With a strong lineup that features former Sprint Cup Series champions, last year's Chase field, a host of former outstanding rookies, along with a collection of previous winners at the sport's most storied race track, NASCAR announced Friday the list of eligible competitors for the 2011 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
* The 12 drivers who qualified for the 2010 Chase
* Past Cup champions
* Past Budweiser Shootout champions
* Past Daytona points race winners
* Cup rookie of the year drivers from 2001-10
"When you take a look at the field for this year's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, it's loaded with all-star caliber drivers," said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition. "From former series champions and Chase drivers, to the past 10 rookie of the year performers, to drivers who have had success at Daytona, we believe the fans are in store for a terrific and highly competitive event on a brand new racing surface."
The race distance will again be 75 laps (187.5 miles), consisting of two segments -- 25 and 50 laps. Both green-flag laps and yellow-flag laps will count. Between segments there will be a 10-minute pit stop allowing teams to pit to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Crews will be permitted to work on cars and will be allowed to perform functions they would do on a normal pit stop in a regular Cup event. All work must be performed on pit road or in the garage. Changing of springs, shock absorbers or rear ends will not be permitted.
Starting positions will again be determined by a blind draw at the annual Budweiser Shootout Draw Party at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 11 on the SPEED stage in the Midway, outside Turn 4.
The Budweiser Shootout -- a "non-points" event for Cup competitors -- was first held in 1979, originally known as the Busch Clash. Kevin Harvick has won the past two events.
|John Andretti||July race winner|
|Greg Biffle||2010 Chase|
|Geoff Bodine||Daytona 500, Shootout winner|
|Clint Bowyer||2010 Chase|
|Jeff Burton||2010 Chase|
|Kurt Busch||2010 Chase|
|Kyle Busch||2010 Chase|
|Kevin Conway||2010 rookie of the year|
|Derrike Cope||Daytona 500 winner|
|Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Daytona 500, July race, Shootout winner|
|Carl Edwards||2010 Chase|
|Bill Elliott||Series champion, Daytona 500, July race, Shootout winner|
|Jeff Gordon||2010 Chase|
|Denny Hamlin||2010 Chase|
|Kevin Harvick||2010 Chase|
|Jimmie Johnson||2010 Chase|
|Kasey Kahne||2004 rookie of the year|
|Matt Kenseth||2010 Chase|
|Bobby Labonte||Series champion|
|Terry Labonte||Series champion, Shootout winner|
|Joey Logano||2009 rookie of the year|
|Sterling Marlin||Daytona 500 winner|
|Mark Martin||Shootout winner|
|Jamie McMurray||Daytona 500, July race winner, 2003 rookie of the year|
|Juan Montoya||2007 rookie of the year|
|Ryan Newman||Daytona 500 winner, 2002 rookie of the year|
|Ken Schrader||Shootout winner|
|Regan Smith||2008 rookie of the year|
|Tony Stewart||2010 Chase|
|Michael Waltrip||Daytona 500, July race winner|