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NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout

Posted on: January 16, 2009 3:35 pm

NASCAR just can't stop fiddling with the Bud Shootout.

Last season, NASCAR announced that the season-opening exhibition race would no longer feature pole winners from previous seasons -- in large part because Bud is no longer the sponsor of the pole award.

Instead NASCAR changed it to feature the top six teams in owner points from each manufacturer.

But apparently that's not enough. Now they've tweaked the rules to add "wild cards."

There's two ways a team/driver becomes a "wild card" with the former trumping the latter.

1. Any owner outside of the top six in year end 2008 owners’ points whose driver is a past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion that attempted to qualify for all of the 2008 events (only one position will be filled per manufacturer and will be based on the most recent past champion per manufacturer).

2. If an owner/manufacturer does not have a past champion driver, the next highest eligible owner outside the top six in year end 2008 owners’ points from each manufacturer will be eligible to compete in the event.

Was this really necessary?

May as well just come out and call it the "Tony Stewart rule." Could it be any more obvious? With his switch from JGR's Toyotas to the Chevrolets of his own Newman-Haas operation, Stewart was going to miss the show. But now one of the NASCAR's more popular drivers will be able to debut his new team in the Shootout and get that little extra seat time in preparation for the Daytona 500.

Because of all the mergers and such, the lineup is still in a bit of flux, but here's the tentative lineup for each manufacturer:

Chevrolet -- No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson), No. 29 (Kevin Harvick), No. 07 (Clint Bowyer/Casey Mears), No. 31 (Jeff Burton), No. 24 (Jeff Gordon), No. 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.). Wild card: No. 14 (Tony Stewart)

Though Casey Mears is in the 07 car this season, it's possible owner Richard Childress lets Bowyer drive the car in the Shootout since he was the driver who earned the points. I don't know that I've heard a firm plan as to which driver RCR will put in the car for the race.

Ford -- No. 99 (Carl Edwards), No. 16 (Greg Biffle), No. 17 (Matt Kenseth), No. 6 (David Ragan), No. 26 (Jamie McMurray), No. 28 (Travis Kvapil). Wild card:  No. 96 (Bobby Labonte).

Dodge -- No. 9 (Kasey Kahne), No. 12 (David Stremme), No. 2 (Kurt Busch), No. 43 (Reed Sorenson), No. 19 (Elliott Sadler), No. 7 (Robby Gordon). Wild card: No. 10 (TBD) 

Even though Gordon is driving a Toyota this season, supposedly NASCAR is going to allow him to run a Dodge in the Shootout. (I don't know how that makes any sense, but whatever.) AJ Allmendinger is the leader to drive the No. 10 car in 2009, at least on a part-time basis, but is not yet under contract.

Toyota -- No. 11 (Denny Hamlin), No. 20 (Joey Logano), No. 18 (Kyle Busch), No. 83 (Brian Vickers), No. 44 (David Reutimann), No. 55 (Michael Waltrip). Wild card: No. 22 (TBD)

The new owners of the No. 22 car may elect not field a car for the race (and probably the season). If that's the case, the spot would go to Scott Speed in the No. 82 car.

Category: Auto Racing

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2009 3:51 pm

NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout

I agree with the fan vote idea. It's much better than the way they are doing it now. Bud could promote it on their products starting as soon as this race is over.

Another idea would be to have a poker tournement, That would truly inject a wild card. 


Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2009 7:48 am

NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout

epozz - Here is a link to the CBS Racing Family buddy group I created. We even have Mr. Santos in our league to beat up on.

A new round of the comedian blog-off should start today, just gotta find time to count all the votes.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2009 5:30 am

NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout

This is no different than when the format for the All-Star race (then "The Winston") was changed to include past champions so Earnhardt could be included.   It's about selling tickets.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2009 11:19 pm

NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout

Section, I was wondering how to get an invite to one of the racing leagues. I already have set up an account for cbs on that format, but would like to be in a league. Also  I like your comedians blog. And vote every time I see the new one come up.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2009 12:06 pm

NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout

I wonder why NASCAR doesn't just go with honesty, and adopt either fan voting or sponsor dollars as the criteria.  This way Dale Jr., Tony Stewart, or any other fan favorite (and sponsor money magnet) would ALWAYS be in the race.  In fact, they should do this for the chase, too; just take the top five fan favorites, the top five corporate dollar earners, and then fill the last two slots (and any created by overlap in the first two categories) to drivers who have actually earned them by racing well. 

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2009 11:03 am

NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout


Cope won Daytona AND the June  Dover race in 1990 ( I was there ! )

Of course he never won another race again, but still...

He's no Hut Stricklin.

Or Brett Bodine ...

Or Bobby Hillin.

Or Greg Sacks ...

Or... ahhhh you get it...

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2009 7:12 pm

NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout

I have an Idea... why dont we screw with it some more. Why not include all the drivers that are still alive that have won a pole or have at on time been sponsered by Bud. Who knows by the time NASCAR is done we could have 100 cars on the track. This shootout is suppose to be the best of the best racing a qualifying lap style race. If its for past pole winners then change the name and get Bud to sponser somethnig else. The pole award sponser should have to sign on for this race. Whats next? Changing the all-star race so that every manufacurer can have a say in who drives and who doesn't. If NASCAR wants to make some changes then change the chase. Why isn't there a road course in the chase? Quit making this a series harder to track and keep it fun for the fans.

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2009 5:25 pm

NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout

D. Cope IS after all a former 500 winner...

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2009 8:31 am

NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout

And wait, let me get this straight, there are, lets say, a top 25 NASCAR drivers, and then the rest are always fighting to stay out of the top 35, but no, we have 28 drivers here, and Newman (the rocket!) nor Truex is in this thing.... seems like just another race with 2 decent drivers (or more if im forgetting them, (Clint Bowyer, which is a good driver) so other than 3 drivers, we will see the same competition we always do... lets hope they don't change the All-Star race to top 35 in owners points

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 8:32 pm

NASCAR adds "wild card" to Bud Shootout

They did that just to "try" to make the fans happy after the mistake they made by changing the rules to start with.

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