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Kurt Busch and Dodge Win First Budweiser Shootout

Kurt Busch managed to win his very first restrictor plate race and what better way than to kick off the season with a trophy and big payday (over $200,000) for sponsors Shell-Pennzoil. It also marked the first win for a Dodge product in the 33-year history of the Budweiser Shootout. The race began with Dale Earnhardt Jr out front, the result of a lucky draw from the festivities the night before. Twenty-three cars followed the fan favorite across the stripe to take the green before drivers decided on "dancing" drafting partners. With the new surface and changes to the cars, the new fast way around the big track turns out to be to be two cars running nose-to-tail. It didn’t seem to matter what brand you were driving, just what combo wor...

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