- Budweiser Shootout Selection: Thursday, February 8 (SPEED at 9 p.m. AT, 8 p.m. ET)
- Practice: Friday, February 9 (SPEED at 6 p.m. AT, 5 p.m. ET)
- Final Practice: Friday, February 9 (SPEED at 7:30 p.m. AT, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Race: Saturday, February 10 (FOX at 9 p.m. AT, 8 p.m. ET)
The Race: Budweiser Shootout
The Place: Daytona International Speedway
The Date: Saturday, Feb. 10
The Time: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX, 8 p.m. (ET)
Track Layout: 2.5-mile tri-oval
Distance: 175 miles (70 laps)
2006 Winner: Denny Hamlin
2006 Pole: Ken Schrader
Pre-Race On-Track Schedule: Friday—Practice, 4:15 -5 p.m. Final practice, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Drawing for starting order held Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.
Budweiser Shootout: How It Works; Who’s Eligible
Budweiser Shootout by the Numbers - historical stats
Shootout Showdown: Drivers Ready for First ’07 Event
Budweiser Shootout Entry List
Jarrett's Toyota on Pole for Shootout - click for lineup (PDF)
Budweiser Shootout First Practice Speed Chart (PDF)
Budweiser Shootout Final Practice Speed Chart (PDF)
Budweiser Shootout Race Results (PDF)
Victory Transcript - Stewart, Gibbs & Zipadelli
Stewart Takes Third Shootout Victory
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (February 10, 2007) - Tony Stewart won the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona for the third time Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, nudging Kyle Busch out of the way to take the lead then out-racing David Gilliland to take the victory.
Stewart got $215,000 for winning the annual non-points event that serves as NASCAR’s season-opener event, with Gilliland and Kurt Busch finishing 2-3. The race features Budweiser Pole winners from the previous season plus past Shootout winners.
Stewart also won the Shootout in 2001 and 2002. This time he started 14th in the 21-car field and immediately started moving toward the front.
The Shootout is divided into segments of 20 and 50 laps with a 10-minute pit stop period in between. At the break, Stewart, driving the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet, had climbed to second place behind Kevin Harvick’s No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet.
In the second segment, Kyle Busch took the lead on Lap 28 and kept it until Lap 63, when Stewart closed dramatically on the tail of Busch’s No. 5 CARQUEST Chevrolet in Turn 2. The cars appeared to touch ever so slightly and Busch’s car bobbled, allowing Stewart to sail by.
“Kyle [Busch] is who I wanted to run with,” Stewart said. “We were a good combination [in the draft]. I finally got a chance to push him real hard into Turn 1 once and it got him loose. Then he went up the track a little bit. When he tucked it down, I caught him right there and didn’t touch him but just caught him enough [to get him loose again].
“I did my job and did what I could do to win this race. This race is to see who can win. It’s not about just sitting there and riding in line. With less than 10 laps 10 go you got to make you move.”
Stewart’s third Shootout win also was the fourth Shootout triumph for Joe Gibbs Racing – and the second straight for JGR; last year, eventual Raybestos Rookie of the Year Denny Hamlin pulled an upset victory.
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Event Notes & Quotes - Post
Event Notes & Quotes - Advance
- Tony Stewart won the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, his third victory in the season-opening exhibition race.
- Stewart’s victory came in his eighth Budweiser Shootout. His other victories came in 2001 and 2002.
- This is the fourth Budweiser Shootout victory for Joe Gibbs Racing. Denny Hamlin also won for Gibbs (2006).
- Stewart led twice for 11 laps, including the final eight.
- Kyle Busch led three times for 39 laps, leading the most laps in the event.
- Dale Jarrett will start from the Bud Pole position in Saturday night's 29th annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Jarrett will lead
the field to the green flag in the first-ever NASCAR Nextel Cup competition for Toyota. Jarrett drives the #44 UPS Toyota for Michael
Waltrip Racing. This is the second pole position for Jarrett in his 12th Shootout start. The starting lineup was determined by a random
draw Thursday evening at Daytona International Speedway. The defending race winner, Denny Hamlin, will start in the final position, 21st.
The 29th Budweiser Shootout at Daytona can be seen on Fox-TV beginning at 9 pm (AT) Saturday night.
- Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Monte Carlo SS scored the upset win in 2006 on his way to finishing third in the season-ending
points and capturing the Raybestos Rookie of the Year title.
- Chevrolet has won 15 of 28 Budweiser Shootouts, more than any other manufacturer.
- The eight Team Chevy drivers starting 2007 Shootout have more total wins than all other manufacturers combined:
Jeff Gordon , No. 24 DuPont Monte Carlo SS - 2 wins in 13 starts;
Tony Stewart , No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS - 2 wins in 7 starts;
Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 8 Budweiser Monte Carlo SS - 1 win in 6 starts;
Denny Hamlin , No. 11 FedEx Monte Carlo SS - 1 win in 1 start;
Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Lowe's Monte Carlo SS - 1 win in 4 starts;
Mark Martin, No. 01 U.S. Army Monte Carlo SS - 1 win in 19 starts.
- Jeff Burton - Winning four poles last year was not only a personal record, but a guaranteed spot in this year’s Bud Shootout. What are your thoughts on competing in your third Shootout?
“I am really looking forward to it. I hate going to Daytona when there is a race running and I’m not in it. This year we’re able to go down there and get a race in before the year starts and I think that’s a really good thing. I’m excited about it. It was really cool last year to have the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet sit on four poles. I never thought that I would be able to accomplish that. One of the team’s goals was to get in the Bud Shootout, so we got that done. The Shootout is a fun race to watch and hopefully it’s more fun to be a part of.”
Tony Stewart crosses the finish line to win the 2007 Budweiser Shootout.
Celebrating in Victory Lane.
Stewart (20) made a late race pass on leader Kyle Busch (5) for the win.
Rookie David Gilliland was happy to finish second.
Jimmie Johnson's Chevrolet (48) and Brian Vickers' Toyota during Friday practice.
Kevin Harvick is sporting a new look with the Shell colours this year.
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