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-- The 2013 NASCAR season begins tomorrow night at Daytona with the Sprint Unlimited, formerly the Budweiser Shootout.
DAYTONA, Fla. - The 2013 NASCAR season begins tomorrow night at Daytona with the Sprint Unlimited, formerly the Budweiser Shootout.
Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth from Cambridge is one of 19 drivers in the event – and NASCAR has been letting fans choose how parts of the race will be carried out. As of this morning, the voting was still open at NASCAR.com for things like the number of laps in each segment of the shootout – the types of pit stops to be allowed after the first segment – and how many cars will be eliminated after the second segment. On Sunday, the participants will race for the pole position in the Daytona-500 which takes place on February 24th. Other qualifying spots will be settled next Thursday in a pair of 150-lap races.
Wisconsin has the same four drivers entered in the 500 as a year ago – defending champion Kenseth, Paul Menard of Eau Claire, Travis Kvapil from Janesville, and Danica Patrick who was born in Beloit and raised in nearby Roscoe, Illinois.