RAYBESTOS ROOKIE NEWS AND NOTE - TROPICANA TWISTER 300

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- Kyle Busch was the Raybestos? Rookie of the race in the Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Busch finished 11th and took top rookie honors for the 15th time in 18 races. He maintains a commanding lead in the Raybestos? Rookie standings over Paul Menard (267-139) entering the Tropicana Twister 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

- Busch remains second in the Busch Series championship standings, 68 points behind leader Martin Truex Jr. He has a 259-point edge over third place Greg Biffle.

- Entering the race at Chicagoland, Busch has led the most miles and laps of any Raybestos? Rookie. He has led 22 times for 648 laps (750.62 miles). Bowyer has held the top spot five times for 104 laps (144.32 miles). No other Raybestos? Rookie has led a lap this season.

- A Raybestos? Rookie has led the most laps in five of the 18 races this season. Busch has led the most laps in four races (Nashville-June, Richmond, Texas and Charlotte) while Clint Bowyer led the most laps at Nashville (April).

- Busch owns the record for most poles by a Raybestos? Rookie in the Busch Series. Entering the race at Daytona, Busch has captured four poles: Nazareth, Texas, Darlington, and Richmond. Kenny Wallace, who won three poles in 1989, held the previous mark.

- Busch won the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway from the pole, becoming the first Raybestos? Rookie to win from the Bud Pole since the program was established in 1989.

- Busch is the only Raybestos? Rookies to start every Busch Series race this season.

CHICAGOLAND RAYBESTOS? ROOKIE TIDBITS...
- Joey Clanton was the Raybestos? Rookie of the Race in the 2003 Tropicana Twister 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Clanton scored a 14th place finish in the race.

- The best finish by a Raybestos? Rookie is held by Johnny Sauter. Sauter won the 2002 race, taking the checkered flag by .420 seconds ahead of Todd Bodine. In three races at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, no other Busch Series Raybestos? Rookie has finished in the top-10. In fact, discounting Sauter's victory, the best finish by a Raybestos? Rookie is 13th by Scott Wimmer in 2001.

- Raybestos? Rookies who have led a lap at Chicagoland Speedway:

2001: Greg Biffle (once for 18 laps)
2002: Johnny Sauter (once for 21 laps)
2002: Scott Riggs (once for four laps)

RAYBESTOS? ROOKIE RECORDS...
- David Stremme was the 2003 Raybestos? Rookie of the Year. Stremme started just 18 of the 34 races, a record number for fewest starts for a driver to win Raybestos? Rookie of the Year. He was the top rookie finisher in 16 of those starts. He was the only Raybestos? Rookie to score three top-three finishes and had more top-10 finishes (seven) than any other first-year driver. He led six races for a total of 86 laps.

- 2001 Raybestos? Rookie of the Year Greg Biffle holds SEVEN all time records by the rookie of the year: most wins (five), most top-fives (16), most top-10s (21), most money won ($1,623,546), most points (4,509), most laps led (948) and most races led (19).

- The best championship finish by a Raybestos? Rookie: third place by Steve Park (1997) and Kevin Harvick (2000).

- Hermie Sadler was the first Raybestos? Rookie to win a race, at Rougemont, North Carolina, in 1993.

RAYBESTOS? ROOKIE CONTENDER POINT STANDINGS...
DRIVER / POINTS
- Kyle Busch / 267
- Paul Menard / 139
- Clint Bowyer 103
- J.J. Yeley 99
- Billy Parker 61
- Donnie Neuenberger 55
- Stan Boyd 54
- Travis Geisler 40 - Rick Markle 29

HIGHEST FINISHING RAYBESTOS? ROOKIE BY RACE...
EVENT / HIGHEST FINISHING ROOKIE
Hershey's Kisses 300 / Kyle Busch, 24th
Goody's Headache Powder 200 / Kyle Busch, seventh
Sam's Town 300 / Kyle Busch, 15th
Diamond Hill Plywoo

d 200 / Kyle Busch, 17th
Sharpie Professional 250 / Kyle Busch, third
O'Reilly 300 / Kyle Busch, second
Pepsi 300 / Clint Bowyer, fourth
Aaron's 312 / Kyle Busch, fourth
Stater Bros. 300 / Kyle Busch, seventh
Charter 250 / Kyle Busch, fifth
Funai 250 / Kyle Busch, first
Goulds Pumps 200 / Kyle Busch, tenth
Carquest Auto Parts 300 / Kyle Busch, first
MBNA America 200 / Kyle Busch, fifth
Federated Auto Parts 300 / Clint Bowyer, third
Meijer 300 / Kyle Busch, first
Alan Kulwicki 250 / Clint Bowyer, 10th
Winn-Dixie 250 / Kyle Busch, 11th

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