Budweiser Shootout at Daytona
Racers who have won a Pole Position at any previous SRHC/TNT event get an automatic starting spot in the feature.
Current Budweiser Shootout Qualifiers
Shootout Open: 8:30 PM ET
The Shootout Open is intended to give non-pole winners and rookies an opportunity to make the Budweiser shootout main event. The Open starting spots will be determined by random draw. The Open will consist of 2 10-lap segments, with the winner of each segment getting an entry into the main event. Additionally, the highest average finish of both segments (as scored by iRacing) will transfer to the main event. If one or more tie for the best average, all tied entries transfer. There will be no green, white, checker finish in the Open.
All automatic qualifiers for the Shootout will be assigned a random starting position in the field. Racers transferring from the Open will be seeded behind the automatic qualifiers in the order of: Segment 1 Winner, Segment 2 Winner, Best Average(s).
Race Format: 9:15 PM ET
The Shootout race will consist of a single, 35-lap race, with the winner being crowned the Budweiser Shootout Champion! All normal SRHC Rules will apply with the addition of 5 available green, white, checker finishes instead of the standard 2.
Qualifying: 8:30 PM ET
Qualifying will be performed in a Lone Qualifying session, where each driver will have 10 minutes to complete 2 laps. The top 2 qualifiers will automatically transfer to the Daytona 500 front row. These two drivers have the option to run in their respective Duel event; however, if they compete and total their car (at the discretion of the SRHC Officials), they will start in the back for the 500.
Gatorade Duels: #1 8:40 PM ET; #2 ~9:15 PM ET
All qualifiers will be split into two heats for the Gatorade Duels where the top 20 finishers from each Duel, not counting the front-row starters, will transfer to the Daytona 500. The Duels will be 30-laps each with no green, white, checker finishes. If more than 42 cars attempt to make the 500 field, the 43rd and final starter will be the highest Season 4 Overall points earner not already qualified.
Race: 8:40 PM ET
The week following Qualifying and the Duels, racers will grid for the 120-lap Daytona 500 where standard SRHC rules will apply. This race will be set using a custom grid based on the previous week’s results and will be preceded by an open practice session starting at 7:00 PM ET.
Nextel All-Star Challenge
Racers who have won a race at any previous SRHC/TNT event (including this season) get an automatic starting spot in the feature.
Current All-Star Qualifiers
All-Star Open: 8:00 PM ET
The All-Star Open is intended to give non-winners an opportunity to race in the main event. The Open starting spots will be determined by random draw. The Open will consist of 2 15-lap segments with the winner of each segment getting an entry into the main event. Additionally, the racer with the most Season 5 points that has not yet qualified for the All-Star Challenge will transfer to the main event. If one or more racers are tied for that point’s position, the higher finisher in the Open will transfer.
All-Star Challenge Qualifying: ~8:30 PM ET
Only racers that have automatically qualified, and not those transferring from the Open, will be allowed to qualify for a starting spot in the All-Star Challenge. Qualifying will be held in an open practice session and strictly controlled by the Admins. When it is a racer’s time to qualify, they will line up at the exit of pit road, ensure that both left and right side tires are checked for changing, and wait for the Admin’s signal. Racers will then make an out-lap (going straight onto the track off of pit road) and get the Green flag. On the first timed lap, the racer will come to pit road where pit road speed limits will be ignored, and make a 4-tire stop. After the stop, the racer will again head straight on track and finish the lap back to the checkered flag. Essentially, you will make 2 trips around the circuit. After taking the checkered, the racer shall stop on the back straight apron and tow back to the garage. Qualifying position will be set by the total time from Green flag to Checkered flag. Failure to make a 4-tire stop or follow any Admin instructions will result in your qualifying time being disallowed. Racers transferring from the Open will be seeded behind all automatic qualifiers in the order of: Segment 1 Winner, Segment 2 Winner, Highest Points Earner.
Race Format: ~9:15 PM ET
The All-Star Challenge race will consist of 4 15-lap segments and a maximum of 5 green, white, checker attempts. In between the 3rd and 4th segments, all racers on the lead lap MUST come down pit road; however, it is your option whether to pit or not. The winner of the final segment will be crowned the All-Star Challenge Champion!