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Edwards' luck of draw earns pole for Shootout
Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards is on the pole for the Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. The starting lineup for the 24-car field was determined by a draw Thursday night.

The 75-lap exhibition will be broken into segments of 25 and 50 laps.

From what I've seen so far, there might not be many cars left after the first 25," said Edwards, referring to crashes in practice Thursday. "This race is going to be very interesting. It's going to spread out a little bit. It's going to become a handling race. It doesn't matter where you start unless if somebody misses a gear, we'll be in front of it."

Defending race champion Kevin Harvick was not at the draw party as he was battling flu-like symptoms. He will start second but will have to go to the rear of the field because he did not practice the car.

None of the drivers who went to backup cars after crashes in practice earlier Thursday will have to go to the rear of the field. Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray and Mark Martin will go to backup cars.

"None of us have been in a race car very much lately, and we all kind of jump in there and it's a little bit slippery," Edwards said. "If we can make it through the first 10 laps of a run all weekend on tires, it's going to string out, it's going to be a really good race, it's going to be little packs of cars that have to handle."


1 99 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Turf Builder
2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
3 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
4 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
6 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com
7 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal
9 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
10 34 John Andretti Ford Window World Cares
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy
12 71 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TRG Motorsports
13 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot
14 82 Ken Schrader Toyota Red Bull
15 151 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's
18 175 Derrike Cope Dodge Asset Protect/ Strutmasterspro.com
19 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser
20 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
21 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
24 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express

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