Richmond: Raybestos Rookie pre-race notes

" Brendan Gaughan was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Gaughan finished sixth and took home highest finishing rookie honors for the ninth time in 2002. " Gaughan used his good ...

" Brendan Gaughan was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Gaughan finished sixth and took home highest finishing rookie honors for the ninth time in 2002.

" Gaughan used his good finish at Nashville to stretch his lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings. He leads Bill Lester by 50 points (193-143) points entering the Virginia is for Lovers 200 at Richmond International Raceway.

" Gaughan was also the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Nashville, taking the 11th starting position in time trials. Gaughan has now been the highest qualifying rookie in five races this season.

" Five Raybestos® Rookies qualified for the Nashville event and four were running at the finish of the race: Gaughan, Jason Small (15th), Bill Lester (16th), and loni Richardson (27th). Dana White (34th) parked his car early in the race due to handling problems with his truck.

" Gaughan ranks 12th in Craftsman Truck Series points, best of any Raybestos® Rookie Contender. He is 40 behind 11th place Jon Wood and 68 behind 10th place Coy Gibbs. Gaughan holds a 91 point advantage over 13th place Lance Norrick.

" No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap at Nashville Superspeedway, the sixth 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 Thursday's race at Richmond International Raceway.

" Ricky Hendrick was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the 2001 Virginia is for Lovers 200 at Richmond International Raceway. Hendrick finished eighth, one lap behind race winner Jack Sprague. He was also the highest qualifying rookie, taking the 11th starting position in time trials.

" Billy Bigley had a good run at Richmond, coming away with a tenth place finish. Bigley and Hendrick were the only two rookies to finish in the top-10. Bigley also had a good run in time trials, taking the 13th starting position.

" Seven Raybestos® Rookies started the race and only one, Matt Crafton, failed to finish the event. Crafton was involved in an accident and was credited with a 32nd place finish. The rest of the class: Travis Kvapil (11th), Jon Wood (13th), Willy T. Ribbs (20th), and Brian Rose (24th).

" No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap last year at Richmond.

" 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         193
Bill Lester             143
Jason Small             132
Trent Owens              61
Rodney Sawyers           56
Dana White               55
Randy Briggs             41
Loni Richardson          39
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
Michigan 200                    Bill Lester, 15th
Power Stroke Diesel 200         Dana White, 24th
Federated Auto Parts 200        Brendan Gaughan, sixth

-raybestos-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ricky Hendrick , Jack Sprague , Coy Gibbs , Brian Rose , Jon Wood , Matt Crafton , Billy Bigley , Jason Small , Trent Owens , Bill Lester , Brendan Gaughan , Willy T. Ribbs , Randy Briggs , Aaron Daniel , Loni Richardson , Travis Kvapil