DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2008) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars took to the track for the first time on Thursday at Daytona International and although it was just practice, everyone seemed to be race mode for Saturday night’s 30th annual Budweiser Shootout with tempers flaring and sheet metal flying.
“The fans are in for a big show down here obviously with what we’ve seen so far,” said Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
“The racing is gonna be spectacular,” said Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. “The cars are really all over the place as you could see there.”
Two incidents took place in the final one-hour session with one involving Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, David Gilliland and Carl Edwards.
The second incident involved Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch and both drivers were called to the hauler for a discussion with NASCAR officials.
The Budweiser Shootout, a non-points All-Star race featuring the previous season’s pole winners and past Budweiser Shootout champions, will kick off the 2008 NASCAR season on Saturday night, Feb. 9 at 8:30 p.m. with a 70-lap dash for cash.
A record field of 23 drivers will do battle for a winner’s check that’s worth more than $200,000.
Not only will the Shootout bring an exciting day of racing to avid race fans, several other activities and events are planned for Saturday as well.
American rock band Sister Hazel will perform three pre-race songs, the National Anthem as well as a 60-minute post-race concert from the Entertainment Stage next to the Budweiser Bistro in the Sprint FANZONE.
Sprint FANZONE and hospitality passes will permit fans to view the pre-race concert from the tri-oval area along pit road and all Budweiser Shootout ticket holders will be able to attend Sister Hazel’s post-race concert.
The 45th annual ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series at Daytona will kick off the day of racing at 4:15 p.m. with Germain Racing’s Justin Marks starting on the pole.
Race fans with Sprint FANZONE passes and a race ticket will also have access to the ARCA RE/MAX Series garage between noon and 2 p.m. and ARCA drivers will be available to sign autographs from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Tickets to the 45th annual ARCA 200 and the 30th annual Budweiser Shootout as well as other DIRECTV Speedweeks events are available online at www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Children 12 and under with a paid adult are admitted free to the infield (not including the Sprint FANZONE) and the unreserved grandstands for the Budweiser Shootout and ARCA 200.