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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Call it “Dancing with the Cars.” Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout exhibition was a 200-mph tango of two-car drafts on the newly-paved, super-fast Daytona International Speedway.
In a photo finish, Kurt Busch won a predictably wild NASCAR opener on the new $20 million racing surface, pushed to the front by defending Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray a few feet before the finish line. Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag first, but was subsequently black-flagged for dropping below the yellow line on the track trying to pass Ryan Newman at the finish line.
“What an unbelievable experience,” Busch said.
The race had set a record for lead changes (24) with 12 laps to go — there ended up being 28. The two-car drafts were easily reaching speeds of 206 mph — nearly 15 mph faster than last year’s pole-winning speed for the Daytona 500.
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The waiting is over. Tonight at 8 ET on FOX, the NASCAR season kicks off with the running of the Budweiser Shootout, a non-points dash for cash that will certainly be high intensity.
So what can you expect to see? Consider this your cheat sheet for when the green flag drops this evening.
1. How fast will they go? Excitement was in the air during Friday night’s practice sessions at Daytona International Speedway as 10 drivers were able to break the 200-mph-lap barrier, led by a blistering-fast 203.087-mph lap by Joey Logano. So what will we see tonight? NASCAR officials said they would watch speeds in today’s Daytona 500 practices, so it seems unlikely they’ll change the restrictor plate size. So strap in tight and enjoy the combination of a new surface that lets drivers go three-wide (at least) and cars going over 200 mph. (Spencer: Drivers at full throttle to start year)
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