Matt Kobyluck, second at Adirondack International Speedway, extends points lead. Uncasville, Connecticut's Matt Kobyluck increased his points lead in the NASCAR Busch North Series when he finished second in the series' first appearance at the ...
Matt Kobyluck, second at Adirondack International Speedway, extends points lead.
Uncasville, Connecticut's Matt Kobyluck increased his points lead in the NASCAR Busch North Series when he finished second in the series' first appearance at the Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, New York. Kobyluck is the first driver in the series to reach the ten top-ten finish level this season, and leads the chase for the championship by six points with six races left to run.
Kobyluck spent the morning of the race walking the track for the first time, then spent a busy two hours practicing before qualifying. The practice paid off with a sixth-place qualifying effort in his Mohegan Sun Chevrolet. In the traditional redraw of starting positions by top qualifiers, Kobyluck drew the pole.
"I like coming to different tracks," he said afterwards. "It evens out the playing field. Nobody's got a notebook they can go to, and it separates the guys who can adapt from those who can't. You come cold turkey, you don't have a notebook, and you have to make adjustments all day long. It's fun to see who adapts and who doesn't. We've adapted well, and we've got a good car underneath us. We qualified sixth and redrew the pole, so we'll get out there and lead some laps, and see what we can do. We're hoping to pull off an inaugural win here at Adirondack."
Kobyluck lost the lead at the start of the race but only fell to third. He traded second place with Kelly Moore a couple times before a lap 71 caution opened up the pits. Kobyluck took advantage to put on two fresh right side tires, restarting the race in fifteenth. Fifteen laps later he was up to ninth, and his charge continued. He set in fifth with fifty laps to go, but quickly moved up to second behind Brian Hoar with thirty to go.
On lap 135 of 150, Kobyluck went underneath Hoar and, after a lap of the two running side-by-side, took over the race lead. But Andy Santerre, who pitted under a later caution, was making his way to the front and with just nine laps to go was alongside for the lead. Santerre took over the lead while Kobyluck had to settle for second.
"You can't not be happy with a second place finish," he said after the race. "We led some laps, ran in the front all day, and had a good car at a new facility. Andy had the freshest tires at the end and that was the key. He pitted about twenty laps later than we did, and he was better at the end by how many more laps he had left on the tires compared to us. There was no way I was going to hold him back, since he had the better car. The day will come when I'll have the better car and he'll give me the room to get by.
"To come to a new facility and get second place, adding five points to our points lead, we did what we needed to do today," Kobyluck continued. "We're happy with that. The car handled great all night, and after our pit stop it came right back up through to the front to lead. The only thing that would have been better is if we had won. We didn't have the car to win tonight, but we had a second place car and we finished second, so we're happy."
The Mohegan Sun Racing Team now looks forward to going to Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, where Kobyluck finished second earlier this year.
"We had a good car that night," he said. "We'll bring the same car we ran tonight with almost the identical setup that we ran here. We'll work with it and see if we can't build on the championship a little more there."