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2013 Shootout Rules Revealed

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, February 19 2012

Poles will mean plenty when it comes to next year's Bud Shootout. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Brian Laawdermilk)

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NASCAR on Sunday released eligibility requirements for the 2013 Shootout at Daytona.

Next season’s field will consist of 2012 pole winners and past Shootout winners who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.

Eligibility rules for next season’s annual non-points race mirror those from 1979-2008, and puts greater emphasis on each weekend’s pole qualifying session.

“Fans have expressed their desire to see this event return to its original eligibility rules,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We 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.”

Saturday night, Kyle Busch won his first Shootout at Daytona, locking up a spot in next year’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 – the closest in Shootout history.

Last season, 18 different drivers won a pole in the Sprint Cup Series.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, February 19 2012
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