BUSCH: Rockingham II: Raybestos Rookie preview

NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE RAYBESTOS ROOKIE CONTENDERS - BUSCH SERIES Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Riggs finished fourth, his eighth top-five of the 2002 season. Riggs took home...

NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE RAYBESTOS ROOKIE CONTENDERS - BUSCH SERIES

Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Riggs finished fourth, his eighth top-five of the 2002 season. Riggs took home highest finishing Raybestos® Rookie honors for the 14th time this season.

Riggs was one of two Raybestos® Rookies to lead the Atlanta race. He led the event twice for 12 laps. Brian Vickers was the other first year driver to lead at Atlanta, also leading twice for 12 laps. Vickers led a Busch Series race for the first time in 22 career starts and finished 12th in the race.

Johnny Sauter finished 10th at Atlanta, giving the class two members who logged top-10 finishes. Sauter scored his fifth top-10 of the 2002 season.

Three other Raybestos® Rookies were running at the finish of the race: Shane Hmiel (20th), Kasey Kahne (21st), Casey Mears (23rd). The only first year driver that failed to finish the event was Kerry Earnhardt who was sidelined by an accident early in the race and was credited with a 41st place finish.

Riggs maintains a commanding lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings. He leads Johnny Sauter by 66 points (290-224) entering the Sam's Club 200 at North Carolina Speedway.

Riggs has led more miles than any other Raybestos® Rookie this season. In 31 starts, he has led 20 times in 12 races for 557.51 miles. Riggs is eighth in Busch Series points, 17 behind seventh place Kenny Wallace and 38 behind sixth place Jamie McMurray. Riggs is 28 points ahead of ninth place Bobby Hamilton Jr. and holds a 166 point advantage over tenth place Stacy Compton.

Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race this past February at Rockingham, scoring a fourth place finish. He was the only first year driver to finish in the top-10. Johnny Sauter placed 13th and was the only Raybestos® Rookie to lead at least one lap in the race (he led once for 21 laps). Riggs and Sauter were the only Raybestos® Rookies to finish on the lead lap at Rockingham. Shane Hmiel was the highest qualifying rookie, taking the second starting position.

Greg Biffle was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the 2001 Sam's Club 200 at North Carolina Speedway. Biffle placed 12th, just ahead of fellow Raybestos® Rookie Scott Wimmer. He was also the highest qualifying rookie, taking the fifth starting position in time trials and was the only first year driver to start in the top-10.

All five Raybestos® Rookies that started the race at Rockingham were running at the finish of the event: Biffle, Wimmer, Jamie McMurray (16th), Tim Sauter (26th), and Larry Foyt (29th).

No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap at Rockingham last fall.

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 Atlanta event, four Raybestos® Rookies have started all 30 Busch Series races this season: Riggs, Hmiel, Mears, and Earnhardt.

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER                  POINTS
Scott Riggs             290
Johnny Sauter           224
Shane Hmiel             215
Kerry Earnhardt         206
Casey Mears             182
Brian Vickers           143
Kasey Kahne             140
Dan Pardus               81

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