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NASCAR Bud Shootout: Kurt Busch Wins a Wild Season Opener

The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season kicked off Saturday night with the Bud Shootout. It is an invitational race, that this year, saw 24 drivers entered into the fray. The format is simple. Starting positions are determined by random draw. From then on, it is just like any other race on the schedule with one exception. It is a 75 lap shootout, that is broken down into two segments. The first segment is 25 laps, while the second segment is 50 laps. There is a 10-minute caution period in between the two segments. This year's version of the Bud Shootout was a race that saw a plethora of two-car breakaways as the overriding theme. It was the first time these cars have run under race conditions since the track was repaved over the offseason. In a r...

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