Sparta: Raybestos Rookie pre-race notes

* Randy Briggs was the Raybestos® Rookie of the race in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. Briggs finished 23rd and took home top finishing rookie honors for the first time this season. * Briggs is the fourth different driver...

* Randy Briggs was the Raybestos® Rookie of the race in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. Briggs finished 23rd and took home top finishing rookie honors for the first time this season.

* Briggs is the fourth different driver to take home Raybestos® Rookie of the Race honors this season, joining Brendan Gaughan, Jason Small, and Trent Owens. Briggs ended Gaughan's impressive four race streak where he was highest finishing rookie. Biggs also competed in the 2001 Craftsman Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway, scoring an 18th place finish.

* Only two Raybestos® Rookies were running at the finish of the Kansas race: Biggs and Aaron Daniel, who placed 26th in his third start this season. Gaughan (27th) was sidelined by an accident, Bill Lester (29th) retired from the event with tire problems, and Jason Small (30th) parked his truck with a vibration problem.

* No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap at Kansas Speedway.

* Gaughan is the only 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 O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway.

* Gaughan enjoys a 36 point lead (135-99) over Lester in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

* Gaughan is the only Raybestos® Rookie who ranks in the top-10 in Craftsman Truck Series points. Gaughan is tenth in Craftsman Truck Series points, 40 behind ninth place Travis Kvapil, and 91 behind eighth place Robert Pressley.

* Lester was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Kansas, taking the third starting position in time trials. Lester's qualifying run was the best by a Raybestos® Rookie this season. Entering this Saturday's race at Kentucky Speedway, Lester has been top qualifying rookie in six of the nine Craftsman Truck Series races.

* 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.

* Only three Raybestos® Rookies have started all nine races entering the Kroger 225 at Kentucky Speedway: Gaughan, Small, and Lester.

* Travis Kvapil was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in last year's Kroger 225. Kvapil finished fourth in the race, completing all 150 laps of the event.

* Four Raybestos® Rookies finished in the top-10 at Kentucky. Joining Kvapil in the top-10: Ricky Hendrick (sixth), Jon Wood (seventh), and Billy Bigley (10th). Bigley was the only driver in the top-10 that didn't finish on the lead lap.

* Wood was the only Raybestos® Rookie to lead a lap at Kentucky. Wood held the top spot once for two laps.

* Hendrick was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Kentucky, taking the second starting spot. The Kentucky event was the second consecutive race where Hendrick was the top qualifying rookie and the second consecutive race where Hendrick started second.

* Ten Raybestos® Rookies started last year's race at Kentucky and eight were running at the finish. The exceptions were Ricky Sanders (25th, engine) and Willy T. Ribbs (30th, accident).

<pre> RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER                  POINTS
Brendan Gaughan         135
Bill Lester             99
Jason Small             95
Trent Owens             61
Rodney Sawyers          56
Dana White              28
Randy Briggs            25
Loni Richardson         24
Aaron Daniel            10

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

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Robert Pressley , Ricky Hendrick , Jon Wood , Jason Small , Trent Owens , Bill Lester , Brendan Gaughan , Willy T. Ribbs , Randy Briggs , Aaron Daniel , Loni Richardson , Travis Kvapil , Ricky Sanders