Matt Kobyluck Looking For Improvement in Second NASCAR Showdown (Uncasville, Conn. - Nov. 9, 2004) - Matt Kobyluck was disappointed in how he raced at the inaugural Toyota NASCAR All-Star Showdown last year, finishing twelfth in what he called a...
Matt Kobyluck Looking For Improvement in Second NASCAR Showdown
(Uncasville, Conn. - Nov. 9, 2004) - Matt Kobyluck was disappointed in how he raced at the inaugural Toyota NASCAR All-Star Showdown last year, finishing twelfth in what he called a "miserable performance". But instead of worrying about 2003, Kobyluck and the entire Mohegan Sun team has made impressive preparations for the 2004 edition of the race, which is held this weekend in Irwindale, California.
Following a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series season that saw Kobyluck win a race and finish seventh in points, Kobyluck and crew got ready for their second Showdown by learning from the mistakes of the first.
"We went out there and we ran a different chassis from what we really should have run," the Uncasville, Connecticut driver said. "We were running a standard-snout car when we should have been running a drop-snout car and the result was that we just couldn't get the car to turn through the middle of the corner. But this year we'll bring our primary short-track car that we've run well with at all the short tracks and the outcome should be a lot better."
Having run at Irwindale the year before, Kobyluck has a notebook to start with for when practice starts on Thursday afternoon at the showplace of a short track.
"We have a good idea of what we need to go out there with so we went back through that short track car, hung a new body on it, put a new motor in it, and we're 100% ready to go out there and run the way we're capable of running," he said.
Kobyluck has run one race in the NASCAR West Series, which will supply the competition for the Busch North drivers when the top fifteen from each series meets at Irwindale this weekend. He finished third in the West Series opener at Phoenix International Raceway, and has some idea of where the North Series racers stack up.
"I don't think it's going to be a heck of a lot different than it was last year, when the North drivers dominated," he said. "I honestly believe that out of the fifteen guys we're sending there, fourteen of them are capable of winning. Out of the fifteen West guys, I'd say there are three capable of winning. Outside of that, it's going to be another North-dominated race, that's my prediction.
"You never know, though, some people might come up there and surprise, but I don't see much more than three guys from the West, worst-case scenario being five guys, who will compete for the win," Kobyluck continued. "But still you've got Austin Cameron, you've got Scott Lynch, you've got Mike Duncan and they're all guys you're going to have to contend with."
Race fans can watch Kobyluck's No. 40 Mohegan Sun Casino Chevrolet and the rest of the best of Busch North take on the best of the West Series when the Showdown's preliminary races are broadcast live on SpeedTV at 11:00pm Eastern time Friday night. The feature event will be broadcast live on SpeedTV at 8:00pm Eastern time on Saturday night.