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October 2, 2001


1. LOUDON, N.H. - October 2, 2001) -- The schedule has been announced for the
NASCAR Winston Cup Series New Hampshire 300 at New Hampshire International
Speedway.  The event, originally set to run on September 16, has been
rescheduled for Friday, November 23.On track activities will begin on
Friday, November 23 at 8:30 a.m., as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams
will have a 45-minute practice session. Pre-race activities will commence at
11:00 a.m. with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver introductions starting
at 11:30 a.m. At Noon, Jeff Gordon and Ricky Rudd will lead a field of 43
starters to the green flag for the start of the New Hampshire 300, the final
event of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. The starting line-up for
the New Hampshire 300 was determined by the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Owner
Point Standings prior to September 16 in accordance with the 2001 NASCAR
Winston Cup Series Rule Book. Speedway gates will be open at 6:00 a.m. on
Friday, November 23.  All reserved grandstand tickets originally issued for
the September 16 event date will be honored.


   Raybestos Rookie Contender Kurt Busch collected Raybestos Rookie of the
Race honors at the Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway.  Busch finished
ninth, scoring his sixth top-10 finish of the 2001 season.  Busch has now
been the highest finishing rookie in six races this season.

   Jason Leffler captured the Bud Pole at Kansas Speedway, his first career
pole position in 23 NASCAR Winston Cup starts.  Leffler became the fifth
first-time pole winner in 2001, joining fellow Raybestos Rookies Kurt Busch,
Stacy Compton, Ryan Newman, and Jeff Green.  Leffler became the 12th driver
in the modern era to score his first career pole within his first 25 races
and was the 10th different pole winner in the 11 inaugural events since

   Leffler joins Kurt Busch as the second Raybestos Rookie to win a pole
position this season.  The 2001 season marks the first time since 1994 that
two different Raybestos Rookies have won at least one pole in the same
season (Ward Burton and Loy Allen accomplished the feat that season).  Three
different rookies to won at least one pole in 1979, establishing the modern
era record (Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, and Joe Milliken).    

   Leffler was also the only Raybestos Rookie to lead at least one lap at
Kansas.  He held the top spot for the first eight laps of the race.
   Busch used his strong run to close the gap between himself and Kevin
Harvick in the Raybestos Rookie Contender Standings.  Harvick leads Busch by
65 points (288-223) entering Sunday's UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor
   Four Raybestos Rookie Contenders qualified for the race at Kansas on
their time:  Leffler (first), Casey Atwood (fifth), Harvick (15th), and Andy

Houston (16th).  Atwood's run marked the seventh time this season he has
started in the top-10.  Kurt Busch used a provisional to make the field.

DRIVER                      POINTS
Kevin Harvick               288
Kurt Busch                    223
Casey Atwood              197
Ron Hornaday              180
Jason Leffler                178
Andy Houston               151

EVENT                                  HIGHEST FINISHING ROOKIE
Daytona 500                                 Ron Hornaday, 17th
Dura Lube 400                              Kevin Harvick, 14th
UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400           Kevin Harvick, eighth
Cracker Barrel 500                       Kevin Harvick, first
Carolina Dodge Dealers 400        Kevin Harvick, 14th
Food City 500                              Casey Atwood, 20th
Harrah's 500                                Kurt Busch, fourth
Virginia 500                                 Andy Houston, 17th
Talladega 500                             Kurt Busch, third
NAPA Auto Parts 500                   Kurt Busch, 13th
Pontiac Excitement 400              Casey Atwood, 12th
Coca-Cola 600                             Kevin Harvick, second
MBNA Platinum 400                    Kevin Harvick, eighth
Kmart 400                                   Kevin Harvick, 10th
Pocono 500                                Kurt Busch, 13th
Dodge/Save Mart 350                 Kevin Harvick, 14th
Pepsi 400                                   Jason Leffler, 25th
Tropicana 400                            Kevin Harvick, first
New England 300                       Kevin Harvick, eighth
Pennsylvania 500                      Casey Atwood, 15th
Brickyard 400                             Kurt Busch, fifth
Global Crossing @ The Glen     Kevin Harvick, seventh
Pepsi 400                                  Casey Atwood, 10th
Sharpie 500                               Kevin Harvick, second
Mountain Dew Southern 500     Kevin Harvick, eighth
Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400        Kevin Harvick, second
MBNA-Cal Ripken Jr. 400           Kevin Harvick, sixth
Protection One 400                    Kurt Busch, ninth