BUSCH: Indianapolis: Raybestos Rookie pre-race notes

* Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the NetZero 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Riggs finished 16th and took top finishing rookie honors for the 10th time this season. * Riggs maintains a commanding lead in the...

* Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the NetZero 250 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Riggs finished 16th and took top finishing rookie honors for the 10th time this season.

* Riggs maintains a commanding lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings. He leads Johnny Sauter by 63 points (260-197) entering the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

* All six Raybestos® Rookies that started the Pikes Peak event were running at the finish: Riggs, Kerry Earnhardt (18th), Brian Vickers (21st), Shane Hmiel (24th), Casey Mears (25th) and Johnny Sauter (34th).

* No Raybestos® Rookie led a lap at Pikes Peak.

* Riggs is fourth in Busch Series points, 146 behind third place Jack Sprague. He is 32 points ahead of fifth place Scott Wimmer and 57 in front of sixth place Mike McLaughlin.

* Casey Mears was the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Pikes Peak, claiming the 16th starting position. Mears took the highest qualifying rookie honor for the second consecutive race and for the fourth time overall this season.

* Riggs has led more miles than any other Raybestos® Rookie Contender this season. He has led 13 times in eight races (252 laps) for a total of 386.55 miles.

* 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 Kroger 200, four Raybestos® Rookies have started all 21 Busch Series races this season: Riggs, Hmiel, Mears, and Earnhardt.

* Brian Vickers is the only member of this year's Raybestos® Rookie class that has Busch Series experience at Indianapolis Raceway Park. He started 27th and finished 32nd in the 2001 Kroger 200. He was running at the finish of the event.

* 2001 Raybestos® Rookie of the Year Greg Biffle was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in last year's Kroger 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Biffle finished second, 1.246 seconds behind race winner Kevin Harvick. It was one of 16 top-five finishes Biffle would record during the season.

* Biffle led the Kroger 200 once for 107 laps, most of any driver. He was one of just four drivers to lead a lap in the event.

* Jamie McMurray had a solid run at Indianapolis Raceway Park, scoring a 10th place finish completing all 200 laps. McMurray and Biffle were the only Raybestos® Rookies to finish on the lead lap in the Kroger 200.

* The night was not kind to Larry Foyt and Scott Wimmer. Foyt finished 27th but was running at the finish of the race. Wimmer was not so lucky, parking his car after an accident. He was credited with 31st in the final finishing order.

* Biffle was also the highest qualifying Raybestos® Rookie at Raceway Park, taking the second starting position behind pole winner Kenny Wallace. He was the only first year driver to start inside the top-20.

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER                  POINTS
Scott Riggs             260
Johnny Sauter           197
Shane Hmiel             190
Kerry Earnhardt         168
Casey Mears             166
Brian Vickers            91
Kasey Kahne              76
Dan Pardus               58

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

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