Return to Beech Ridge finds Matt Kobyluck finishing seventh. Two weeks ago, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway was to have held the Irving Oil 150, the second of two NASCAR Busch North Series races held at the Scarborough, Maine third-mile track.
Return to Beech Ridge finds Matt Kobyluck finishing seventh.
Two weeks ago, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway was to have held the Irving Oil 150, the second of two NASCAR Busch North Series races held at the Scarborough, Maine third-mile track. Qualifying was held on August 24th in rainy conditions, but when the rain did not let up the race was rescheduled to September 7th. Coming back for the make-up date, Uncasville, Connecticut's Matt Kobyluck finished seventh, remaining third in the series point standings, just 34 points out of the lead.
Kobyluck did not qualify well on the race's original date, but that starting position was locked in for the postponed race. He started fifteenth.
"It was raining when we went out to qualify," he said. "These tires don't have much grip in the rain. Going out later in the qualifying order wasn't better this time. They sent us anyway, so we'll start fifteenth and try and peck away at it and run up to the front. We have a good car, but in qualifying with the rain falling, the front end just skated away from me."
It did not take long for Kobyluck to find his way into the top ten when the race started. He was tenth with just ten of 150 laps in the books, but he didn't stop there. He was sixth when the race's second caution came out on lap 93 and every car on the lead lap pitted for two tires and adjustments. Kobyluck exited the pits in fourth place.
Back to racing, Kobyluck fell back to seventh but bounced back to fifth, holding that spot until there were just thirty laps to go. He lost fifth to eventual second-place finisher Andy Santerre on lap 123, and, with fifteen laps to go, he lost sixth to Mike Johnson. But after that he held his ground, and brought his Mohegan Sun Chevrolet home in seventh.
Kobyluck has now scored eleven top-ten finishes in fifteen races this year.
"We wanted to come out of here with a top ten and anything better than that was a plus," he said after the race. "Track conditions were nothing close to the last time we were here. The pit stop went well, the guys got us in and out of the pits and made an adjustment. It probably wasn't enough of an adjustment, the car was a little free up off and I was having a little trouble. I could get the nose underneath somebody, but the car wasn't tight enough up off the corner to keep it under there and get alongside of them down the straightaway. I'm not going to beat and bang on somebody to get by him. If I can't get by him cleanly, I'm going to fall in behind him and I'm going to race within the car that I've got.
"There's still four more races to go," Kobyluck continued. "We lost a few points to Andy in the championship, but it's nothing I'm too concerned about because we're going to four tracks that we race well at. We'll go back to Loudon where we've always had good runs. At Dover we had a good run last year, and at Stafford we ran good at all year, and we finish out at Lime Rock. We finish at tracks where we're strong at, so it's going to be a good run for the finish."
Next Saturday, Kobyluck returns to New Hampshire International Speedway for the third and final visit by the Busch North Series this year. In the two previous races, Kobyluck has finishes of fifth and third.