Kobyluck started from the pole and took the lead for the second and final time at lap 53 to take the checkers by 1.636 seconds over runner-up Marc Davis. He led 41 of the 82 lap-race. The victory marked a three-race winning streak that began at Nashville's Music City Motorplex last month and brings his total to four wins this season.
It's created a lot of hype about whether or not this will be the year he finally gets his ring.
“This is great. We are peaking at the right time. We are building points every week and we're winning races to boot,” said Kobyluck. “It's exciting. In order for anybody to be interested in you - the press and television and fans - you have to be doing something worthy of it. We're obviously doing that. Under pressure, I've always performed well. I think it's when I'm at my best.”
Kobyluck's weekend couldn't have gone any better. He burned up the practice charts in the first session with a lap speed a full second faster than the rest of the field. He was awarded with the pole position when rain forced NASCAR to turn to the rule book and line the field up by points. He was completely dominant in the race.
“I have so much confidence in my guys and how well they perform each week. The last thing I was thinking about was a failure. I have more faith in my guys than anybody else could have in their team. The car was solid, but what worried me most were the guys getting off course on track. As the leader, you're the one who hits all the dirt and debris that is kicked up on the track. Fortunately, we didn't have any issues with it.”
Kobyluck took the lead at the drop of the green with Trevor Bayne close behind.
Caution flew at lap ten and the Mohegan Sun Casino crew readied for their pit stop.
Kobyluck passed the entrance to pit road on lap eleven with the pits closed, but they
soon opened after the top-three cars had driven by. It was the only hiccup in a race
that seemed flawless for the team.
“You can't send the top-three cars by and then open it up for the rest of the field,” said
Kobyluck. “Fortunately it played out the way it should have, but I just shake my head
at those things. With the rain delay, it could have hurt us. It could have cost us the race.”
Marc Davis, Max Dumarey, Steve Park, Eric Curran, and Austin Dillon all took turns
in the lead as the cycle of pit stops continued over the next several laps. Brian Ickler
was the man in front when steady rain forced NASCAR to red flag the race for 75 minutes.
Ickler retained the lead when racing resumed on a lap 51 restart, but spun all on his
own on lap 53. Kobyluck, who had come from 14th after his pit stop, assumed the lead.
“I'm not really sure what happened,” said Ickler. “Matt definitely did not get into me.
I was even trying to be cautious getting through that corner but I just messed up. I
really hate it because I felt like we had the best car here.”
Mike Olsen, making only his second appearance this season, was a consistent
top-three car and was running second to Kobyluck before deciding to use second gear
instead of first on a late-race restart. He dropped back to finish fifth.
“I tried a different gear,” said Olsen. “I had been restarting in first gear and I'd light the
tires up really bad. For some reason, I don't know why, I thought I'd try second. As soon
as I stepped on the throttle I regretted it. It's too bad. We had a top-three car. I don't
know if I could have gotten by Matty (Kobyluck), but I know we definitely could have
Marc Davis got by Olsen and ran the last 13 laps in the runner-up position, where he took the checkers. It matched his season best finish. Peyton Sellers finished third.
Kobyluck now has 135 points over Trevor Bayne in the championship point standings with only four races left to the season.
NASCAR Camping World Series East-Mohegan Sun 200
Lime Rock Park
Lap length: 1.53 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Matt Kobyluck, Uncasville, Conn., Chevrolet, 82 laps, 99.309 mph, $11,150. 2. (5) Marc Davis, Mitchelville, MD., Toyota, 82, $6,500. 3. (12) Peyton Sellers, Danville, VA., Chevrolet, 82, $5,800. 4. (4) Jesus Hernandez, Fresno, Calif., Chevrolet, 82, $4,800. 5. (21) Mike Olsen, North Haverhill, N.H., Chevrolet, 82, $3,400. 6. (26) Eric Curran, East Hampton, Mass., Chevrolet, 82, $4,225. 7. (11) Steve Park, East Northport, N.Y., Dodge, 82, $2,600. 8. (16) Max Dumarey, Gent, Belgium, Chevrolet, 82, $1,900. 9. (14) Jeff Anton, Russell, Mass., Chevrolet, 82, $2,880. 10. (23) Alex Kennedy, Aztec, New Mexico, Chevrolet, 82, $1,850. 11. (13) Jamie Hayes, Norlina, N.C., Chevrolet, 82, $2,330. 12. (6) Ricky Carmichael, Clearwater, Fla., Dodge, 82, $2,615. 13. (27) Mike Johnson, Salisbury, Mass., Ford, 82, $1,780. 14. (8) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass., Chevrolet, 82, $2,100. 15. (20) Ryan Duff, Hazard, Ky., Chevrolet, 82, $1,550. 16. (29) Tim Cowen, Ashland, Ohio, Ford, 82, $1,500. 17. (2) Trevor Bayne, Knoxville, Tenn., Chevrolet, 82, $1,970. 18. (9) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Mooresville, N.C., Chevrolet, 82, $1,960. 19. (7) Brian Ickler, San Diego, Calif., Chevrolet, 82, $1,950. 20. (30) Larry Moloney, Wayland, Mass., Ford, 82, $1,450. 21. (3) Austin Dillon, Lewisville, N.C., Chevrolet, 82, $1,950. 22. (15) Dustin Delaney, Mayfield, N.Y., Chevrolet, 82, $1,950. 23. (10) Jody Lavender, Hartsville, S.C., Ford, 82, $1,950. 24. (25) Scott Bouley, Wolcott, Conn., Chevrolet, 81, $1,450. 25. (31) Dale Quarterly, Westfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 78, electrical, $1,450. 26. (19) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 71, suspension, $1,450. 27. (28) Jason Holehouse, Toronto, Canada, Toyota, 38, accident, $1,450. 28. (32) Alessandro Ciompi, Follonica, Italy, Chevrolet, 33, accident, $1,450. 29. (24) Chase Mattioli, Long Pond, Pa., Chevrolet, 23, accident, $1,450. 30. (17) Justin Lofton, Westmoreland, Calif., Toyota, 9, engine, $1,450. 31. (22) John Salemi, Nashua, N.H., Chevrolet, 9, clutch, $1,450. 32. (18) Jonathan Smith, Beacon Falls, Conn., Dodge, 1, transmission, $1,450. Race Statistics Time of Race: 1 hour 15 minutes 48 seconds Average Speed: 99.309 mph (record) Margin of Victory: 1.636 seconds Fastest Qualifier: none (weather) Caution Flags: 7 for 36 laps. Lead Changes: 8 among 7 drivers. Lap Leaders: M.Kobyluck 1-11; M.Davis 12; M.Dumarey 13; S.Park 14-20; E.Curran 21-22; A.Dillon 23; S.Park 24; B.Ickler 25-52; M.Kobyluck 53-82. Standings: 1. M.Kobyluck, 1470; 2. T.Bayne, 1335; 3. A.Dillon, 1313; 4. J.Hernandez, 1309; 5. M.Davis, 1288; 6. R.Carmichael, 1203; 7. S.Park, 1193; 8. E.MacDonald, 1185; 9. B.Ickler, 1181; 10. J.Earnhardt, 1161.