Matt Kobyluck's Third Trip to Beech Ridge Yields First Top Ten Finish Mohegan Sun Chevrolet driver Matt Kobyluck, of Uncasville, Connecticut, recorded his first top ten finish in three visits to Scarborough, Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway...
Matt Kobyluck's Third Trip to Beech Ridge Yields First Top Ten Finish
Mohegan Sun Chevrolet driver Matt Kobyluck, of Uncasville, Connecticut, recorded his first top ten finish in three visits to Scarborough, Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway with a tenth place finish. Kobyluck continues to ride twelfth in the NASCAR Busch North Series championship standings, just 1 point out of eleventh and 115 points out of the top ten.
After an afternoon of practice adjusting to a new tire compound used on the right sides of the cars, lined up for qualifying and turned in a lap of 16.323 seconds (73.516 MPH), good enough for fifteenth. After putting up some good lap times in practice, Kobyluck expected better.
"We had a better car than that during practice," he said. "It's the same thing as last week, NRP cars have it tough on the small tracks because they don't get heat in the tires as fast as some of the other cars do. We have a good car for the race, 150 laps, it'll be another survival race where we just have to be around at the end. We made adjustments all day and we got faster and faster, and we were just as fast as Mike Olsen and Kelly Moore in practice so we're optimistic."
Kobyluck's race was good early, as he was already inside the top ten less than 40 laps into the race. He was up to seventh after halfway, with some of the cars ahead of him pitting under a caution. As those cars came back through the pack, Kobyluck fell back to tenth, holding that position through the final 30 laps of the event. After the race, Kobyluck was critical of the series' policies covering racing on the same setups that the cars qualified on, as well as the new tire.
"To run these race tracks with a $100,000 race car, and qualify on race setup, and not be able to touch them before we go racing, is ridiculous," he said after the race. "We need to be able to make adjustments on the car, track bar adjustments, stagger adjustments, and we suffered with it. The track changed a little bit from practice to race time. The car was consistently loose the whole race, and we finished tenth with it. We had a tenth-place car and finished tenth. We gained a little bit of ground in the points, so it wasn't a total loss. We came home in one piece, no damage to the car, and I'm happy with that.
"I honestly think that the 134 compound for this race track is too hard a compound because everybody was loose," Kobyluck continued. "The way that they fix it is to give us a 133 compound that doesn't have problems. We had it all last year, for some reason this year they can't give us a 133 that won't blister or come apart on us. But this was our last short track race of the year, we're going to four tracks that we're real strong at, so we're going to look forward to that."
Next up for the Mohegan Sun racing team is a 125-lap event at New Hampshire International Speedway, to be held alongside the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Saturday's race will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 2:00PM.