Two consecutive top five finishes for Matt Kobyluck after finishing fifth at NHIS. Uncasville, Connecticut's Matt Kobyluck now has two top five finishes to start his NASCAR Busch North Series season, following a fourth place finish at Lee USA ...
Two consecutive top five finishes for Matt Kobyluck after finishing fifth at NHIS.
Uncasville, Connecticut's Matt Kobyluck now has two top five finishes to start his NASCAR Busch North Series season, following a fourth place finish at Lee USA Speedway three weeks ago, and now a fifth place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway at Saturday's Busch 125. Kobyluck now stands fifth in the series championship standings.
Kobyluck's qualifying run on Friday was fourth best after turning a lap of 30.248 seconds around the one-mile oval, which translates into an average speed of 125.919 MPH.
"We were happy with it," he said afterwards. "The track slowed up a little bit from the beginning of qualifying to the end, probably what we missed the pole by was the track heating up. The track heated up, the car slowed down a little but it's still performing excellent. We've got a good, solid car, and starting fourth is a great place to start here at Loudon. I think starting on the outside here is a benefit, so we're looking forward to it."
Running fourth, the Mohegan Sun Chevrolet driver suffered a setback fairly early in the race when another competitor spun in turn two and Kobyluck had to take evasive action.
"Early on, Martin Truex, Jr. was up in the marbles and everyone was checking up. I was underneath Dale Quarterley going for the pass and Denny Doyle was right on my bumper and when I checked up, Denny ended up getting into me and spinning me out. I did a 360 on the backstretch and flat-spotted the tires a little but, but we couldn't pit at that time, it was way too early. I ended up doing a 360 but kept my speed up and only ended up dropping from fourth to tenth, I was totally amazed about that."
Kobyluck worked his way back to eighth when a caution at the race's halfway point brought the field to pit road.
"We took on right side tires, and I kind of blew it," he said. "When they dropped the jack I stalled the car and we couldn't get the thing fired and the crew had to push it down pit road. We finally got the thing fired and got the thing back out there in 23rd or 24th at the time. We decided to take on left sides too since we were already in the back."
Armed with four fresh tires but in 22nd position, Kobyluck set his sights on making up ground. He re-entered the top ten with just ten laps left in the race's scheduled distance, but a pair of late yellows slowed his progress. Starting seventh for the final two-lap dash to the finish, Kobyluck found himself in the midst of a four-way battle for position.
"We got down to five to go and everybody was getting a little too aggressive and nobody was giving anyone an inch," he said. "Then we had another caution and a green-white-checker finish. We had a great car and I was on the outside going into third place, and Quarterley was trying to go around Kelly Moore at the same time I was going on the outside of both of them. By that time, Dale Shaw stuck his nose in there and got underneath both of us. On the last lap I had a lot of momentum and just stuck it in on the outside again and I think I passed two more cars on the last lap to take home fifth.
"It's another top five, but boy that was a hard-fought top-five right there. We're happy with it, but we had a good car that could have potentially won the race. There were circumstances we couldn't control and we did the best we could. It was a good day for the Mohegan Sun casino."
The next race for Kobyluck is next Saturday afternoon at the one-mile Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where he won his first series race last August.