BUSCH: Richmond: Raybestos Rookie preview

* Scott Riggs took Raybestos® Rookie of the Race honors in fine style in the Auto Club 300 at California Speedway, scoring his second win of the 2002 season. Riggs has now recorded two wins in the last three races. He officially scored the ...

* Scott Riggs took Raybestos® Rookie of the Race honors in fine style in the Auto Club 300 at California Speedway, scoring his second win of the 2002 season. Riggs has now recorded two wins in the last three races. He officially scored the victory by .991 second over Jeff Green. The Auto Club 300 was the fifth time in nine Busch races this season where Riggs has been the top finishing rookie.

* Riggs stretched his lead in the Raybestos® Rookie standings to 43 points (129-86) over Johnny Sauter.

* Qualifying was rained out at California, the first time this season time trials have been cancelled due to weather.

*   Riggs was the only Raybestos® rookie to lead at least one lap at
California.  He held the top spot once covering the final 49 laps.

* Riggs climbs to third in Busch Series points, 86 behind leader Jack Sprague and 54 behind second place Jason Keller. He leads fourth place Randy LaJoie by 31 points.

* Kasey Kahne scored his best finish in four career Busch Series starts at California Speedway. Kahne finished 18th on the lead lap. His previous best finish was 31st at Rockingham in February.

* Kerry Earnhardt also had a solid day at California coming away with a 21st place finish on the lead lap.

* A total of six Raybestos® Rookie started the Auto Club 300 and five were running at the finish of the race: Riggs, Kahne, Earnhardt, Shane Hmiel (23rd), Casey Mears (29th). The lone exception was Johnny Sauter. Sauter was involved in an accident on lap 48 and he finished 39th.

* A Raybestos® Rookie Contender has won the pole for the last two Busch Series races where time trials were held (Shane Hmiel at Nashville and Sauter at Talladega). Time trials for the Auto Club 300 at California Speedway were rained out.

* Riggs has led more miles than any other Raybestos® Rookie Contender. He has led five times in four races for a total of 167.82 miles. Sauter has led 50.62 miles (two times in two races). Other rookies that have led at least one lap this season: Mears (6.00) and Hmiel (1.33).

* Three Raybestos Rookies have won a pole position this season: Riggs, Sauter, and Hmiel have all won one pole entering the Hardee's 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

* Entering the Hardee's 250 at Richmond, five Raybestos® Rookies have started all nine Busch Series races this season: Riggs, Sauter, Hmiel, Mears, and Earnhardt.

* Scott Wimmer was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2001 Hardee's 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Wimmer started 26th and finished seventh, on the lead lap. Wimmer was the only rookie to complete all 250 laps.

* Seven Raybestos Rookie started the race at Richmond, and five were running at the finish: Wimmer, Tim Sauter (23rd), Jamie McMurray (26th), Larry Foyt (27th), and David Donohue (36th). Accidents sidelined Greg Biffle (37th) and Marty Houston (38th).

*   Biffle was the highest qualifying rookie at Richmond, taking the eighth
starting position in time trials.  No other rookie qualified in the top-20.

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS

DRIVER              POINTS

Scott Riggs 129
Johnny Sauter 86
Kerry Earnhardt 81
Shane Hmiel 78
Casey Mears 77
Brian Vickers 31
Kasey Kahne 29
Dan Pardus 26

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

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Keller , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Casey Mears , Larry Foyt , Marty Houston , Jamie McMurray , Scott Riggs , Kerry Earnhardt , Tim Sauter , David Donohue , Shane Hmiel , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Scott Wimmer , Brian Vickers