Budweiser Shootout Tickets
The former Budweiser Shootout, an event that is now known as the Daytona Shootout is an annual invitation-only event that is held at the Daytona International Speedway. Budweiser has announced that they will no longer be sponsoring the event starting in 2013, when the name change will be official. The event is unique in the fact that it is held in February as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series exhibition event, and held usually in the weekend before the Daytona 500. The event marks the first competitive event of the NASCAR season and is one of the biggest events for fans of the sport. This race acts as a kickoff for the NASCAR portion of Speedweeks and is a popular event for fans to attend.
During the event, fans can see twelve drivers from the previous season’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, former event winners and other big names come together. Only 28 cars can enter the field, instead of the standard 43, and drivers must be given an invitation to the event in order to participate. Unlike most events, where time trials are used to determine starting positions, names are drawn out of a hat, adding to the unique atmosphere of the competition.
The event features two different segments. Although it was once a short sprint, there is now an opening 25-lap segment, followed by a 50-lap race or sprint at the end. The race was designed in this manner as a way to entertain fans and to provide an environment where racers can use an all-out less controlled form of driving that is typically not seen in regular races. The event is set up to be a type of all-star event to start the leg of the season off, and winners in the event are given no points towards their championship and instead given a large purse for their winnings.
The shootout event is a popular event for fans of the sport to attend to see their favorite drivers in an unique setting and to interact with some of the top names in the industry. For those who are a fan of the sport and of the top names in NASCAR, this is one of the biggest events of the year.