Daytona Shootout Entries for 2013

2013 Shootout – February 16 on FOX

3-Time Sprint Cup Champion
Tony Stewart

73 days until the Daytona Shootout! But hours after  the checkered flag dropped on the 2012 running of the Daytona  Shootout,  NASCAR announced new eligibility standards for the 2013 race. Back in February 2012  posted details about the changes on The New Eligibility Rules.

The biggest change the rules put on the 2013 running is the return to pole winners and previous Shootout winners only. While many applaud this return to the old school, it means the current Cup Champion is not eligible to participate. Many Brad Keselowski fans are upset about that. But this isn’t the first time the Cup Champion hasn’t participated in the shoot out. The last time that happened was 2004 when 2003 Cup Champion Matt Kenseth was excluded from the shootout race.

That’s not the only change people are talking about. It doesn’t seem right not to call the shootout by it’s old familiar title “The Budweiser Shootout”. But Budweiser no longer sponsors the shootout. They do sponsor the Duels which will be held February 21, 2013 on Speed.

The 2013 Shootout Entries.

22 Drivers are eligible to participate in the 2013 Daytona  Shootout.
As of February 12th, 2013; 19 Drivers have signed up to race the renamed Sprint Unlimited race. For us however, it will always be the Shootout!

Drivers Who Won 2012 poles:

  1. AJ Allmendinger
  2. Aric Almirola
  3. Marcos Ambrose
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  7. Carl Edwards

    1988 Winston Cup Champion
    Bill Elliott

  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Jimmy Johnson
  11. Kasey Kahne
  12. Matt Kenseth
  13. Joey Logano
  14. Mark Maritn
  15. Juan Pablo Montoya
  16. Tony Stewart
  17. Martin Truex

Past Shootout winners:

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Bill Elliott
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Terry Labonte
  5. Ken Schrader

Entries for the February 2013 Sprint Unlimited
As of Feb. 12, 2013

  1. Aric Almirola
  2. Marcos Ambrose
  3. Greg Biffle
  4. Kurt Busch
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Jeff Gordon
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Jimmie Johnson
  12. Kasey Kahne
  13. Matt Kenseth
  14. Joey Logano
  15. Mark Martin
  16. Juan Pablo Montoya
  17. Ken Schrader
  18. Tony Stewart
  19. Martin Truex Jr.

Check out the entire 2013 Sprint Cup Schedule. And if you feel like you’ve missed some news during these winter months, check out the list of news stories at SBNation: Nascar’s Silly Season.

And check out Jeff Owens article on Sporting News: “Why NASCAR’s top drivers are underpaid“. Pretty amazing when you consider the risk of death race drivers face, compared to other sports. For instance since 1960 3 NFL players have died on the field as the result of injury. Since 1900 2 MLB players have been killed, both in the early 1900 and both were hit by a pitch before batter helmets were implemented. Zero (0) NBA players have died on the court in the past 100 years. But there have been so many race car driver deaths, that Wikipedia (where I found this information) had to create a separate page to list them all. Driver deaths in motorsport.

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