Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Martin Truex Jr. selected the pole
position for the Budweiser Shootout during Friday night's random drawing at
Daytona International Speedway.
Truex Jr., driver of the No.56 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, was the 18th
of 25 drivers to select his starting spot for Saturday's 75-lap preseason,
non-points race at Daytona.
Kyle Busch picked the outside pole. Brad Keselowski will start third, followed
by Jamie McMurray and David Ragan.
Kurt Busch, the defending race winner, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., A.J.
Allmendinger and Joey Logano will roll off sixth through 10th, respectively.
During the closing minutes of the first practice, scheduled late in the
afternoon, a five-car crash occurred when Tony Stewart got into the rear of
Kurt Busch and then turned him around coming out of turn three. Allmendinger,
Keselowski and Kyle Busch were also caught up in the incident.
"I was pushing the 51 car [Kurt Busch], and he had to move a little bit, but
I'm still the one pushing him, so I'm responsible for it," Stewart said.
Kurt Busch, making his debut in the No.51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing, will
use a backup car.
"It was just a deal where Tony was trying to help, and we were just trying to
learn the draft," he said. "A couple of slow cars were emerging in front of
us, and I slid up to go around them, and I thought it was smooth, but I got
Allmendinger, Keselowski and Kyle Busch have also switched to their backup
Stewart's No.14 team were hopeful to have his primary car repaired in time for
Jeff Gordon managed to avoid the incident but did suffer minor damage to his
car, which was quickly repaired.
Matt Kenseth led the way in the opening practice with a lap around the 2.5-
mile superspeedway at 201.762 m.p.h.
The second and final practice, held in the evening, was curtailed due to rain.
Just 12 drivers managed to turn a handful of laps in the opening minutes
before the inclement weather forced NASCAR officials to halt action on the
Saturday's Budweiser Shootout is scheduled to start at 8:10 p.m. (et).
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