Memphis: Raybestos Rookie pre-race notes

News and notes from the Raybestos® Rookie contenders - Craftsman Truck Series * Brendan Gaughan scored his first career Craftsman Truck Series win in the O'Reilly 400K at Texas Motor Speedway. Gaughan took the checkered flag 2.364 seconds in...

News and notes from the Raybestos® Rookie contenders - Craftsman Truck Series

* Brendan Gaughan scored his first career Craftsman Truck Series win in the O'Reilly 400K at Texas Motor Speedway. Gaughan took the checkered flag 2.364 seconds in front of Travis Kvapil to score the victory. The win came in his 24th career start in the series. Gaughan has now been Raybestos® Rookie of the Race four times entering the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park.

* Gaughan was the first Raybestos® Rookie to lead a lap in the Craftsman Truck Series this season. He led twice for 60 laps, most of any driver in the race.

* Gaughan used his win to stretch his lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings. Entering Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park, Gaughan leads Jason Small by 21 points (86-65).

* Gaughan's win marks the third consecutive season where a Raybestos® Rookie of the Year Contender has won at least one race.

* Five Raybestos® Rookies started the O'Reilly 400K at Texas, and two were running at the finish of the event: Gaughan, Bill Lester (11th). Engine failure claimed Jason Small (25th) and Trent Owens (26th) while a vibration sidelined Randy Briggs (32nd).

* Bill Lester was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Texas, taking the seventh starting position. This is the fifth time in six races this season Lester has been top qualifying rookie.

* Eight Raybestos® Rookies qualified for the Rocky Mountain 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, equaling the most first year drivers that have started a Craftsman Truck Series race this season. Eight first year drivers also took the green flag in the Ram Tough 200 at Gateway International Raceway.

*  Only three Raybestos® Rookies have started all seven races entering the
O'Reilly Auto Parts 200:  Gaughan, Small, and Lester.

* Gaughan moves up to ninth in Craftsman Truck Series points, best of all Raybestos® Rookie Contenders. He is four behind eighth place Travis Kvapil and 17 behind seventh place Dennis Setzer. Gaughan leads 10th place Terry Cook by 18 and enjoys a 47 point advantage over 11th place Jon Wood.

* Ricky Hendrick was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the last year's race at Memphis. He started finished seventh, completing all 200 laps of the race. He was also the highest qualifying rookie, taking the 12th starting position in time trials.

* Matt Crafton had a good day last year at Memphis, collecting a 10th place finish on the lead lap. Crafton and Hendrick were the only Raybestos® Rookies to finish in the top-10.

* Several other first year drivers had a good day at Memphis. Billy Bigley (11th), Travis Kvapil (12th) and Jon Wood (14th) all finished on the lead lap. Willy T. Ribbs finished 17th while Brian Rose was the only first year driver that didn't finish the race. An accident left Rose with a 28th place finish.

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

<pre> RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER                  POINTS
Brendan Gaughan         86
Jason Small             65
Bill Lester             62
Trent Owens             54
Rodney Sawyers          34
Angie Wilson            26
Loni Richardson         20
Randy Briggs            13
Dana White               8

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

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ricky Hendrick , Dennis Setzer , Brian Rose , Jon Wood , Matt Crafton , Billy Bigley , Jason Small , Trent Owens , Bill Lester , Brendan Gaughan , Angie Wilson , Willy T. Ribbs , Randy Briggs , Loni Richardson , Travis Kvapil