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Kobyluck Repeats Busch East Series Victory At Hometown Waterford Speedbowl; Olsen Extends Point Lead Over Sean Caisse To 44 Points With Three Races Remaining

WATERFORD, Conn. – Matt Kobyluck, whose home and shop are located within a few miles of the Waterford Speedbowl, gave his hometown fans and family a victory to celebrate for the second year in a row by winning Saturday night’s Big Y World Class Market 150 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series race. He took the lead from Busch Pole winner Sean Caisse on a lap 30 restart and only surrendered it briefly on three other restarts for the rest of the distance. Caisse dropped from contention for the win when he and Kobyluck made side-to-side contact on the back straight on a lap 56 restart.

Bryon Chew, driving despite a serious non-racing leg injury, finished a strong second with Brian Hoar third. Point leader Mike Olsen was fourth and Mike Johnson fifth. Caisse came back from the incident with Kobyluck to take sixth. Kip Stockwell, Charles Lewandoski, Ruben Pardo, and Dion Ciccarelli completed the top ten.

Kobyluck averaged 49.079 miles per hour as seven caution periods slowed the action for 61 laps. After the final three-lap dash to the finish, Kobyluck’s margin was 0.462 seconds over Chew. Caisse, using the new NASCAR Grand National Division “spec” engine for the first time in competition, posted a track record speed to win the Busch Pole, his fourth of the season. Tim Cowen improved the most places from start to finish to earn the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award, while Kobyluck was 23 places better than his last race finish to take the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award. The checkered flag saw 21 cars still on the track with 13 of them on the lead lap.

Kobyluck, who started second, led 118 laps and earned the maximum 10 bonus points for leading the most laps. In addition to Caisse, Olsen and Chew were also credited as lap leaders, worth five bonus points for each. Olsen increased his point lead from 34 to 44 with three races to go by placing two spots ahead of Caisse. Chew took third in the point race by nine points over Hoar, with Kobyluck only two points further back in fifth. Ruben Pardo edged one point in front of Dion Ciccarelli in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contest.

The next race for the Busch East Series is the New Hampshire 125 at Loudon, N.H., on Saturday, September 16. That event begins a streak of three races in three weeks at major race facilities to decide the 2006 title.

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
Big Y World Class Markets 150s
Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, Conn., Saturday, August 19, 2006

Finish Start Car # Driver Hometown Car Laps Money Won Reason Out
1 2 40 Matt Kobyluck Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Chevrolet 150 $7,800
2 4 99 Bryon Chew Mattituck, N.Y. Buzz Chew/Elbow East Chevrolet 150 $3,200
3 5 45 Brian Hoar Williston, Vt. Goss Dodge Dodge 150 $2,800
4 6 61 Mike Olsen N. Haverhill, N.H. Little Trees Chevrolet 150 $2,300
5 3 96 Mike Johnson Salisbury, Mass. Johnson Lumber Ford 150 $2,100
6 1 44 Sean Caisse Pelham, N.H. Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet 150 $2,800
7 11 16 Kip Stockwell Braintree, Vt. Stockwell Racing Chevrolet 150 $1,700
8 9 01 Charles Lewandoski Stafford Springs, Conn. Lewandoski Construction Chevrolet 150 $1,600
9 7 12 Ruben Pardo* Mexico Supercuts Dodge 150 $1,500
10 16 84 Dion Ciccarelli* Severn, Md. Jamerson Motorsports/Star Sales Ford 150 $1,475
11 12 3 Joey McCarthy Randolph, N.J. STI Motorsports Chevrolet 150 $1,450
12 10 33 Tracy Gordon Strong, Maine The Woodworks/Archer Corp. Ford 150 $1,425
13 19 15 John Salemi Nashua, N.H. Waste Management Chevrolet 150 $1,400
14 20 24 Patrick Dupree* Onchiota, N.Y. Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 148 $1,375
15 22 83 Ray Ciccarelli Ellicott City, Md. Chron's & Colitis Foundation Ford 147 $850
16 17 10 Pierre Borque* Ottawa, Ont. driving.ca/canada.com Chevrolet 146 $1,325
17 15 5 John Freeman* Huntersville, N.C. Freeman's Stereo & Video Chevrolet 143 $1,250
18 26 75 Tim Cowen Ashland, Oh. Cowen Logistics Ford 143 $1,725
19 23 14 Joe Masessa Franklin Lakes, N.J. Skin Cancer Foundation Chevrolet 142 $1,200
20 18 26 Scott Bouley Thomaston, Conn. Towne & Aurell Excavating Chevrolet 139 $1,175
21 9 30 Jeff Anton Russell, Mass. Engineered Floors Chevrolet 105 $1,150
22 25 97 Brent Cross* Cortland, N.Y. Cummings Auto Machine Chevrolet 73 $1,150 Vibration
23 13 67 Jamie Aube Bow, N.H. Red Line Synthetic Oil Chevrolet 68 $650 Engine
24 21 8 Rich Gould* N. Brunswick, N.J. Nassau Painting Chevrolet 20 $1,150 Rear End
25 14 41 Mark Durgin Lynn, Mass. Mannings USA Chevrolet 11 $650 Transmission
26 27 54 Roger Carter Concord, N.C. Isiah10.com Chevrolet 8 $650 Engine
27 24 25 Jeremy Clark* Cortland, N.Y. Drake Oil Chevrolet 3 $1,150 Vibration

TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 49.079 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.462 seconds
CAUTION PERIODS: 7 for 61 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Causse 1-13, Kobyluck 14, Caisse 15-29, Kobyluck 30-54, Caisse 55, Kobyluck 56-74, Olsen 75-76, Kobyluck 77-120, Chew 121, Kobyluck 122-150
BUSCH POLE AWARD: Sean Caisse, Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet (14.800 seconds @ 91.216 miles per hour) – track record
POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Tim Cowen, Cowen Truck Line Ford
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Matt Kobyluck, Mohegan Sun Chevrolet

UNOFFICIAL BUSCH EAST SERIES POINT STANDINGS (wins)
1. Mike Olsen (2) 1355
2. Sean Caisse (3) 1311
3. Bryon Chew (1) 1179
4. Brian Hoar 1170
5. Matt Kobyluck (2) 1168
6. Mike Johnson 1116
7. Joey McCarthy 1078
8. Charles Lewandoski 1041
9. Jeff Anton 972
10.Ruben Pardo 968
11.Kip Stockwell 964
12.Dion Ciccarelli 927
13.John Salemi 882
14.Scott Bouley 869
15.John Freeman 864

NEXT RACE: New Hampshire 125, New Hampshire Intl Speedway, Loudon, N.H., Sat., Sept. 16


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