Ickler Bounces Back to Win at Mansfield  by Penny Aicardi
Park and Kobyluck Fight Hard for Victory As Well
On the Monday prior to the Mansfield 150 at Mansfield Motorsports Park, Brian Ickler sat down with his crew and gave them sort of a pep talk. After a strong start, the Ickler Motorsports team had fallen behind with more finishes deep in the top-25 than in the top-10. His talk was calm but focused.  “Don't give up on me,” he told them.
The words exchanged in that meeting worked.

Ickler dominated the NASCAR Camping World Series East portion of Mansfield's weekend doubleheader, and the Ickler Motorsports team celebrated their third victory of the season and their first since winning at South Boston Speedway in May.

“They all stood behind me and told me they are in this for the long haul and they'll put in as many hours as they need to in order to win races,” said Ickler. “It's our first year and we started off with a good jump on building cars. We got in one wreck and got behind. The road courses are behind us and we can really, really focus on our short track stuff. We came here and tested and we're going to test at Loudon and Dover. We're not at the odd New England tracks anymore. These are the types of tracks I'm used to running on.”

That comfort level showed. Ickler took the lead on lap one after DEI-teammates Trevor Bayne and Jeffrey Earnhardt battled for position on the front row. Ickler went to the bottom and drove by the battling duo.

Ickler went unchallenged until lap 38, when Steve Park made it up front and took the lead away for a single lap on a restart. The two went door-to-door for several more laps with Park driving out front for nine more circuits at lap 50.

Ickler and Park swapped the lead one more time before Park took an unfortunate spin all on his own driving into turn four at lap 112. Fast approaching, however, was Matt Kobyluck, coming off a three-race winning streak and looking to add to his point lead.

Ickler and Kobyluck were brought together for a restart at lap 125 with Kobyluck taking the lead for 10 circuits before Ickler reclaimed it on lap 135. Ickler and Kobyluck were
Brian Ickler(#15)  had to race with Steve Park (#35) early and Matt Kobyluck (#40) late to win at Mansfield..  (Ken Spring Photos)
determined, and coming around on lap 142, Kobyluck went under Ickler to challenge for the lead again. The two made contact and Ickler got sideways. Kobyluck let off the throttle and Ickler retained the lead.

“We were both sliding, but he let off and let me gather it back up,” Ickler said. “Both he and Steve Park are good racers. I'll race with those guys like that any day. The outside was definitely the preferred line here today. Every time Matt would get on the outside for a restart, he'd get me going into one. We were definitely better on the longer runs than both of them (Park and Kobyluck). It was just a matter of keeping it out front for a lap.”

Ickler wasn't very happy to see the final caution come out at lap 149. Kobyluck again would
start on the outside groove, but Ickler's perseverance paid off big. He shot to the front and went
unchallenged for the remainder of the race. He took the checkers .370 seconds ahead of
Kobyluck, who extended his point lead to 176 points over Jesus Hernandez.

Kobyluck's day wasn't without its own hurdles. Early in the race, the Montville, Conn. native
suffered a left rear flat and had to go to the tail end of the field. Kobyluck used up a lot of his
car to come back through the field and challenge for the lead.

“It just wasn't our day. We had a good enough car to be in victory lane, but Brian had a little
bit better. He saved a little bit at the end and I had used mine up a little bit coming back up
through after the tire,” said Kobyluck.

Peyton Sellers also has been building momentum over the last couple of weeks and finished
this race in third. It's his second straight podium finish and fourth straight top-10 finish.

“We had about an eighth place car and we finished third. The Good Lord is just taking care
of us today. We dropped a cylinder with about 20 to go, and I was just trying to get it to the
finish line. I have to just thank everyone involved with this team. This is an awesome day for
us. We work hard every week to get into contention and that's what we did today.”

Trevor Bayne, who headed into the Mansfield 150 second in points, set a new track record in
qualifying, but got caught up in some contact on the last lap and finished 20th.

The NASCAR Camping World Series East enters its final stretch with only three races remaining on the 2008 schedule. New Hampshire is on tap next followed by Dover and Stafford.

NASCAR Camping World Series East-Mansfield 150 Results
At Mansfield Motorsports Park
Mansfield, OH
Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (3) Brian Ickler, San Diego, Calif., Chevrolet, 152 laps, 63.333 mph, $9,050.
2. (4) Matt Kobyluck, Uncasville, Conn., Chevrolet, 152, $4,500.
3. (11) Peyton Sellers, Danville, VA., Chevrolet, 152, $4,000.
4. (8) Jesus Hernandez, Fresno, Calif., Chevrolet, 152, $3,000.
5. (10) Craig Goess, Greenville, N.C., Toyota, 152, $2,315.
6. (12) Austin Dillon, Lewisville, N.C., Chevrolet, 152, $2,300.
7. (6) Derek Thorn, Lakeport, Calif., Ford, 152, $1,600.
8. (13) Ricky Carmichael, Clearwater, Fla., Chevrolet, 152, $2,000.
9. (17) Kyle Cattanach, Redding, Calif., Chevrolet, 152, $1,400.
10. (2) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Mooresville, N.C., Chevrolet, 152, $1,800.
11. (21) Eric Lux, Buffao, N.Y., Toyota, 152, $2,700.
12. (9) Jody Lavender, Hartsville, S.C., Ford, 152, $1,675.
13. (7) Kevin Swindell, Germantown, Tenn., Dodge, 152, $1,150.
14. (19) Jeff Anton, Russell, Mass., Chevrolet, 152, $1,625.
15. (23) Jason Cochran, Marion, N.C., Chevrolet, 152, $1,077.
16. (24) Dustin Delaney, Mayfield, N.Y., Chevrolet, 152, $1,000.
17. (22) Tim Cowen, Ashland, Ohio, Ford, 152, $980.
18. (5) Steve Park, East Northport, N.Y., Dodge, 152, $1,460.
19. (16) Marc Davis, Mitchelville, MD., Toyota, 152, $1,440.
20. (1) Trevor Bayne, Knoxville, Tenn., Chevrolet, 152, $2,920.
21. (18) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass., Chevrolet, 151, $1,410.
22. (25) Jonathan Smith, Beacon Falls, Conn., Dodge, 151, $900.
23. (20) Max Dumarey, Gent, Belgium, Chevrolet, 149, $1,400.
24. (15) Ryan Duff, Hazard, Ky., Chevrolet, 126, accident, $900.
25. (14) Jamie Hayes, Norlina, N.C., Chevrolet, 103, fuel pump, $1,400.
26. (26) Guy Pavageau, Columbia, MD., Chevrolet, 0, engine, $900.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 12 minutes 0 seconds
Margin of Victory: .370 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: T.Bayne (109.496 mph, 16.439 seconds)
Caution Flags: 12 for 55 laps.
Lead Changes: 10 among 3 drivers.
Lap Leaders: B.Ickler 1-38; S.Park 39; B.Ickler 40-49; S.Park 50-58; B.Ickler 59-109; S.Park 110-112; B.Ickler 113-124; M.Kobyluck 125-134; B.Ickler 135-148; M.Kobyluck 149; B.Ickler 150-152.

Standings: 1. M.Kobyluck, 1645; 2. J.Hernandez, 1469; 3. A.Dillon, 1463; 4. T.Bayne, 1438; 5. M.Davis, 1394; 6. B.Ickler, 1371; 7. R.Carmichael, 1345; 8. P.Sellers, 1325; 9. S.Park, 1307; 10. J.Earnhardt, 1295.

Brian Ickler in victory lane.