The format is old-school, but the name is totally new.
The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, formerly known as the Bud Shootout and the Busch Clash, goes back to its roots with a field of 2012 Sprint Cup Series pole winners and past winners of the event who competed at least once in 2012. The race also marks the first time the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “Gen 6” race cars will compete on-track in an event.
The race, part of Budweiser Speedweeks 2013, will once again take place under the lights on Saturday, February 16th at 8 p.m. ET on FOX, but will feature several new elements catering to the fans. Those in attendance will be eligible to receive special upgraded race experiences, including roles as Grand Marshal, Honorary Starter, and trophy presenter; fans can also help deliver the trophy to Gatorade Victory Lane or participate in driver introductions during pre-race ceremonies.
"Now more than ever, through our growing partnership with Sprint, The Sprint Unlimited will be the fans’ race," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "Sprint has been a great partner with Daytona and NASCAR, and they continue to raise the bar by engaging race fans in new and innovative ways. We look forward to hearing about additional unique elements for this race in the coming weeks. We are also excited for the debut of the new Sprint Cup Series car, which we believe will provide thrilling on-track action and make The Sprint Unlimited an unforgettable launch to the 2013 season."
Find out more about the Sprint Unlimited and Budweiser Speedweeks 2013 at Daytona International Speedway at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
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