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CUP: Twenty-Five In Shootout Field

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Kurt Busch will attempt to defend his 2011 Budweiser Shootout victory against a field of 24 other NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Of the 25 cars entered, Hendrick Motorsports is the only team fielding four cars, while Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Richard Childress Racing will have three each.

Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose will be making their first Shootout starts, while defending Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will not be in the race.

Last year’s race was the closest in history, with Busch defeating Jamie McMurray by .058 seconds.

And the best average finish in the field belongs to Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has a 2.75 average.

The Budweiser Shootout field:

No. 1, Jamie McMurray, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

No. 2, Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing

No. 5, Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports

No. 9, Marcos Ambrose, Richard Petty Motorsports

No. 11, Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 14, Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing

No. 15, Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing

No. 16, Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing

No. 17, Matt Kenseth , Roush Fenway Racing

No. 18, Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 20, Joey Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 22, AJ Allmendinger, Penske Racing

No. 24, Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports

No. 27, Paul Menard, Richard Childress Racing

No. 29, Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing

No. 31, Jeff Burton , Richard Childress Racing

No. 34, David Ragan Front Row Motorsports

No. 39, Ryan Newman, Stewart-Haas Racing

No. 42, Juan Pablo Montoya, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

No. 48, Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports

No. 51, Kurt Busch, Phoenix Racing

No. 55, Michael Waltrip, Michael Waltrip Racing

No. 56, Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing

No. 88, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports

No. 99, Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing

Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of SPEED.com, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for TruckSeries.com. You can follow him online at twitter.com/tomjensen100.