2011 Budweiser Shootout / NASCAR Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- (Terry Blount)
Pair up and take your chances.
In more than half a century of racing on this historic track, no one had
ever seen anything like the Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night.
It was a shocker from start to finish, including Kurt Busch winning the
all-star race as the second driver to cross the final line. Denny Hamlin
was first, but he went below the yellow line to pass Ryan Newman. That's a
Busch was third as he came off Turn 4 on the final lap, but push-partner
Jamie McMurray got Busch the victory going to the outside line at the end.
"It's great to win here no matter what kind of race it is," Busch said.
"Thanks to my motor department, Jamie McMurray. This is a whole new game at
Instead of the usual restrictor-plate pack racing, this was two-pack
You've heard of pairs skating. This was pairs racing -- two-by-two-by-two
was the way to zoom to the front -- and it happened faster than in any race in the 23-year
history of the restrictor-plate era.
We're talking more than 206 mph on some laps, a double-up danger of speed
new to everyone involved.