Budweiser Shootout field set to go tonight

It's finally here. NASCAR fans will be glued to their TV's tonight as 19 drivers go at it during the Bud Shootout starting at 7:30 pm EDT. What's so special about this race? Its not about the points. Its has a unique style and it's the "Best of The Best" The winner of the race will collect $210,000 from a total purse of $1.066 million.

The starting field was determined by a drawing Friday night after practice. Jeremy Mayfield was the lucky one who will start on the pole out of the 19 cars. Mayfield, who drives the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/NHL All-Star Game Dodge for team owner Ray Evernham, pulled a Budweiser beer bottle bearing the No. 1 for the honor. 


Jeff Gordon will start 2nd along side Mayfield. "Honest to God, I don't think I've ever started better than 18th -- I hope this doesn't mean I go straight to the back," said Gordon, a two-time Shootout winner. "If Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. wants to draw fourth and push me to the front, I won't argue."


Not so lucky on the draw is Dale Earnhardt Jr. He pulled out the number 19 Budweiser beer bottle meaning he will start dead last in the 19 car field.


Newman, who won the 2003 seasonal Bud Pole Award with 11 pole positions, will start 16th in his No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge.


Terry Labonte, a two-time NASCAR champion, says anything can happen Saturday.


Several teams had parts confiscated by NASCAR inspectors.


Several Nextel Cup teams had to make alterations to their Daytona 500 cars following Friday's inspections. And several teams had parts confiscated by NASCAR inspectors.

The Chevrolets of Michael Waltrip and Terry Labonte were among those requiring the most additional work before they were approved. The Chevrolet of Jeff Gordon was the first car to receive its sticker indicating it passed inspection.


Among the parts confiscated by NASCAR: the rear deck lid from Jeremy Mayfield's Dodge; right-side floor pans from Jimmy Spencer's Dodge; braces from Labonte's Chevrolet; and the rear bumper support from the Ford of Kurt Busch.





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