DAYTONA BEACH FL - FEBRUARY 11: Kasey Kahne driver of the #4 Red Bull Toyota drives during practice for the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 11 2011 in Daytona Beach Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Bud Shootout 2011 Starting Grid: Kasey Kahne Starts Fifth In Saturday's NASCAR Opener

NASCAR returns on Saturday night with the Bud Shootout at Daytona. Enumclaw's Kasey Kahne will start in the fifth position at the invitation-only race.

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2011 Bud Shootout Results: Kurt Busch Wins After Denny Hamlin's Illegal Pass

Though the Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway may have ushered in a form of racing considered boring, the finish was far from it. The race was dominated by two-car drafts, with drivers pairing up to work their way to the front. After crashes decimated almost half the field — Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards — just a handful of drivers were left to battle it out in a sprint to the finish. And battle it out they did, with Kurt Busch edging Jamie McMurray and Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin, however, was black flagged for his pass just ahead of the finish line after dipping below the yellow line to edge Busch. In the end, it was Busch by a nose, with Hamlin officially finishing 12th, at the back of the pack on the lead lap. Enumclaw’s Kasey Kahne finished dead-last after blowing an engine just a few laps into the race.

But the topic of discussion will be the style of racing as the two-car draft was prevalent throughout the Bud Shootout. Instead of the typical large-pack at Daytona, teams, and drivers, paired-off, racing in tandem for all 75 laps. The cars were pushed to the limit, topping out at 206 miles at the revs held at the red line for much of the race. It left many even more disinterested in the race, with only the frenetic finish and wreck after the break capturing attention.

For more on the race, check out Jeff Gluck’s Bud Shootout StoryStream at SB Nation.


Bud Shootout 2011: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Others Crash After The Break

After 25 wreck-free laps, Daytona International Speedway saw its first crash of the year during the Bud Shootout. On lap 29, Regan Smith bumped Carl Edwards who then got into Dale Earnhardt Jr., sending cars flying and taking out what appeared to be another five or six cars. Joey Lagano, Juan Pablo Montoya and others were powerless to avoid the carnages, with multiple cars taking heavy damage from the crash. For all intents and purposes, this was the big one of the Bud Shootout.

The second half started with Kyle Busch taking the lead, surging to the front with the bump draft. Earnhardt Jr. lost his draft just before the crash and appeared to be working back into it when he and Edwards collided. At over 200 miles per hour, there was little either driver, or those caught behind them in the wreck, could do to avoid it, with no escape to be found.

The Bud Shootout is under caution now, with Ryan Newman in the front. Jeff Burton, currently in third, has still led the most laps with 14, most of which came during the first half. Burton also led at the 10-minute intermission. Tony Stewart is in second and was just behind Newman when caution came out.

For more on the race, check out the Bud Shootout live-chat at SB Nation.


Bud Shootout 2011: Jeff Burton Leads At The Break, Kasey Kahne In The Garage

The first 25 laps at the Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway are in the books, with drivers taking a 10 minute intermission as customary with the event. Jeff Burton led the most laps in the first half, with 12, and has the lead at the break, as well. Kevin Harvick is in second-place, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. lurking close-behind in third. Kasey Kahne had engine trouble early in the race and headed to the garage after a brief stint in the pits.

It’s an odd sight at Dayton with drivers pairing up in the draft. Instead of a large pack, we’re seeing 10 pairs of two cruising around the track, a product of the restrictor plates and aerodynamics of the car. While the bump drafting may not be as exciting as the big pack, the amount of driving skill on display is interesting to see, with drivers using precision technique to stay in the draft. The result has been speeds regularly in excess of 200 miles per hour, topping out at 206 in the first 25 laps.

Drivers are in a 10-minute intermission before heading back onto the track for the final 50 laps at Daytona. For more on the race, check out SB Nation’s Bud Shootout StoryStream and live-chat.


Bud Shootout 2011: Kasey Kahne Out After Seven Laps At Daytona

Kasey Kahne's Bud Shootout experience didn't last long as his Red Bull Toyota Camry apparently blew an engine during the seventh lap at Daytona International Speedway. Kahne started strong, moving all the way up to third in the early going, but car trouble sent him the pits before the race even hit intermission. Kahne entered the pits, had the hood up on his car and was finally towed into the garage, ending his day at the shootout.

The actions been fast at Daytona, with drivers hooking up in two-car packs, as expected. The two-car hookups are a drafting technique with drivers using it to push each other along, moving up as they do. It led to an odd sight from the start as cars paired off and went to work in an effort to stay with the pack and crawl to the front. SB Nation detailed the technique on Friday in an interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr

After 14 laps, Jeff Burton is in front, with much of the pack within three seconds. For more on the race, check out SB Nation's Bud Shootout StoryStream.


Bud Shootout 2011: Time, Drivers, TV Information And More

On Saturday night, many of NASCAR’s elite hit the track at Daytona Motor Speedway for the Bud Shootout, an all-star race of sorts featuring some of the best and brightest drivers. The shootout serves as the first major event in Daytona’s Speedweeks, ending with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20. Along the way, Daytona will host a variety of different events, including practices, qualifying (done by way of the Gatorade Duels), a Nationwide Series race, a truck series race and the Daytona 500 itself.

Here’s the basic information for Saturday’s event, set to kick off in the evening during prime time.

Location: Daytona Motor Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, otherwise known as the mecca of stock car racing.

Time: 5 p.m. PST. It’s a night race under the lights at Daytona, adding to the intrigue and show of it all.

TV Information: FOX has the broadcast, which can be seen locally here in Seattle on channel 13.

Drivers: The full list of drivers can be found here. The starting grid, determined by a drawing on Friday night, can be found here. Enumclaw’s Kasey Kahne is in the field, starting fifth in Saturday night’s race.

Format: The Bud Shootout is also unique in that it’s not your standard continuous race. Drivers race the first 25 laps before an intermission, which lasts 10 minutes. Then, the drivers race the final 50 laps in an all-out sprint to the finish.

It all gets underway at 5 p.m. on FOX as some of NASCAR’s best battle it out in an exciting format. For more on the races, check out SB Nation’s 2011 Bud Shootout StoryStream.


Bud Shootout 2011 Starting Grid: Kasey Kahne Starts Fifth In Saturday's NASCAR Opener

NASCAR returns to the track on Saturday with the Bud Shootout, the first race in Daytona's Speedweeks, culminating with the Daytona 500 next Saturday. The shootout is made up of a wide variety of drivers, with eligibility limited to: those that participate in the 2010 Chase, won a Sprint Cup title, won a previous Bud Shootout, won any points at Daytona or secure Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year honors. Put it all together and you've got 24 drivers, all assembled for a 75-lap shootout on Friday night.

Among the drivers involved is Enumclaw's Kasey Kahne, a Sprint Cup driver in the #4 Red Bull Toyota Camry. In 2011, Kahne's looking for a fresh start following offseason knee surgery and a change of scenery. After his partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports ended in 2010, he joined the Red Bull team as a stop-gap ahead of hooking up with Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. On Saturday, Kahne will start fifth in the Bud Shootout, driving that Red Bull Camry.

The full starting grid for the Bud Shootout was determined in a unique way -- not with the typical qualifying speeds you see at NASCAR races. Instead, drivers took to the stage on Friday night and drew Budwesier bottles, each of which had a starting position inside it. Dale Earnhardt Jr. drew the pole bottle, to the delight of nearby fans watching the show. The full lineup for the race can be found here.

For more on the race, including everything you'll ever need to know about Daytona and the shootout, check out SB Nation's StoryStream.

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