BUSCH: Darlington II: Raybestos Rookie pre-race notes

* Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Riggs finished 18th and has taken Raybestos® Rookie of the Race honors 12 times this season. He has been top finishing rookie in three of the...

* Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Riggs finished 18th and has taken Raybestos® Rookie of the Race honors 12 times this season. He has been top finishing rookie in three of the last four Busch Series races.

* Riggs maintains a sizable lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings. He leads Johnny Sauter by 63 points (277-214) entering Saturday's South Carolina 200 at Darlington Raceway.

* Riggs was also the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Bristol. He qualified second for the race just behind his teammate Jason Keller.

* No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap at Bristol.

* Riggs has led more miles than any other Raybestos® Rookie this season. In 24 races, he has led 17 times in 10 races for 461.03 miles.

* Three of the six Raybestos® Rookies that started the Bristol event were running at the finish of the race: Riggs, Shane Hmiel (24th), and Johnny Sauter (33rd). Oil pump problems sidelined Kerry Earnhardt (31st) while engine problems forced Casey Mears (40th) from the event. Brian Vickers (38th) parked his car after he was involved in an accident.

* Riggs is fifth in Busch Series points, 45 behind fourth place Scott Wimmer and 51 behind third place Jack Sprague. He is 68 points ahead of sixth place Mike McLaughlin and 198 in front of seventh place Kenny Wallace.

* Three Raybestos® Rookies have won at least one pole position this season: Hmiel (2), Riggs (2), and Sauter (1).

* With his win in the Tropicana Twister 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Sauter became the first of the Sauter brothers (Jay and Tim) to win a NASCAR Busch Series race.

* Entering the Bristol event, four Raybestos® Rookies have started all 24 Busch Series races this season: Riggs, Hmiel, Mears, and Earnhardt.

* Scott Wimmer was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the 2001 South Carolina 200. Wimmer finished 12th and was the only rookie to finish on the lead lap. The Darlington event was the second consecutive event where Wimmer was top finishing rookie and the second race where he was the only rookie to finish on the lead lap.

* Four Raybestos® Rookies started the event and three were running at the finish of the race: Wimmer, Greg Biffle (15th), and Jamie McMurray (23rd). Larry Foyt (39th) was sidelined by an accident after just 18 laps of the 147 lap event.

* No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap in last year's South Carolina 200. In fact, no first year driver led a lap in either Busch Series race at the historic South Carolina speedway.

* Jamie McMurray was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Darlington, grabbing the 12th starting position.

<pre> RAYBESTOS ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER                  POINTS
Scott Riggs             277
Johnny Sauter           214
Shane Hmiel             195
Kerry Earnhardt         175
Casey Mears             169
Brian Vickers            99
Kasey Kahne              96
Dan Pardus               64

HIGHEST FINISHING RAYBESTOS ROOKIE BY RACE

EVENT                           HIGHEST FINISHING ROOKIE
EAS/GNC Live Well 300           Shane Hmiel, fifth
1-866-RBCTerm.com 200           Scott Riggs, fourth
Sam's Town 300                  Johnny Sauter, third
DarlingtonRaceway.com 200       Johnny Sauter, 11th
Channellock 250                 Scott Riggs, ninth
O'Reilly 300                    Scott Riggs, fourth
Pepsi 300                       Scott Riggs, first
Aaron's 312                     Casey Mears, fifth
Auto Club 300                   Scott Riggs, first
Hardee's 250                    Brian Vickers, seventh
Busch 200                       Shane Hmiel, fourth
Stacker 2 200                   Scott Riggs, second
CARQUEST Auto Parts 300         Scott Riggs, third
MBNA 200                        Scott Riggs, 11th
Inside Traxx 300                Shane Hmiel, ninth
Kroger 300                      Scott Riggs, fourth
GNC Live Well 250               Shane Hmiel, sixth
Stacker 2/GNC Live Well 250     Johnny Sauter, sixth
Tropicana Twister 300           Johnny Sauter, first
Charter Pipeline 250            Johnny Sauter, 11th
NetZero 250                     Scott Riggs, 16th
Kroger 200                      Johnny Sauter, fourth
Cabela's 250                    Scott Riggs, sixth
Food City 250                   Scott Riggs, 18th

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Casey Mears , Mike McLaughlin , Larry Foyt , Jack Sprague , Jamie McMurray , Scott Riggs , Kerry Earnhardt , Shane Hmiel , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Scott Wimmer , Brian Vickers