NASCAR: Budweiser Shootout Preview / Daytona 500 qualifying


It's that time again: After a good three months of waiting, the new NASCAR season traditionally begins with the Speedweeks in Daytona! This weekend is the first Budweiser Shootout in the night from Saturday to Sunday, followed by pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 on Sunday night.

This year, a written season preview of the teams and their drivers must unfortunately omitted due to time constraints. A replacement but we still have in our podcast: The spending yesterday we first talked about Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske Racing and the changes (such as fuel injection) demonstrated compared to 2011. In the next few weeks then available to other ideas, should be short so none of Racing blog readers and podcast listeners are coming! Who the three-quarter hour of this week is too long: listen, which can also look directly at the team chart of 2012 . This preview should therefore explicitly deal with the first part of the upcoming Speedweeks:

At the Daytona International Speedway NASCAR starts namely this weekend with the traditional Budweiser Shootout and the Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 in their new season. The invitation race has been held since 1979, an ever-changing rules and brings the winner's currently a whopping $ 200,000. By the end of 2008, the shootout was an unofficial competition all last year's pole position-holder, but then the sponsorship deal went for the pole award over to the competitors Coors Light. Budweiser would therefore solve the racing concept from the top placement in qualifying and then the shootout was declared in 2009 a power struggle of six (plus 1 each wildcard) top ranked car manufacturer per the previous-owner standings.

This qualification rule could be maintained by the majority exit from Dodge only one year, so that the launch sites had to be awarded from 2010 again for a new system. This time, moved the Daytona International Speedway themselves in the spotlight, because in addition to the past winners of the invitation race all former race winner of the two Daytona points race were first admitted. These were joined in one - despite generous participation restrictions - relatively small field is (24) also all previous Cup Champions, the Chase drivers in the preseason and all drivers who ever rookie-of-the-Year honors first in the league come are (2010 only the best rookie last year).

This season, it was decided to simplify the conditions somewhat and the field to increase again. From 2012, the Top25 of the drivers' standings are at the Budweiser Shootout now set and also still as before all former winners of the Invitation and the points race. The mode by which the event is held, has not changed, however great since the introduction of the currently valid name in 2001. At the time, took the Shootout 70 laps, there are 75 rounds since 2009, which are divided into two segments since 2003.

Segment 1 runs over 25 rounds (until 2009 only 20 rounds) and can be seen as a foretaste of the long final. It gives the team enough time on the track to get the setup of the car under control before it goes 50 laps around the sausage and win bonus in segment 2. The two sections are interrupted by a ten-minute break, in which the teams in the pit lane or optionally the garage may perform all work on the vehicle to which they are entitled, even during a normal pit stop in the race. Major changes such as the change of springs, shock absorbers or rear sections are prohibited.

The Budweiser Shootout is usually quite a spectacle, since the scope of the prize money drops in chasing the winner rather quickly: "Win or bust!", As the Americans say. In recent years, however, it is become a little quieter, as you calculated for the entire Speedweeks only two cars per driver. The best car of a team is first pumped rolled usually the Great American Race from the Hauler to nothing to risk. So should the B variant, which is one of, if possible at the invitation race in one piece off after the shootout even through the pole qualifications and Gatorade Duels must be returned in the garage! Otherwise, the donning the gloves off for the rest of Speedweeks in the actual race car is just announced ...

What we in the night from Saturday to Sunday at 2 clock (Yes, it goes directly to one of the beloved night race going on!) But definitely will see is an interesting view on the bump draft mode for the big Daytona 500 . NASCAR has already vastly played around with the pre-season testing with the cooling system of the car to bring the cockpit instruments previously illuminated. Because if the engine overheats faster, the driver of a Two-Car Drafts must frequently swap the positions because the newer form of restrictor-plate Racings by many fans, drivers and officials is not welcome. The vexing issue shall be a thing of the past in January after the Daytona test session, but so entirely successful one was not there.

The tango wanted to just not be resolved, and that although they had the air intake for the radiator quasi offset directly to the contact point for the Bump-Drafting. Under certain circumstances, ie the engine now gets no cooling wind more at a driving on it afterwards. In addition, the capacity of the cooling circuit has been reduced and prescribed a pressure valve, which even at less steam a boiling fountain can shoot into the sky. Numbers I quote here for reasons of clarity deliberately not occur because the officials have yet experimented much in miniature. Also an increase of the holes in the restrictor plate brought no improvement, a maximum in the sense that the connection of the two cars was difficult to produce.

What NASCAR has therefore achieved ultimately, is to shorten the maximum period of execution of a Two-Car Drafts per unique sequence in the formation of the two cars. Could earlier ride more than ten rounds together, so this time period is now fallen to less than ten rounds. However, the tandem is still faster by up to five miles per hour ie. The only drawback is the loss of time in internal position change and as long as NASCAR makes the not at least every second round required - as it used to be - I do not see any changes. The test as driving in big package has not been proven in January anyway. Maybe the officials should there still be a little more creative and rigorous.

But before we ever come to the Daytona 500, initially the participants must be determined in a rather complex qualification mode. The first step of a long series takes place on Sunday evening from 19 clock in the so-called pole qualifying and that involves as the name suggests, actually only for the pole position (on both sides). After the session, namely, the two top-ranked pilots on these same grid positions determined in the biggest race of the year. All other results from qualifying then just define the boot sequence of the two Gatorade Duels-in which the exact order in the grid for the Daytona 500 will be determined; with one exception:

It is very important to the three (possibly four if not a Champions Provisional is claimed) to watch top-ranked and not yet qualified teams. These are then eligible to start for computational reasons after the Pole qualifying for the Daytona 500. You can relax in their Gatorade Duel but still drive one more time to the big race, and thus any substitutes on doing a big favor. But I'll get to in the next week in time for the talk yet Duels on Thursday. In order to shorten the possible scenarios something, there is therefore being only so much. Who really wants to have a full shot at a stroke, which can feel free to look at my last year's article in this regard, which I have linked here .

Well, one more thing, not some readers vain to worry about their favorite: Who has landed in the last season in the Top35 of the Owner Points or has subsequently managed to get such sufficient points at this year's haggling, which is in any case at the Daytona 500 this. The relatively recent entry-tricked offers, this I have also linked . All permanent qualified drivers are NOT marked in red. There are of course also the entry list for the Budweiser Shootout and a timetable to the next item:

Radiance data

Friday, 17.02.
23:00 clock, Budweiser Shootout Sprint Cup Series Practice SPEED
00:30 clock, Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Shootout Final Practice SPEED

Saturday, 18.02.
17:00 clock, Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 Practice, SPEED
20:00 clock, Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 Practice, SPEED
22:30 clock, ARCA Series race (Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200) SPEED
02:00 clock, Sprint Cup Series races (Budweiser Shootout), FOX

Sunday, 02.19.
19:00 clock, Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 pole qualifying, FOX

Monday, 02.20. & Tuesday, 21.02.
- FREE -

Wednesday, 02.22.
18:00 clock, Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 Practice, SPEED
20:30 clock, Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 Practice, SPEED

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2 Responses to "NASCAR: Budweiser Shootout Preview / Daytona 500 Qualifying"

  1. Reinhard54
    February 17, 2012 at 18:13

    When Kristian shock "writes," begins the "New Year"!
    Thanks for the preview, it was - as always - "hereby fully" and makes a "hot" for the new season.
    I wish all NASCAR fans and the other "petrol-heads" an exciting motorsport season without sad events.
    Until recently, we read us in chat.

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