THE RACE, February 2002

# Track Pole Winner
1 Daytona 1. #9-Bill Elliott
2 Rockingham 2. #24-Jeff Gordon
3 Las Vegas 3. #88-Dale Jarrett
4 Atlanta #88-Dale Jarrett(2)
5 Darlington none - qual fogged out
6 Bristol 4. #6-Mark Martin
7 Texas 5. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr
8 Martinsville #24-Jeff Gordon(2)
9 Talladega 6. #92-Stacy Compton
10 California 7. #18-Bobby Labonte
11 Richmond #6-Mark Martin(2nd)
12 Lowes 8. #02-Ryan Newman
13 Dover none - qual rained out
14 Michigan #24-Jeff Gordon(3)
15 Pocono 9. #28-Ricky Rudd
16 Sears Point #24-Jeff Gordon(4)
17 Daytona 10. #40-Sterling Marlin
18 Chicago 11. #66-Todd Bodine
19 New Hampshire #24-Jeff Gordon(5)
20 Pocono #66-Todd Bodine(2)
21 Indianapolis 12. #26-Jimmy Spencer
22 Watkins Glen #88-Dale Jarrett(3)
23 Michigan 13. #32-Ricky Craven
24 Bristol 14. #30-Jeff Green
25 Darlington 15. #97-Kurt Busch
26 Richmond #24-Jeff Gordon(6)
27 Dover #88-Dale Jarrett(4)
28 Kansas 16. #01-Jason Leffler
29 Charlotte #26-Jimmy Spencer(2)
30 Martinsville #66-Todd Bodine(3)
31 Talladega #92-Stacy Compton(2)
32 Phoenix 17. #19-Casey Atwood
33 Rockingham 18. #1-Kenny Wallace
34 Homestead #9-Bill Elliott(2)
35 Atlanta #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr(2)
36 Loudon none - race postponed

No number in front of driver means they have already qualified for the Bud Shootout.

The 2002 Budweiser Shootout Lineup

  • What: A 70-lap race for eligible drivers who won Bud Poles Awards during the 2001 Winston Cup season
    or are former Winston Cup Champions or former Bud Shootout winners not already in.

  • Race: Sunday, February 10, 2002 in Daytona, FL

  • Draw for Starting Spot: Thursday, February 7th, 2002

  • TV: TNT 2:15pm/et

  • Pre Race show: TNT 1:30pm/et

  • Purse: $900,000 with $200,000 to the winner

  • Entry List: see below

  • Starting Lineup: at ThatsRacin.com.

  • 2001 Race Winner: Tony Stewart

  • Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 70 laps, 175 miles

  • Practice: Friday, Feb 8th, 4:00-5:00pm/et; Saturday, Feb 9th, 9:15-10:00am/et and one hour after the Goody's Dash Series race.

  • Stewart wins the Budwesier Shootout: #20-Tony Stewart won the 2002 Budwesier Shootout, beating #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr for the win and $200,000 prize. Six lead changes. See a story at ThatsRacin.com: Stewart stays in front for win and for: Unofficial Race Results. At the end of the TNT broadcast, it was mentioned that NASCAR is going to take one of each make (Chevy,Dodge,Ford, Pontiac) to the wind tunnel for testing, didn't say which teams. See updated story below in the News section on the wind tunnel and rules change.(2-10-2002)

  • Final Practice for the Budweiser Shootout had #09-Geoffrey Bodine as the fastest again with a speed of 186.787 and #18-Bobby Labonte seconf fastest at 186.772. Slowest was #30-Jeff Green at 184.923. Speeds were while running in the draft, see NASCAR.com for the Practice Speeds(2-10-2002)

  • Busch on pole for Budweiser Shootout: #97-Kurt Busch Thursday drew the pole position for Sunday’s Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. The Shootout is a 70-lap special event for the Bud Pole winners in the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series and former winners of the event. #1-Kenny Wallace drew the second starting position and #24-Jeff Gordon will start 22nd/last. For more info, see my Budweiser Shootout page. See ThatsRacin.com for the Budwesier Shootout Lineup.(2-7-2002)

  • Budweiser Shootout....Bodine out? UPDATE 2 No In: here is a rule I had not heard of or seen elsewhere, from a Fox Sports article - Guns a blazin for Shootout: "To get in [the Budweiser Shootout], a driver must have earned a pole position in the previous season or have won a previous Shootout and finished in the top 50 in points. This year a record 22 drivers are eligible, including six first-time pole winners from 2001." So since Geoffrey Bodine was not in the top 50 in drivers points in 2001, so guess he is out.
    BUT the Daytona Intl Speedway site has Bodine listed in the Shootout in column: Traffic Will Be Fast And Furious In Budweiser Shootout
    UPDATE: NASCAR sources tell me Bodine is eligible for the Budweiser Shootout and plans to run the race(2-4-2002)
    UPDATE 2: Geoffrey Bodine will drive a [#09] Phoenix Racing Ford in Sunday's Budweiser Shootout. Bodine, a former winner of the event, also will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500 in a Phoenix Racing entry Saturday. Jason Leffler, who won a pole last year but lost his Chip Ganassi Racing ride, will not drive in the Shootout. Leffler is driving in the Truck Series for Ultra Motorsports this season. That leaves 22 drivers in the race, with the starting order to be determined today. (Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-7-2002)

  • No Leffler in Shootout: Jason Leffler, who as a rookie for Chip Ganassi Racing last season won a pole for the Winston Cup race at Kansas Speedway, will not participate in Sunday's Budweiser Shootout, a 70-lap race featuring pole winners and past winners of the event. Leffler has since joined Ultra Motorsports and will drive its #2 Dodge Truck in the CTS this season. "I wish I were in the Shootout," Leffler said Wednesday. "We hoped to have a car from Ultra Motorsports, but since they were late in signing their sponsor, they got behind in getting things ready for Casey (Atwood)." Leffler's withdrawal leaves 22 entries for Sunday's Shootout, an event record. There were 18 entries last season.(ThatsRacin.com)(2-6-2002)

  • Atwood in the #19 for the Shootout? UPDATE Leffler in #7? Rumor has it that Casey Atwood [who now drives the #7 Sirius Dodge] will be in the #19 Dodge for the Bud Shootout, NASCAR's 70-lap non-points Budweiser Shootout event for 2001's Bud Pole winners on Feb. 10 at Daytona. Atwood he won his first career pole at Phoenix International Raceway last fall. Jeremy Mayfield who is the regular driver of the #19, after winning four poles in 2000, failed to win one in 2001 and is ineligible for the event.(NASCAR.com Buzz)(1-17-2002)
    UPDATE: Casey Atwood will compete in his first Budweiser Shootout in February. The 70-lap race, scheduled Feb. 10, has a record 23 drivers eligible. The 21-year-old Atwood got an invite after winning the pole at Phoenix last season. "I've always watched that race," said Atwood. "Most of the time it's all the best people in that race. It's a great honor for me." Atwood earned the pole in the #19 car, now driven by Jeremy Mayfield. Atwood now drives the #7 Dodge but will wheel the #19 once again that day.(Daytona Beach News Journal) AND hearing Jason Leffler, who won a Cup pole in 2001 and is not in the Cup series in 2002 but with the #2 Ultra Motorsports CTS team may drive the #7 Dodge in the race(1-18-2002)

    2001 Pole Winners

    1)  #9-Bill Elliott (won Shootout 1987)
    2)  #24-Jeff Gordon (won in 1994,1997)
    3)  #88-Dale Jarrett (won in 2000)
    4)  #6-Mark Martin (won in 1999)
    5)  #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr (pole at Texas)
    6)  #92-Stacy Compton(pole at Talladega) - will be in the #14 Pontiac
    7)  #18-Bobby Labonte(pole at California)
    8)  #02-Ryan Newman(pole at Lowes) - will be in the #12 Ford
    9)  #28-Ricky Rudd(pole at Pocono)
    10) #40-Sterling Marlin(pole at Daytona-July)
    11) #66-Todd Bodine(pole at Chicago-July)
    12) #26-Jimmy Spencer(pole at Indy-Aug) - will be in the #41 Dodge
    13) #32-Ricky Craven(pole at Michigan-Aug)
    14) #30-Jeff Green(pole at Bristol-Aug)
    15) #97-Kurt Busch(pole at Darlington-Aug)
    16) #01-Jason Leffler(pole at Kansas-Sept) - will NOT run the race
    17) #19-Casey Atwood(pole at Phoenix-Oct) - in #7 for 2002, but will run #19 in Shootout
    18) #1-Kenny Wallace(pole at Rockingham-Nov)

    Past Budweiser Shootout Winners(if they do not win a pole in 2001) are automatically eligible:

    19) #20-Tony Stewart (won in 2001)
    20) #2-Rusty Wallace (won in 1998)
    21) #09-Geoffrey Bodine (won in 1992)
    22) #36-Ken Schrader (won in 1989,1990)
    23) #5-Terry Labonte (won in 1985)

  • Bud Pole Award: Series champion Jeff Gordon was given a check for $100,000 for winning the Bud Pole Award. He led the series with six poles. Gordon also won the $75,000 Gatorade Front Runner Award for leading the most laps and $76,000 from Tosco for the Official Fuels of NASCAR Award. Sterling Marlin also won $76,000 from Tosco.(That's Racin')(11-30-2001)

  • Wallace has a car for the Budweiser Shootout: Kenny Wallace needed a Bud Pole Award and a car in order to compete in the 2002 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. Last weekend at North Carolina Speedway, Wallace not only got the Bud Pole Award in the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400, but he also got word from Dale Earnhardt Inc. that they’ll supply a car. Wallace, subbing for the injured Steve Park in the #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet fielded by DEI, turned a fast lap of 154.690 mph to win the Bud Pole Award. After qualifying, Wallace found out from DEI’s Executive Vice President of Motorsports Ty Norris that the team will have a car for him to drive in the All-Star race. Wallace, who finished second to his brother Rusty in his only Budweiser Shootout start in 1998, becomes the record 23rd driver to date to be eligible for the Feb. 10 Budweiser Shootout. If all 23 drivers choose to participate in the Budweiser Shootout, it would set a record for most starters in the field since the inception of the event back in 1979. The previous mark was 18 drivers, set in last year’s Budweiser Shootout.(DIS PR)(11-5-2001)

  • Qualifying Rules Changed: ESPN2's RPM 2Night mentioned tonight that starting at New Hampshire that qualifying would consist of one lap of qualifying instead of the two laps that have been run this year. The exceptions are tracks smaller then one mile (Bristol, Richmond and Martinsville) and the two restrictor plate tracks, Daytona and Talladega(7-5-2001)

  • BUT - Back to 2 laps UPDATE: it was announced at the beginning of CNN/SI's qualifying coverage that qualifying would go back to 2 laps of qualifying at all Super Speedways (1 mile or more) starting this week at Michigan. So I guess that means 2 laps is back for all the tracks since 2 laps were going to be the cast at the two short tracks and restrictor plate tracks. All but the road courses which there will be no more in 2001(8-17-2001)
    UPDATE: NASCAR officials have changed their minds again and gone back to two laps during its single round of qualifying. NASCAR announced at Daytona in early July that qualifying would be reduced to a single lap at tracks of 1-mile or longer except for Daytona and Talladega, beginning at New Hampshire on July 22. Teams ran two laps at New Hampshire, however, because of a new sealer that had been applied to the track's surface. The cars then ran one lap for three races, but after complaints from the teams that a single lap prevented them from overcoming a mistake, the policy has been changed again and cars can now once more run a second lap if they choose(That's Racin')(8-18-2001)

    There is no more Bud Shootout Qualifying race or 2nd Round Qualifying.

  • Bud Shootout Pole: On the Thursday before the Race, the drivers choose their starting positions in a draw

    2001(and 2002?) RULES

  • The "Budweiser Shootout" held since 1979, the non-points event (formerly named the "Busch Clash" and "Bud Shootout") has jump-started the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as the season-opening race at the "World Center of Racing" one week before the Daytona 500. The 70 lap race among the winners of the "Bud Pole Award" from the most recent season and includes past champions from prior "Busch Clash" and "Bud Shootout" events. Previously, Bud Pole second-round-fastest qualifiers from all points races were eligible to race for one slot in the Budweiser Shootout; there is no longer a qualifying race(as there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying).

  • Each driver must complete at least one pit stop under green, change at least two tires and the race must end under green-flag conditions, even if the length of the race has to be extended. Drivers may pit under yellow, but the pit stop will not count as their required stop, and caution laps will count toward the 70-lap total.(That's Racin')(12-8-2000)

  • This is a DRIVERs race, so if Driver A leaves Team A and goes to Team B, then it'll be Driver A in the Team B car and the Team A car is not eligible unless they get a new driver who is eligible

    WINSTON CUP POLES in 2001:

    1. ) Jeff Gordon, 6
    2. ) Dale Jarrett, 4
    3. ) Todd Bodine, 3
    4. ) Mark Martin, 2
    5. ) Jimmy Spencer, 2
    6. ) Stacy Compton, 2
    7. ) Bill Elliott, 2
    8. ) Dale Earnhardt Jr, 2
    9. ) Bobby Labonte, 1
    10. ) Ryan Newman, 1
    11. ) Ricky Rudd, 1
    12. ) Sterling Marlin, 1
    13. ) Ricky Craven, 1
    14. ) Jeff Green, 1
    15. ) Kurt Busch, 1
    16. ) Jason Leffler, 1
    17. ) Casey Atwood, 1
    18. ) Kenny Wallace, 1


    Chevy - 10 (4 different drivers)
    Dodge - 7 (5 different drivers)
    Ford - 15 (8 different drivers)
    Pontiac - 1

    Total Races: 36 (33 poles won - qualifying fogged out at Darlington Mar 2001 - Gordon awarded the pole per points; qualifying rained out at Dover June 2001 - Jarrett awarded the pole per points - not counted in the above totals)


    2001  Tony Stewart

    2000  Dale Jarrett
    1999  Mark Martin
    1998  Rusty Wallace

    YEAR  Bud Shootout Qualifier Winner(held 1998-2000)
    2000  Dale Jarrett(won Bud Shootout)
    1999  Mike Skinner(4th in Bud Shootout)
    1998  Jimmy Spencer(4th in Bud Shootout)

    1997  Jeff Gordon(2)
    1996  Dale Jarrett
    1995  Dale Earnhardt(6)
    1994  Jeff Gordon
    1993  Dale Earnhardt
    1992  Geoffrey Bodine
    1991  Dale Earnhardt
    1990  Ken Schrader(2)
    1989  Ken Schrader
    1988  Dale Earnhardt
    1987  Bill Elliott
    1986  Dale Earnhardt
    1985  Terry Labonte
    1984  Neil Bonnett(2)
    1983  Neil Bonnett
    1982  Bobby Allison
    1981  Darrell Waltrip
    1980  Dale Earnhardt
    1979  Buddy Baker

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