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Budweiser Shootout Eligibility Expands, but for What Purpose?

NASCAR announced Friday afternoon that the eligibility criteria for the 2011 Budweiser Shootout would be expanded. Last year it included the previous year's 12 Chase for the Championship drivers, drivers who have competed in the past two seasons who are past Cup champions, past Budweiser Shootout winners and past Daytona Cup points race winners. This year it includes the original criteria, along with including Rookie of the Year winners from the past 10 years. "When you take a look at the field for this year's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona, it's loaded with all-star caliber drivers," said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition, in the press release. "From former series champions and Chase drivers, to the past 10 rookie of the year p...

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