By admin | September 2, 2008
By Jayson D. Henry
Recently, it was announced that the Budweiser Shootout would be changed in 2009.
The Bud Shootout is an exhibition race held the weekend before the Daytona 500. It is meant to whet the appetite of NASCAR fans who have gone weeks without seeing cars racing around a track.
In past years, the race has been a reward for the previous yearâ€™s pole winners and former winners of the race. Now, the race is going to place emphasis on the auto manufacturers. The top six drivers for each auto brand will represent his manufacturer in the race.
Since the announcement drivers, writers, fans and television personalities have voiced disapproval of the new set up.
Whatâ€™s the big deal?
Itâ€™s only an exhibition. It doesnâ€™t really mean anything.
To me, this format has the potential to create more drama than watching guys who happened to bust off one good lap the year before. During any given year there are always a few guys who surprise everyone with a pole run.
This year has been no different. Joe Nemechek, Paul Menard and Patrick Carpentier have won poles but will not be eligible under the new format. In yearâ€™s past Boris Said, Michael Waltrip and others have made this race.
This new set up will allow for a truer picture of who has what. With the exception of the new Stewart-Haas team, every major team will be in the race.
And more, this new format could add some drama by causing drivers of one manufacturer to work together to insure their brand wins.
Also remember that Budweiser no longer sponsors the pole award. Iâ€™m sure they did not want to be the host sponsor of a race that glorifies winners of an award given out by Coors.
All this fuss over the new Bud Shootout is much ado about nothing.
Jayson D. Henry is a guest blogger for RacingWithRich.com.
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