Kurt Busch wins Bud Shootout at Daytona
Kurt Busch has taken victory in the 2011 Budweiser Shootout – his first race in Shell-Penzoil colours.
The #22 Penske Dodge driver was awarded the win after Denny Hamlin was disqualified for crossing the ‘out of bounds’ yellow line at the apron of the track on the way to the chequered flag.
Hamlin had been attempting a ‘sling-shot’ passing move on race leader Ryan Newman when he was forced below the line. The #11 FedEx Toyota was eventually classified 12th.
Newman finished behind Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s Jamie McMurray in third.
Dale Earnhardt Jnr, who scored pole position in the non-points race’s random grid draw, was taken out of contention in a spectacular mid-race crash that also involved Regan Smith, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kevin Conway.
Jimmie Johnson’s chances were also damaged in the incident. The five-time defending champion ended the race fourth, ahead of Greg Biffle.
Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer and Bobby Labonte rounded out the top 10.