Updated 11-11-2002

2002 Rookie of the Year Candidates

Kerry Earnhardt, #12
Shane Hmiel, #47
Kasey Kahne, #98
Casey Mears, #66
Scott Riggs, #10
Johnny Sauter, #2
Brian Vickers, #40
note: it is my understanding that if a driver has driven in five or more races in a season in an upper NASCAR series (Winston Cup),
a driver cannot be eligible for the ROTY in a ‘lower’ series
so Stacy Compton is not eligible

Drivers Looking for a ride

Lyndon Amick
Rich Bickle
Geoffrey Bodine
Joe Buford
Ted Christopher
Kelly Denton
David Donohue
Tim Fedawa
Jeff Fuller, a few races in the #88
David Green
Mark Green, a few races in the #38
Shane Hall
Bobby Hillin
Andy Houston
Marty Houston
Tom Hubert
Stuart Kirby
Curtis Markham
Nate Monteith
Toby Porter
Clay Rogers
Hermie Sadler
Elton Sawyer
Mike Swaim Jr
Dick Trickle
Gus Wasson


RED = New for 2002
* next to car number means a part time/limited schedule
? – Unknown
? name or sponsor – rumored/unknown

some full time/some part time
Car# Driver Manu Sponsor
Owner Crew
0* Bryan Reffner Chevy ? ? ? ?
00* ? Chevy ? Billy Jones John Finley ?Gasoline Alley
?01* ?Andy Santerre ?Chevy ? ?Andy Santerre
Mike Reece
Santerre-Reece Motorsports
? ?
07* Ken Schrader
Michael Vergers
Chevy Federated Auto Parts Ken Schrader Racing Kevin Buskirk
James Ince
09* Carlos Contreras
Roberto Guerrero
Chevy Ciclón Hispanic Racing Team
Mike Vazquez
Rudy Rodriguez
Richie Wauters RCR
1 Jimmy Spencer Chevy Yellow Freight James Finch Marc Reno Hutter
2 Johnny Sauter
Chevy AC Delco

Snap-On, Sikkens,GM Goodwrench, Sylvania

Richard Childress Ricky Viers Richard Childress Racing
3/8* Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy Nabisco’s
Oreo, Ritz
Kevin Manion DEI/RCR
4* Mike Wallace GEICO Direct
Biagi Brothers
Biagi Bros. Racing
Fred Biagi
Keith Caldwell Gasoline Alley Engines
5 David Green Chevy GMAC
Rick Hendrick Lance McGrew Hendrick
6* Wally Dallenbach
Damon Lusk
Dodge Pepsi/Pizza Hut Tommy Baldwin
Eddie D’Hondt
Tommy Baldwin Bill Davis Racing
6* Joe Bessey Chevy Aubuchon Hardware
Glidden Paint
Pottle’s Transportation
Joe Bessey ? ?
7 Randy LaJoie Chevy Kleenex Joe Nemeckek
Ed Evans
Wally Rogers Wegner Motorsports
8 ? Chevy ? Armando Fitz
Ted Conder
HighLine Performance Group
?Dave Leiner Wegner Motorsports
9* Jeff Burton Ford Gain Detergent Jack Roush Brad Parrott Roush Racing
10 Scott Riggs
Ford Nestle Nesquik
Pro-Onsite Technologies
ppc Racing
John Bender
Bob Campbell
Greg Pollex
? Yates
11* Josh Richeson Ford? Timberland PRO
Brett Bodine Racing Donnie Richeson? ?Yates
12 Kerry Earnhardt
Chevy Supercuts(for 20 races)
10-10-220(for 4 races)
Hot Tamales(for 3 races)
JaniKing(for 6 races)
Little Trees(Lowe’s)
FitzBradshaw Racing Bob Temple DEI
14 Larry Foyt Chevy Harrah’s A.J. Foyt ? A.J. Foyt Racing
15* Lyndon Amick Ford Sunrise Farms ppc Racing
John Bender
Bob Campbell
Greg Pollex
Buddy Barnes Yates
16* Chad Chaffin Pontiac FMI Fireplaces,Atlanta Metal Products,Applegate Insulation,Zurich Insurance,Van Meter Insurance,Alpha Signs Wayne Day ?Ronald Pendleton
?John Stancil
Day Enterprises
17* Matt Kenseth Ford ? Robby Reiser ? Kippley
18 Mike McLaughlin Pontiac MBNA Joe Gibbs Tim Shutt Joe Gibbs Racing
19 Tim Sauter Chevy ? AP Performance Bobby Bakeeff Amick Motorsports
20* Coy Gibbs Pontiac Conagra Foods Joe Gibbs Doug Hewitt Joe Gibbs Racing
21 Jay Sauter
Jeff Green
Chevy Rockwell Automation
Atlantic Aviation
AC Delco
Richard Childress
Butch Hylton Richard Childress Racing
22* Carl Long Dodge Wesco Electrical Creech Motorsports ? ?
22* Billy Morris Pontiac ? ? ? ?
22* Drew White
Larry Hollenbeck
Chevy ? Drew White
White Knight Motorsports
George White Uncle Buck
23 Scott Wimmer Pontiac Siemens
(a few races)
Bill Davis Robert Barker Brad Thrower
24 Jack Sprague Chevy
?Pontiac at Daytona
GMAC, Haas
Hendrick Motorsports Dennis Conner Hendrick
25 Bobby Hamilton Jr Ford Team Marines Ed Rensi Fred Wanke Yates
26 Ron Hornaday Chevy Dr Pepper Dave Carroll
Carroll Racing
Todd Lohse Amick?
27 Jamie McMurray Chevy Williams Travel Center Clarence Brewer Jason Radcliff Bill Davis Racing
28* Brad Baker Chevy ? Gary Baker Randy Seals Carl Wegner
29* Kevin Harvick

Jim Sauter

Chevy Sonic
E.T.(the movie)
Richard Childress Bobby Leslie Childress
30* Christian Fittipaldi Chevy Mike’s Hard Lemonade George deBidart
Innovative Motorsports
? Carl Wegner
31* Dave Blaney
at Homestead
Chevy Whelen Engineering Marsh Racing Ted Marsh Roush Racing
32* Dan Pardus Chevy Outdoor Channel Jim & Judie Motorsports Greg Connors ?
33 Tony Raines Chevy Bayer-Alka Seltzer Bill Baumgardner
Michael Kadlecik Amick
34* Steve Grissom Air Force
Racing: My Anti-Drug
Chevy Jimmy Spencer
Frank Cicci
Larry Carter Pro Motors
36 Hank Parker Jr Dodge General Nutrition Centers
Auto Ventshade
Team Jesel
Wayne Jesel
Gary Cogswell Gasoline Alley
37 Jeff Purvis
Elton Sawyer
Chevy Timberwolf
Grove Crane
Clarence Brewer Terry Shirley Bill Davis Racing
38* Mark Green Ford Great Clips
Deka Batteries
Akins Motorsports Wes Ward Pro Motors
40* Brian Vickers
Engineered Machined Products
U.S. Army National Automotive Center
Dodge BLV Motorsports Bryant Frazier ?
43* Hermie Sadler Chevy NWA-Total Non-Stop Action Mike Curb
Cary Agajanian
? ?
44* Mike Harmon Chevy Global Industrial Contractors
Leading Media
Greg Mixon
Mixon Motorsports
? Wegner
46* Ashton Lewis Chevy Civil Air Patrol Lewis Motorsports Charlie Lewis Roush
47 Shane Hmiel
Chevy Mike’s Hard Lemonade George deBidart
Innovative Motorsports
Gere Kennon Carl Wegner
48 Kenny Wallace Chevy Stacker 2
Goulds Pumps,Tiffin Motorhomes,Mike’s Hard Lemonade
George deBidart
Innovative Motorsports
Rick Gay Carl Wegner
49 Derrike Cope
Joe Buford
Ford ?
R3B Motorsports
Jay Robinson Racing Ron Drake ?
52* Brad Teague
Phil Bonifield
Ford ? Jimmy Means
Moy Racing
Jimmy Means ?
54 Kevin Grubb Chevy Toys R Us Rick Goodwin
Ed Whitaker
Team Bristol Motorsports
Tony Lambert ?Tesar
56* Richard Mitchell Chevy Coach USA Mac Hill Motorsports Chris Mitchell Dan Begle
57 Jason Keller Ford Albertsons
Northeastern Supply, State
Water Heaters, Bear Creek Country Kitchens, Pro-Onsite Technologies
ppc Racing
Keith Barnwell
Steve Addington Yates
59 Stacy Compton Chevy Kingsford Charcol
Glad, KC Masterpiece, Hidden Valley, Johnson Sausage, Duck Head Footwear
Tad Geschickter Steve Plattenberger Richard Childress Racing
60 Greg Biffle Ford Grainger Jack Roush Randy Goss Roush
63 Ron Young
Ken Alexander
Chevy ?
Greased Lightning
Ken Alexander Ken Campbell ?
64* Carl Long Chevy ? Glenn Racing
Rick Glenn
? SR Racing Engines
66 Casey Mears
Dodge Phillips 66 Team Jesel
Wayne Jesel
Donnie Richeson Gasoline Alley
67* C.W. ‘Skip’ Smith Chevy
Panasonic Mike Smith Steve Yeagle Rhyne Engines
68* Andrew Medlin Ford ? Steve Husketh ? ?Premiere Engines
71* Ron Young Chevy ? RB1 Motorsports Ricky Pearson Wegner Automotive Research
71* Kevin Lepage Ford ? Matrix Motorosports
Kevin Lepage
Steve Plattenberger
Richard Lasater Cosworth
72* A.J. Alsup Chevy ? Bill Alsup Nipper Alsup Gasoline Alley
74 Closed
Moving to CUP
Chevy X Bill Baumgardner
Eddie Pardue X
75* Butch Miller Chevy ?
Food Country
Charles and Don Henderson Jim Daly Hutter
77* Eric Jones
Kertus Davis
Jimmy Kitchens
Ford ? Tony Hall Jimmy Means JT1 motorsports
?80* ?Phillip Morris ?Ford ? ?Hubert Hensley
Mac Martin
Pat Patterson
Tim Vargo
?Jeff Hensley ?
81* Dwayne Leik Chevy Warranty Gold Marcis Racing ? ?
82* Jaime Guerrero Chevy Ciclon Hispanic Racing Team
Mike Vazquez
Rudy Rodriguez
? ?
84* Dion Ciccarelli Ford ? Glidden Motorsports
? ?
84* Cam Strader
Brian Weber
Chevy U.S. Buildings Diane Odomirok
Brian Weber
? ?
85* Jason Rudd Dodge Graybar Electric Company Jason Rudd Motorsports ?Pete Michel ?
86* Jeff Fultz ? C&C Boiler JCR3 Racing Jon Craig Kippley Performance Engines
87* Joe Nemechek Chevy
Nortel Networks
Precision Gear
Joe Nemechek Brian Pattie Wagner Motorsports
88* Jeff Fuller Chevy ? Joe Nemechek ? Wagner Motorsports
?89* ? ?Chevy ? ?Big Fan Racing
Mark Watkins
Chris Hoiles
?Jeff Finley
Tony Burgess
?Richard Jackson
90* Phil Bonifield Chevy ? ? ? ?
91* Stanton Barrett Ford Bojangles
Red Racing
Stanton Barrett
Jody Looney
Richard Lasater Roush
92 ? Chevy Excedrin Herzog Jackson Motorsports Tony Liberati Fischer Engineering
93* Bill Hoff Pontiac 93.3 WMMR Rocks ? ? ?
94 Larry Gunselman Chevy Waterloo Tool Storage DF2 Motorsports
Danny Bost
Fred Bickford
Matt Groeschl Fischer Engineering
95* ? Dodge Keystone Light Beer
Shoney’s Inns
Sun Drop Soda
Sadler Bros Nick Harrison Ernie Elliott
97* PJ Jones Chevy Menards
Color Fast
Tuttle Motorsports
Dexter Tuttle
? Bill Davis Racing
98* Kasey Kahne Ford Channellock Robert Yates Racing Clyde McLeod Yates
99* Micheal Waltrip Chevy Aarons Rent
Bostrom Seating
Michael Waltrip Bobby Kennedy Gasoline Alley
?* David Reutimann ? Chevy Buzzie Reutimann ? ?
?* Lowell Bennett ? Chevy Lowell Bennett ? Wegner
?* Thomas Mumaw ? Ford ? ?
?* Bobby Norfleet ? Chevy WP Motorsports ?Keith Strunk ?
? Tim Steele Ford ? T&D Motorsports ? ?
?* Donny Morelock ? ? TRFC Motor Sports ? ?


Some Busch Series Primary Sponsor Links:

#09 Ciclón
#1 Yellow Freight
#2 AC Delco
#7 Kleenex/Scott and Klennex
#9 Gain
#10 Nestle Nesquik
#12 Supercuts, 10-10-220, JaniKing
#18 MBNA
#21 Rockwell Automation, Textilease
#23 Siemens
#24 NetZero
#26 Dr Pepper Racing
#30 Mikes Hard Lemonade
#31 Whelen
#33 Bayer / Alka Seltzer
#38 Great Clips
#40 Engineered Machined Products
#46 Civil Air Patrol
#47 Thomas Pacconi Classics
#48 Stacker2
#49 Rent-A-Wreck, R3B Motorsports
#57 Albertson’s
#59 Kingsford
#60 Grainger
#66 Phillips 66
#89 Big Fan Racing
#92 Excedrin
#98 Channellock Racing
#99 Aaron Rents

Born on Date: November 16th, 2001