Matt Kobyluck An Accident Victim At New Hampshire International Speedway (Loudon, N.H. - Sept. 20, 2004) - Matt Kobyluck's luck at New Hampshire International Speedway was due to change after the Uncasville, Conn. driver suffered a pair of DNFs...
Matt Kobyluck An Accident Victim At New Hampshire International Speedway
(Loudon, N.H. - Sept. 20, 2004) - Matt Kobyluck's luck at New Hampshire International Speedway was due to change after the Uncasville, Conn. driver suffered a pair of DNFs in last year's two races and another one at the most recent visit to the track in July. Driving the same car that's been repaired since that July race, Kobyluck hoped for a change of luck.
"Perry [Waite, crew chief] and I are bound and determined to get this car to finish a race in one way, shape, or form, so it's going to finish this race even if it's just in the top twenty or top ten," Kobyluck said before the race. "Every time we've brought it to the racetrack, it's been a great car. It's fast, it handles good, but circumstances that happen on the race track, you don't have any control over them. We'll just keep coming back with it until we get a positive result. We've paid our dues and hopefully NHIS will feel gracious enough to give us one this weekend."
Eighth fastest in practice, Kobyluck slipped to fourteenth in qualifying when his Mohegan Sun Chevrolet couldn't get up to speed in his time trial effort.
"Our qualifying run should have been a lot better," he said. "We had the fastest car in corner speed, but we had a motor problem, a fuel delivery problem, so when I was coming out of the corners, the motor was running out of fuel. Unfortunately, you've got no way of knowing you've got a problem like that until you get out there, and once we got out there I could feel that the motor was dying. We got through it and got fourteenth, but with all cylinders firing at 100% we definitely had a shot at the pole or at least a top-five starting position. We've got a great car, it handled awesome during qualifying. We didn't have a good qualifying effort, but we've got 125 laps to make up for it."
Coming up from fourteenth isn't an easy task but Kobyluck was eleventh on lap 35 when the first caution of the event came out to give drivers the opportunity to pit and put fresh tires on along with other adjustments. And while the Mohegan Sun Chevrolet driver had made improvements that should have got him more track position, all that went by the boards when Kobyluck was hit and spun in turn two ten laps later. He escaped that incident without further contact and resumed racing after pitting and taking on left-side tires.
Approaching the top fifteen with the laps winding down, Kobyluck was racing hard in a pack of traffic when two cars ahead of him spun in turn four. He had nowhere to go and got involved in what turned into a four-car accident that eliminated two other drivers from the race. He was classified in the 26th finishing position.
"It's unfortunate that we got caught up in two incidents that didn't have to happen," he said after the race. "The way things were shaping up, we were in a position to have a decent finish even after the first spin, but then it just came down to some impatience in the late running and, as seems to be our luck here, we got caught up in an incident that forced us into a DNF. It's unfortunate, and it was probably avoidable, but we can't do much about it now except to try and put it behind us and see if we can't repeat our success at Dover."
Dover International Speedway, which last hosted a Busch North race in 2002, saw Kobyluck take the checkers after a race-long battle with both Paul Wolfe and Martin Truex, Jr. The 2004 edition of the race will go green at 4:15 PM on Friday, Sept. 24th.