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Matt Kobyluck Tops Busch East Series At Thompson; Takes Over Series Lead As Caisse Is First Car Out Of Race; Brian Hoar Second; Charles Lewandoski Career-Best Third

THOMPSON, Conn. – Matt Kobyluck won his first NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series race of the season, the Pepsi Busch East 100 at Thompson International Speedway Thursday night, and took over the series point lead. He took the lead when Sean Caisse suffered drivetrain failure after leading the first 13 laps. Caisse, the former point leader, was scored 28th and last in the field.

Brian Hoar chased Kobyluck to the checkered flag, less than half a second behind, with Charles Lewandoski recording a career-best third place finish. Mike Johnson was fourth, Bryon Chew fifth, and Mike Olsen sixth. Dave Dion, Jamie Aube, Ruben Pardo, and John Salemi completed the top ten.

Caisse won his third consecutive Busch Pole Award and looked strong in the lead before suddenly slowing on the front straight and pulling into an auxiliary pit entrance. Kobyluck was never headed from that point, but did have to fight off side-by-side challenges from Hoar on half a dozen restarts. “He could stay with us for four or five laps, but then we started to pull away,” the winner stated, adding “Brian’s a good driver and he raced me clean. I appreciate that.

Lewandoski was a strong climber from his eleventh starting position, moving into third place after dueling with Johnson just after the halfway mark. Kobyluck and Hoar were just too strong for the second-year driver who had never scored a top ten until the 2006 season opener. Chew and Olsen enlivened the final 10 circuits with a battle resolved in Chew’s favor on the last lap.

Aube earned the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award for finishing eighth after starting in the last row. Hoar was the Featherlite Most Improved Driver, topping last week’s finish by 16 positions. In addition to recording his first career top ten, Pardo was the top Sunoco Rookie contender.

Seven caution periods for 45 laps slowed the action as 23 of 28 starters finished, 18 of them on the lead lap. Kobyluck averaged 60.935 miles per hour and won $6,500 for his ninth career Busch East Series triumph.

Kobyluck unofficially leads Olsen by 14 points heading into next Saturday’s Local Dodge Dealers 150 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa.

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
Pepsi 100
Thompson International Speedway, Thompson, Conn., Thursday, June 29, 2006

Finish Start Car # Driver Hometown Car Laps Money Won Reason Out
1 3 40 Matt Kobyluck Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Chevrolet 100 $6,500
2 5 45 Brian Hoar Williston, Vt. Goss Dodge Dodge 100 $4,465
3 11 01 Charles Lewandoski Stafford Springs, Conn. Lewandoski Construction Chevrolet 100 $3,200
4 4 96 Mike Johnson Salisbury, Mass. Johnson Lumber Ford 100 $3,000
5 8 99 Bryon Chew Mattituck, N.Y. Buzz Chew Chevrolet Chevrolet 100 $2,500
6 9 61 Mike Olsen N. Haverhill, N.H. Little Trees Chevrolet 100 $1,950
7 6 29 Dave Dion Hudson, N.H. Berlin City Ford 100 $1,550
8 27 67 Jamie Aube Manchester, N.H. Red Line Oil Chevrolet 100 $2,500
9 14 12 Ruben Pardo Mexico Supercuts Dodge 100 $1,475
10 17 15 John Salemi Nashua, N.H. Waste Management Chevrolet 100 $1,400
11 13 16 Kip Stockwell Braintree, Vt. Stockwell Racing Chevrolet 100 $1,375
12 18 33 Tracy Gordon Strong, Maine The Woodworks/Archer Corp. Ford 100 $1,350
13 19 3 Joey McCarthy Randolph, N.J. STI Motorsports Chevrolet 100 $1,275
14 15 8 Rich Gould N. Brunswick, N.J. Nassau Painting Chevrolet 100 $1,225
15 25 25 Jeremy Clark* Cortland, N.Y. ING Chevrolet 100 $1,200
16 16 84 Dion Ciccarelli* Severn, Md. Jamerson Motorsports/Star Sales Ford 100 $1,175
17 21 10 Pierre Borque* Ottawa, Ont. Full Metal Minerals Chevrolet 100 $1,150
18 22 24 Patrick Dupree Onchiota, N.Y. Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 100 $1,150
19 7 5 John Freeman Huntersville, N.C. Freeman's Stereo Video Chevrolet 99 $1,150
20 2 48 Eddie MacDonald Rowley, Mass. N.E. Mechanical Overlay Chevrolet 98 $1,150
21 20 41 Don Wagner Wharton, N.J. Mannings USA/Snacketizers Chevrolet 98 $650
22 23 14 Joe Masessa Franklin Lakes, N.J. Skin Cancer Foundation Chevrolet 95 $1,150
23 26 26 Scott Bouley Thomaston, Conn. IGS Propane Chevrolet 85 $1,150
24 10 30 Jeff Anton Russell, Mass. Engineered Floors Chevrolet 65 $1,150 Mechanical
25 24 98 John Cerbone City Island, N.Y. Apache Fishing Chevrolet 63 $650 Accident
26 28 97 Brent Cross Cortland, N.Y. Cummings Auto Machine Chevrolet 60 $1,150 Handling
27 12 7 James Civali Meriden, Conn. Nick Perricone, M.D. Chevrolet 27 $650 Accident
28 1 44 Sean Caisse Pelham, N.H. Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet 14 $2,150 Rear End

TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 1 minute, 15 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 60.735 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.415 seconds
CAUTION PERIODS: 7 for 45 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 1 between 2 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Sean Caisse 1-13, Matt Kobyluck 14-100
BUSCH POLE AWARD: Sean Caisse, Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet (20.315 seconds & 110.756 mph)
POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Jamie Aube, Red Line Oil Chevrolet
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Brian Hoar, Goss Dodge

UNOFFICIAL BUSCH EAST SERIES POINT STANDINGS (wins)
1. Matt Kobyluck (1) 669
2. Mike Olsen 655
3. Bryon Chew (1) 629
4. Sean Caisse (2) 611
5. Charles Lewandoski 599
6. Mike Johnson 588
7. Kip Stockwell 532
8. Brian Hoar 525
9. Joey McCarthy 504
10. Eddie MacDonald 488

NEXT RACE: Local Dodge Dealers 150, Lake Erie Speedway, North East, Pa., Saturday, July 8


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