With the election of senator Barak Obama riding his wave of change into the white house, it seems the fever is catching on in the racing world as well. Budweiser has announced that it is changing the rules for the (not yet run) revamped Budweiser Shootout scheduled for Saturday night Feb. 7.
It appears that not having two time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart in the line-up was to much for Nascar and Budweiser to swallow. The rules have been modified to allow a seventh manufacturer's car to be illegible for the race. The new rule has two parts 1) if an owner is not in the top six cars of a particular manufacturer and that the driver is a past series champion, (insert Tony Stewart) and 2) the next car in owner points standings that is not a past champion after the top six of any given manufacturer, (insert Bobby LaBonte). Labonte will get the nod in the #96 HOF/Yates entry after points from the #38 car are transferred to it.
A very special thank you needs to go to president elect Obama for giving Budweiser the indirect encouragement to make the changes necessary to ensure no major sponsor is ever left out of any Nascar function. Nascar.com