* Scott Riggs was the RaybestosÂ® Rookie of the Race in the MBNA 200 at Dover International Speedway. He finished 11th and took home top finishing rookie honors for the eighth time in 2002. * Riggs maintains a comfortable lead in the...
* Scott Riggs was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the MBNA 200 at Dover International Speedway. He finished 11th and took home top finishing rookie honors for the eighth time in 2002.
* Riggs maintains a comfortable lead in the Raybestos® Rookie Contender standings over Shane Hmiel. He leads Hmiel by 75 points (210-135) entering Saturday's Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.
* Riggs is second in Busch Series points, just 41 behind leader Jack Sprague. He leads his teammate Jason Keller by 14 and fourth place Randy LaJoie by 95 points.
* WOULD YOU BELIEVE? A Raybestos® Rookie Contender has won the pole in three of the last five Busch Series races where time trials were held.
* Hmiel has won two poles in the Busch Series this season, second in the Busch Series behind Jeff Green who has won three.
* Five Raybestos® Rookies started the race at Dover and three were running at the finish: Riggs, Kerry Earnhardt (15th), Kasey Kahne (20th), and Casey Mears (36th). Shane Hmiel was sidelined with engine failure and finished 33rd while an accident ended Johnny Sauter's day, leaving him with a 40th place finish.
* Riggs has led more miles than any other Raybestos® Rookie Contender. Entering Saturday's race at Dover, he has led seven times in six races (111 laps) for a total of 175.05 miles. The rest of the class: Hmiel (65.87), Sauter (50.62) and Mears (6.00).
* Three Raybestos® Rookies have won at least one pole position this season: Hmiel, Riggs, and Sauter.
* Entering the Nashville 300, four Raybestos® Rookies have started all 13 Busch Series races this season: Riggs, Hmiel, Mears, and Earnhardt.
* This is the first time the Busch Series has run two races in the same season at Nashville Superspeedway.
* Hmiel won the pole for the April race at Nashville and Riggs won the race, his first career win. Kerry Earnhardt posted his best career Busch Series finish that same day, collecting an eighth place finish.
<pre> RAYBESTOS ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS
DRIVER POINTS Scott Riggs 210 Shane Hmiel 135 Johnny Sauter 127 Casey Mears 126 Kerry Earnhardt 125 Brian Vickers 59 Kasey Kahne 54 Dan Pardus 43
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