Shootout shakes up its lineup

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A rash of changes has forced Anheuser Busch to alter its lineup for the Budweiser Shootout all-star race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 7.

In the past, the lineup was limited to the drivers and car owners who won pole positions during the previous season. This year the format will include the top six teams from all four manufacturers.

Juan Pablo Montoya qualified to represent Dodge, but his team switched to Chevrolet during the off-season and that will keep him out of the all-star event.

Benefiting from the change will be Gillett Evernham Motorsports. The team originally hired Reed Sorenson to drive that car, but when Elliott Sadler was fired last week from the team's No. 19 Dodge, it decided to put Sorenson in the No. 10 and A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 19.

Another opening in the non-points race is beginning held for the No. 43 Dodge. Petty Enterprises was a top-six team among the Dodge entries, but that team currently doesn't have a driver or a sponsor. That team is expected to be folded into the Gillett Evernham stables.

The current all-star lineup includes: Jimmie Johnson , Jeff Gordon , Jeff Burton , Casey Mears , Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin for Chevrolet; Kasey Kahne , Kurt Busch , David Stremme , Sorenson and Allmendinger for Dodge; Carl Edwards , Greg Biffle , Matt Kenseth , David Ragan , Jamie McMurray and Travis Kvapil for Ford; and Joey Logano , Kyle Busch , Denny Hamlin , Brian Vickers , David Reutimann and Michael Waltrip for Toyota. Dodge still has one opening for the No. 43 team.

PRICE REDUCTION: Darlington Raceway has cut ticket prices for about 9,000 of its seats for May's Southern 500.

Track president Chris Browning said Darling-ton will reduce its $45 tickets by $10 for the Sprint Cup event on Saturday night, May 9. Browning says the move is a recognition that race fans are dealing with a sour economy. He hopes the savings will help them attend.

Darlington has sold out the four races it has run on Mother's Day weekend. Browning says ticket sales were a tick behind what they have been at this point in other years.

But he's hopeful the track will be able to sell out its seats again this spring.

HALL OF FAME DONE: The much-ballyhooed team created by Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach apparently is out of business.

Hall of Fame Racing has started to sell some of its cars and nobody is working in the shop, ESPN reported.

The team doesn't have a driver for 2009 and has a very limited sponsorship deal with DLP and Texas Instruments.

Staubach and Aikman sold their interest to Arizona Diamondbacks executives Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkel . Moorad last week resigned from the Diamondbacks and announced he was leading a group to buy the San Diego Padres.


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