Daytona Speed Weeks began in earnest Saturday night as Tony Stewart won the Bud Shootout. Stewart, in his familiar Home Depot #20, won the sprint in convincing manner. Kyle Busch, the early leader, blocked Stewart continuously until Stewart took the air off his spoiler. When Busch slipped, Stewart nudged him and the rest was history. The only crash occurred when Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped Denny Hamlin on the last lap and took out Hamlin and a few others. Earnhardt stopped by the next lap to apologize to Hamlin.
The pole position for next Sunday's Daytona 500 was won this afternoon by rookie David Gilliland and outside pole was taken by Ricky Rudd. This makes the front row an all Robert Yates (owner) entry. Rookie Juan Pablo Montoya, former CART champion and winner of 7 Formula One races qualified convincingly in the 4th position. Boris Said was guaranteed a starting spot by qualifying fastest of the run or go home entries.
72 year old James Hylton attempted to qualify but his speed was slow and he'll have a shot at the Daytona 500 if he finishes well in Thursday's Dual 150 qualifying races.
I was irritated that the FOX coverage team failed to mention the passing of former Champion Benny Parsons and former multiple race winner Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Too busy focusing on their own egos, I guess.