Milwaukee: Raybestos Rookie pre-race notes

News and Notes from the Raybestos® Rookie Contenders - Craftsman Truck Series. * Brendan Gaughan was the Raybestos® Rookie of the race in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park, taking highest finishing rookie honors for the...

News and Notes from the Raybestos® Rookie Contenders - Craftsman Truck Series.

* Brendan Gaughan was the Raybestos® Rookie of the race in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park, taking highest finishing rookie honors for the third consecutive race and fifth time in the last six races. He finished 13th, completing all 200 laps of the event.

* Bill Lester was the only other rookie to finish on the lead lap at Memphis. He finished 17th out of the 20 cars that completed the full distance.

* Five Raybestos® Rookies started the race at Memphis and four were running at the finish of the race: Gaughan, Lester, Rodney Sawyers (24th) and Dana White (30th). The only exception was Jason Small who was sidelined by an accident after 48 laps.

* No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap at Memphis.

* Gaughan was also the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Memphis, taking the 11th starting position in time trials. Gaughan was also the top qualifying rookie in the season opening Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

* Gaughan is the only Raybestos® Rookie in the top-10 in Craftsman Truck Series points. He ranks 10th in the standings, 29 behind ninth place Terry Cook.

* Gaughan continues to lead the Raybestos® Rookie Contender standings over Bill Lester. He enjoys a 26 point advantage (107-81) entering Saturday's GNC Live Well 200 at The Milwaukee Mile.

* Gaughan is the only Raybestos® Rookie to lead a lap in the Craftsman Truck Series this season. He led twice for 60 laps in the O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway (most of any driver in the race) and went on to score his first career victory in the event.

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

*   Only three Raybestos® Rookies have started all eight races entering the
GNC Live Well 200:  Gaughan, Small, and Lester.
*   Travis Kvapil was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race last year at
Milwaukee.  Kvapil finished third, completing all 200 laps of the race.

* Kvapil was the third Raybestos® Rookie in the last four races at Milwaukee to post a top-five finish. Greg Biffle finished fifth in 1998 while Kurt Busch won the 2000 event. Busch is the only Raybestos® Rookie to win a Craftsman Truck Series race at Milwaukee.

* Eight Raybestos® Rookies started the race and four finished in the top-10 on the lead lap at Milwaukee in 2001: Kvapil, Billy Bigley (seventh), Matt Crafton (ninth) and Ricky Hendrick (tenth). The rest of the class: Jon Wood (12th), Willy T. Ribbs (18th), Larry Gunselman (19th) and Brian Rose (28th). All eight Raybestos Rookies were running at the finish of the race.

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

* Hendrick was the top qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Milwaukee, grabbing the sixth starting position. Kvapil, who qualified seventh, was the only other rookie to start inside the top-10.

<pre> RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER                  POINTS
Brendan Gaughan         107
Bill Lester             81
Jason Small             80
Trent Owens             61
Rodney Sawyers          49
Angie Wilson            31
Loni Richardson         24
Dana White              19
Randy Briggs            15

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

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Hendrick , Larry Gunselman , Brian Rose , Jon Wood , Billy Bigley , Jason Small , Trent Owens , Bill Lester , Brendan Gaughan , Angie Wilson , Willy T. Ribbs , Randy Briggs , Loni Richardson , Travis Kvapil