Possible Entry List for revamped Budweiser Shootout announced

Budweiser Shootout revamped, eligible drivers announced

12/26/09 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11775 respect

NASCAR has announced a few changes to the Budweiser Shootout to be run February 6th.  Once upon a time, the pole awards for every races was sponsored by Budweiser, and for the following Bud Shootout, all of the past winners of a pole at a race qualified to run in the Bud Shootout.  Additionally, past winners of the race were also eligible to compete.  When Coors took over sponsoring the Pole Award for each individual race, awarding a postiion in the "Budweiser" shootout just didn't make sense.  Why would Budweiser reward a Coors Beer award winner?

The parameters for the race were changed, and the top four finishers in the season for each manufacturer were last year's competitors.

However, the elibility factors have been adjusted again, and they actually make some sense!  For 2010, the following drivers will compete:

The twelve 2009 Chase qualifiers
2009 Rookie of the Year
Past Points race winners at Daytona (Feburary and July races)
Past Bud Shootout winners
Past Cup Champions

I say this makes sense, because I believe it will make for some great racing at Daytona, as well as showcasing some excellent drivers from the present as well as some legends of the past, such as Bill Elliott.   If every active driver eligible for the race shows up, there will be 28 drivers in the field, a perfect number for the Bud shootout.

The withdrawals are really starting to get annoying, but there is just over a month to go until the Shootout, and with the entrants eligible, it will be a race worth watching.
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12/30/09   |   Debi_L   |   11775 respect

LoriDbl18fan wrote:
Maybe I didn't explain the way I seen it very clearly because my point wasn't selling tickets, but the total downfall of the sport by focusing on the big names and taking away from those who have earned it.  Think about the sponsors and how they got screwed on this deal.  How many have we lost lately?  This is an example of what we are showing to them... that unless they're with a big name, they're not that important.  Take Ambrose for example... he earned the right to be there and that was great for him and his sponsor, but now the greed of Brian (aimed to raise the ticket sales by pleasing the fans) have taken that away from them.  It shows the sponsors that they're not that important to NASCAR, just the fans.  If that's the way it's going to be run, then as I said we might as well just have the big names running all the races because they're the only ones that matter to almost everyone.  I personally don't want to see more sponsors leave and less cars on the track, but that's the direction this kind of view is taking.  Either earn your right to be there or deal with it and work harder the next year, no matter who you are.

Then i sincerely hope Marcos IS in the Bud Shootout next year, because I am a fan of his!!

  I understand better what you are saying, thank you for clarifying.  I think the "sport" as a whole is suffering, and I wish it wasn't necessary to pick and choose who races and who doesn't.  You are completely correct, and last year's changing of the format set a precedent.  Now that France has done it once and now done it again, I think, unfortunately, he will continue to change to format to suit who HE wants in the race.  Sad.

12/30/09   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

Debi_L wrote:
All of those "lesser name" drivers will have their opportunities to better themselves as drivers and become the drivers people will want to come and see race.  They are making progress, I believe, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see David Ragan and Sam Hornish in that elite class this time next year, along with a few others.  I dont' think NASCAR is counting them out, rather making sure they continue to have fans attending events at the track.  All the empty seats at some of the normal big draw tracks made it evident, to me anyway, that NASCAR has to do whatever they can to ensure they have the seats filled.

Maybe I didn't explain the way I seen it very clearly because my point wasn't selling tickets, but the total downfall of the sport by focusing on the big names and taking away from those who have earned it.  Think about the sponsors and how they got screwed on this deal.  How many have we lost lately?  This is an example of what we are showing to them... that unless they're with a big name, they're not that important.  Take Ambrose for example... he earned the right to be there and that was great for him and his sponsor, but now the greed of Brian (aimed to raise the ticket sales by pleasing the fans) have taken that away from them.  It shows the sponsors that they're not that important to NASCAR, just the fans.  If that's the way it's going to be run, then as I said we might as well just have the big names running all the races because they're the only ones that matter to almost everyone.  I personally don't want to see more sponsors leave and less cars on the track, but that's the direction this kind of view is taking.  Either earn your right to be there or deal with it and work harder the next year, no matter who you are.

12/30/09   |   Debi_L   |   11775 respect

wrote:
You comments are right on Deb. I was just trying to say there are a plethora of things, I wasn't disputing your observation. To start with the Shootout is a joke. They are just jumping on the Money Train, not trying to improve the Race. That Briance France needs a good ass kickin.

Oh, I understand.  I guess I'm just saying that not being at the track, I have a different perspective.  It's hard to remember that I am making "judgments" based on what I DO see, but I should probably leave those observations to you guys who attend regularly. Us TV viewers see exacdtly waht the Networks (and Brian France) want us to see - likely a skewed view.

12/29/09   |   Debi_L   |   11775 respect

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From a FAN who has been to about 25 Events/Races in the Last 2 years, they have to do a hell of alot more than to change the Shootout.

My bad.  You'e right, I haven't been to a race.  I'm basing my comments on what I've seen on TV.  I didn't mean to imply that this  was "the fix", rather that it might be a start.

12/29/09   |   Debi_L   |   11775 respect

LoriDbl18fan wrote:
I still don't like this rule change.  Those lesser names that no one cares about being there earned the right to be there last season and to have it taken away for the bigger names is totally unfair to them.  We already have issues with sponsors and this only goes to prove to them that it's not worth their time because the bigger base of NASCAR fans are blinded by anything other than the big names.  If that's how almost everyone wants to feel about it, then maybe we should only have races with a those few names and not worry about developing new drivers or giving them a chance to get there.  And before anyone says I feel that way because Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon were in either way... I could care less if they'd had bad years and missed it because the ones that earned it should be the ones there, no matter who they are.

All of those "lesser name" drivers will have their opportunities to better themselves as drivers and become the drivers people will want to come and see race.  They are making progress, I believe, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see David Ragan and Sam Hornish in that elite class this time next year, along with a few others.  I dont' think NASCAR is counting them out, rather making sure they continue to have fans attending events at the track.  All the empty seats at some of the normal big draw tracks made it evident, to me anyway, that NASCAR has to do whatever they can to ensure they have the seats filled.

12/29/09   |   LoriDbl18fan   |   138 respect

I still don't like this rule change.  Those lesser names that no one cares about being there earned the right to be there last season and to have it taken away for the bigger names is totally unfair to them.  We already have issues with sponsors and this only goes to prove to them that it's not worth their time because the bigger base of NASCAR fans are blinded by anything other than the big names.  If that's how almost everyone wants to feel about it, then maybe we should only have races with a those few names and not worry about developing new drivers or giving them a chance to get there.  And before anyone says I feel that way because Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon were in either way... I could care less if they'd had bad years and missed it because the ones that earned it should be the ones there, no matter who they are.

12/27/09   |   Debi_L   |   11775 respect

I think NASCAR had to change the rule, to bring the fans in.  If they had stayed with the qualifying from last year, yes, there would be a representation of the manufacturers as mentioned above, but would anyone really come to see David Ragan, Paul Menard and Sam Hornish run at Daytona?  Especially given the prices of tickets, those drivers are not the big draw.  Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr ARE the names that will bring fans to the track for a preliminary non-points race, and they will bring fans to the TV's.  I agree with Andi - they got this one right.

12/27/09   |   NS2593   |   16 respect

NASCAR made this move to make sure their popular drivers were in this race. Under the old rule, Dale Jr., Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, and others would be out. The drivers who would have been in the race under the old rules would have been several lesser known drivers like David Ragan, Paul Menard, and Sam Hornish. The new format gives Chevy more cars than in the field with 11 and possibily more depending on what cars several eligible driver without rides would run. The rule change hurts Ford and Dodge, now there are 5 Fords (if Bill Elliott runs the #21) and Kurt Busch being the only Dodge as of now. I'm basing my count on drivers who are going to run the race since drivers Geoff Bodine, Terry Labonte, Derrike Cope, Ken Schrader, and Sterling Marlin are eligible but don't have known rides for the race.