Daytona Beach,FL (Sports Network) - Race fans will now play a bigger role in
determining the format for Saturday night's preseason, non-points race at
Daytona International Speedway.
Officials from DIS announced on Tuesday that fans will select the starting
lineup for The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona. Their three options in determining
the order that the drivers will lineup for the scheduled 75-lap race include:
number of career wins for each driver (most to least), 2012 Sprint Cup Series
final driver point standings or the order when drivers earned their pole
position last season (Daytona 500 first place - season-ending race at
Homestead-Miami Speedway last place).
Voting for the starting order will take place on the day of the race from
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET. Fans who are on-site at DIS can take part in the
voting, and they can cast their vote through a digital app at one of four
Daytona Rewards Stations on the speedway's property or through texting.
On Monday, NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the race, with 19 of
the 22 drivers who are eligible posted on the list. Those eligible include the
pole winners during last year's Sprint Cup season or past champions of the
Daytona preseason event. A.J. Allmendinger, Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte
have eligibility but are not entered.
Last month, officials from NASCAR and Sprint revealed that a fan vote would
determine the race format for The Sprint Unlimited -- formerly known as the
Budweiser Shootout. Fans can vote on the number of laps in each of the three
segments, the type of pit stop a team makes after the first segment and how
many cars will be eliminated after the second round.
In addition, fans can vote on the design of the firesuit to be worn by Miss
Sprint Cup in Daytona's Victory Lane.
All fans can vote on NASCAR's new mobile app, NASCAR Mobile '13, or at
NASCAR.com/SprintUnlimited. The voting window for the race will close on Feb.
13 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
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