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Shootout returns to its roots for 2013

Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:04 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 12:05 pm
By Pete Pistone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR has decided to take a page from its past and bring the Budweiser Shootout eligibility rules back to a more elite field of drivers.

Beginning in 2013 drivers eligible for the annual preseason exhibition race will be limited to pole winners from this year's races as well as former Shootout winners who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the campaign.

The change brings the race back to where it began from 1979 through 2008 and NASCAR hopes will it will return more emphasis to weeky qualifying as drivers shoot for a chance to make the February Shootout.

“Fans have expressed their desire to see this event return to its original eligibility rules,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We listened and decided it would be best to return to the eligibility rules of years past adding further meaning to pole qualifying for each NASCAR Sprint Cup race.”

The announcement comes just prior to Sunday's Daytona 500 qualifying session with the pole winner becoming the first driver eligible for the 2013 Budweiser Shootout.   

Last season, 18 different drivers won a pole.

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Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:06 pm

Shootout returns to its roots for 2013

very valid point, , it seems that could be easily remedied by including the race winners from the previous season also.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:08 am

Shootout returns to its roots for 2013

Who gets excited about a driver getting a pole position? And why would that gain them automatic into the shootout?  So you could have a driver win 10 races this season, no poles, and never won the shootout before, and he doesn't get in next year's shootout?  Am I missing something?

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:14 pm

Shootout returns to its roots for 2013

Since it is a non-points race it doesn't matter who they let in or how, just as long as everyone knows before the season starts.  Saying that it does add an extra reward for grabbing the pole sometime in 2012.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:13 pm

Shootout returns to its roots for 2013

NASCAR has bigger problems to address here, such as defending Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne not having a ride for the Budweiser Shootout.  Also, they got rid of the "love bugs," but now have a dangerous pack again at Daytona.  Is it going to take another death to make NASCAR do something intelligent at the super-speedways, like requiring a smaller engine?  

Smaller engines would reduce the speeds while providing the same variances in track position that we typically see in other races.  Instead of making everybody "equal," just make the engines smaller and let the talent in the garage count for something.

Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:43 pm

Shootout returns to its roots for 2013

Fans have wanted the race to return to its original format?  I haven't heard much comment on that on the varied message boards.   The format used presently turned out to be good.

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