Budweiser Shootout 2012: Kasey Kahne Gets Back To Work In NASCAR Season Opener

MARTINSVILLE VA - OCTOBER 22: Kasey Kahne driver of the #83 Red Bull Toyota speaks to the media prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 22 2010 in Martinsville Virginia. Kasey Kahne will finish this season driving for Red Bull Racing. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The Budweiser Shootout takes place on Saturday evening to kick off the 2012 NASCAR season. Kasey Kahne is hoping for big things on Daytona 500 Qualifying weekend.

The NASCAR season is getting ready to kick off once again, as the 2012 Daytona 500 is just over a week away. Sunday will see the Qualifiers take place for the first race on the road to the Sprint Cup, but the annual Budweiser Shootout will take place on Saturday night for no points, but the first bragging rights and first real chance to cheer of the new year.

Enumclaw, Washington's own Kasey Kahne will be participating in the Shootout on Saturday night and is certainly hungry to improve upon his finish in the 2011 Sprint Cup standings, where he clocked in at No. 14 when all was said and done. Kahne has never won the Daytona 500, so it would definitely get his season off to a terrific start with a win next Sunday. At last year's Daytona, Kahne qualified for the No. 11 grid, but finished in 25th place.

The race begins at 5:29 p.m. PT and will be broadcast nationally on FOX.

Here's how the Bud Shootout starting lineup will shape up tonight, courtesy of Jeff Gluck at SB Nation.

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Jamie McMurray
  3. David Ragan
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Carl Edwards
  8. Jeff Burton
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Jeff Gordon
  11. Tony Stewart
  12. Denny Hamlin
  13. Clint Bowyer
  14. Jimmie Johnson
  15. Kasey Kahne
  16. Michael Waltrip
  17. Marcos Ambrose
  18. Kevin Harvick
  19. Matt Kenseth
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Juan Pablo Montoya
  22. Kyle Busch
  23. Brad Keselowski
  24. Kurt Busch
  25. AJ Allmendinger

For full updates and information on the Budweiser Shootout and the 2012 Daytona 500, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NASCAR hub.

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