HOMETOWN: Bakersfield, Calif.
LIVES: Winston-Salem, N.C.
JOB: Driver for Richard Childress Racing's No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
CAREER NOTES: Has been successful at nearly every level of racing he's attempted ... Won the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series championship as well as the Winston Cup Series rookie of the year award ... Also won the Winston West championship in 1998 and was rookie of the year in the Featherlite Southwest Series in 1995 ... Also won seven national and two Grand National championships in go-karts.
PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS: Was forced to sit out this year's race at Martinsville, Va., after wrecking another driver in the truck series race despite being warned by NASCAR to avoid trouble ... Was hired to replace Dale Earnhardt following his death in last year's Daytona 500. A week later, he got married in Las Vegas and a week after that he won his first race, the Cracker Barrel 500 at Atlanta ... His favorite television show is The Drew Carey Show.