Kansas City: Raybestos Rookie preview

* Brendan Gaughan was the Raybestos® Rookie of the race in the GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile, taking highest finishing rookie honors for the fourth consecutive race and sixth time in the last seven races. He finished fourth, his ...

* Brendan Gaughan was the Raybestos® Rookie of the race in the GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile, taking highest finishing rookie honors for the fourth consecutive race and sixth time in the last seven races. He finished fourth, his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season. Gaughan was the only rookie to complete all 200 laps of the event.

* Gaughan was also the only Raybestos® Rookie to lead a lap at Milwaukee, holding the top spot once for four laps. Gaughan is the only rookie to lead in the Craftsman Truck Series this season. He has led three times in two races for 94.00 miles entering Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway.

* Gaughan used his strong run at Milwaukee to stretch his lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings over Bill Lester to 35 points (126-91) entering the event at Kansas Speedway.

* Gaughan is the only Raybestos® Rookie who ranks in the top-10 in Craftsman Truck Series points. He trails fourth place Mike Bliss by just 97 points and is just six behind ninth place Dennis Setzer. Gaughan is 22 behind eighth place Robert Pressley and 34 behind seventh place Travis Kvapil.

* Bill Lester was the only other Raybestos® Rookie to finish at Milwaukee, coming away with an 18th place finish. The three other rookies that qualified for the event retired with engine problems: Dana White (25th), Jason Small (26th), and Rodney Sawyers (27th).

* For the second consecutive race, Gaughan was also the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie. He took the 10th starting position. Lester was next highest, earning the 16th starting positon.

* Gaughan is the only Raybestos® Rookie to lead a lap in the Craftsman Truck Series this season. He has led three times in two races for 94.00 miles (64 laps). Gaughan led twice for 60 laps in the O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway (most of any driver in the race) and went on to score his first career victory in the event.

* Gaughan's win marks the third consecutive season where a Raybestos® Rookie of the Year Contender has won at least one race.

* Only three Raybestos® Rookies have started all nine races entering the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250: Gaughan, Small, and Lester.

* Three members of the 2002 Raybestos® Rookie Class competed in last year's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway: Randy Briggs, Brendan Gaughan, and Jason Small. Briggs had the best finish of the three, placing 18th. Gaughan finished 26th (accident) but led the race once for six laps. Small finished 29th after experiencing transmission problems.

* Ricky Hendrick took Raybestos® Rookie of the Race honors in last year's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 in grand style, scoring his first career Craftsman Truck Series win. Hendrick took the checkered flag by 2.841 seconds over Ted Musgrave. Hendrick led three times for 32 laps including the final 24. He was the first rookie to win a race in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2001.

* Three Raybestos® Rookies finished in the top-five at Kansas: Hendrick, Jon Wood (fourth), and Billy Bigley (fifth). Travis Kvapil (sixth) and Nathan Haseleu (10th) also finished in the top-10, giving the class five of the top-10 finishing positions.

* Of the eight drivers who led last year's race at Kansas Speedway, four were Raybestos® Rookies. In addition to Hendrick, other first year drivers who led were Wood (twice for 13 laps), Kvapil (once for three laps), and Bigley (once for two laps).

* Twelve Raybestos® Rookies started last year's event at Kansas, the most rookies to start a Craftsman Truck Series event in 2001.

* Hendrick was also the highest qualifying rookie at Kansas, grabbing the second starting position in time trials. Hendrick was one of three first year drivers to start inside the top-five. The others: Nathan Haseleu (fourth) and Jon Wood (fifth). <pre>

RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER              POINTS
Brendan Gaughan         126
Bill Lester             91
Jason Small             88
Trent Owens             61
Rodney Sawyers          56
Dana White              28
Loni Richardson         24
Randy Briggs            15

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Robert Pressley , Ricky Hendrick , Dennis Setzer , Jon Wood , Billy Bigley , Jason Small , Trent Owens , Bill Lester , Brendan Gaughan , Mike Bliss , Randy Briggs , Loni Richardson , Travis Kvapil