The Budweiser Shootout is an annual NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event held at Daytona International Speedway in February, the week before the Daytona 500. It began as the Busch Clash and was a fifty-mile (twenty lap) "shootout". In its current format, it is made up of 2 segments: First a short 20-lap segment, followed by a 50-lap segment in which each car must make a green flag pit stop. The race, like the Nextel All-Star Challenge held at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, carries no points for the winner but rather a large purse, circumstances which are supposed to encourage an all-out driving style not seen in regular-season races, where one serious mistake can largely ruin a season. However, due to the smaller fields, huge accidents normally seen in the Daytona 500 are uncommon.
See also: List of current NASCAR races
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