WWS: Las Vegas: Busch North team heads west

Matt Kobyluck, Mohegan Sun Racing team head west to Las Vegas. Uncasville, Connecticut's Matt Kobyluck and his Mohegan Sun-sponsored NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series team will race in Saturday's Orleans 222, a NASCAR Winston...

Matt Kobyluck, Mohegan Sun Racing team head west to Las Vegas.

Uncasville, Connecticut's Matt Kobyluck and his Mohegan Sun-sponsored NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series team will race in Saturday's Orleans 222, a NASCAR Winston West Series race to be held at "The Bullring", a 3/8-mile oval on the grounds of Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kobyluck, who has already run one Winston West race this year, February 2's Bosch 150 at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway, will be making the second of five planned trips to run in Winston West.

"We've run one race with these guys, at a superspeedway," Kobyluck said. "It will be interesting to see how they race on a short track. On the bigger tracks, that's where drivers show each other the most respect. It's not always that way on the short tracks, though."

That race at Phoenix ended early for Kobyluck, who had qualified on the second row and was running in the third position when debris on the backstretch cut his right front tire, sending him into the outside wall and a 23rd place finish.

Kobyluck will be bringing two Chevrolets that were used in Busch North competition last year, but have been completely rebuilt in anticipation of the new season. He's anxious to get on the track, which he has never seen before.

"My chassis builder, Billy Hess, has been to the track and said it's similar to the Waterford Speedbowl, with a little more banking and a little more grip," Kobyluck said. "My crew chief, Perry Waite, honeymooned in Las Vegas and while out there he toured the facility. It sounds like a great little track."

The Orleans 222 will feature a unique twist not seen in Busch North races. At the halfway point, the field will be brought under caution and onto pit road. There, they will have a ten-minute break where they can change anything they want, as long as they're done at the end of those ten minutes. The field will restart the race in the same order they were running when caution comes out.

"That will be interesting," Kobyluck said. "But if it works, I just might have to see if we could do something like that at one of our Busch North races."

Kobyluck, who's seen a marked increase in autograph requests and other inquiries from outside the New England area after running that race in Phoenix, expects to run well at the Las Vegas Bullring. He has a short-track victory in Busch North competition, winning at the third-mile Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway last spring.

"At every short track we went to last year, we were able to qualify in the top five and run in the top five," he said. "I see no reason why we shouldn't be able to run for the win, and I expect nothing less from myself as a driver, or my team."

For more information on Matt Kobyluck and the Mohegan Sun Racing team, visit its website located at www.mattkobyluck.com.

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