NASCAR & Auto Racing

Race Day at Daytona

A little more to consider while waiting for Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout to get rolling at Daytona International Speedway:

Observations from the Track

 Jason Dalrymple works in the fabrication shop at Hendrick Motorsports and also is catch can man on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew after having that job on Kyle Busch's team last year. His mom, Harriet, insists that Jason continue going on the road despite the fact his father, Steve, is battling cancer. "His dad looks for him on TV every weekend," Harriet said.

Steve suffered a broken hip on Jan. 14 and his doctors discovered he had bone cancer on top of several other cancers he's been fighting for two years. "When the news spread at HMS, we began to get visits from crew members, members of the fab shop and so on," Harriet said. "These special people came and built a ramp, bought an electric wheelchair, and stopped by for moral support. Rick (Hendrick) has called almost every day to check on my husband. When he says his organization is a family, he means it, and it's true."

 The car sponsored by Boudreaux's Butt Paste failed to make the field for Saturday's Automobile Racing Club of America race. Happily, however, the one sponsored by Anti Monkey Butt Powder did get in on a provisional.

 Ashley Judd was spotted in the Sprint Cup garage Friday. Not by me, though. I don't want to give anybody an excuse to start that whole restraining order business.

Observer Picks

David Poole

I was going to pick Tony Stewart until he wasted his time and energy jacking around with Kurt Busch in the final practice Friday night. Who knows, that incident might just light his competitive fires and carry him to another Shootout victory.After watching that wild practice, it seems to me that patience and a cool head are going to be key in this 70-lap event. For that reason, I am going to change my mind and pick one guy who certainly knows how to act and race like a professional.

WINNER: Mark Martin

Jim Utter

Penske Racing had a strong preseason of testing in Daytona, Las Vegas and California, and might have the strongest Dodges right now.

Although the organization has not typically done well at Daytona, the short length of the Shootout should work to its advantage. Ryan Newman is itching for any way to get back to Victory Lane.

WINNER: Ryan Newman Just The Facts

Budweiser Shootout at Daytona

WHERE: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach. Fla.TRACK TYPE: 2.5-mile trioval

RACE FORMAT: 20 laps, followed by a 10-minute break, then 50 laps. Teams may make any changes made during a normal pit stop during the break.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WEATHER: Clear and in the lower 60s

TV: Fox

RADIO: Motor Racing Network

Budweiser Shootout lineup

The starting lineup for Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout, set by a draw Thursday night:

Pos. No. Driver Make   Pos. No. Driver Make
1. 2 Ku. Busch Dodge   14. 21 B. Elliott Ford
2. 8 M. Martin Chevy   15. 44 D. Jarrett Toyota
3. 55 M. Waltrip Toyota   16. 5 C. Mears Chevy
4. 26 J. McMurray Ford   17. 16 G. Biffle Ford
5. 38 D. Gilliland Ford   18. 48 J. Johnson Chevy
6. 41 R. Sorenson Dodge   19. 22 D. Blaney Toyota
7. 88 D. Ernhrdt Jr. Chevy   20. 99 C. Edwards Ford
8. 9 K. Kahne Dodge   21. 07 C. Bowyer Chevy
9. 1 M. Truex Jr. Chevy   22. 24 J. Gordon Chevy
10. 20 T. Stewart Toyota   23. 12 R.Newman Dodge
11. 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota          
12. 11 D. Hamlin Toyota          
13. 49 K. Schrader Dodge          

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