Brooklyn: Raybestos Rookie pre-race notes

* Brendan Gaughan was the Raybestos® Rookie of the race in the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Gaughan finished fifth, his third top-five of the 2002 season. He has now been highest finishing Raybestos® Rookie in...

* Brendan Gaughan was the Raybestos® Rookie of the race in the New England 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Gaughan finished fifth, his third top-five of the 2002 season. He has now been highest finishing Raybestos® Rookie in eight of the 12 Craftsman Truck Series races this season and in six of the past seven races. Gaughan is also the only member of this year's class to score a top-five finish this season and was the only first-year driver to finish on the lead lap at New Hampshire.

* Four Raybestos® Rookies qualified for the New Hampshire event and three were running at the finish of the race: Gaughan, Bill Lester (14th), and Dana White (24th). Jason Small was sidelined by an accident just 37 laps into the event and was credited with a 32nd place finish.

* No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap at New Hampshire International Speedway, the third consecutive race where no first-year driver has led at least one lap.

* Gaughan is the only Raybestos® Rookie to lead in the Craftsman Truck Series this season. He has led three times in two races for 94.00 miles entering Saturday's Michigan 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

* Gaughan stretched his lead to 44 points (163-119) over Lester in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering Saturday's race at Michigan.

* Gaughan was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at New Hampshire. He claimed the fourth starting position in time trials, his best start of the 2002 season. Gaughan has been top qualifying rookie in four of the 12 Craftsman Truck Series races this season.

* Gaughan's win in the O'Reilly 400K at Texas Motor Speedway marks the third consecutive season where a Raybestos® Rookie of the Year Contender has won at least one race.

<pre> RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER                  POINTS
Brendan Gaughan         163
Bill Lester             119
Jason Small             110
Trent Owens              61
Rodney Sawyers           56
Dana White               37
Randy Briggs             33
Loni Richardson          24
Aaron Daniel             19

HIGHEST FINISHING RAYBESTOS® ROOKIES BY RACE

EVENT                           HIGHEST FINISHING ROOKIE
Florida Dodge Dealers 250       Jason Small, ninth
Craftsman Anniversary 200       Trent Owens, 15th
Advance Auto Parts 250          Brendan Gaughan, ninth
Ram Tough 200                   Brendan Gaughan, 11th
Rocky Mountain 200              Trent Owens, 14th
MBNA 200                        Brendan Gaughan, 11th
O'Reilly 400K                   Brendan Gaughan, first
O'Reilly Auto Parts 200         Brendan Gaughan, 13th
GNC Live Well 200               Brendan Gaughan, fourth
O'Reilly Auto Parts 250         Randy Briggs, 23rd
Kroger 225                      Brendan Gaughan, 11th
New England 200                 Brendan Gaughan, fifth

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason Small , Trent Owens , Bill Lester , Brendan Gaughan , Randy Briggs , Aaron Daniel , Loni Richardson