bump Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the outside pole. Green said his Daytona 500 pole would go down as one of the top achievements of his career.

"The championship in the Busch Series is definitely a great accomplishment for me as a race driver in my career." Green said. "But, to come to the hub of racing at Daytona the first race of the year and we're the class of the field - that's saying a lot in this sport."

By winning the Bud Pole for the Daytona 500, the motorsports eye is on the pole-winning driver from the time he gets out of the car until the green flag drops for the Daytona 500.

"Anytime you go to Daytona and you have success, you remember it," Green said.

With more than 50 cars expected to attempt to crack the 2004 Daytona 500 field, fans can look forward to another exciting day at the "World Center of Racing."

Tickets for Bud Pole Qualifying and other Speedweeks 2004 events are available on-line at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Green