Matt Kobyluck finds motivation in pressures of hometown race, title run as Busch North Series heads to Waterford Speedbowl, Saturday, July 6. WATERFORD, Conn. (June 30, 2002)-- You're the hometown favorite enjoying a career season, in fact, a ...
Matt Kobyluck finds motivation in pressures of hometown race, title run as Busch North Series heads to Waterford Speedbowl, Saturday, July 6.
WATERFORD, Conn. (June 30, 2002)-- You're the hometown favorite enjoying a career season, in fact, a season which could have a championship at the end of the road. You come to the track where you made your start, but have never enjoyed success since graduating to the big time. What's the word?
"Motivation," says Matt Kobyluck as the Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring heads for Waterford Speedbowl for its third annual appearance in the Waterford 150 on Saturday night, July 6.
Kobyluck, who lives in nearby Uncasville, Conn. and who started his racing career at Waterford in 1993 has never lacked the desire to succeed since he joined the Busch North Series in 1999. For a time, however, it was tough to channel that ambition in a winning direction. The series debut at Waterford's tight one-third mile oval in 2000 was a case in point. He qualified well, took the lead in front of his home fans, and was in contention to win until a mid-race incident ended his chances.
"Two years ago, it was just over-aggressiveness on my part and it hurt me and Mike Johnson," Kobyluck related. "Last year, we had trouble with the throttle return spring and I had to use too much brake to slow the car down. It just burned up the brakes," he continued in analyzing last year's race which left him four laps down in 19th place after again qualifying in the top ten.
The second half of the 2001 campaign marked a turning point for Matt Kobyluck. He recorded his first top five finish at New Hampshire International Speedway and his first victory soon followed at Nazareth Speedway- a victory built on patience and sticking to a game plan.
In 2002, Kobyluck and the Mohegan Sun Chevrolet team have been on top of their game. Five consecutive top five finishes, including a win at Seekonk Speedway, gave him the Busch North Series point lead. He rode out an engine failure and 23rd place at Stafford to rebound with fourth at Holland International Speedway, maintaining a 12-point edge over Brad Leighton heading to Waterford.
So that's the scenario. Hometown race, slim lead over a trio of formidable opponents- Leighton, a two-time champion, Andy Santerre, a returning star, and Kelly Moore, the series' all-time leader in most every category. Of course there's pressure, and Matt Kobyluck wouldn't want it any other way.
"Some people don't like pressure situations, but I do my best under pressure," Matt declared, adding "We'll have hospitality there for my sponsors, my employees, my family, and friends, so I'm motivated to give them a great show."
The Waterford 150 is scheduled as a one-day event on Saturday, July 6. Practice starts at 12:30 p.m. with Bud Pole Qualifying at 5:30 p.m. Race time is set for approximately 7:30 p.m. as the Busch North Series shares the card with a full program for Waterford Speedbowl's regular NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge classes.