The Bud Shootout at Daytona

Well, after I single-handily made NASCAR change their Budweiser Shootout qualifying format (ya right) the time is near for the actual race to happen.

(Can't wait, can't wait,can't wait,...)

Here are the contenders, in numerical order of course:

#-Driver-Hometown-Manufacturer-Sponsor-Car Owner

00-David Reutimann -Zephyrhills, FL -Toyota - Aaron’s Dream Machine Michael Waltrip
2-Kurt Busch-Las Vegas, NV-Dodge-Miller Lite-Walter Czarnecki
6-David Ragan-Unadilla, GA-Ford-UPS-Mike Dee
7-Robby Gordon-Orange, CA-Dodge-Jim Beam-Robby Gordon
07-Casey Mears-Bakersfield, CA-Chevrolet-Jack Daniel’s-Richard Childress
9-Kasey Kahne-Enumclaw, WA-Dodge-Budweiser-George Gillett, Jr
11-Denny Hamlin-Chesterfield, VA-Toyota-FedEx Express-J D Gibbs
12-David Stremme-South Bend, IN-Dodge-Penske Racing-Roger Penske
14-Tony Stewart-Rushville, IN-Chevrolet-Old Spice / Office Depot-Margaret Haas
16-Greg Biffle-Vancouver, WA-Ford-3M-Jack Roush
17-Matt Kenseth-Cambridge, WI-Ford-Dewalt-John Henry
18-Kyle Busch-Las Vegas, NV-Toyota-M&M’s-Joe Gibbs
19-Elliott Sadler-Emporia, VA-Dodge-Stanley Tools-George Gillett, Jr
20-Joey Logano-Middletown, CT-Toyota-The Home Depot-Joe Gibbs
24-Jeff Gordon-Pittsboro, IN-Chevrolet-DuPont-Rick Hendrick
26-Jamie McMurray-Joplin, MO-Ford-Crown Royal-Geoff Smith
29-Kevin Harvick-Bakersfield, CA-Chevrolet-Shell / Pennzoil-Richard Childress
31-Jeff Burton-South Boston, VA-Chevrolet-Caterpillar-Richard Childress
43-Reed Sorenson-Peachtree City, GA-Dodge-McDonald’s-Richard Petty
44-A.J. Allmendinger-Los Gatos, CA-Dodge-Valvoline-George Gillett, Jr
48-Jimmie Johnson-El Cajon, CA-Chevrolet-Lowe’s-Jeff Gordon
55-Michael Waltrip-Owensboro, KY-Toyota-NAPA-Michael Waltrip
82-Scott Speed-Manteca, CA-Toyota-Red Bull-Dietrich Mateschitz
83-Brian Vickers-Thomasville, NC-Toyota-Red Bull-Dietrich Mateschitz
88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.-Kannapolis, NC-Chevrolet-National Guard / Amp Energy-Rick Hendrick
96-Bobby Labonte-Corpus Christi, Moorad
98-Paul Menard-Eau Claire, WI-Ford-Quaker State / Menards-Max Jones
99-Carl Edwards-Columbia, MO-Ford-Aflac-Jack Roush

Drawing of the starting positions will be Thursday so check back to see where they will be starting.

I honestly think that in the long run it won't matter where you start, unless Scott Speed or Joey Logano can't handle the pressure of being 'the rookies' and wreck half the field.

I wonder if Scott and/or Joey will drop to the back of the pack before the race starts to gain a little respect from their peers.

We'll see.

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