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2008 Budweiser Shootout

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Driver  Kurt Busch
2008 Budweiser Shootout
Date  February 9, 2008 (2008-02-09)
Location  Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course  Permanent racing facility 2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance  70 laps, 175 mi (281.635 km)
Average speed  140.751 miles per hour (226.517 km/h)

The 2008 Budweiser Shootout was the first official, non-points paying event of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The race was run on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida and was restricted to those who were the fastest qualifiers in the 2007 season as well as past winners of the event. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the event, his second shootout, and his first win with Hendrick Motorsports. Fox televised the race starting at 8 PM US EST.


Eligible drivers

There were two ways to become eligible for the Budweiser Shootout: win a pole or win the Budweiser Shootout. For 2008, there were 23 eligible drivers: nine drivers being past winners with lifetime exemptions into the race as long as they remain active in the series, and 15 who were fastest in qualifying for NEXTEL Cup races in 2007.

Past active winners (9)

  • Bill Elliott
  • Ken Schrader
  • Jeff Gordon (who also won pole positions in 2007)
  • Mark Martin
  • Dale Jarrett (This will be his last Shootout as he has announced his retirement from racing)
  • Tony Stewart
  • Jimmie Johnson (also won at least one pole in 2007)
  • Denny Hamlin (also was a pole sitter in 2007)
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (also was a pole sitter in 2007)
  • 2007 season pole sitters (14)

  • David Gilliland
  • Jamie McMurray
  • Kasey Kahne
  • Ryan Newman
  • Clint Bowyer
  • Carl Edwards
  • J.J. Yeley
  • Casey Mears
  • Reed Sorenson
  • Michael Waltrip
  • Martin Truex, Jr.
  • Greg Biffle
  • Dave Blaney
  • Kurt Busch
  • Starting lineup

    The Budweiser Shootout lineup was determined by a draw of positions on Thursday, February 7, 2008 and aired live on Speed Channel.


    2008 Budweiser Shootout Wikipedia

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