2012 Budweiser Shootout

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2012 Budweiser Shootout
Race details[1][2]
Race 1 of 2 Exhibition Races in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.jpg
Date February 18, 2012 (2012-02-18)
Location Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 82 laps, 205 mi (329.915 km)
Pole position
Driver Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing
Most laps led
Driver Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 17
Winner
No. 18
Kyle Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Darrell Waltrip

The 2012 Budweiser Shootout was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on February 18, 2012 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 75 laps, it was the first exhibition race of the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season. The race was won by Kyle Busch for the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Tony Stewart finished second, and Marcos Ambrose clinched third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Daytona International Speedway, where the race was held.

Daytona International Speedway is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the others being Michigan International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway.[3] The standard track at Daytona International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long.[4] The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees.[4]

A total of thirty-three drivers are eligible to compete in the race, including the first 25 positions in the 2011 Drivers' championship standings and the winners of the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400.[5] The race will be 75 laps long, with two segments of 25 and 50 laps. In between the segments there will be a pit stop that lasting ten minutes. During the pit stop, teams are able to change tires, add fuel, and make normal chassis adjustments, but they are not be allowed to change springs, shock absorbers or rear-ends. Also, all the work can done in either the garage or on pit road. The caution laps, as well as the green flag laps will be scored in the race.[5][6] Unlike other races, the qualifying grid will be determined by a blind draw.[6] Kurt Busch is the defending race winner.[7]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Two practice sessions were held before the race, which was on Friday afternoon. The first session lasted 45 minutes, while the second was scheduled for 60 minutes, but was shortened to 10 minutes because of rain.[8][9] Matt Kenseth was quickest with a time of 44.607 seconds in the first session, only five thousandths of a second faster than Jeff Burton. David Ragan with a quickest time of 44.966 seconds was third, ahead of Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, and Denny Hamlin. Brad Keselowski was seventh, still within a second of Kenseth's time.[10] Near the end of the session, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch collided, starting an accident that included three other cars.[9] In the second and final practice session, McMurray was quickest with a fastest time of 45.524 seconds. Juan Pablo Montoya followed in second, ahead of Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne. Marcos Ambrose was fifth quickest, with a time of 46.037. Hamlin, Michael Waltrip, Joey Logano, Kenseth, and Carl Edwards rounded out to the first ten positions.[11]

For qualifying, the 25 drivers that appeared to race, chose their starting positions by a draw. Martin Truex, Jr. chose the pole position, ahead of Kyle Busch, Keselowski, McMurray, and Ragan who rounded out the first five positions. Kurt Busch chose sixth place, while Biffle chose seventh, ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and A. J. Allmendinger in eighth and ninth. Logano, Edwards, Burton, Newman, and Jeff Gordon chose the next five positions. Tony Stewart, who chose fifthteenth, was followed by Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, Kahne, and Waltrip in the first 20 positions. Ambrose, Kevin Harvick, Kenseth, Paul Menard, and Montoya chose the last four positions in the race.[2][12][13]


Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Grid
1 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 1
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 221
3 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 231
4 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2
5 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 3
6 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 241
7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 5
8 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
9 22 A. J. Allmendinger Penske Racing Dodge 251
10 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
11 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 7
12 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 8
13 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 9
14 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10
15 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 11
16 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 12
17 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 13
18 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 14
19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15
20 55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 16
21 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 17
22 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 18
23 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19
24 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 20
25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21
Source:[2][12]
1 Car moved to the back of the grid for going to a backup car.

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led
1 2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 82 3
2 15 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 82 7
3 21 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 82 1
4 3 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 82 0
5 16 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 82 0
6 7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 82 17
7 13 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 82 0
8 17 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 82 0
9 11 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 82 0
10 25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 82 1
11 12 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 81 0
12 9 22 A. J. Allmendinger Penske Racing Dodge 80 1
13 19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 79 0
14 18 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 74 2
15 14 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 73 16
16 4 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 73 11
17 6 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 73 0
18 10 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 54 1
19 1 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 54 7
20 8 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 54 12
21 23 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 54 0
22 22 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 54 4
23 24 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 8 0
24 5 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 8 0
25 20 55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 8 0
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References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Jenson, Tom (February 17, 2012). "CUP: Truex Grabs Bud Shootout Pole". Speedtv.com. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "NASCAR Tracks — The Daytona International Speedway". www.speedway-guide.com. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Lineup announced for 2012 Shootout at Daytona". NASCAR. December 14, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Field of eligible drivers announced". Fox Sports. December 14, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "2011 Budweiser Shootout". Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jayski's® NASCAR Silly Season Site – 2012 Budweiser Shootout". Jayski.com. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Rodman, Dave (February 18, 2012). "Shootout practice could be ominous warning". NASCAR. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Practice One Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Practice Two Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Budweiser Shootout Race Lineup". NASCAR. February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Truex draws Shootout pole". inRacingNews.com. February 18, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2012.