Rookie winners added to Shootout

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup rookies of the year have now been made eligible to contest this year's pre-season Budweiser Shootout at Daytona

Rookie winners added to Shootout

Kasey Kahne, Juan Pablo Montoya, Regan Smith and Joey Logano will join the field for the 2011 event under a new selection criteria that makes drivers who won the rookie title between 2001 and 2010 eligible. Until last year only the best rookie from the previous season was allowed to enter the non-points race.

Thirty drivers will therefore be able to make the field for the 12 February event, including the 12 who made the Chase in 2010, led by reigning champion Jimmie Johnson, former winners of points races at Daytona, past Cup champions and previous winners of the Shootout.

The event will again consist of 75 laps split into two segments, the first of 25 laps and the second of 50. It will be the first NASCAR race held on the new Daytona surface, which is expected to create more Talladega-style action given the increased grip of the brand new asphalt.

2010 title contender Kevin Harvick, the most successful at restrictor plate races last year, has won the event for the past two years.

2011 Budweiser Shootout eligible drivers Driver Main eligibility Jimmie Johnson 2010 Chase contender Denny Hamlin 2010 Chase contender Kevin Harvick 2010 Chase contender Carl Edwards 2010 Chase contender Matt Kenseth 2010 Chase contender Greg Biffle 2010 Chase contender Tony Stewart 2010 Chase contender Kyle Busch 2010 Chase contender Jeff Gordon 2010 Chase contender Clint Bowyer 2010 Chase contender Kurt Busch 2010 Chase contender Jeff Burton 2010 Chase contender John Andretti Daytona points race winner (1997) Geoff Bodine 1986 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Conway 2010 rookie of the year Derrike Cope 1990 Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr 2004 Daytona 500 winner Bill Elliott 1985, '87 Daytona 500 winner Kasey Kahne 2004 rookie of the year Bobby Labonte 2000 series champion Terry Labonte 1984, '96 series champion Joey Logano 2009 rookie of the year Sterling Marlin 1994, '95 Daytona 500 winner Mark Martin 1999 Shootout winner Jamie McMurray 2010 Daytona 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya 2007 rookie of the year Ryan Newman 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ken Schrader 1989, '90 Shootout winner Regan Smith 2008 rookie of the year Michael Waltrip 2001, '03 Daytona 500 winner 
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