Shootout Rules Tweaked Again; Dale Earnhardt Jr. is Now In

The Budweiser Shootout has just has another format change.

The old format, which allowed the top 6 cars in owner points from each manufacturer to be in the field, is out. This new format is in.

Any drivers that fit the new criteria can race. The criteria is as follows:

-Any Chase driver from the previous season

-Any past Daytona points race winner

-Any past Daytona Shootout winner

-Any past champion

-The reigning rookie of the year

Under the old format, which was only used once, NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver would not have been eligible to race. Under this format, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will now be able to race.

That should please the fans. After all, according to NASCAR, that’s what it’s all about.

At least, if the price is right. And clearly, in this case, it was.

Tags: Budweiser Shootout Dale Earnhardt Jr

  • MarcDiecast

    Nascar should tweek again. Let’s say “Let any female that has won a IRL race in Japan” race too. That’s just as ridiculous as what they’ve done this year. If Jr. were eligible under the old rules, would they have made a change?

  • Anthony

    Well to be fair under the old rules from just a few year ago dale jr would be allowed to race, I remember all the years when ken schrader would be allowed to race because he won the busch clash years and years earlier.

  • Al

    well it seems to me that they made changes to it last year so stewart would be in it. did they not allow each manufacturer to pick a 7th driver to enter?