By admin | February 19, 2012
2012 Pole Winners, Past Event Winners Will Make Field
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2012) â€“ NASCAR today released the eligibility requirements for the 2013 Shootout at Daytona, an announcement that signals a return to the fan-favorite preseason eventâ€™s roots.
Next seasonâ€™s field will consist of 2012 Coors Light Pole winners and past Shootout winners who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.
Eligibility rules for next seasonâ€™s annual non-points race mirror those from 1979-2008, and puts greater emphasis on each weekendâ€™s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying session.
â€œFans have expressed their desire to see this event return to its original eligibility rules,â€ said Steve Oâ€™Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. â€œWe listened and decided it would be best to return to the eligibility rules of years past adding further meaning to pole qualifying for each NASCAR Sprint Cup race.â€
This announcement comes prior to 2012â€™s first qualifying session, adding intrigue to an already important event. Todayâ€™s fastest qualifier, in addition to winning the pole for next Sundayâ€™s 54th Annual Daytona 500 (Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. on FOX), will also earn a spot in next yearâ€™s Shootout. Two Daytona 500 starting positions will be locked in after todayâ€™s qualifying session. The fastest two cars in qualifying will sit on the front row for The Great American Race.
Last night, Kyle Busch won his first Shootout at Daytona, locking up a spot in next yearâ€™s field. Busch passed defending series champion Tony Stewart in the tri-oval, edging the three-time titlist by a margin of victory of .013 seconds â€“ the closest in Shootout history.
Last season, 18 different drivers won a pole.
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