Budweiser Shootout 2009: Statistical Tidbits

Ben BombergerSenior Writer IFebruary 3, 2009

We are just days away from watching our drivers hit the track at Daytona and NASCAR has released various tidbits about the shootout:

• In total, 91 drivers have participated in the Budweiser Shootout, 42 have participated in two or less, and 28 have taken the green flag in only one.

• Throughout the years, the lowest number of drivers to participate in a shootout was seven in 1981, while the high was 23 in 2008 (although it is set to be broken when 28 cars take to the track Saturday night.)

• Among the drivers who have participated in the most shootouts, none of the top six will hit the high banks of Daytona on Saturday night. They include: Bill Elliot (23), Mark Martin (21), Rusty Wallace (19), Ken Schrader (18), Geoffrey Bodine (16), and Ricky Rudd (16).


• Mark Martin will lose the lead for most consecutive starts in the Shootout, having competed in 20 straight events from 1989-2008 (Martin will not be included this year as a result of the qualifying procedures.) Jeff Gordon is set to take over the active lead, as he will start his 16th straight event Saturday night.

• Seven drivers have won the shootout multiple times. They include: Tony Stewart won three of the last eight, 2001, 2002 and 2007.; Dale Earnhardt won six of the 23 races between 1979 and 2001. His six victories came in 12 appearances.; Dale Jarret won in 1996, 2000, and 2004.; Other multiple winners include: Neil Bonnett (1983 and 1984), Ken Schrader (1989 and 1990), Jeff Gordon (1994 and 1997), and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2008).

• Five drivers have won their first start in a shootout: Buddy Baker (1979); Dale Earnhardt (1980); Jeff Gordon (1994); Dale Jarrett (1996); and most recently Denny Hamlin in 2006.

• In the 30 year history of the Shootout, only five times has the winner went on to win the Daytona 500. The list includes: Bobby Allison (1982); Bill Elliot (1987); Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000); and Jeff Gordon (1997).

• Three times the event has been won from the pole: Darrell Waltrip (1981); Bill Elliot (1987); and Ken Shrader (1989).

• Chevrolet leads the way with manufacture victories in the shootout at 17 (most recently in 2008 with Dale Jr.); Ford is second with seven wins (most recently Dale Jarrett in 2004); Buick has two wins (most recently in 1982 with Bobby Allison); Oldsmobile has two wins (last with Dale Earnhardt in 1980); and Pontiac has two wins (most recently with Tony Stewart in 2002). Dodge has never visited Victory Lane in a shootout.

By the Numbers: Budweiser Shootout at Daytona

.08 – Margin of victory in seconds by Dale Earnhardt over Sterling Marlin in 1995, the closest margin in Budweiser Shootout history

One – Laps led by Rusty Wallace (1998), Neil Bonnett (1983-84), Dale Earnhardt (1980) and Dale Jarrett (2004) in the Budweiser Shootouts they won

2.75 – Average finish by Dale Earnhardt, best by any driver with multiple starts

Five – Drivers who have won the event in their first appearance (Buddy Baker, 1979; Dale Earnhardt, 1980; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Dale Jarrett, 1996; Denny Hamlin, 2006)

19 – Number of lead changes in 2001, the highest number since race began in 1979

19 – Starting position of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2003, the lowest starting position of a Budweiser Shootout race-winner

23 – Number of participants in 2008, the largest field in the event’s history. That number will be broken this year, as 28 cars will participate.

44 – Laps led by Greg Biffle in 2005, the most by a driver who did not win the event

47 – Laps led by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008, the most in a single Budweiser Shootout

Source: NASCAR Media P/R