Budweiser Shootout revamped, eligible drivers announced
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.