New Format For Bud Shootout

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The inaugural nighttime running of the Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 8 at Daytona International Speedway will have an added twist with a new format.

The 70-lap Budweiser Shootout will now feature a break after the first 20 laps of the race. Drivers and crews will have a 10-minute period where they can service their cars with tires, fuel or any minor adjustments for the final 50 laps.

After the 10-minute break, cars will return to the track for a double-file restart in the same order as they were at the end of the first 20 laps. Since cars will be running a smaller fuel cell, fans may expect see another pit stop in the final 50 laps.

The second 50-lap segment must end in a green-white-checkered finish. Caution laps will count toward the total in both segments.

For the first time in the history of the event, the Budweiser Shootout will be held under the lights on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. and will be televised by FOX Sports in prime time. The Budweiser Shootout has been traditionally scheduled during Speedweeks on a Sunday afternoon, a week before the Daytona 500.

The list of drivers eligible for the Budweiser Shootout is a who's who of NASCAR and consists of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Ryan Newman, Ward Burton, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Craven, Ricky Rudd, Kevin Harvick, Mark Martin, Geoffrey Bodine, Ken Schrader, Todd Bodine and Terry Labonte.

Stewart, the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion, will be gunning for a record third straight Budweiser Shootout victory. In 2001, he held off the late Dale Earnhardt and in 2002 he withstood a furious challenge from Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Joining the Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 8 will be the ARCA RE/MAX Series, which will kick off its season with the Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 immediately prior to the Budweiser Shootout.

In addition, award-winning country music group SHeDAISY will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Budweiser Shootout and sing the national anthem.

Tickets for the inaugural nighttime running of the Budweiser Shootout and the Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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