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NASCAR Gets It Right With Budweiser Shootout Changes: It’s About Winners

The Budweiser Shootout used to be as iconic as the Sprint All-Star race. Both were Saturday night dash-for-cash events with only the biggest names were invited to compete. There were no points on the line as some of NASCAR’s best battled it out for bragging rights. At least, that’s how it used to be. The All-Star race will continue to host a select few drivers who have captured a checkered flag or won the event in the past, which makes them eligible for the race. They truly are the best in the series. When it came to the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona the same could have been said until recently. To compete in the first unofficial race of the new season, a driver had to have captured a pole award the previous year, or be a past winner of...

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