Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
Lives: Charlotte, N.C., and Daytona Beach, Fla.
Drives: No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing
2002 record: Two victories, six top-fives and 16 top-10s to finish ninth in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings
Career highlights: Won his third career start in a photo finish with Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2001
Other accomplishments: Won NASCAR Busch Series championship and rookie-of-the-year honors in the Winston Cup Series last season
Personal notes: Qualified for the California high school wrestling finals as a junior and a senior, although he later admitted he threw an early-round match as a senior so he could race the next night at Mesa Marin Raceway ... Besides the Busch Series title, also has won championships in Winston West and the Late Model division at Mesa Marin ... Got his job with Richard Childress after he slammed into one of Childress' trucks after a race at Martinsville, Va. "Anyone who'd do that is someone I want working for me, not against me," Childress said.
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