BUSCH: Kansas City: Raybestos Rookie pre-race notes

* Shane Hmiel was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the MBNA All-American Heroes 200 at Dover International Speedway. Hmiel finished 10th, his sixth top-10 of the 2002 season and took home top Raybestos® Rookie honors for the fifth time...

* Shane Hmiel was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the MBNA All-American Heroes 200 at Dover International Speedway. Hmiel finished 10th, his sixth top-10 of the 2002 season and took home top Raybestos® Rookie honors for the fifth time this season and for the first time since the GNC Live Well 250 at The Milwaukee Mile. The Milwaukee event was Hmiel's most recent top-10 finish.

* Raybestos® Rookie Brian Vickers had a good weekend at Dover. Vickers was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie earning the fourth starting position (his best start of the season). He backed up his strong run in time trials with a 13th place finish in the race. Vickers completed all 200 laps of the event.

* No Raybestos® Rookie led at lap at Dover Saturday, the fourth consecutive Busch Series race in 2002 where no first year driver has led a lap. The most recent rookie to lead a lap is Scott Riggs at Michigan. No first year driver led a lap in either Busch Series race at Dover in 2002.

* Leading Raybestos® Rookie Contender Scott Riggs joined Hmiel and Vickers as the only rookies to finish on the lead lap at Dover. Riggs placed 14th but maintains a commanding lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings. He leads Johnny Sauter by 64 points (283-219) entering the Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway.

* Kerry Earnhardt was the only Raybestos® Rookie that failed to finish at Dover. He was involved in an accident and was credited with a 39th place finish. The rest of the class: Johnny Sauter (16th), Kasey Kahne (19th), and Casey Mears (22nd).

* Riggs has led more miles than any other Raybestos® Rookie this season. In 27 starts, he has led 17 times in 10 races for 461.03 miles.

* Riggs is sixth in Busch Series points, 39 behind fifth place Mike McLaughlin and 119 behind fourth place Jack Sprague. Riggs holds a 22 point advantage on seventh place Kenny Wallace and 116 on eighth place Jamie McMurray.

* 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, Johnny Sauter became the first of the Sauter brothers (Jay and Tim) to win a NASCAR Busch Series race.

* Entering the Kansas event, four Raybestos® Rookies have started all 27 Busch Series races this season: Riggs, Hmiel, Mears, and Earnhardt.

* 2001 Raybestos® Rookie of the Year Greg Biffle was the rookie of the race in the 2001 Mr. Goodcents 300. Biffle finished third and was the only freshman driver to finish inside the top-10 and on the lead lap.

* All four Raybestos® Rookies entered in the Kansas race were running at the finish of the event: Biffle, Scott Wimmer (17th), Jamie McMurray (19th), and Larry Foyt (30th).

* No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap last year at Kansas.

* Larry Foyt was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Kansas, taking the eighth starting position. He edged out Biffle (who started ninth) for the honor.

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER                  POINTS
Scott Riggs             283
Johnny Sauter           219
Shane Hmiel             203
Kerry Earnhardt         181
Casey Mears             176
Kasey Kahne             124
Brian Vickers           115
Dan Pardus               69

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
NetZero 250                     Scott Riggs, 16th
Kroger 200                      Johnny Sauter, fourth
Cabela's 250                    Scott Riggs, sixth
Food City 250                   Scott Riggs, 18th
Gatorade 200                    Scott Riggs, 10th
FUNAI 250                       Kasey Kahne, 15th
MBNA All-American Heroes 200    Shane Hmiel, 10th

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