South Boston: Raybestos Rookie preview

* Raybestos® Rookie Brendan Gaughan won his second career Craftsman Truck Series race in the Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Gaughan took the checkered flag under caution ahead of Coy Gibbs and became the first repeat race winner since...

* Raybestos® Rookie Brendan Gaughan won his second career Craftsman Truck Series race in the Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Gaughan took the checkered flag under caution ahead of Coy Gibbs and became the first repeat race winner since the series began competing at Texas in 1997. Gaughan has now been highest finishing rookie 11 times in 2002.

* Gaughan led 18 laps at Texas and became the first Raybestos® Rookie to lead a lap since he led the GNC Live Well 250 at The Milwaukee Mile eight races ago. He is the only Raybestos® Rookie to lead a lap in the Craftsman Truck Series this season. Entering the John Boy & Billy's Hardee's 250 at South Boston Speedway, Gaughan has led five times in three races for 113.50 miles.

* Gaughan maintains a commanding lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering the Saturday's race. He leads Bill Lester by 73 points (228-155).

* Gaughan moves from 12th to 11th in Craftsman Truck Series points, best of any Raybestos® Rookie Contender. He is 74 behind 10th place Travis Kvapil and 49 ahead of 12th place Jon Wood.

* Gaughan was also the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Texas, taking the fifth starting position. He has now been highest qualifying rookie six times during the 2002 season.

* Three of the four Raybestos® Rookies that qualified for the Texas race were running at the finish of the event: Gaughan, Jason Small (14th) and Bill Lester (28th). The lone exception was Aaron Daniel who was sidelined with engine problems and finished 21st.

* Two members of this year's Raybestos® Rookie class have competed in the 2001 Silverado 350 last fall at Texas Motor Speedway: Randy Briggs and Donnie Neuenberger. Briggs finished 30th after parking his truck with radiator problems while Neuenberger was involved in an accident on the first lap of the race and was credited with a 36th place finish.

* 2001 Raybestos® Rookie of the Year Travis Kvapil took rookie of the race honors in fine style at in last year's Silverado 350. Kvapil scored his first career win in the race by .501 seconds over Rick Crawford. Kvapil led the race twice for 12 laps and was the only rookie to lead a lap in the race.

* Ricky Hendrick was the only other Raybestos® Rookie to finish in the top-10 in the Silverado 350. He placed eighth and was the only other first year driver to finish inside the top-10.

* Hendrick was also the highest qualifying rookie at Texas, taking the third starting position. In fact, four Raybestos® Rookies started in the top-10 in last year's event at Texas: Jon Wood (fourth), Kvapil (seventh), and Billy Bigley (10th).

* Hendrick and Kvapil were the only two Raybestos® Rookies running at the finish of the event. Engine problems claimed the trucks of Billy Bigley (18th) and Willy T. Ribbs (19th) while Jon Wood (24th) retired with a faulty clutch. Handling problems sideline Brian Rose while and accident forced Larry Gunselman (35th) to park his truck early in the race. <pre> RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER              POINTS
Brendan Gaughan        228
Bill Lester            155
Jason Small            154

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ricky Hendrick , Coy Gibbs , Larry Gunselman , Brian Rose , Rick Crawford , Jon Wood , Billy Bigley , Jason Small , Bill Lester , Brendan Gaughan , Willy T. Ribbs , Randy Briggs , Aaron Daniel , Travis Kvapil