Updated 2-11-2003
  • NOTE: if qualifying is rained out or cancelled for any reason and set by points, the driver who starts first (because they are leading the points) is not awarded the Bud Pole Award, is not considered a pole winner and will NOT be included in the Budweiser Shootout because of starting first.

    # Track Pole Winner
    1 Daytona 1. #48-Jimmie Johnson
    2 Rockingham 2. #32-Ricky Craven
    3 Las Vegas 3. #66-Todd Bodine
    4 Atlanta 4. #9-Bill Elliott
    5 Darlington #32-Ricky Craven(2)
    6 Bristol 5. #24-Jeff Gordon
    7 Texas #9-Bill Elliott(2)
    8 Martinsville #24-Jeff Gordon(2)
    9 Talladega #48-Jimmie Johnson(2)
    10 California 6. #12-Ryan Newman
    11 Richmond 7. #22-Ward Burton
    12 Charlotte #48-Jimmie Johnson(3)
    13 Dover 8. #17-Matt Kenseth
    14 Pocono none - wet track
    15 Michigan 9. #88-Dale Jarrett
    16 Sonoma 10. #20-Tony Stewart
    17 Daytona 11. #29-Kevin Harvick
    18 Chicago #12-Ryan Newman(2)
    19 NHIS #9-Bill Elliott(3)
    20 Pocono #9-Bill Elliott(4)
    21 Indy #20-Tony Stewart(2)
    22 Watkins Glen 12. #28-Ricky Rudd
    23 Michigan 13. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr
    24 Bristol #24-Jeff Gordon(3)
    25 Darlington none - rained out
    26 Richmond #48-Jimmie Johnson(4)
    27 New Hampshire #12-Ryan Newman(3)
    28 Dover 14. #2-Rusty Wallace
    29 Kansas #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr(2)
    30 Talladega none - rained out
    31 Lowe's none - rained out
    32 Martinsville #12-Ryan Newman(4)
    33 Atlanta none - rained out
    34 Rockingham #12-Ryan Newman(5)
    35 Phoenix #12-Ryan Newman(6)
    36 Homestead 15. #97-Kurt Busch

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

    RULES and NEWS

  • Earnhardt Jr wins the Budweiser Shootout: the finishing order:
    #8-Earnhardt Jr (13 laps led)
    #24-Gordon (31 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (6 lapss led)

    #49-Schrader (1 lap led)
    #48-Johnson (4 laps led)

    #97-Busch (11 laps led)
    #54-T Bodine

    #6-Martin (4 laps led)
    #88-Jarrett (why so poor of a finish? fluid on the windshield made it hard for Jarrett to see)
    #11-G Bodine out-vibration.
    NOTES: #11-G Bodine thought he had a tire rub on lap 3 and brought the car in and it ended up being a vibration and he went to the garage. #2-Wallace cut down a tire on lap 18 was able to stay on the lead lap and change the tire during the 10 minute break. On lap 50 ALL the drivers came in to pit, all took 2 right side tires, except #48-Johnson took 4 tires who flatspotted his tired when he locked the brakes up coming on pit road and #6-Martin, #21-Rudd, #54-Bodine and #49-Schrader who all only took fuel. Earnhardt Jr started last, 19th, the fartherst a Bud Shootout winner has ever came from. For results and money won, see ThatsRacin.com and for a column: Dale Earnhardt Jr. impressive in Budweiser Shootout win(2-8-2003)

  • What: A two segment 70-lap (20 and 50) race for eligible drivers who won Bud Poles Awards during the 2002 Winston Cup season
    or former Budweiser Shootout [or Busch Clash] winners not already in.

  • Race: Saturday NIGHT, February 8, 2003 in Daytona, FL

  • Draw for Starting Spot: Thursday, February 6th, 2003?

  • TV: Fox 8:00pm/et - NO Re-air date/time that I know of....yet

  • 2002 Budweiser Shootout Race Winner: Tony Stewart

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

  • Practice: Friday, Feb 7th, 3:55-4:50pm/et and 6:30 - 7:30pm/et

  • 2nd Friday Bud Shootout Practice is over: #5-Terry Labonte was the fastest at 188.336 followed by #8-Dale Earnhardt Jt at 188.237. Slowest was #11-Geoffrey Bodine at 183.430mph. For all the speeds, see ThatsRacin.com.(2-7-2003)

  • 1st Friday Bud Shootout Practice is over: #12-Ryan Newman was fastest with a speed of 186.220mph, followed by #24-Jeff Gordon at 186.162. Slowest of the 19 drivers was #11-Geoffrey Bodine with a speed of 180.018. For all the speeds, see ThatsRacin.com.(2-7-2003)

  • Geoffrey Bodine draws the pole for the Budweiser Shootout: In a special-event race sponsored by Budweiser, with the starting order determined by a glorified video game, Dale Earnhardt Jr. figured to have a good shot at success in Thursday's draw for the Budweiser Shootout starting lineup. So much for that. Earnhardt Jr. will start 19th - last - in the field for Saturday night's 70-lap event that marks the first competition of a new NASCAR season. He was the fifth driver to pick his starting spot by pressing a bottle cap from the sponsor's product hooked to a computer spinning numbers one through 19 on a screen. Earnhardt Jr. will have plenty of fast company in the back half of the field. Jeff Gordon starts 18th, Ryan Newman 15th and two-time defending Shootout champion Tony Stewart 12th. The pole position, meanwhile, lasted until the very end of the draw. With only two drivers - Geoffrey Bodine and Terry Labonte - left to pick their starting spot, Bodine pushed the button and got the pole in the #11 Ford that his brother, Brett [not Todd], owns and will drive in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 16. That left the 17th starting spot for Terry Labonte, the remaining driver. Jimmie Johnson, who won the pole for the Daytona 500 last year in his rookie season, will start on the outside of Row 1, with Kurt Busch and Ricky Rudd on Row 2, and Matt Kenseth and Ricky Craven on Row 3. Dale Jarrett, Todd Bodine, Mark Martin, Ward Burton, Ken Schrader, Stewart, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, Newman, Kevin Harvick, Labonte, Gordon and Earnhardt Jr. round out the field. Fifteen of the eligible drivers won poles during the 2002 season and the other four are past winners of this event. Nine of the entrants are former Bud Shootout winners. The total purse for the event is $966,000, with the winner getting $205,000. The non-points event, being held under the lights for the first time this year, will be run in two segments. There will be a 10-minute break after the first 20 laps, during which teams may work on their cars without losing track position. The cars will start the final 50-lap segment in the same order they finished the first segment. With the 13.5-gallon fuel cells being used at the 2.5-mile Daytona track this year, teams will not be able to complete the final 50 laps without making another stop for fuel. If the caution flag is out on Lap 70, the race will be extended until there's a green-white-checkered finish, so that also must be factored into fuel strategies.(ThatsRacin.com) and see ThatsRacin.com for The lineup for Saturday night's race (2-6-2003)

  • Bud Shootout/Daytona 500 fact: Only five times in the 24 year-history of the Shootout has the winner of the race gone on to victory in the Daytona 500 the same season: Bobby Allison (1982), Bill Elliott (1987) Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000) and Jeff Gordon (1997).(ThatsRacin.com)(2-6-2003)

  • Seventy-two drivers have participated in the Budweiser Shootouts. Thirty-two of those drivers have participated in two or less and 22 in only one.

  • New Shootout Format: There will be some slight modifications to the format to Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway the "unofficial" start to the 2003 Winston Cup season. NASCAR officials confirmed Tuesday the 70-lap all-star event which features pole winners from the 2002 season and past winners of the event will be split into two segments. The first segment will consist of 20 laps after which a 10-minute intermission will be held. Teams may make pit stops and do other work that transpires during a normal pit stop during this time. The second segment will be 50 laps and must end in a green-white-checkered finish. Caution laps will count toward the total in both segments so the second segment may extend beyond the scheduled 70-lap total. In the event of a red flag, crews will be permitted to work on the cars; however, all work must be performed on pit road or in the garage. When the race is resumed, all cars must immediately be ready to return to competition. All re-starts will be double-file re-starts. All lapped cars will re-start at the rear of the field. The Shootout format was changed from a 20-lap race to two 10-lap segments in 1991. The move to a 25-lap event in 1998 marked the third format change of this prestigious event. The format was again changed in 2001, this time to a 70-lap event.(ThatsRacin.com)(2-4-2003)

  • Geoffrey Bodine in the Shootout: Geoffrey Bodine will drive the #11 Hooters Ford in the Budwieser Shootout this coming Saturday night [8:00pm/et on Fox].(NASCAR.com)(2-3-2003)

  • NASCAR.com offers Free Pit Command for Shootout: NASCAR.com is offering folks free access to a virtual dashboard view of the Budweiser Shootout, free access to PitCommand for the Feb. 8 race at Daytona International Speedway. New for the 2003 season, PitCommand provides real-time weekly coverage of all Winston Cup races and is coupled with improved streaming audio. Thanks to global positioning data via satellite, PitCommand delivers real-time telemetry. You can view relative speed, engine rpms, brake and throttle positions, just like on each driver's dashboard. In addition, in-car and live race audio will be available. Fans will not be required to register or pay for PitCommand access for the Budweiser Shootout. All that is required is to download the applet as well as Java 1.3 and the RealOne player.(NASCAR.com)(1-9-2003)

  • Bud Shootout Spots: In the season's final Bud Pole qualifying session last Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kurt Busch, driver of the #97 Rubbermaid/Sharpie Ford for Roush Racing, captured the pole for the Ford 400 and secured a spot in next year's nighttime running of the Budweiser Shootout. Last Sunday, Busch followed up his pole with a victory in the Ford 400. The Budweiser Shootout is a non-points All-Star race that kicks off the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The 70-lap race will feature the 2002 Bud Pole winners along with past champions of the Budweiser Shootout. The field for the Budweiser Shootout is now finalized at 19 drivers. Included are Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Ryan Newman, Ward Burton, Matt Kenseth, Ricky Craven, Ricky Rudd, Kevin Harvick, Mark Martin, Geoffrey Bodine, Ken Schrader, Todd Bodine and Terry Labonte. Joining the Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 8 will be the Advance Discout Auto Parts 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series, which will hold its 200-mile season opener prior to the Budweiser Shootout. Tickets for 2003 Speedweeks events, including the 25th annual Budweiser Shootout, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.(DIS PR)(11-22-2002)

  • Shootout at night in 2003? UPDATE Official: The Budweiser Shootout, a non-points race that has kicked off the Winston Cup season since 1979, will be run at night, under the lights at Daytona International Speedway beginning next season. The Shootout will swap days with the traditional date of Winston Cup qualifying for the Daytona 500, with the Shootout running next season on Saturday night, Feb. 8, and Cup qualifying for the 500 on Sunday, Feb. 9, sources said. Fox is scheduled to broadcast Speedweeks events in 2003, but it is unclear at this time whether the Shootout will be televised on Fox or FX. The change will make the Shootout the second new night race for the 2003 season. Lowe's Motor Speedway announced earlier this season its fall Cup race next year would move to a Saturday night. When asked Monday if the 2003 Budweiser Shootout would be a night race in 2003, Daytona International Speedway officials wouldn't comment specifically about the change. "An announcement regarding the schedule of activities for Speedweeks next season will be forthcoming very soon," said Glyn Johnston, Daytona's director of public relations. The Shootout is a 70-lap race featuring the previous season's pole winners as well as former winners of the event. Tony Stewart, who currently leads the Winston Cup series points race, has won the past two Shootouts. The late Dale Earnhardt leads all drivers with six victories in the event.(ThatsRacin.com)(10-29-2002)
    UPDATE: The 25th anniversary of the Budweiser Shootout At Daytona will be held under the lights for the first time on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Daytona International Speedway. The Budweiser Shootout has been traditionally scheduled during Speedweeks on a Sunday afternoon, a week before the Daytona 500. But during Speedweeks 2003, the Budweiser Shootout will move to 8:00pm/et, Feb. 8 and will be televised by FOX Sports in prime time. The Budweiser Shootout is a non-points All-Star race that kicks off the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The 70-lap race will feature the 2002 Bud Pole winners along with past champions of the Budweiser Shootout. The field for the Budweiser Shootout currently stands at 18 drivers. Included in the who's who of NASCAR stars are #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #24-Jeff Gordon, #20-Tony Stewart, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #9-Bill Elliott, #88-Dale Jarrett, #2-Rusty Wallace, #12-Ryan Newman, #22-Ward Burton, #17-Matt Kenseth, #32-Ricky Craven, #21-Ricky Rudd, #29-Kevin Harvick, #6-Mark Martin, #09-Geoffrey Bodine, #?-Ken Schrader, #?-Todd Bodine and #5-Terry Labonte. Joining the Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 8 will be the ARCA Series, which will hold its 200-mile season opener immediately prior to the Budweiser Shootout. The only other additional nighttime action during Speedweeks 2003 will be the final Budweiser Shootout practice on Friday, Feb. 7. Other changes to the first weekend of the stock car portion of Speedweeks include moving the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series race and Bud Pole Qualifying for the Daytona 500 to Sunday, Feb. 9 during the daytime. Tickets for 2003 Speedweeks events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS PR)(11-1-2002)
    UPDATE 2: For people who bought tickets in anticipation of a Sunday afternoon race but do not want to attend a Saturday night event, refunds are available by calling the DIS ticket office. Ticket prices for the event have remained in the same range as prices for the ARCA-Budweiser Shootout day last year.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(11-2-2002)

  • Budweiser Shootout turns 25 in 2003: The Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will celebrate its silver anniversary in the desirable showcase position the non-points race has enjoyed since its inception in 1979. NASCAR announced today the The Budweiser Shootout at Daytona is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway, continuing the tradition of the much-anticipated, non-points race jumpstarting the opening weekend of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The 2003 The Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, previously known as the Busch Clash and Bud Shootout, will feature NASCAR Winston Cup drivers who earned a Bud Pole Award during the 2002 season as well as any former Budweiser Shootout champions who did not win a Bud Pole but participated in a NASCAR Winston Cup Series points-paying event during this current season. The opening weekend of the 2003 season also will feature Bud Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500. Bud Pole qualifying will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 and will set the front row for the Daytona 500, which will be run Sunday, Feb.16. The Budweiser Shootout at Daytona is one of three non-points events held during the NASCAR Winston Cup season, two of which are hosted by Daytona International Speedway. DIS also will play host to the Gatorade 125s on Thursday, Feb. 13. The Winston is the third and final non-points race that is traditionally held during the NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. R.J. Reynolds officials announced Wednesday that the 2003 version of The Winston will be held Saturday, May 17 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.(NASCAR PR)(8-23-2002)

    The 2003 Budweiser Shootout Lineup

    2002 Pole Winners
    NOTE: this is a DRIVERS race, not team, if the driver switches teams, he goes, not the old team

    1)  #48-Jimmie Johnson (poles at Daytona 500, Talladega, Charlotte,Richmond)
    2)  #32-Ricky Craven (pole at Rockingham)
    3)  #66-Todd Bodine (pole at Las Vegas) - in the #54 in 2003
    4)  #9-Bill Elliott (poles at Atlanta, Texas, NHIS, Pocono; and won Shootout 1987)
    5)  #24-Jeff Gordon (poles at Bristol-both, Martinsville; won Shootout in 1994,1997)
    6)  #12-Ryan Newman (poles at California, Chicago, NHIS, Martinsville, Rockingham, Phoenix)
    7)  #22-Ward Burton (pole at Richmond)
    8)  #17-Matt Kenseth (pole at Dover)
    9)  #88-Dale Jarrett (pole at Michigan, won Shootout in 2000)
    10) #20-Tony Stewart (poles at Sonoma, Indy; won in 2001, 2002)
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick (pole at Daytona)
    12) #28-Ricky Rudd (pole at Watkins Glen) - in the #21 in 2003
    13) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr (poles at Michigan, Kansas)
    14) #2-Rusty Wallace (pole at Dover, won Shootout in 1998)
    15) #97-Kurt Busch (pole at Homestead)

    Past Budweiser Shootout Winners(if they do not win a pole in 2002) are automatically eligible:

    16) #6-Mark Martin (won in 1999)
    17) #09-Geoffrey Bodine (won in 1992) - will drive the #11 Hooterss Ford ina one race deal
    18) #36-Ken Schrader (won in 1989,1990) - in the #49 in 2003
    19) #5-Terry Labonte (won in 1985)

    WINSTON CUP POLES in 2002:

    1. ) Ryan Newman, 6
    2. ) Bill Elliott, 4
    3. ) Jimmie Johnson, 4
    4. ) Jeff Gordon, 3
    5. ) Ricky Craven, 2
    6. ) Dale Earnhardt Jr, 2
    7. ) Tony Stewart, 2
    8. ) Todd Bodine, 1
    9. ) Ward Burton, 1
    10. ) Matt Kenseth, 1
    11. ) Dale Jarrett, 1
    12. ) Kevin Harvick, 1
    13. ) Ricky Rudd, 1
    14. ) Rusty Wallace, 1
    15. ) Kurt Busch, 1


    Chevy - 10 (4 different drivers)
    Dodge - 5 (2 different drivers)
    Ford - 14 (8 different drivers)
    Pontiac - 2 (1 driver)

    Total Races: 36 (31 poles won - qualifying cancelled due to water seepage at Pocono or at Darlington(2), at Talladega(2), at Lowe's(2), at Atlanta(2) - due to rain - #40-Marlin started 1st per OWNERS points for both races - #48-Johnson started 1st at Talladega, - #20-Stewart started 1st at Lowe's; #20-Stewart started 1st at Atlanta; not counted in the above totals)

  • Budwesier 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


    2003  Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    2002  Tony Stewart(2)
    2001  Tony Stewart

    2000  Dale Jarrett(2)
    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(5)
    1992  Geoffrey Bodine
    1991  Dale Earnhardt(4)
    1990  Ken Schrader(2)
    1989  Ken Schrader
    1988  Dale Earnhardt(3)
    1987  Bill Elliott
    1986  Dale Earnhardt(2)
    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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