NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH NORTH SERIES POST-RACE NOTES The Edge Hotel 150, Adirondack International Speedway, Saturday, July 30, 2005 When 6-foot-5 Matt Kobyluck stands on the window sill of his Mohegan Sun Chevrolet and raises...
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH NORTH SERIES POST-RACE NOTES
The Edge Hotel 150, Adirondack International Speedway, Saturday, July 30, 2005
When 6-foot-5 Matt Kobyluck stands on the window sill of his Mohegan Sun Chevrolet and raises his arms in triumph, it's an impressive sight. It's getting to be a common sight, too, as Kobyluck is now batting .500 in 2005, with three wins in six starts. Despite a 19th place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway, he has closed to within seven points of Mike Stefanik for the series lead.
Bonus points for lap leadership have played a role in helping Stefanik and Kobyluck pull ahead in the championship race. Both have benefited from the extra five points that goes to the leader of the most laps, and Stefanik picked up five points for leading Kobyluck by inches on laps 75 and 76 of The Edge Hotel 150. Those side-by-side restart duels are a direct result of the double-file restart procedure adopted one week ago in the Town Fair Tire 150 at Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl.
If there were no bonus points for lap leadership, Stefanik would still lead the standings, but by just five points over Andy Santerre, who hasn't led a lap so far in 2005. Kobyluck would be third.
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The fans are a big part of the show at Adirondack. They turn out in impressive numbers for the North Country's biggest motorsports event of the year, and they've seen all four races decided in the closing laps on the nearly-circular half-mile track. They also fill the track during the pre-race autograph session. This year many of them were wearing the orange tee shirts of event sponsors, The Edge Hotel in nearby Lyons Falls, N.Y. Since orange is also the color of the Kobyluck team's souvenir shirts, victory lane looked a bit like a post-game celebration down the road at Syracuse University.
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The beneficiary rule was implemented by the Busch North Series at Adirondack. At each caution flag, "the highest scored position non-lead lap car will be instructed to pass the pace car," to quote from the bulletin issued to competitors and officials. Normally, that means the first car one lap down gets to move to the tail of the lead lap. On lap 25 of The Edge Hotel 150, Rob Humphreys became the first beneficiary in Busch North Series history.
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Carlos Pardo became the second Mexican driver to start a Busch North Series race in Troy Williams' #21, following Rogelio Lopez at Lake Erie Speedway. Pardo qualified 17th, edged into the top ten at a lap 44 restart, and despite being involved in a couple of cautions he finished 11th on the lead lap in his NASCAR debut.
Billy Osta of Rotterdam, N.Y., was also scheduled to make his Busch North debut at Adirondack in the Hillside Nursery #97, but the engine blew in practice. He was credited with 25th place. Osta is normally a modified driver on the clay at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway.
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Two notable performances are not reflected in the race report from The Edge Hotel 150. John Cerbone qualified 15th, the best of his career, before engine woes left him 19th at the finish. Scott Bouley, after changing a transmission seal in practice, charged from 19th in the lineup to run seventh on lap 44 before a broken rear end ended his day.
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CORRECTIONS: Two typos in the unofficial finish sent to the media after the race: Andy Santerre's money won is $5,144, not $5,044, and there were 59 laps run under caution, not 50.
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Milestones... Joining Ryan Seaman (9th) in posting best career finishes were Jeff Anton (10th), Rob Humphreys (14th) and Joe Masessa (16th)... Dave Dion and Eddie MacDonald failed to finish for the first time this season. Each lost two spots in the point standings, Dion from 6th to 8th and MacDonald from 10th to 12th.... The big winner in the standings was Bryon Chew, advancing from 9th to 7th... Charles Lewandoski drove a backup Buzz Chew Motorsports entry... Although there is no official "rookie of the race" award, Jeff Anton was the highest placed Sunoco Rookie contender. Sean Caisse has enjoyed that distinction four times this year and Jame Civali once.