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.