Matt Kobyluck Wins First Busch North Series Race Of The Year At Adirondack International Speedway (Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 31, 2004) - Matt Kobyluck rebounded from a doubly-disappointing weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway the best...
Matt Kobyluck Wins First Busch North Series Race Of The Year At Adirondack International Speedway
(Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 31, 2004) - Matt Kobyluck rebounded from a doubly-disappointing weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway the best possible way, but winning the very next time out. His Saturday night win at Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y. was his first of the 2004 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series season and his first series win since September 2002 when he won at Dover (Del.) International Speedway under similar circumstances.
"In 2002, we destroyed a car at Loudon late in the race, and came back the next week and won at Dover," the Uncasville, Connecticut driver said. "After last weekend, we came out of Loudon with our heads hung low. This win is just a sign of how dedicated my guys are and how dedicated I am to driving the wheels off the thing. They gave me a great car today and that's a testament to the preparation that goes on in the shop."
There were doubts that the Kinney Drug 150 would even be run on Saturday, as persistent rain showed up repeatedly during the day. Between showers, though, brief periods of practice were run. Qualifying was scrapped and the field was lined up by points, putting Kobyluck seventh on the starting lineup.
Kobyluck, who timed in third best in practice, quickly moved to third place after 32 laps of the race were run. He then challenged series champion Andy Santerre for second, taking that spot on lap 42. But Bryon Chew had a very fast car, and passed Kobyluck for second on lap 77.
Running third behind Ryan Moore's leading No. 74 car and Chew's No. 99, Kobyluck caught a major break when a lapped car cut down in front of Moore, taking out both Moore and Chew and leaving Kobyluck in the lead.
"We had a real good car, but the 99 car was really fast," Kobyluck explained. "I knew I was going to be able to get by the 74 car, because I could see he was getting tighter and tighter the longer we ran and I was still handling well, I could get underneath him. The 99 came up through and he had a real good car. Unfortunately, lapped traffic played a role in the outcome of the race today. They went low to go under the lapped car and I went to the high side to go around him. They got caught up with it and I missed everything. It was one of those deals where we survived it and they didn't get through the melee."
Now leading, he had to first deal with Mike Olsen, then Dale Quarterley's No. 32 car for challenges for the top spot. Quarterley moved to second, and looked to take the lead with a bump-and-run with sixteen laps to run.
"If he would have just rode behind me, he wasn't going to get past me," Kobyluck said. "When we ran three or four green laps, I'd pull right away from everyone. I had a really good car after we got a few laps under our belts, but on the restarts we were a little slow. The 32 car got into me pretty hard coming into turn one and got me out sideways and drove underneath me, and I did the same thing to him coming out of turn four."
Kobyluck's getting Quarterley out of the groove got the Mohegan Sun Chevrolet driver back in the lead.
"I wouldn't have gotten into him if he didn't get into me, so basically the favor was returned," he explained.
Kobyluck, who won $6,925 for his fourth career Busch North win, now has some momentum heading into some of the biggest races of the year.
"We go to Watkins Glen next, and then to Beech Ridge and we've got a good car here that we can take to Beech Ridge, because that track is so similar to this one," he said. "It's a momentum track, a big circle, and we found some stuff today that really livened the car up and made it really driveable for me. I'm looking forward to going to Beech Ridge, and I don't normally look forward to going there.
"I'm also looking forward to going to Watkins Glen, obviously, because it's the Mohegan Sun 150," Kobyluck continued. "Having this momentum going into there is huge for us. We're just going to take advantage of this momentum, use it to our benefit, and roll into Watkins Glen and see what we can do there."