10th Annual Busch Sport Scene Snowmobile Ride Preview Notes  Event PR Report
More Than Sledding, Johnson & Kobyluck Make Plans and More
There will be a popular 'raffle hour' prior to the auction. There are well over 100 great items
being raffled off during the supper hour, between 6-7PM. Tickets are $1 each or a dozen
for just $10. There will be gift certificates, hats, t-shirts, signed sports memorabilia and much more in the raffle.

Following the auction will be a comedy show featuring nationally known comedians Larry Myles and Rob Steen. Rob is a favorite of this event, having performed at this event several times in the past. His resume includes several appearances on the David Letterman Show as well as performances on MTV and the Comedy Channel.

Credentials for the event can be purchased for $10 in advance either at the Club House, the Rangeley Chamber or from Busch Sport Scene. The tickets will be $15 the day of the event. Busch Sport Scene is a New England based sports magazine. Current Busch Sport Scene subscribers will receive a $5 discount on the day of the event, as will NASCAR, PASS & ACT team members that present their licenses.

The $15 ride credential also gets you admission into the full night of entertainment at the Club House that evening. There will be dinner specials and drink specials exclusively for those with a ride credential. The proceeds from the ride will all go to several great charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maine Special Olympics, Travis Roy Foundation, Rangeley Snowmobile Club, Busch Sport Scene Scholarship Fund and the Camping World Series Women's Auxiliary and their various charities.

For room availability or directions, you can call the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-MT-LAKES. For more details, or to become a part of the event or make a donation, please email at scene@neracing.com or call Busch Sport Scene at 1-207-224-2060.

JOHNSON AND KOBYLUCK COMMIT TO RIDE

2000 NASCAR Busch North Series Rookie of the Year Mike Johnson will be among the racers heading to Maine for the 10th annual Busch Sport Scene Snowmobile Ride for Charity.

Johnson is among the top 20 in all time NASCAR Busch North / Camping World Series wins and pole awards. His seven career wins are one shy of 13th place all-time, only three NASCAR CWS drivers have won more races in this decade.

Johnson made his NASCAR debut in 2000, joining a very select few to win a race in
their rookie season. Mike followed up his great rookie year just missing a championship
title in 2001 when he finished the year second in points behind Mike Olsen. He finished
in the top ten in points each year he ran a full schedule. Two of his seven career wins
came at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. Mike's biggest career
win was actually a non-points win that came in 2004 when he won the prestigious
NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.

Johnson will bring many members of his race team with him to Rangeley for the
weekend. He will join many racers at the event including 2008 NASCAR Camping
World Series Champion Matt Kobyluck. He will also join Kobyluck as a guest on the
Mainely Motorsports TV show, that will be taping at the Club House on the day of the
event.

"Mike has been a great supporter of this event over the years," event organizer and
Busch Sport Scene publisher George Campbell said. "He and his team have been
regular riders for the past few years, and always add a lot of fun to the mix at the party
that night. It makes me very happy that one of the NASCAR Grand National Series best
drivers of this decade is such a strong supporter of our event."

Matt Kobyluck will continue a great tradition of NASCAR Champions that participate in the Busch Sport Scene Ride for Charity. The recently crowned 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series Champion has confirmed that he will be at the 10th annual charity event on January 31st at the Club House Restaurant in Rangeley, Maine.

The event has a rich history of support from reigning champions of NASCAR's Grand National division. In the ten years of the event's history, the reigning NASCAR champion has attended the event in all but one of those years. Matt will become the eighth different NASCAR champion to attend the event, joining the impressive list of Jamie Aube, Dale Shaw, Dave Dion, Kelly Moore, Brad Leighton, Mike Olsen and Andy Santerre.

Kobyluck, a member of the Mohegan Tribal Nation, became the first Native American to win a NASCAR Championship in 2008 when he clinched the Camping World Series title at Dover International Speedway last September with his third-place finish in the Sunoco 150.

"I am thrilled to have Matt joining the 10th Annual Busch Sport Scene Charity event this winter," event organizer and Busch Sport Scene publisher George Campbell said. "Matt is a true champion, he and his Mohegan Sun team worked so hard over the years and really earned their honors this year. I cannot think of a better person to represent this series now. He is one of the most respected drivers on the tour and has become one of the most popular among the fans as well. This will be a great opportunity for race fans in northern New England to meet Matt and see what a great person he is."

Kobyluck, from Uncasville, CT, earned his first career NASCAR Camping World Series East title on the strength of four wins and 12 top 10 finishes in 13 races. As driver and owner of the #40 Mohegan Sun Resort Chevrolet, Kobyluck’s championship season included wins at Watkins Glen International, Music City Motorplex in Nashville Tenn., Adirondack International Speedway in N.Y., and Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT.

2008 was his 10th full season in the series. Matt has finished in the top 10 each of the last six seasons, with his previous best finish coming in 2002 when he finished in second-place, nine points behind champion Andy Santerre.

As a past runner-up for the championship, Kobyluck will also join an impressive list of former championship runner-up drivers to participate in the event too. Some of the drivers include those like Matt that went on to become champions, and others like Sean Caisse, Tracy Gordon, Joe Bessey and Mike Johnson. The last two are likely to be at the event again this year.

Matt will be in California the weekend before the charity event to race in the NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown. He won that event in 2006 and is hoping to become the first driver to win the very prestigious race twice.

“No one has ever had a repeat win at the Showdown so we’re hoping to become the first team to do that,” said Kobyluck. “We’ve had a lot of firsts this year – first championship, first Native American to win a championship – so it would really be icing on the cake to be the first team to win this thing twice.”

"I really am pleased that Matt was able to fit our event into his busy off season schedule," Campbell said. "Not only is Matt a Championship race car driver, but he is a very successful businessman in southern Connecticut as an owner of Kobyluck Construction and a very devoted family man. I know how precious time can be. Matt's support of this event shows how popular the event has become."

“We definitely have a lot of things going on,” said Kobyluck. “Probably more than we do during the race season! I’m happy to go and be an ambassador for this series. I’m pretty excited about it actually. It’s a great time to have a chance to sit and talk with the fans.”

ACT AND PASS TEAMS INVITED TO TAKE PART IN BUSCH SPORT SCENE RIDE

Several NASCAR teams have already announced plans to participate in the 10th Annual Busch Sport Scene Snowmobile Ride for Charity in Rangeley, Maine on January 31, 2009. Event organizer and Busch Sport Scene publisher George 'Soup' Campbell also wants teams from the two leading full-bodied stock car racing tours in New England to know they are welcome to join the event too.

"This growing charity event has always been open to everyone, race fans and teams alike, from everywhere and anywhere," Campbell said. "But this year a special invitation is being put forth to the teams and officials from both the Pro All Star Series and the American Canadian Tour. We would like to see even more racers from around the region come see what the event is all about and join the fun this year."

NASCAR Team members who present their 2008 or 2009 NASCAR license will get $5 off the price of their ride credential / event pass on the day of the event. PASS and ACT Teams are now being offered the same discount. All ACT and PASS team members that present either their 2008 or 2009 licenses will receive $5 off their ride credential or event pass that evening. The ride credential is good for all related activities through out the day.

The event includes a Poker Run snowmobile ride during the day followed by a full evening of entertainment. The evening's festivities will include a live auction loaded with lots of great sports memorabilia and racing related items and race tickets. The 2008 Busch Sport Scene Driver of the Year will be announced at the event and the popular Mainely Motorsports TV show will be on hand taping the days events. A comedy show featuring two nationally known comedians will cap of the full day of events.

The proceeds go to several charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maine Special Olympics, Travis Roy Foundation, Rangeley Snowmobile Club, Busch Sport Scene Scholarship Fund and the Camping World Series Women's Auxiliary and their various charities.

Tickets will be $15 the day of the event. Busch Sport Scene is a New England based sports magazine. Current Busch Sport Scene subscribers will receive a $5 discount on the day of the event, as will NASCAR, PASS & ACT team members that present their licenses.







Mike Johnson is back for this year's version of the Busch Sport Scene Snowmobile Ride  (Ken Spring Photo)
RAFFLE AND AUCTION ARE SHAPING UP TO BE BIG

The 10th Annual Busch Sport Scene Snowmobile Ride for Charity [Click Here for More Information] will take place on Saturday, January 31st, at the Club House Restaurant in Rangeley, Maine. After the optional snowmobile ride during the day, there will be plenty of entertainment that evening. As always, there will be well over 100 items up for grabs in the raffle portion of the event, which runs approximately from 6PM to 7PM, during the supper hour.



The always entertaining live auction will begin at approximately 7PM. This year auctioneer George 'Soup' Campbell will be joined by special guest auctioneer Larry Myles. Myles is a professional comedian who's resume includes appearances on MTV, The Comedy Channel and a role on NBC's hit TV show Law & Order.

One of the highlights in last years auction was a signed baseball donated by the Boston Red Sox of 2008 MVP Dustin Pedroia. This years auction will feature signed baseballs from Red Sox stars Jon Papelbon, Jason Bay and Justin Masterson. There will also be signed Patriots, Celtics and Bruins items up for grabs. - including an NFL signed football from Patriots star Ted Bruschi!

As always, there will also be plenty of NASCAR items for the many race fans in the audience. Signed memorabilia from such stars as Kein Harvick, Martin Truex and Joey Logano. There will great items including drivers suits and crew uniforms as well.

Many great race tracks have donated ticket packages for the auction. Tracks with major NASCAR events such as Dover International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Watkins Glen International. Local tracks like Oxford Plains Speedway and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway have also made generous donations to the event again this year. We even have Portland Sea Dogs tickets for the baseball fans in the crowd!

There will also be some very special packages donated by some race teams that will offer race fans a chance to become part of a race team for a weekend. Crewmember of the week packages that will allow the highest bidder to bring a friend and join a team at a race of their choice. They will actually be with the team in the pits and on pit road! This is a once in a lifetime deal for some race fans, a very unique opportunity.
There is more to do at the Busch Sport Scene Snowmobile ride than just ride sleds - among other things, there is a lot of cool stuff available at the charity auction.  (NERacing.com Photos)