Bud Shoot-out given a new look

The Budweiser Shoot-out, the all-star traditional NASCAR Winston Cup curtain raiser in February, will have a new look for 2001

Bud Shoot-out given a new look

The event was formerly run over just 25 laps, including an unnecessary pit stop, but will now run to a more meaty 70-lap format, which should take about an hour to complete. The field will be opened up to include past Busch Clash and Bud Shout-out champions, as well as pole winners from the 2000 season.

The line up for the race on Feburary 11 will include Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jnr, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, reigning Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemecek, Steve Park, Ricky Rudd, Mike Skinner, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace - who all scored poles during this season.

Former past champions of the Busch Clash and Bud Shout-out who are also now eligible to compete are Geoffrey Bodine, Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliot, Mark Martin and Ken Schrader.

One lucky driver from those who were fastest in second-round qualifying from the 2000 season will also be selected at random. The race takes place a week before the Winston Cup's showpiece event, the Daytona 500.

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