Matt Kobyluck'S dramatic Dover victory moves him within 28 points of series lead; Bud Pole winner Paul Wolfe settles for second with Truex third. DOVER, Del.-- Matt Kobyluck chased his prey for the second half of Friday's MBNA All American...
Matt Kobyluck'S dramatic Dover victory moves him within 28 points of series lead; Bud Pole winner Paul Wolfe settles for second with Truex third.
DOVER, Del.-- Matt Kobyluck chased his prey for the second half of Friday's MBNA All American Heroes 150 on the high banks of Dover International Speedway, then passed Paul Wolfe with a dozen laps remaining to claim is second Busch North Series victory of the 2002 season. With point leaders Andy Santerre and Brad Leighton finishing eighth and 14th, respectively, Kobyluck moved into second place, just 28 points behind Santerre with two races remaining.
Kobyluck started third and led Wolfe to the checkered flag by .480 seconds, with Martin Truex Jr. and Greg Schaefer a close third and fourth. Last week's winner, Tracy Gordon, took fifth, trailed by Kelly Moore, Brian Hoar, Santerre, Dale Shaw, and Dennis Demers. Kobyluck averaged 116.179 miles per hour in the fastest Busch North Series race on record, which was slowed only three times by the caution flag for 15 laps. Five drivers swapped the lead seven times, with eleven cars on the lead lap at the finish.
Bud Pole winner Wolfe was dominant until mid-race pit stops shuffled the order, leaving first defending race winner Shaw, then Schaefer at the head of the field. Wolfe, Kobyluck, and Truex, who had opted to pit twice and change four tires, came charging through the pack along with Quarterley, who had gone two laps down on a green flag pit stop and made up one of them when the other leaders pitted.
Wolfe passed Schaefer for the lead on lap 103 and the final 50 laps, all under green, saw a five car pack running at close quarters with Wolfe, Quarterley, Truex, and Schaefer contending for the win while Quarterley attempted to unlap himself. Quarterley accomplished his mission on lap 133, leaving Wolfe to fight off Kobyluck. Using a lapped car as a pick, Kobyluck moved alongside Wolfe and passed for the lead in turn three, pulling away over the remaining laps.
Wolfe earned the Gatorade Front Runner Award for leading the most laps, while Gordon was the Flowmaster Star of the Race for improving eleven places from start to finish. Two of the three caution flags were for blown engines. Jamie Aube crashed in turn four to draw the other caution, but drove back to the garage area.
Like Quarterley, Brad Leighton lost laps on an early green flag stop, but he was unable to regain them. Santerre entered the Dover event leading Leighton by 32 points and Kobyluck by 66, but heading to Stafford Motor Speedway for next weekend's Carquest Fall Final, Kobyluck is now 28 points back and Leighton trails by 53.