Earnhardt Jr. draws the pole for the Budweiser Shootout
Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, drew the lucky Budweiser bottle with the pole position for Saturday’s Budweiser Shootout, the star-studded NASCAR Sprint Cup Series non-points race set for Saturday night at 8:10 p.m.
“I’ll take it,” said Earnhardt Jr., the 2004 Daytona 500 champion.
On the outside pole will be two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, who will be behind the wheel of the No. 14 Stewart-Hass Racing Chevrolet.
Rounding out the top five in the Draw Party were Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne.
The Budweiser Shootout is the climax to a racing doubleheader. The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is set for 4:30 p.m. followed by the Budweiser Shootout at 8:10 p.m., which will feature former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field, a host of former outstanding rookies and a collection of previous winners at Daytona International Speedway.
The Budweiser Shootout will be run in segments of 25 and 50 laps, with a 10-minute break between. Green-flag and caution laps count toward the total.
Other notable starting spots include 2008 Daytona 500 champion Ryan Newman (8th), three-time Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon (12th), 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray (14th), 2007 Daytona 500 champion and driver of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet Kevin Harvick (18th), Kyle Busch (21st) and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson (23rd).
Tickets for all Speedweeks 2011 events, including the Budweiser Shootout, are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet
2. Tony Stewart, No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet
3. Carl Edwards, No. 99 Scotts EZ Seed Ford
4. Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Toyota
5. Kasey Kahne, No. 4 Red Bull Toyota
6. Bobby Labonte, No. 47 Reese-Highland Toyota
7. Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Cheerios-Hamburger Chevrolet
8. Ryan Newman, No. 39 Wix Filters Chevrolet
9. Derrike Cope, No. 64 Toyota
10. Michael Waltrip, No. 15 NAPA Toyota
11. Greg Biffle, No. 16 3M Ford
12. Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
13. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
14. Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops-Tracker Boats Chevrolet
15. Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet
16. Kevin Conway, No. 97 Extenze Toyota
17. Kurt Busch, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge
18. Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet
19. Matt Kenseth, No. 17 Crown Royal Ford
20. Mark Martin, No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
21. Kyle Busch, No. 18 M&M's Toyota
22. Joey Logano, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota
23. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's-Kobalt Tools Chevrolet
24. Regan Smith, No. 78 Furntiure Row Racing Chevrolet