The eight-car field for the lucrative $147,000 Budweiser Shootout was set on Thursday evening during a draw party at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.


The Budweiser Shootout, a special race-within-a-race bonus event during the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, begins at noon Saturday, with subsequent rounds to follow.


Qualified drivers participated in a drawing to determine their starting positions.  Larry Dixon won the wild card drawing of all drivers who were not qualified.


If a driver wins the Budweiser Shootout and the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, he will earn a $50,000 double-up bonus from NHRA, bringing his potential winnings for the weekend to nearly $200,000.



Budweiser Shootout Pairings, based on results of wild card drawings:


1. Doug Kalitta, Mac Tools dragster  vs. 

8. Larry Dixon, Miller Lite dragster


4. Cory McClenathan, Berryman/Carrier Boyz dragster  vs.

5. Brandon Bernstein, Budweiser dragster


3. Scott Kalitta, Jesse James/Mac Tools dragster  vs.

6. Dave Grubnic, Zantrex-3 dragster


2. Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army dragster  vs.

7. Doug Herbert, Snap-on Tools dragster


Courtesy: NHRA Public Relations  www.nhra.com