* Kobyluck Finds His Driving Style Suits Adirondack * Arthur To Make Series Debut At His Home Town Track * Nashville Recap: Sellers Collects Another Pole Award Adirondack's 'Quirks' Suit Kobyluck Just Fine The NASCAR Camping...
* Kobyluck Finds His Driving Style Suits Adirondack
* Arthur To Make Series Debut At His Home Town Track
* Nashville Recap: Sellers Collects Another Pole Award
Adirondack's 'Quirks' Suit Kobyluck Just Fine
The NASCAR Camping World Series East has a colorful history at one of the must unusual short tracks in the nation. The series returns to that track, Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y., Saturday, July 26, for it's seventh appearance.
The track has multiple personalities ... it's part rock and roll, part deck shuffler, part equalizer and part road course.
The half-mile paved oval is irregularly circular with multiple subtle turns and not so subtle varying degrees of banking. The rock and roll comes from frequent beating and banging that the cars endure; the race's deck can be shuffled by the slightest slip, which is a great equalizer in that not even the best drivers are able to drive 150 perfect laps there; and it has a road course personality in the subtle multiple turns within the circle.
It is no surprise that one of the most successful NASCAR Camping World Series East drivers over the past seven years has been Matt Kobyluck (No. 40 Mohegan Sun Chevrolet) -- who has dominated on series road courses.
"It's not your normal oval track, that's for sure," Kobyluck said. "You can't really get up on the wheel there. The more you try, the more you slow down. You're lacking grip and in a circle the whole time, and you have to finesse the car the whole time.
"Both corners are not the same. It's kind of like a D-shape, but it's in a circle the whole time.
"You're never going to get as good as you want to be in Turns 1 and 2, because then you'll be off in 3 and 4. And vise versa."
Kobyluck quickly found success at the track, finishing second in the series' first trip there in 2002. In six previous visits, the Connecticut driver has a pair of wins, four top fives and a Coors Light Pole Award. He was 10th there last year after leading a race-high 128 laps but was penalized for jumping a late-race restart.
"I just try to get in a rhythm there," Kobyluck said. "That's what you've got to do: Get in a rhythm there and not try to muscle the car around there."
Adirondack comes at a perfect time for Kobyluck.
He is coming off a win at Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tenn., last weekend to cut Austin Dillon's point lead to 20. And, following Adirondack, the NASCAR Camping World Series East heads to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. Kobyluck already owns one road course win this season (Watkins Glen) and has two wins and a second in the last three trips to Lime Rock.
Kobyluck credits his experience and a strong team in the garage and on pit road with helping him keep pace with the NASCAR developmental teams. Last year, he was battling for the championship with Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano, and this year, he's chasing Dillon, a Richard Childress Racing developmental driver.
"It's one of those deals, if you go into the race with the concept where you're going to gain all your points in one race, you're generally not going to accomplish your goals," Kobyluck said. "You have to try to finish the best you can and, throughout the race, you have to make smart decisions. It's about executing your plan and taking advantage of the circumstances the best you can. And the points will take care of themselves."
The Race: Edge Hotel 150
The Place: Adirondack International Speedway, Beaver Falls, N.Y.
The Date: Saturday, July 26
The Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
TV Schedule: HDNet (Live); SPEED (enhanced replay) Aug. 6, noon ET
Track Layout: .500-mile paved
Race Purse: $117,951
2007 Winner: Joey Logano
2007 Pole: Joey Logano
Schedule: Practice 12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Time Trials 4:15 p.m.
- credit: nascar