Bodine lucks into pole position

Geoffrey Bodine has claimed the pole position for Saturday's Budweiser Shoot-out, despite not having a full-time Winston Cup ride. The driver claimed the pole after a random lottery machine determined the starting positions for the 19-car grid

Bodine lucks into pole position

Bodine qualified for the non-championship pre-season event by virtue of having won the race back in 1992. All previous shoot-out winners, alongside all 2002 pole winners, are automatically eligible for the 70-lap sprint.

However, Bodine has not has a full-time Winston Cup drive since 1999, and has only made irregular appearances since then. His drive in the race comes courtesy of his brother Brett, who offered to run his elder sibling in his Ford Taurus.

"This is what I call brotherly love and I'm happy to be able to help Brett out," said Geoffrey Bodine. "It's a tune up for Brett to get ready for the 125s [Daytona 500 qualifying races] and the Daytona 500."

Jimmie Johnson will start second on the grid, with Kurt Busch third. Reigning Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart, who has won the last two Budweiser Shootouts, will start from 12th position.

Out of luck in the lottery was Dale Earnhardt Jr, who will start from the back of the grid. "Can't get any worse, I guess," he said. "That will be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to it. I'll probably get my game face on during that break."

Geoffrey Bodine
Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch
Ricky Rudd
Matt Kenseth
Ricky Craven
Dale Jarrett
Todd Bodine
Mark Martin
Ward Burton
Ken Schrader
Tony Stewart
Bill Elliott
Rusty Wallace
Ryan Newman
Kevin Harvick
Terry Labonte
Jeff Gordon
Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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