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.