3 & 5
The number of top-five and -10 finishes for rookies Matt Kenseth (11th in the championship points race) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (15th overall) so far this season.
8 & 10
The number of top-five and -10 finishes for current championship points leader Bobby Labonte.
The number of different race winners this year, out of 14 races.
The duration, in minutes, of the rain delay at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte.
The duration, in minutes, of the first rain delay at the Kmart 400 in Michigan. (The final rain delay lasted just less than five minutes before the race was called.)
The number of rain-soaked race fans who endured the rain delays at Michigan.
|Raybestos Rookie of the Year Points Following Race No. 14 |
|MATT KENSETH ||174 |
|DALE EARNHARDT JR. ||160 |
|STACY COMPTON ||113 |
|DAVE BLANEY ||107 |
|SCOTT PRUETT ||86 |
"I think it's easier for rookies to do well these days. I read something Ricky Rudd said the other day, that rookies coming into the sport used to have to get into junk and work their way into good rides. To drive for Jack (Roush) with teammates like Mark (Martin) and Jeff (Burton)-we have everything at our disposal. There's nothing that we're lacking. If you ask Jack what it costs to go Winston Cup racing, I am pretty sure he would tell you it doesn't matter. We have everything we need. It's just up to us to figure out how to use all the tools that we're given."-Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 DeWalt Ford Taurus.
"That's the plan as of right now, but we need to find somebody that's my size, so we're going to (check out) the eighth-grade classes around the Charlotte area."
-John Andretti, driver of the #43 STP/Cheerios Pontiac, on whether he would start the Coca-Cola 600 with broken ribs.
Quick StatDale Jarrett tops the money winnings so far at $3,580,134. Jarrett is currently in fourth place. The number-one driver in points, Bobby Labonte, has a balance of $1,538,901-that's $2,041,233 short of Jarrett.
News MakersThe Artful DodgeThe "Dodge Test Team" took its first test laps in early May at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was the first time in 22 years that a Dodge factory-supported race car had been on a racetrack, and its performance did not disappoint. Test driver Kyle Petty warmed up for a couple laps then finished off the four-lap set with a 36.82-second run at an average speed of 146.659 mph. To give some perspective, Jeff Green's pole time in the '99 Jiffy Lube 400 was 34.669, just 2.6 seconds faster. "The car did very well," Evernham said. "Kyle was happy with the car-it drove good, shifted good, the brakes worked good, no leaks, and aerodynamically, even though the speeds are not where they would be on a Winston Cup race weekend, we're plenty fast enough to find out if we balance or not."
Pressley Almost King For A DayRobert Pressley, driver of the #77 Jasper Engines Ford, had an impressive run at Michigan. Pressley was mere minutes away from earning his first career Winston Cup victory, if only the rain had fallen sooner. After a final pit stop for two tires, Pressley took the lead only to lose it a few laps later to Tony Stewart just before the rain began to pour. It was his first top-five finish this year and the second of his career. "Man, I would have liked to have seen it (the rain) about eight minutes earlier," said Pressley. "But we'll take 'em anyway we can get 'em."