BUSCH: Colorado Springs: Raybestos Rookie pre-race notes

* Johnny Sauter took Raybestos® Rookie of the Race honors for the fifth time this season in the Charter Pipeline 250 at Gateway International Raceway. Sauter finished 11th completing all 200 laps of the race and collected Raybestos® Rookie ...

* Johnny Sauter took Raybestos® Rookie of the Race honors for the fifth time this season in the Charter Pipeline 250 at Gateway International Raceway. Sauter finished 11th completing all 200 laps of the race and collected Raybestos® Rookie honors for the third consecutive race. Sauter has now been Raybestos® Rookie of the race in five races this season.

* Two other Raybestos® Rookies finished on the lead lap: Kerry Earnhardt (12th) and Casey Mears (15th). Shane Hmiel (26th) and Scott Riggs (27th) were also running at the finish of the race.

* Mears was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie, taking the eighth starting spot at Gateway. He was the only first year driver to start inside the top-10. The rest of the class: Riggs (14th), Sauter (17th), and Earnhardt (31st). Hmiel was the only rookie that used a provisional to start the race, taking the green flag from the 37th position.

* Riggs continues to lead the chase for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors. Entering Saturday's NetZero 250 at Pike Peak International Raceway, Riggs holds a 59-point advantage over Sauter (255-196).

* Despite his misfortune, Riggs remains fourth in Busch Series points, 140 behind third place Jack Sprague. Riggs holds a 70-point advantage on fifth place Bobby Hamilton Jr.

* Riggs has led more miles than any other Raybestos® Rookie Contender this season. He has led 13 times in eight races (252 laps) for a total of 386.55 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 NetZero 250, four Raybestos® Rookies have started all 20 Busch Series races this season: Riggs, Hmiel, Mears, and Earnhardt.

* Greg Biffle was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in last year's NetZero 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. He finished fifth, one of eight drivers to finish on the lead lap.

* Biffle was the only Raybestos® Rookie to lead a lap at Pikes Peak. He led twice for 35 laps.

* Jamie McMurray had a solid run last year at Pikes Peak, scoring a 12th place finish.

* Four Raybestos® Rookies started the race and three were running at the finish of the race: Biffle, McMurray, and Scott Wimmer (20th). Engine failure sidelined Larry Foyt, leaving him with a 34th place finish.

* Biffle was the highest qualifying rookie, taking the fourth starting position in time trials. Larry Foyt had a strong qualifying run, taking the 10th position. Biffle and Foyt were the only two rookies to start in the top-10.

<pre> RAYBESTOS ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER                  POINTS
Scott Riggs             255
Johnny Sauter           196
Shane Hmiel             189
Casey Mears             165
Kerry Earnhardt         164
Brian Vickers            82
Kasey Kahne              76
Dan Pardus               58

HIGHEST FINISHING RAYBESTOS ROOKIE BY RACE

EVENT                           HIGHEST FINISHING ROOKIE
EAS/GNC Live Well 300           Shane Hmiel, fifth
1-866-RBCTerm.com 200           Scott Riggs, fourth
Sam's Town 300                  Johnny Sauter, third
DarlingtonRaceway.com 200       Johnny Sauter, 11th
Channellock 250                 Scott Riggs, ninth
O'Reilly 300                    Scott Riggs, fourth
Pepsi 300                       Scott Riggs, first
Aaron's 312                     Casey Mears, fifth
Auto Club 300                   Scott Riggs, first
Hardee's 250                    Brian Vickers, seventh
Busch 200                       Shane Hmiel, fourth
Stacker 2 200                   Scott Riggs, second
CARQUEST Auto Parts 300         Scott Riggs, third
MBNA 200                        Scott Riggs, 11th
Inside Traxx 300                Shane Hmiel, ninth
Kroger 300                      Scott Riggs, fourth
GNC Live Well 250               Shane Hmiel, sixth
Stacker 2/GNC Live Well 250     Johnny Sauter, sixth
Tropicana Twister 300           Johnny Sauter, first
Charter Pipeline 250            Johnny Sauter, 11th

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Greg Biffle , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Casey Mears , Larry Foyt , Jack Sprague , Jamie McMurray , Scott Riggs , Kerry Earnhardt , Shane Hmiel , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Scott Wimmer , Brian Vickers