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NASCAR is finally back and you can practically hear the fans rejoicing. After an off-season that seemed like an eternity, tomorrow night, February 16, the drivers will take to the track for the Sprint Unlimited - formerly the Budweiser Shootout.
This year, the fans were allowed to vote on the length of the race's three segments and fifty-five percent of the votes were for the 30, 25, and 20 lap race, making it the winner. NASCAR's Vice President of Competition, Robin Pemberton, said that he believes that allowing the fans to choose the length of the race will create a buzz surrounding the event and will make the race more interesting to watch.
In addition to voting for the segment length, the fans can still vote on the type of pit stop each team is mandated to make after the first segment and how many cars are eliminated after each segment. Voting for these two categories is still open on NASCAR's official mobile app (NASCAR Mobile '13) or on NASCAR.com/SprintUnlimited. If you vote via the app, your vote will be counted twice.
This weekend's television schedule:
- February 15 - 5:00 p.m. ET: Sprint Unlimited Practice on SPEED
- February 15 - 6:00 p.m. ET: Sprint Unlimited Practice on SPEED
- February 16 - 11:00 a.m. ET: Daytona 500 Practice on SPEED
- February 16 - 2:00 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Practice on SPEED
- February 16 - 8:00 p.m. ET: The Sprint Unlimited on FOX
If you're attending the race and want to meet Miss Sprint Cup, Kevin Harvick, or Dale Earnhardt, Jr., you can meet Miss Sprint Cup at 2:00 p.m. ET at the Sprint Fanzone, Kevin Harvick at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Budweiser 1876 Hospitality Area, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at 6:00 p.m. ET at the Sprint Fanzone Main Stage.
If you have a Twitter account, you can keep up with all the latest happenings at the track by following @NASCAR and @DISUpdates or by following the hashtags #NASCAR and #SprintUnlimited.
I hope you enjoy the race and if you're attending the race you have an awesome time!