Kobyluck is Honored at CW East Banquet by Penny Aicardi
Championship Team Saluted By Peers at Mohegan Sun
Kobyluck's championship season commenced at Greenville-Pickens Speedway with a 23rd place finish, but finished off with a series leading four wins, nine top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes. He capped off the championship at Dover and put an exclamation point on a career that began ten seasons ago.
“We certainly had our challenges this year, but we were always competitive,” said Kobyluck. “For these guys to go out there and do what they did - be leaders among teams that have many more resources - says a lot.”
The Mohegan Sun race team was decked out in black tuxes with their signature color, orange, ties. Crew chief Perry Waite spoke and thanked his team, sponsors, and family before Kobyluck was called up to the stage to receive his ring.
“I always thought that winning races was the best feeling in the world. I was wrong. Winning a championship rates way above that because this is forever,” Kobyluck said in accepting the championship hardware. “As many low points as we had during the season, my team
stepped up to the challenge. The high points made up for them threefold. We got to victory lane at Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Adirondack, and Nashville - and we finally got out of New Hampshire without a scratch on the car.”
Kobyluck also told the crowd of his recent involvement in an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project that concluded the night before in nearby Voluntown, Conn. He concluded with an emotional dedication to his late brother, Dan Kobyluck, Jr.
“Sixteen years ago this January I lost my best friend, my brother Dan Jr. Ever since then I have
Matt Kobyluck show off the champion's hardware at Mohegan Sun.. (NASCAR Photos)
Matt Kobyluck and his team were honored at the Mohegan Sun Casino Friday night for his first NASCAR Camping World Series East Championship. Kobyluck and his Mohegan Sun Casino team were among a group of their peers that included Richard Childress, Ricky Carmichael, and former champions Mike Olsen and Andy Santerre.
done my best to memorialize, honor, and have him as my co-pilot at every race and in life. I have learned so much with DWK JR next to me on the roof of my car guiding this team in a direction that only he knew. We accomplished the impossible!” he said.
Kobyluck's entire team was also honored with the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series Sportsmanship award. Waite, along with Kobyluck, accepted the award on behalf of the team.
Austin Dillon was awarded the Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year. Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress, completed every lap throughout the season and capped off the year with a second place position in the point standings.
“Having to follow a guy like Joey Logano was really tough, but it really makes you pick
up your game,” Dillon said. “We just had a great season all-in-all.”
The Most Popular Driver Award was given to Ricky Carmichael after 22,000 fans were
given the opportunity to choose the winner through online balloting.
Stub Fadden, legendary racer and former car owner, was awarded the Bunk Sampson
Memorial Award. Fadden's grandson, two-time NASCAR Camping World Series East
champion Mike Olsen, accepted on his behalf. Alisha Ziner and Stephanie Petfield were
the recipients of the NASCAR Camping World Series East Women's Auxiliary Award
while veteran driver Jeff Anton of Russell, Mass., received the Driver Achievement Award.
Eddie MacDonald collected both the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award and the
Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award. Peyton Sellers earned the Coors Light Pole
NASCAR Managing Director of Racing Operations George Silbermann announced that the
schedule was still pending, and that Kip Childress was named the series race director for 2009.
The championship-winning #40 team.