Matt Kobyluck returns to top fives with fourth at Holland Speedway. Matt Kobyluck, the current championship points leader in the NASCAR Busch North Series, bounced back from last weekend's engine problems to record a fourth place finish in ...
Matt Kobyluck returns to top fives with fourth at Holland Speedway.
Matt Kobyluck, the current championship points leader in the NASCAR Busch North Series, bounced back from last weekend's engine problems to record a fourth place finish in Saturday night's race at Holland Speedway. Kobyluck's lead in the championship standings now stands at sixteen points.
The Mohegan Sun Racing Team's evening in Western New York started with practice sessions where the handling of their Chevrolet was fine-tuned in anticipation of qualifying time trials and the 150-lap feature event. In qualifying, Kobyluck took the fourth best time with a lap of 14.395 seconds around the 3/8 mile oval, then redrew the third starting spot in the traditional redraw of the top qualifiers.
"In practice, the nose wasn't working the way we needed it to in the middle of the corner," he said. "We made a spring change before we went out for the last practice session and that cured it. We're in the ballpark of where we want to be, and car's real driveable. We'll make a few adjustments to free it up for the race. We have a good solid car underneath us that's going to be good on the long runs, and long runs are what's going to get the job done tonight since we won't be stopping for tires. We'll go easy in the early stages of the race and save it for the end."
The race was action-packed at the front of the field, with Kobyluck falling to sixth in the first fifty laps, but fighting his way back to second place just before halfway. He took over the race lead following a lap 85 restart, and turned back a challenge from Andy Santerre to hold the lead as the race neared its lap 90 mark. Santerre mounted another challenge a few laps later, and relegated Kobyluck to second. Brad Leighton also got by, putting Kobyluck in third, a position he held nearly to the end of the race. With just a handful of laps left, though, Kobyluck was roughed up and fell to fourth, where he finished.
"With five to go, the 47 car decided that he didn't want to race anymore and just drove through me," he said. "It's unfortunate that at the end, maybe he was a little hungrier than I am, and lost a little respect. When you're running with the guys you have to race with week in and week out, you have to have a level of respect and I felt that that broke down tonight. We had third place pretty well locked up until he drove into me. I gave him a break earlier when we were going down the frontstretch, he wasn't clear by me but he squeezed me into the wall. I could have taken my space back and sent him into the first turn wall, but I gave him a break and I hope that he realizes that and realizes that he owes me one.
"All we need to do right now is keep the top fives up," Kobyluck continued. "We're not point racing now. We're just racing to get the finishes we're capable of, keeping the car in one piece, and letting things will fall into place at the end of the year, and then we'll worry about points then."
Kobyluck's next race is at his hometrack, the Waterford Speedbowl next Saturday night.
"It's about two minutes to go from the shop to Waterford," he said. "I'm really looking forward to going where it started for us. We'll have all our employees there, and a lot of family and friends, and all the fans from that area. It's going to be a great show."