Posted Feb 07, 2007 in Sport.
The very first race of the NASCAR season is a special event for last-year's winners of pole position. It is called the Budweiser Shootout, and it offers an exciting way to be introduced to stock car racing. The pole winners are also joined by past winners of the race, giving an average of around 15 drivers. At 21, this year's field is particularly large.
The race takes place at the famous Daytona International Speedway and consists of 70 laps divided into two segments. There is a short 20-lap segment, a 10-minute intermission, and then a 50-lap segment during which every car must make at least one stop under green flag conditions. The engines are hampered by the presence of a restrictor plate, which forces the drivers to employ drafting techniques (also known as slipstreaming) to keep their speeds up.
The result is a relatively short race with a pack of cars racing at around 180 miles per hour, jostling for position inches from one another. The race is on Saturday night (02/10), with coverage starting at 8:30pm Eastern Standard Time on FOX, and it is broadcast in high definition and surround sound. The time, format, and sheer excitement of this race makes it the perfect introduction to NASCAR.