DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Kurt Busch has won the exhibition
Budweiser Shootout in part because Denny Hamlin was penalized for
driving below the yellow line at Daytona International Speedway.
Hamlin crossed the finish line first, but NASCAR ruled his pass
was illegal. He was black-flagged and dropped to 12th - the last
car on the lead lap of Saturday night's race.
It was the first NASCAR race on the new pavement at Daytona, and
the smooth surface produced speeds that at times went over 200 mph.
It also created a new form of racing as two cars linked up to push
each other around the oval.
That method didn't work for Batesville native Mark Martin.
He got into Kyle Busch with 40 laps to go, causing a collision. Martin finished 17th.
Ryan Newman, Hamlin, Busch and Jamie McMurray had pulled away
from the pack by the final lap, and Hamlin dove low to pass Newman
for the win. Busch pulled McMurray around Newman on the top of the
But Hamlin was immediately disqualified for going below the