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Roush drivers win Busch, Truck rookie of the year honors
Darnell Fifth Roush Driver To Win Raybestos Rookie Honors
"We clinched rookie of the year honors and that was our ultimate goal," said Darnell. "We'll be back again next year and we fully expect to contend for the championship."
Youngest Raybestos Rookies of the Year (Driver / Age / Season)
1. Kurt Busch 22 years 3 mo. 2000
2. Erik Darnell 23 years 11 mo. 2006
3. Carl Edwards 24 years 3 mo. 2003
4. Travis Kvapil 25 years 10 mo. 2001
5. Kenny Irwin 27 years 3 mo. 1997
Danny O'Quinn Jr. - 2006 NASCAR Busch Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year
O'Quinn Jr.'s diaries
When you entered the season, did you think you'd be competing for this award against a 10-year veteran (John Andretti)? "No, I didn't. You think of rookie and you think of racing against guys like me and Todd (Kluever) and Burney (Lamar). Racing with John, it definitely brought a little extra competition to it with him being to a lot of these tracks. He helped us a lot, though. He helped all of us rookies a lot when we went to the rookie meetings and things, he would come out and tell us things about the track, so he aided to our rookie meetings a lot. It was a lot of fun racing with him all year long." Is it weird being crowned rookie of the year and not having a full-time ride next year? "Well, it's definitely antsy. Hopefully this will help us find a sponsor and things for next year. I definitely want to be over here driving for Jack next year, but we all know that it's sponsor dollars that make these things go. We've got to attract a good sponsor to put me in a program somewhere over here, but hopefully this will help us with that. I'm definitely on the edge of my seat right now, and I'm sure everyone who's in this situation understands that, so we'll have to ask Jack about that."