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NASCAR insists no Shootout changes

Even though some last-minute deals are taking place to lock drivers into the first five races of the Sprint Cup season, any new developments will not affect the field for Saturday's Budweiser Shootout, NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said Wednesday.

That means Sam Hornish Jr. will not be in the shootout. Penske Racing officials confirmed Tuesday night Hornish would end up having the 2008 owners points of the Bill Davis Racing No. 22 car and will be locked into the field for the first five events. The former BDR team was 31st in the points last year.

Being 31st instead of 38th in owners points moved Hornish from eighth to sixth among the current Dodge drivers, and the top six plus a seventh wild card were eligible for the Budweiser Shootout.

But NASCAR already has set the field for the Shootout, and there will be no changes, Tharp said. Richard Petty Motorsports' AJ Allmendinger remains in the field as the seventh Dodge.

Bill Davis sold his team in December but retained the rights to the points. NASCAR does not allow teams to buy points outright but allows an offseason transfer to another car as long as the original owner has at least a minimal ownership stake in the car.


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