Matt Kobyluck fights ill-handling car to finish Beech Ridge seventh Mohegan Sun Chevrolet driver Matt Kobyluck, of Uncasville, Connecticut, struggled in the fourth NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race of the season as his car...
Matt Kobyluck fights ill-handling car to finish Beech Ridge seventh
Mohegan Sun Chevrolet driver Matt Kobyluck, of Uncasville, Connecticut, struggled in the fourth NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race of the season as his car was not handling well at the one-third mile Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. He persevered to finish seventh, his third top-ten finish of 2003. With that finish, continues to run fifth in the series championship standings.
"We pulled out a top ten, we'll live with it," he said after the race. "We'll come back next week at Stafford and try to correct our errors from today and move forward."
Kobyluck's day at Beech Ridge began with a fourteenth place qualifying effort. He only was allowed one timed lap in time trials rather than the standard two.
"We needed to be through tech inspection and in line to qualify by 4:45," he said. "We got hung up in line with everybody that needed to make adjustments to make it through tech and we didn't make it through by that time, so we lost a lap.
"We have a good car, we turned the fastest first lap by far of anybody here," he continued. "We had a good shot at a good qualifying position. We've got a decent car, we'll just hopefully be able to skate up through without any damage and get to the front and run with the guys once we get up there."
Kobyluck had only made it up to twelfth position by the fifty-lap mark of the 150-lap race, and brought his car to pit road under a lap 55 caution to have the Mohegan Sun Racing crew replace right-side tires and adjust the car, which was not handling well. He returned to the race in seventeenth, and set out to work his way back to the front. He was thirteenth by lap 80, and moved up to ninth on lap 95 after other cars made their pit stops. He was eighth with twenty-five laps to go, and picked up one more position before the checkers flew.
"The car wasn't what we wanted it to be tonight," he said. "It was tight in the middle all night long and it wasn't something that we could change in the pit stop. We needed to change front springs and that's not something you can do in a regular pit stop. We suffered through it and made the best out of it that we could, and we got another top ten. All you can do sometimes is make the best out of a bad situation. We had an ill-handling car so we just tried to stay clean, keep our nose out of where it didn't need to be, and survived there at the end."
Kobyluck's next race is at Stafford Motor Speedway, where he finished fourth last month, on Friday night, June 20th.