* Matt Kobyluck Overpowering in NASCAR Busch East Series Pole Qualifying at Lime Rock * Mohegan Sun Chevrolet Driver Improves Own Pole Speed of 2006 * Mexico's Defending Mohegan Sun 200 Champion Ruben Pardo Shares Saturday's Front ...
* Matt Kobyluck Overpowering in NASCAR Busch East Series Pole Qualifying at Lime Rock
* Mohegan Sun Chevrolet Driver Improves Own Pole Speed of 2006
* Mexico's Defending Mohegan Sun 200 Champion Ruben Pardo Shares Saturday's Front Row
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (August 18, 2007) -- Mohegan Sun Chevrolet driver Matt Kobyluck of Uncasville, Conn., posted an overpowering qualifying effort at Lime Rock Park Friday afternoon.
Kobyluck's Busch Pole Award qualifying time of 53.861 seconds (102.263 mph) was more than eight-tenths of a second quicker than second fastest qualifier Ruben Pardo of Mexico City. Pardo's No. 22 Family Dollar/Super Cuts Dodge shares the front row for the 12:30 p.m. start of the Mohegan Sun 200 to be telecast live on HDNet. Pardo is the defending champion of the event. Kobyluck finished second.
"We built a new car over the winter specifically to come here," Kobyluck said. "We knew what we needed to come back here and win this year. We stepped up our game in our equipment. That's part of it," Kobyluck said.
"Last year we knew that we needed to run softer springs than what we were running in the front of the car. What was keeping us from doing that was we needed to have a little more clearance in the frame. With our new car we brought this year, we built all those things into it that would allow us to run softer springs in the front and get more travel room and not bottom out going down hill.
"That and (crew chief) Perry Waite and the guys at the shop just do a fantastic job of giving me what I need to compete week in and week out.
Kobyluck admits he and the team tested the new car at Lime Rock several weeks ago. The test lasted four laps.
"I had to leave early because I wanted to go to my son's baseball game. We put four laps on the car and I told Perry 'Don't touch a thing. This is exactly what we need.' That's what we came with today.
For the series only road course event of the season, cars qualified in groups of four or five and were given three laps. Kobyluck's Busch Pole Award winning lap was the second of his three laps.
Pardo, meanwhile, was all smiles with his front row starting spot next to Kobyluck for the second straight year. Last year at Lime Rock, Pardo became the first driver from Mexico to win a NASCAR Touring Series event.
Series point leader Joey Logano (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet) qualified ninth fastest in the 29-car field.