"That was just something you're not supposed to be able to do," Gibbs says with a laugh. "I know that from experience because I've raced there before. I knew Denny was special after that, so we signed him to run one of our Busch Series cars for the full '05 season."

As they say, the rest is history-or at least history in the making as Hamlin heads into a bright future.-Jason Mitchell

BUSCH RECORDS
Here’s a look at the Busch Series records for this season’s Nextel Cup rookies. The stats are through the Pepsi 300 of Nashville Superspeedway, the eighth race of the ’06 Busch Series season.
DRIVER STARTS WINS TOP 5s TOP 10s POLES
Clint Bowyer 59 2 18 32 3
Denny Hamlin 43 1 3 18 2
Martin Truex Jr. 90 12 34 51 10
Brent Sherman 27 0 0 1 0
Reed Sorenson 47 2 13 24 2
David Stremme 87 0 12 30 1
J.J. Yeley 59 0 7 22 1