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The starting lineup for both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Pocono Raceway in 2011 will be determined on Saturday, Raceway Officials announced today. “The move to Saturday qualifying, traditionally held on Friday, will allow more race fans to enjoy the competition to determine the pole position and the other starting positions ,” stated Raceway President, Brandon Igdalsky.”Our fans will enjoy a full day of racing action as Sprint Cup qualifying joins an already exciting Saturday schedule at Pocono Raceway.”

Qualifying for the June 12, Pocono 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, will be held on Saturday, June 11. The Pocono 200, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event, will follow qualifying.

The August 7, Pennsylvania 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend will feature two sets of qualifying and two 125 mile races on Saturday August 6; the Pocono Mountains 125, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and the Pennsylvania 125, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event. Qualifying for the Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 500 are scheduled for Saturday morning. The Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 125 races are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

There will be no shortage of on track action on Friday of both race weekends. A total of close to five hours of practice for the Pocono 500 and Pocono 200, plus Pocono 200 qualifying will be featured on June 10. More than six hours of practice for the Pennsylvania 500, Pocono Mountains 125 and the Pennsylvania 125 are scheduled for August 5. Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 125 will follow practice on August 5.

Tickets for the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500 weekends are on sale now. Friday grandstand tickets are $10, Saturday grandstand tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult are admitted free on Friday and Saturday. Sunday grandstand tickets start at $45. To purchase tickets call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or online at www.poconoraceway.com

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Next week’s three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Daytona International Speedway brings the first official engine firings of 2011.

Don’t think for a second that it represents the new year’s first official work.
“I don’t ever remember being this busy in my life,” said Alan Gustafson, crew chief for Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet). “We are so full-speed ahead already.”
Wide-open shops mean wide-open anticipation. Teams participating in the 2011 edition of NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona will use the time to prepare for both the 53rd Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20 and the track’s new asphalt surface.
The test – scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20 through Saturday, Jan. 22 – runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET daily, weather permitting, with a noon-1 p.m. lunch break each day. Attending media will have interview opportunities in the infield media center (see Page 2 schedule).
“It’s a very demanding time of the year,” Gustafson said, “but it’s very gratifying because you see projects get started and you see them come to fruition.”
A successful Goodyear tire test on Dec. 15-16 set the stage for next week’s session.
Last year’s repave – only the second at 2.5-mile Daytona and the first since 1978 – began after the NASCAR Sprint Cup event on July 3 and ended in early December. During the tire test (open to all series teams), those attending validated Goodyear’s compound selection for the Daytona 500, the series’ traditional season-opener, plus drivers and crew chiefs provided the sport’s first on-track feedback about the new pavement to track and NASCAR officials.
“The upcoming test at Daytona should go a long way in helping the teams get their setups right for next month’s Speedweeks,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition. “We received a lot of positive feedback from the competitors about the new racing surface at Daytona following the Goodyear tire test last month. We believe the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 has all the makings of being the most exciting one we’ve ever seen.”
Expect some re-affirmation next week, but NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona means three days to shake down new equipment, personnel and strategies. And long, detailed checklists.
“It’s a huge race for everyone,” Gustafson said of the Daytona 500. “A race that everybody wants to win; the biggest race of the year. Everybody had some reservations, so going down there with the tire test and coming back, it just confirms that Daytona is Daytona – it’s the track we all love. That’s wonderful to know. So going back there now, it’s trying to exploit what little nuances of speed we can.”
Fans can join the fun by attending the NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona – the companion event to on-track activity. Along with watching NASCAR Preseason Thunder testing, fans can enjoy three Fan Fest sessions in Daytona’s Sprint FANZONE – from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20 and from 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21.
Among the offerings: Driver question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Fans also can watch each day’s testing at no cost, beginning at 9 a.m. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com for more information on NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona.
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Martinsville Speedway President W. Clay Campbell announced a scheduling change today that will double the action on Saturday during the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 weekend.

Qualifying for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 will be held on Saturday, April 2. Traditionally Sprint Cup qualifying has been on Friday at Martinsville Speedway. Time trials for the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also be on Saturday, April 2.

Friday will remain a key part of race weekends at Martinsville Speedway, with practice sessions for both the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series set for April 1. Between the two divisions, there will be almost six hours of practice on Friday.

“We know that it has become more and more difficult for fans to take an extra day off from work and come out for qualifying,” said Campbell. “By shuffling the schedule like we have fans will be able to come on Saturday and see a great day of racing action. The cup and truck guys will be on the track for qualifying and then the day is capped off with the Kroger 250, and everybody knows how exciting the truck series races are here at Martinsville.”

Qualifying for the Kroger 250 on April 2 will be at 10:35 in the morning with Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 qualifying scheduled for 12:10 p.m. The Kroger 250 will take the green flag at 2 p.m.

On track action at Martinsville Speedway will kick off on Friday, April 1 with a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at 11 a.m. followed by a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session at noon. The final Truck Series practice is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the Sprint Cup final practice at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets for all three days of the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 weekend are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Tickets for Friday’s practice session are $10. Tickets for Saturday are $30 in advance and $35 the day of while tickets for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 start at just $25.

 

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Regan Smith's No. 78 over-the-wall pit crew for Furniture Row Racing will be employed and trained by Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) during the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
"We are excited to partner with SHR as it relates to the pit crew," said Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing general manager. "After reviewing SHR's program, personnel and facility we are confident that SHR will deliver a crew that meets all of our objectives."

The No. 78 pit crew will be under the supervision of SHR pit crew coach Joe Piette, who also oversees the pit crews for Tony Stewart's No. 14 team and Ryan Newman's No. 39 team. The SHR team is based in Kannapolis, N.C.

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Furniture Row Racing and having the opportunity to help contribute to the growth of their program, while also giving our pit crew the chance to compete and improve on a weekly basis,” said Bobby Hutchens, director of competition, Stewart-Haas Racing.

The first race for the new Furniture Row Racing pit crew will be the invitational Budweiser Shootout, Feb. 12 at Daytona International Speedway. Smith qualified for the non-points race on the basis of being a former NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie of the year (2008). The first Sprint Cup points race is the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.
The Denver-based, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team is coming off its best season since the franchise entered the Sprint Cup competition in 2005. Last year, Smith qualified in all 36 races and came on strong during the second half of the season, scoring a number of top-20 finishes, including three top 13s in the final seven races. He also qualified in the top 10 in the last three Cup races of the 2010 campaign.
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Ford Racing enters the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season needing only one victory to reach 600. Over the next five weeks, leading up to the Daytona 500, Ford Racing will present a weekly recap of the milestone wins and other tidbits that have helped shape the manufacturer’s history in the sport. This week’s feature looks at Fred Lorenzen, who gave Ford its 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory when he won the Atlanta 500 at Atlanta International Raceway on June 10, 1962

Fred Lorenzen made only 158 starts during his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career, but the impact he made in the grandstands and on the track was something to behold.

“I can remember being at Bristol and Martinsville, where you’re right next to the race fans,” recalled Waddell Wilson, who built engines for Lorenzen in the mid-sixties at Holman-Moody. “When they’d introduce Fred Lorenzen and Richard Petty, half of the crowd was for one and half of the crowd was for the other. Those were the two drivers that everybody was pulling for, but when they introduced Lorenzen they always called him the Golden Haired Boy from Illinois.”

And while he was a hit with fans, Lorenzen was an even bigger success on the track. He took home $122,587 in 1963 and became the first driver to win more than $100,000 in a season after winning six times and finishing in the top-10 a total of 23 times in 29 starts. Overall, he ended up winning 26 races during a 12-year career – all in Fords – and posted a top-10 finish in 53 percent of the races in which he competed (84-of-158). His career accomplishments were so strong that he was named one of the 50 Greatest Drivers in NASCAR history in 1999.

“Lorenzen was smooth, sort of in the same fashion as David Pearson and Fireball Roberts. He was very consistent, but could be aggressive when he had to be like at Darlington, where he wouldn’t take anything from somebody like Curtis Turner. He gave as good as he got and he beat Turner down there, which started that feud,” said Hall of Fame sports writer Tom Higgins of the Charlotte Observer. “The race I remember Lorenzen winning most, and, to me, it’s still one of the top races I ever saw, was the 1964 National 400 at Charlotte. As the race wound down there were four guys in contention and they were all in Fords – Lorenzen, Curtis Turner, Dick Hutcherson and A.J. Foyt. Lap after lap after lap they ran a Blue Angel formation.

“Foyt and Turner had a little bit of trouble with a lap or two to go and they fell back, but it was incredible. They ran three-wide all the way around that race track for several laps,” continued Higgins. “You couldn’t believe it. Nothing like that had been seen at that time. Of course, Charlotte was only four or five years old, but it was something I’ll never forget.”

Likewise, the list of names entered in the 1962 Atlanta 500 at Atlanta International Raceway reads like a Who’s Who of NASCAR.

Fireball Roberts, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Tiny Lund, Joe Weatherly, Rex White, Ned Jarrett, Cotton Owens, Ralph Earnhardt, Lee Roy Yarbrough and Banjo Matthews were all part of the 46-car field that day, but it was Lorenzen who stole the spotlight in winning his first race of the season.

He led a total of 48 laps that day and had built up a sizeable cushion over Matthews, who was running in second place and the only other car on the lead lap, when rain brought a premature end to the event after 219 of the scheduled 325 laps. The win was the fourth NASCAR Grand National triumph of Lorenzen’s career and the 100th in Ford Racing history.

“Working with him and being with him at test sessions really made me appreciate what kind of person he was, how devoted he was to winning races, and how much he was involved in it because he worked on the race car with us,” said Wilson, who will be inducted into the National Motorsport Press Association Hall of Fame with Higgins and driver Dale Jarrett on Jan. 26 in Concord, NC. “He wasn’t one of those that just came out and drove the car. Fireball didn’t work on his race car. He’d come and hang around at the race track, but he’d never come to the shop. But Lorenzen would be at the shop with us every day and when we’d go test and get through with the test, he’d go around and measure where all the jack screws were himself.

“We’d go have breakfast together and then go to the race track, so when the gate opened, we were in there together,” added Wilson. “One of the things he did was measure his tires at that time and put them in sets. He’s the first person I ever saw do that. He was the first at doing a lot of things, but he expected everybody on that crew to be as devoted as he was. If you got out of line, he would certainly let you know that. But we jelled so much in the way we thought. We had a one track mind like John Holman taught us. The only thing was to win races.”

Lorenzen retired from the sport for good after the 1972 season and returned to his home state, where he built a successful career working in real estate and trading stocks.

“He brought so much clout and style to racing,” said Wilson. “It was just an honor to work with him.”

 

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NASCAR continues to listen and respond to its fans and as a result, they will be the beneficiary of more exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup racing when it comes to Southern California in March.

Changing the mileage from 500 to 400 for Auto Club Speedway’s October event along with double file restarts resulted in an action-packed three hours that media, drivers and fans called “the best race ever at Auto Club Speedway.”  With that feedback, ACS officials announced today that the Auto Club 500 will now be the Auto Club 400.  The race will take place on Sunday, March 27 beginning at noon (PT) on FOX.

October’s “gem” resulted in a Tony Stewart victory by 0.466 seconds over Clint Bowyer – one of the closest races ever recorded at the Southern California facility.  The intense side-by-side racing elicited rave reviews from everyone, including Stewart who said, “The restarts early in the race were out of control.  We were five wide!”

Others agreed with Stewart wholeheartedly:

Motor Racing Network:  “Simply put, Sunday’s race was the best Sprint Cup Series race ever at the two-mile Southern California track.”

Motor Sports Weekly News:  “Fans that stayed home this time or didn’t tune in on TV missed what just might have been the best race this track has ever put on.”

Clint Bowyer:  "They say you're only as good as your last race.  Well, for this place, that was a hell of a race."

“It’s impossible to ignore the on track excitement we experienced at Auto Club Speedway in October, as a result of NASCAR reducing the Chase race from 500 to 400 miles,” said ACS President Gillian Zucker.  “We’re confident the newly remileaged Auto Club 400 will continue the momentum we have been experiencing and that March’s race will be the most exciting ever at Auto Club Speedway.”

In response to the mileage change and the excitement that it likely will produce, Auto Club Speedway is offering several ways to see the 5-wide excitement of NASCAR at Southern California’s premier motorsports facility.

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Brian Vickers returned to his rightful place in the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota on Monday, turning his first laps since blood clots forced him out of the car last May.

Red Bull Racing Team, with Vickers and teammate Kasey Kahne, began a two-day test session at Walt Disney World Speedway.

“Today was just a huge weight off of my shoulders. Not only for myself, but for the guys on the team,” Vickers said. “There were so many rumors, assumptions and speculations about my health and status for 2011, but today hopefully put all of them to rest.”

Vickers started the first 11 races of the 2010 season, but was hospitalized May 12 after experiencing chest pains during a sight-seeing visit to Washington, D.C. Testing revealed blood clots, and he was released and returned to Charlotte, N.C. But the pains resurfaced the next day, and Vickers was admitted to Carolinas Medical Center, where he spent another two days.

During All-Star weekend May 21, Vickers announced he’d miss the remainder of the season while undergoing a lengthy and involved blood-thinning treatment process that made it impossible for him to race for fear that he might be injured in a crash.

In Vickers’ absence, five drivers took turns in the No. 83: Reed Sorenson (13 races), Kahne (five), Casey Mears (four), Mattias Ekstrom (two) and Boris Said (1).

“It felt damn good to get back in the car,” he said. “Everything fit. Everything felt right. Everything was just the way I left it last May. Just to fire the car back up was awesome, and then to punch it for the first time was such a great feeling.”

The Red Bull Toyotas got on the track for about two hours before rain interrupted day one at “the Mickyard” — a uniquely shaped 1-mile triangle that’s most noted for its IndyCar and NASCAR Truck racing in the late 1990s. Monday was the first step for Vickers in the road back to racing. Step two will come Jan. 20-22 when nearly the entire Sprint Cup field unloads at Daytona International Speedway for three days of Daytona 500 testing.

“We are here to get more seat time for me and so I can back in groove with the road crew,” said Vickers, who later treated his team to a streak dinner in Orlando. “I don’t think we are going to learn anything ground-breaking today, but it’s really just a great chance for us all to work together, and the bottom line for me is just to get back in a race car and log some laps.”

Monday also was a big day for Kahne, who underwent surgery on both knees during the off-season. According to his Twitter feed, sounds like everything went well: “Rain stopped us early but still made some laps. Felt great to be back in car. Red Bull cars are real nice!”

 

Red Bull Racing Press Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Drivers in NASCAR's three national series will have to elect a single championship to chase in 2011, eliminating the ability of drivers such as Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Paul Menard -- who were full-time double-dippers in 2010 -- to chase two championships at once.

NASCAR has scheduled a "competition update" on Jan. 21 with NASCAR president Mike Helton and vice president for competition Robin Pemberton as part of the "Preseason Thunder" Sprint Cup test session at Daytona International Speedway. 

NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp declined to comment on the change in 2011 license applications Monday except to say, "I'm sure we can answer all your questions at our competition update."

Changes across the board in NASCAR -- including format changes in the Chase -- have been the subject of racing rumor mills since last fall.

But when Kenny Wallace picked up his 2011 NASCAR competition, membership and license application last Saturday while taking a break from a Grand-Am Rolex Series test at Daytona, he knew at least one rumor was true.

Wallace, who has 843 national series starts between the Cup (344), Nationwide (488) and Truck series (11), stopped on his way to the U.S. Post Office on Monday to tear open his license application and read the news.

"The brand-new license forms that are out, there's a box and in it, it states that you have to mark -- put an X -- what championship you're running for," Wallace said, quoting his application. "A driver will only be permitted to earn driver championship points in one (1) of the following three series: NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Please select the series in which you would like to accumulate driver championship points. Choose one."

That was no choice for Wallace, who is scheduled to do a full Nationwide schedule for owner Robby Benton in 2011.

Jimmie Johnson owns five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and the Harley J. Earl trophy as the 2006 Daytona 500 champion.

One title though is still missing from his resume -- Rolex 24 At Daytona champion.

Johnson, who took part in the second day of testing during the Roar Before the Rolex 24, is hoping to join Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt as the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

For the fourth straight year, he will co-drive the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings entry with Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty in the Rolex 24 on Jan. 29-30, the season-opening event to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

“I’m excited for the race,” Johnson said. “I certainly hope to make three guys that won the 500 that have gone on to win the Rolex 24. We have been awfully close. This year, the team has worked awfully hard again to get us in position and hopefully we learn some more this afternoon and tomorrow and come back buttoned up and ready to go.”

Johnson has experienced his near misses at the Rolex 24 crown. He finished second in 2005 and 2008.

Johnson says he enjoys competing in the prestigious twice-around-the-clock challenge and believes that racing in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series has made him a better driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“I do feel driving this (Daytona Prototype) does help me grow as a driver,” Johnson said. “I think running with Bob (Stallings) and these guys the last few years has made me a better road course racer and I was finally able to get my first road course win out in Sonoma.

“Growing up, I raced all types of vehicles, and in my Cup career, this is the first time that I have been in one vehicle for so long. I like to mix it up and I like to feel different things. The adjustments that are made on these cars are different than a Cup car and I think it opens my mind up to another way of looking at things and maybe where our (NASCAR) cars could end up someday.”

The sports car test session has also given Johnson his first look at the new racing surface of the Daytona International Speedway.

He’ll begin his pursuit of a sixth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title with the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20.

“I think this Daytona 500 will be the best one that we’ve had that I’ve been a part of as driver,” Johnson said. “What is fun about the Daytona 500 (is that) we all look at it as a single event.  With it being our biggest race of the year, a fresh surface, the fact the we can run three wide and I’m sure we will try four wide around here and as smooth as it is, it’s going to be one exciting race. I think everybody is going to get their money’s worth. It’s going to be an awesome show.”

Dempsey geared up for fourth Rolex 24: Actor/racer Patrick Dempsey unveiled a bright yellow Visit Florida on his No. 40 Mazda RX-8 and a special Dempsey Racing ticket package on Saturday. Dempsey is looking to make his fourth Rolex 24 start, co-driving with Joe Foster, Charles Espenlaub and Tom Long.

In last year’s Rolex 24, he finished 13th overall and sixth in the competitive GT class.

“To come back to Daytona is always phenomenal,” Dempsey said. “It’s the greatest race for us. Hopefully we will have a good run this year. You never know what’s going to happen. I love being a part of this series. I love racing with these guys.

“We’ve got really good energy this year. We’re a little more relaxed but yet very focused and very professional.”

Daytona International Speedway and Dempsey Racing have partnered on a unique ticket package that will let fans experience the excitement of Rolex 24 At Daytona while benefiting two important causes.

Available for $59 per ticket, the Dempsey Racing package includes:

n Two-day infield/grandstand admission (Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30)

n Group meet and greet with Dempsey Racing drivers on Saturday morning prior to the start of the Rolex 24

n Dempsey Racing hero card

n Rolex 24 event hat

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit both the Team Seattle Guild and the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.

To purchase tickets for the 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29-30, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

With a strong lineup that features former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, last year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup 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 33rd annual season-opening event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 12 with green flag set for 8:10 p.m. FOX and MRN will broadcast live nationally. It marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event held on the track’s newly repaved surface. Criteria are based upon the following qualifications, with eligibility based on a driver having competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series within the last two seasons:
· The 12 drivers that qualified for the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
· Past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions
· Past Budweiser Shootout champions
· Past Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola champions
· NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year drivers from 2001-2010
“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, NASCAR 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 NASCAR Sprint 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 on Friday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. on the SPEED stage in the Midway, outside Turn 4.
The Budweiser Shootout – a “non-points” event for NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors – was first held in 1979, originally known as the Busch Clash. Kevin Harvick has won the last two events.
Tickets for all 2011 Speedweeks events are now available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Drivers eligible for the 2011 Budweiser Shootout include:
2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers
Jimmie Johnson
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Carl Edwards
Matt Kenseth
Greg Biffle
Tony Stewart
Kyle Busch
Jeff Gordon
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Jeff Burton
Others (criteria in parentheses)
John Andretti (Coke Zero 400)
Geoff Bodine (Daytona 500, Budweiser Shootout)
Kevin Conway (Series rookie of the year)
Derrike Cope (Daytona 500)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Budweiser Shootout)
Bill Elliott (Series champion, Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Budweiser Shootout)
Kasey Kahne (Series rookie of the year)
Bobby Labonte (Series champion)
Terry Labonte (Series champion, Budweiser Shootout)
Joey Logano (Series rookie of the year)
Sterling Marlin (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400)
Mark Martin (Budweiser Shootout)
Jamie McMurray (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Series rookie of the year)
Juan Pablo Montoya (Series rookie of the year)
Ryan Newman (Daytona 500, Series rookie of the year)
Ken Schrader (Budweiser Shootout)
Regan Smith (Series rookie of the year)
Michael Waltrip (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400)

Short Careers, Lasting Legacy is on exhibit through late June in the Great Hall. The exhibition showcases authentic artifacts that tell the story of some of NASCAR’s most memorable personalities. It also recognizes individuals who left the sport in their prime or before they reached their full potential.

Short Careers, Lasting Legacy honors the careers and pays tribute to the legacy of those who left a unique mark on the competition and character of NASCAR. Highlighting the exhibition is Tim Richmond’s  No. 25 Folgers Monte Carlo (1987), Alan Kulwicki’s No. 7 Hooters Thunderbird (1992) and Davey Allison’s No. 28 Texaco Thunderbird. Additional artifacts on display commemorate NASCAR contributors Bondy Long, Carl Kiekhaefer, Adam Petty, Billy and Bobby Myers and others.

 

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