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Terry Labonte is in the Sprint Unlimited but last years NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski is not. Labonte, a two-time champion himself, has run just a handful of races in recent years while Keselowski has won eight races over the last two seasons.
So exactly why is Terry Labonte in the Sprint Unlimited?
It is because of the ever changing rules for running the non-points race which serves as a precursor to the Daytona 500.
Once known as the Budweiser Shootout the race has undergone a few different facelifts in recent years. Last season Budweiser wanted nothing to do with a race which awarded drivers for winning a Coors Light pole award. The result was a rule change which allowed 33 drivers to be eligible for the race.
This year the Sprint Unlimited returns to its original, 1979 concept — a non-points race for drivers who won a Coors Light Pole last season along with previous event winners who participated in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race in ...