Matt Kobyluck To Run Two Busch Series Races in 2004; Will Also Return To Phoenix. Matt Kobyluck, driver of the No. 40 Mohegan Sun Casino Chevrolet on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, unveiled plans to run a pair of NASCAR...
Matt Kobyluck To Run Two Busch Series Races in 2004; Will Also Return To Phoenix.
Matt Kobyluck, driver of the No. 40 Mohegan Sun Casino Chevrolet on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, unveiled plans to run a pair of NASCAR Busch Series races during the 2004 season. He will also return to the NASCAR West Series later this month, going to Phoenix International Raceway to participate in that series' opening race on January 25th.
These three races will be in addition to running the entire Busch North Series season, where he finished second in the series point standings in the 2002 season.
"It's all part of the program," Kobyluck said. "We're going to keep progressing, enhancing our program while also working to market the casino. In the end, everybody benefits from our efforts, and we'll aim to continue expanding our program through the 2005 season."
First on Kobyluck's race calendar is the West Series race at the one-mile Phoenix track. Last year, Kobyluck impressed many by running up front in practice, qualifying third, setting the pace in final practice. He was running third in the race when a cut tire ended his race early.
"We're taking the car we were going to race at California Speedway last fall before that race was cancelled due to the wildfires," he said. "We're looking for a good showing, and the guys have been working hard getting that car and the backup ready to make the trip."
The next significant development to take place at Mohegan Sun Racing is its moving into the NASCAR Busch Series, the number two stock car racing series in the country. The two races will be at New Hampshire International Speedway in July, and at Dover International Speedway in September.
"I'm looking forward to getting experience in a new series," Kobyluck said. "Both races are in the prime drawing market for the casino, and the races will be shown on live television. It should be a good deal."
Kobyluck has two former Martin Truex, Jr. Busch cars for those races. "They're great cars," he said. "They're Billy Hess chassis, so we're familiar with those, with new 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo bodies and SB2 engines. Perry [Waite, crew chief] has been checking them out, familiarizing himself with the cars and the rules. We'll have a lot to learn, between the radial tires and the strategy of running longer races."
Whether Kobyluck eventually moves on to the Busch Series full-time remains to be seen.
"It's a Catch-22," he said. "I would love to run that series full-time, but it's hard to do from Connecticut, and it takes a lot of money to run. But we'll run these two races in 2004, and take everything one step at a time. We may add more races to our schedule the next year. The important thing is to do our homework, and not bite off more than we can chew. It's a work in progress.
"As the Mohegan Sun Casino continues to expand, it will require more marketing," Kobyluck continued. "The race team is an integral part of marketing the casino. As the casino increases its marketing, we'll be increasing the level at which we're racing and everybody's happy doing that."
For more information on the Mohegan Sun Racing team, visit its website at www.mattkobyluck.com.