News and notes from the RaybestosÂ® Rookie contenders - Craftsman Truck Series. Brendan Gaughan was the RaybestosÂ® Rookie of the Race in the Virginia Is For Lovers 200 at Richmond International Raceway, despite being involved in an accident on...
News and notes from the Raybestos® Rookie contenders - Craftsman Truck Series.
Brendan Gaughan was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Virginia Is For Lovers 200 at Richmond International Raceway, despite being involved in an accident on the last lap of the race. Gaughan finished 16th and took home highest finishing rookie honors for the 10th time in 2002.
Gaughan maintains a commanding lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering the Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. He leads Bill Lester by 60 points (214-154).
Lester was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Richmond, taking the 18th starting position. He has now been highest qualifying rookie nine times during the 2002 season. Lester had a rough night in the race at Richmond. He was involved in an accident five laps into the race and was credited with a 36th place finish.
Three Raybestos® Rookies qualified for the Richmond race only Jason Small was officially listed as running at the finish of the event. Small finished 24th.
Gaughan ranks 12th in Craftsman Truck Series points, best of any Raybestos® Rookie Contender. He is only four points behind 11th place Jon Wood and 99 behind 10th place Travis Kvapil. Gaughan holds a 109-point advantage over 13th place Lance Norrick.
No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap at Richmond, the seventh 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 the Silverado 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Two members of this year's Raybestos® Rookie class have competed in the 2001 Silverado 350 last fall at Texas Motor Speedway: Randy Briggs and Donnie Neuenberger. Briggs finished 30th after parking his truck with radiator problems while Neuenberger was involved in an accident on the first lap of the race and was credited with a 36th place finish.
2001 Raybestos® Rookie of the Year Travis Kvapil took rookie of the race honors in fine style at in last year's Silverado 350. Kvapil scored his first career win in the race by .501 seconds over Rick Crawford. Kvapil led the race twice for 12 laps and was the only rookie to lead a lap in the race.
Ricky Hendrick was the only other Raybestos® Rookie to finish in the top-10 in the Silverado 350. He placed eighth and was the only other first year driver to finish inside the top-10.
Hendrick was also the highest qualifying rookie at Texas, taking the third starting position. In fact, four Raybestos® Rookies started in the top-10 in last year's event at Texas: Jon Wood (fourth), Kvapil (seventh), and Billy Bigley (10th).
Hendrick and Kvapil were the only two Raybestos® Rookies running at the finish of the event. Engine problems claimed the trucks of Billy Bigley (18th) and Willy T. Ribbs (19th) while Jon Wood (24th) retired with a faulty clutch. Handling problems sideline Brian Rose while and accident forced Larry Gunselman (35th) to park his truck early in the race.
RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS <pre> DRIVER POINTS Brendan Gaughan 214 Bill Lester 154 Jason Small 150 Trent Owens 61 Dana White 61 Rodney Sawyers 60 Randy Briggs 48 Loni Richardson 42 Aaron Daniel 24