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2011 Budweiser Shootout Starting Lineup: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Draws The Pole

The 2011 Budweiser Shootout lineup has just been set at the Budweiser Draw Party outside Daytona International Speedway's Turn 4 – and it's safe to say the fans in attendance were pretty happy with the results.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. correctly guessed the bottle that had the "POLE" flag inside it, giving him the top spot for Saturday night's race. Fans cheered loudly as Earnhardt Jr. held up the flag and received a half-hug from an excited host Kenny Wallace.

"Pretty easy," Earnhardt Jr. said afterward. "It's not much of a big deal. If you had your choice, that's where you'd want to start. But the race can be won from anywhere in the field, and it doesn't really change our strategy or make our situation any easier."

Tony Stewart will start alongside Earnhardt Jr. on the front row, followed by Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne.

Drivers select their starting spots from Budweiser bottles lined up on the Speed stage, so the order is completely random.

Here's the full lineup:

 

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  2. Tony Stewart
  3. Carl Edwards
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Bobby Labonte
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Ryan Newman
  9. Derrike Cope
  10. Michael Waltrip
  11. Greg Biffle
  12. Jeff Gordon
  13. Juan Pablo Montoya
  14. Jamie McMurray
  15. Jeff Burton
  16. Kevin Conway
  17. Kurt Busch
  18. Kevin Harvick
  19. Matt Kenseth
  20. Mark Martin
  21. Kyle Busch
  22. Joey Logano
  23. Jimmie Johnson
  24. Regan Smith