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Ruben Pardo Scores First Busch East Series Victory By Holding Off Matt Kobyluck In Mohegan Sun 200 At Lime Rock; Mike Olsenís Third Place Nails Down Second Series Title

LAKEVILLE, Conn. Ė Ruben Pardo completed a brilliant rookie season in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series by holding off defending race winner Matt Kobyluck to win Saturdayís Mohegan Sun 200 at Lime Rock Parkís 1.53 mile road course. Mike Olsenís third place finish made him the series champion for the second time, five years after his first title.

Pardo qualified second and trailed Busch Pole winner Kobyluck until the latter pitted after 16 laps. Pardo surrendered the top spot to Olsen after 32 circuits, with Kobyluck cycling back to the front five laps later. The last half of the 82-lap, 200-kilometer race was primarily a three way battle among Kobyluck, Pardo, and Brian Hoar, who finished fourth. Their duel was punctuated when Pardo and Kobyluck tangled in turn one on lap 56. Pardo emerged second and passed Hoar for the lead ten laps later. Kobyluck rolled the dice on a stop for tires with 13 laps remaining and nearly made the gamble pay off, losing by only 0.184 seconds as Olsen passed Hoar for third on the last lap.

Sean Caisse, Olsenís main rival for the title all summer, finished fifth and did not lead a lap for the first time all season. Unofficially, Olsenís championship margin was 124 points. Tracy Gordonís sixth place moved him to 15th in the unofficial final standings, giving him the final automatic invitation to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, October 20-21. Pardoís teammate, John Freeman, Bryon Chew, Joey McCarthy, and Jeff Anton completed the top ten.

Pardo won $10,496 while clinching the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award for 2006 and winning the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award for exceeding his performance at Dover (Del.) International Speedway last week by 23 places.. The Mexico City native also became the first international driver to win a race in the Busch East Series. He averaged 73.845 miles per hour as five caution periods lasted 27 laps. The top four finishers- Pardo, Kobyluck, Olsen, and Hoar- exchanged the lead seven times, as just 18 of the 30 qualifiers were running at the finish, with 12 on the lead lap. Barney McRae advanced from 30th to 11th to earn the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award.

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
Mohegan Sun 200
Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock, Conn., Saturday, September 30, 2006

Finish Start Car # Driver Hometown Car Laps Money Won Reason Out
1 2 12 Ruben Pardo* Mexico City, Mexico Goulds Pumps/Movida Dodge 82 $10,496
2 1 40 Matt Kobyluck Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Chevrolet 82 $7,596
3 6 61 Mike Olsen N. Haverhill, N.H. Little Trees Chevrolet 82 $5,796
4 4 45 Brian Hoar Williston, Vt. Goss Dodge Dodge 82 $4,546
5 10 44 Sean Caisse Pelham, N.H. Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet 82 $3,746
6 15 33 Tracy Gordon Strong, Maine The Woodworks/Archer Corp. Ford 82 $3,246
7 13 22 John Freeman Charlotte, N.C. Supercuts/Family Dollar Dodge 82 $2,846
8 3 99 Bryon Chew Mattituck, N.Y. Buzz Chew Chevrolet Chevrolet 82 $2,546
9 8 3 Joey McCarthy Randolph, N.J. STI Motorsports Chevrolet 82 $2,496
10 28 30 Jeff Anton Russell, Mass. Engineered Floors Chevrolet 82 $2,346
11 30 5 Barney McRae Colchester, Vt. Motion Racing Chevrolet 82 $2,700
12 7 96 Mike Johnson Salisbury, Mass. Johnson Lumber Ford 82 $2,246
13 16 10 Pierre Bourque Ottawa, Ontario canada.com/driving.ca Chevrolet 81 $2,221 Accident
14 29 32 Dale Quarterley Westfield, Mass. EDART Chevrolet 81 $1,600
15 24 24 Patrick Dupree* Onchiota, N.Y. Outback Steakhouse Dodge 78 $2,146
16 9 13 Todd Souza Aromas, Calif. Blanco Chevrolet 77 $1,500 Transmission
17 23 18 Richard Durivage, Jr. Laval, Quebec Miapoxy Chevrolet 77 $1,475
18 25 8 Rich Gould* N. Brunswick, N.J. Nassau Painting Chevrolet 74 $2,046
19 22 84 Dion Ciccarelli* Severn, Md. Jamerson Motorsports/Star Sales Ford 71 $2,021 Transmission
20 18 14 Joe Masessa Franklin Lakes, N.J. Skin Cancer Foundation Chevrolet 66 $1,996 Clutch
21 19 92 Doug Krpata Bethpage, N.Y. Island Trees Automotive Chevrolet 63 $1,375 Accident
22 17 16 Kip Stockwell Braintree, Vt. Stockwell Racing Chevrolet 62 $1,946
23 27 01 Charles Lewandoski Stafford Springs, Conn. Lewandoski Construction Chevrolet 60 $1,921
24 14 15 John Salemi Nashua, N.H. Waste Management Chevrolet 56 $1,896 Transmission
25 11 03 Rogelio Lopez Mexico City, Mexico Telmex/Lucas Oil Chevrolet 56 $1,896 Transmission
26 12 81 J.R. Fitzpatrick Cambridge, Ontario Thompson Motorsports Chevrolet 42 $1,300 Transmission
27 20 26 Scott Bouley Thomaston, Conn. Towne & Aurell Excavating Chevrolet 42 $1,896 Transmission
28 5 79 Brad Leighton Center Harbor, N.H. Waste Management Recycle America Dodge 39 $1,300 Transmission
29 21 11 Babe Branscombe Northwood, N.H. Waste Management Chevrolet 11 $1,300 Brakes
30 26 88 Laurence Moloney Wayland, Mass. JBR Racing Ford 0 $1,300 Engine

TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 56 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 73.845 miles per hour
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.184 seconds
CAUTION PERIODS: 5 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kobyluck 1-15, Pardo 16-32, Olsen 33-37, Kobyluck 38-56, Hoar, 57-66, Pardo 67-71, Hoar 72, Pardo 73-82
BUSCH POLE AWARD: Matt Kobyluck, Mohegan Sun Chevrolet (54.504 seconds @ 101.057 mph)
POWERade POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Barney McRae, Motion Racing Chevrolet
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Ruben Pardo, Movida/Family Dollar Dodge

FINAL UNOFFICIAL BUSCH EAST SERIES STANDINGS (wins)
1. Mike Olsen (2) 1823
2. Sean Caisse (3) 1699
3. Bryon Chew (1) 1656
4. Brian Hoar 1656
5. Matt Kobyluck (2) 1551
6. Joey McCarthy 1458
7. Mike Johnson 1437
8. Ruben Pardo (1) 1390
9. Jeff Anton 1353
10.Charles Lewandoski 1319
11.Kip Stockwell 1256
12.Dion Ciccarelli 1230
13.John Freeman 1216
14.John Salemi 1191
15.Tracy Gordon 1155


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