Nashville: Raybestos Rookie pre-race notes

* Dana White was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. White finished 24th and became the sixth different first year driver to take the honor in the Craftsman Truck Series this...

* Dana White was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. White finished 24th and became the sixth different first year driver to take the honor in the Craftsman Truck Series this season.

* Leading Raybestos® Rookie Contender Brendan Gaughan placed 29th at Indianapolis. He leads Bill Lester by 42 (181-139) points entering the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

* Five Raybestos® Rookies qualified for the Indianapolis event and three were running at the finish of the event: White, Gaughan, and Jason Small (25th). Bill Lester (28th) was sidelined by an accident while handling problems forced Loni Richardson (35th) to the garage area early.

* No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the fifth consecutive race where no first-year driver has led at least one lap.

* Lester was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Indianapolis, taking the 11th starting position. No other first year driver started in the top-20.

* Gaughan is the only Raybestos® 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 race at Nashville Superspeedway.

* Lester is the only member of this year's Raybestos® Rookie class that has experience at Nashville Superspeedway. Lester started 10th in last year's Federated Auto Parts 200 but was involved in an accident early in the race and finished 30th.

* Travis Kvapil was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race at Nashville scoring a fifth place finish one lap down to race winner Scott Riggs. He also led the race once for two laps and was the only rookie to finish in the top-10 at Nashville.

* Fellow rookie Ricky Hendrick also led at Nashville. He held the top spot once for five laps on his way to an 11th place finish.

* Eight Raybestos® Rookies started last year's race at Nashville and seven were running at the finish: Kvapil, Hendrick, Brian Rose (15th), Jon Wood (16th), Ricky Sanders (20th), Billy Bigley (23rd), and Willy T. Ribbs (24th). The lone exception was Matt Crafton who left the race with engine failure and finished 25th.

* Kvapil was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie, taking the eighth starting position in time trials. Hendrick also qualified in the top-10, grabbing the ninth starting position.

* Gaughan's win in the O'Reilly 400K at Texas Motor Speedway marks the third consecutive season where a Raybestos® Rookie of the Year Contender has won at least one race.

RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER                  POINTS
Brendan Gaughan         181
Bill Lester             139
Jason Small             129
Trent Owens              61
Rodney Sawyers           56
Dana White               48
Randy Briggs             41
Loni Richardson          31
Aaron Daniel             19

HIGHEST FINISHING RAYBESTOS® ROOKIES BY RACE

EVENT                           HIGHEST FINISHING ROOKIE
Florida Dodge Dealers 250       Jason Small, ninth
Craftsman Anniversary 200       Trent Owens, 15th
Advance Auto Parts 250          Brendan Gaughan, ninth
Ram Tough 200                   Brendan Gaughan, 11th
Rocky Mountain 200              Trent Owens, 14th
MBNA 200                        Brendan Gaughan, 11th
O'Reilly 400K                   Brendan Gaughan, first
O'Reilly Auto Parts 200         Brendan Gaughan, 13th
GNC Live Well 200               Brendan Gaughan, fourth
O'Reilly Auto Parts 250         Randy Briggs, 23rd
Kroger 225                      Brendan Gaughan, 11th
New England 200                 Brendan Gaughan, fifth
Michigan 200                    Bill Lester, 15th
Power Stroke Diesel 200         Dana White, 24th

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ricky Hendrick , Brian Rose , Jon Wood , Scott Riggs , Matt Crafton , Billy Bigley , Jason Small , Trent Owens , Bill Lester , Brendan Gaughan , Willy T. Ribbs , Randy Briggs , Aaron Daniel , Loni Richardson , Travis Kvapil , Ricky Sanders