BUSCH: Brooklyn: Raybestos rookie preview

Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Sauter finished fourth, his third top-five and fourth top-10 of the 2002 season. He took top finishing Raybestos® Rookie honors for the fourth...

Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Sauter finished fourth, his third top-five and fourth top-10 of the 2002 season. He took top finishing Raybestos® Rookie honors for the fourth time in the past six races and the sixth time overall this season. Sauter was also the only rookie to finish in the top-10 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Leading Raybestos® Rookie Contender Scott Riggs finished 11th completing all 200 laps. He was the only other rookie to finish in the top-10. Three other Raybestos® Rookies were running at the finish of the race: Kasey Kahne (15th), Brian Vickers (19th) and Casey Mears (25th). Kerry Earnhardt (33rd) left the race with engine failure while an accident sidelined Shane Hmiel (39th).

Riggs was the only rookie to lead a lap in the Kroger 200. He held the top spot once for 94 laps, the most of any driver in the race.

Riggs was also the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Indianapolis Raceway Park, grabbing the fifth starting position. Shane Hmiel (ninth) and Kasey Kahne (tenth) also qualified in the top-10. The qualifying run by Kahne was his best of the 2002 season.

Riggs maintains a commanding lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings. He leads Johnny Sauter by 54 points (264-210) entering the Cabela's 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

Riggs is fourth in Busch Series points, 118 behind third place Jack Sprague. He is seven points ahead of fifth place Scott Wimmer and 76 in front of sixth place Mike McLaughlin.

Riggs has led more miles than any other Raybestos® Rookie Contender this season. He has led 14 times in nine races (346 laps) for a total of 451.04 miles.

Three Raybestos® Rookies have won at least one pole position this season: Hmiel (2), Riggs (2), and Sauter (1).

With his win in the Tropicana Twister 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Sauter became the first of the Sauter brothers (Jay and Tim) to win a NASCAR Busch Series race.

Entering the Michigan event, four Raybestos® Rookies have started all 22 Busch Series races this season: Riggs, Hmiel, Mears, and Earnhardt.

Jamie McMurray was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Cabela's 250 at Michigan International Speedway. McMurray finished 17th, completing all 125 laps. Larry Foyt also had a solid run in last year's race at Michigan, collecting an 18th place finish on the lead lap.

Foyt was also the highest qualifying rookie at Michigan, grabbing the fifth starting position. He was the only freshman driver to start inside the top-10.

Four Raybestos® Rookies started the race and three were running at the finish: McMurray, Foyt and Scott Wimmer (23rd). The lone exception was Greg Biffle, who retired after five laps because of an accident and was credited with 43rd in the final finishing order.

No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap in last year's race at Michigan. Kevin Harvick (once for 12 laps) and Ron Hornaday (once for one lap) were the two most recent rookies to lead a lap in a Busch race at Michigan in 2000.

-raybestos-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Casey Mears , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Mike McLaughlin , Larry Foyt , Jamie McMurray , Scott Riggs , Kerry Earnhardt , Shane Hmiel , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Scott Wimmer , Brian Vickers