Bud Shootout Selection Show
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  • I don't always agree with him, but one thing is for sure, Kenny Wallace is entertaining
  • Sometimes, this is an entertaining moment, and sometimes it's just plain boring, depending on who is talking
  • Even Kyle Busch, who I don't like, tried to make it fun

    • by Orrymain

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      Once a year, Speed TV brings us the Bud Shootout Selection Show. This year the show was a whopping 90-minutes long, the extended coverage necessitated by the increased number of drivers in this year’s Bud Shootout.

      The show was hosted by Steve Byrnes and Kenny Wallace. Byrnes is an okay reported, and Wallace is a driver in the Nationwide Series as well as a part time announcer. I like Wallace. He’s a funny guy, and he speaks his mind. I don’t always agree with him, but one thing is for sure, Kenny Wallace is entertaining.

      One by one, twenty-eight drivers walked up to the

      Budweiser bar and spoke for a minute with Kenny Wallace, who was the bartender. Then they selected one of the twenty-eight beer bottles that had been previously lined up on the bar. Inside the bottles were the flags which had their position printed on them.

      With their bottle in hand, the drivers walked from the bar to center stage where Byrnes talked to them for a minute and then had them open the bottle and reveal the flag, and therefore their starting position.

      Sometimes, this is an entertaining moment, and sometimes it’s just plain boring, depending on who is talking. The drivers this year were all ...

      • separated on the stage by their car manufacturer. As is usually the case, some (like Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, and Denny Hamlin) pay more attention to the action, while others just stare off into space or are totally oblivious, being so absorbed into whatever private conversation they may be having. Jimmy Johnson was one of those this year. He had no reaction to his name being called several times because he wasn’t listening to Brynes and the others but was talking with one of the Chevy drivers.

        Some of the drivers know how to have fun with this set up. Even Kyle Busch, who

        I don’t like, tried to make it fun. Hamlin was the big winner of the night and that was the most entertaining thing of all, not because he won the poll, because he didn’t, but because he’d made a slew of bets about where fellow racers would start and he won every single bet. He made well over $1000, and probably closer to $2,000 from what different guys stated. As always, Jeff Gordon was one of the most gracious drivers, acknowledging the crowd and waving to them afterwards.

        The Bud Shootout Selection Show was pretty good, but it could still use with something to beef up the action.

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