BUSCH: Loudon: Matt Kobyluck to make series debut

Matt Kobyluck to Make NASCAR Busch Series Debut this Weekend at NHIS (Uncasville, Conn. - July 20, 2004) - Matt Kobyluck will take the next step in his racing career this weekend when he makes his first appearance in the NASCAR Busch Series in...

Matt Kobyluck to Make NASCAR Busch Series Debut this Weekend at NHIS

(Uncasville, Conn. - July 20, 2004) - Matt Kobyluck will take the next step in his racing career this weekend when he makes his first appearance in the NASCAR Busch Series in Saturday's Siemens 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Kobyluck, 34, comes from the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series, where he made his debut during the 1998 season. He's run that series full-time since 1999, winning three races and finishing as high as second in points in 2002.

Preparations for his Busch Series debut began over the winter for the Uncasville, Connecticut driver, who debuted the Busch Series effort at a test session at the "Magic Mile" two weeks ago.

"We were really happy with the car when we tested there, so we know we have a good car," Kobyluck said.

Kobyluck will pull double-duty over the weekend, with his running both the 200-lap Busch Series race and the 125-lap Busch North race that will immediately follow on Saturday. Busch North practice and qualifying takes place on Thursday, while the Busch Series has all its preliminary on-track events on Friday.

"Saturday's going to be a long day," he said. "I've got to run 200 miles in the Busch race, and then turn right around and run 125 in the Busch North car. I'm usually in pretty good physical shape to begin with, and I've been eating right and exercising. I'm going to keep doing that and I'll be fine physically. There's a lot of scheduling and coordination between the two series, but it works out well because we can concentrate on the Busch car all day Friday because there's nothing going on with the Busch North car that day."

Race fans familiar with Kobyluck's efforts will have no problem picking him out during the Busch race, as he'll be running a Hess-chassis car carrying the same number (40) and paint scheme as his Busch North effort. Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino, Kobyluck's long-time sponsor, will adorn both cars this weekend. Kobyluck's crew will also have a familiar look, as the Busch North team will prepare and pit during the Busch race.

"Perry Waite is going to be the crew chief for both races," Kobyluck said. "Everyone's excited about the new challenge ahead of us, and the crew's been practicing pit stops three or four nights a week for the last month and a half. They're pulling off pit stops that match the top Busch Series teams' times, and they're excited to go over the wall and can't wait until they're called upon to do a four-tire stop.

"I have a good association with the Chance2 team, with Martin Truex, Jr. and Mike Greci, and they've given us some advice to bridge some of the technology gap," he continued. "There's still four wheels, four springs, and four shocks on the car and I'm still the driver. I have enough confidence in myself that I can go out there and get the job done. I have enough confidence in Perry as my crew chief that he'll get the job done. He's got enough confidence and the whole team's got confidence. We've got momentum from a bunch of good runs in the Busch North car this year, so now all we have to do is get in there and get the job done. We're going to show a lot of respect to the guys that run in the series all the time, I'm not going to hold up someone who's faster than me, because I just want to get some experience and have a strong showing out there."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Matt Kobyluck