Lime Rock Park pre-race notes

CHEAT SHEET: NASCAR AT LIME ROCK PARK LAKEVILLE, CT (13 August 2008) - It's race week! So, if you haven't been doing your studying, here is a quick cheat sheet on what you need to know about this weekend's Mohegan Sun ...


LAKEVILLE, CT (13 August 2008) - It's race week! So, if you haven't been doing your studying, here is a quick cheat sheet on what you need to know about this weekend's Mohegan Sun NASCAR Camping World 200 at Lime Rock Park.

Number one...even though it's NASCAR so you might be thinking "Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!" the race is actually on Saturday. Most of you know that already, but we just wanted to mention that just in case...


This weekend Lime Rock Park in conjunction with the Skip Barber Racing School are offering FREE Fan Appreciation hot laps on Friday and Saturday around the historic 1.53-mile newly-paved circuit. The first 25 people on Friday and the first 50 on Saturday to sign up at the Information Booth located at the top of the Infield Spectator Hill will get the ride of a lifetime. Hot Laps at Lime Rock are priceless - let's hope the mob scene is controllable!

Youth VS. Experience

Matt Kobyluck has over 125 NASCAR Camping World East Series starts under his racing safety belts, but despite speed and experience, he doesn't yet have a champion's ring. But with three wins so far this season, Kobyluck is looking as good as ever as he enters the Mohegan Sun 200 at the top of the points standings. But he's got a field full of young and hungry upstarts looking to displace him at the top...

Famous names continue family legacies

Which brings up two names who are looking to deny Kobyluck that first championship. Two of the drivers in the field come from families with a long history in the sport, with both youngsters poised for a long future as well. Austin Dillon is Richard Childress' grandson, and is sitting third in the points with one win so far this season. Another name you might have heard before is "Earnhardt," and this particular one--Jeffery--who is Dale's (Senior) grandson. He was a strong fifth last year at Lime Rock Park in his first-ever road race start and will be looking to move up from ninth in the points this weekend.

Two to four

Ricky Charmichael, the Greatest Of All Time in motocross competition, is sixth in the points in his first full season of the Camping World Series and is chasing his first win. With Lime Rock Park looking a lot more like a motocross course with hills, lefts, rights, and big bends....this could be the place for him to break through.

Guaranteed new track record

We aren't putting the pressure on, but if they don't break the track record on this smooth new pavement...


We know we already mentioned him in that youth vs. experience bit, but it's hard to avoid this point as Kobyluck chases the championship with only a few rounds remaining...will he play it conservative and go points racing, or is it time to take another win at Lime Rock Park?

Diesel Burn and Ponies Ride Free at Lime Rock Park...

Don't forget the two innovative new series that will also be racing on Saturday as the VW TDI Jetta Cup and the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup both make their Lime Rock Park debuts on Saturday.

Television Info:

NASCAR Camping World Series: HDNet-LIve 1:00 PM ET Speed (enhanced replay) 3 September 2008, 1:00 PM ET

2008 Mohegan Sun NASCAR Camping World 200 Schedule

Friday, 15 August
9:55 -- 10:25 AM Practice: VW Jetta TDI Cup
10:30 -- 11:00 AM Practice: Ford Racing Mustang Challenge
11:05 AM -- 12:05 PM Practice: NASCAR Camping World East
1:00 -- 2:00 PM Practice: NASCAR Camping World East
2:10 -- 2:35 PM Practice: Ford Racing Mustang Challenge
3:15 -- 3:45 PM Qualifying: VW Jetta TDI Cup
4:00 -- 5:00 PM Qualifying: NASCAR Camping World East
5:15 -- 5:45 PM Qualifying: Ford Racing MustangChallenge

Saturday, 16 August
10:30 -- 11:00 AM RACE: VW Jetta TDI Cup
11:05 AM -- 12:05 PM RACE: Ford Racing Mustang Challenge
11:15 AM -- 12:00 PM NASCAR Autograph Session
12:15 -- 12:25 PM Mohegan Sun Hot Laps
1:10 -- 4:10 PM RACE: Mohegan Sun 200 (NASCAR Camping World East)
1:30 -- 2:30 PM VW Jetta TDI Cup Autograph Session

NEXT EVENT: Rolex Vintage Festival, Labor Day Weekend

Feature races for the Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge, two international invitational races for Formula Junior, a special race for pre-war historic cars and the usual brilliant array of sports GT and racing cars will fill the track on Friday, Saturday and Monday (29 August -- 1 September 2008). While "Sunday in the Park", the most spectacular car show extravaganza of the north east coast, will delight those who come to relax, picnic and enjoy a fine Labor Day weekend at Lime Rock Park.

-credit: lrp

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Series NASCAR , Road racing , SCCA
Drivers Skip Barber , Matt Kobyluck , Austin Dillon