Qualifying, NASCAR Mohegan Sun 200 at Lime Rock Park
DiBenedetto on pole, Koby(no)luck 21st
LIME ROCK PARK, Conn. Aug. 14) - The luck of three-time Lime Rock winner Matt Kobyluck ran out during qualifying as a fuel-contamination problem ended his run before it started. Just as Kobyluck took the green to start his first hot lap as part of the final group qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World East Mohegan Sun 200, we heard a pop from his #40 Mohegan Sun Chevy on the front straight. By the time he exited Big Bend, the car was stopped – and so were his chances of qualifying toward the front.
But that isn’t to say that Matt DiBenedetto wasn’t going to take pole anyway. The part-time yet two-time winner (Tri-County and NHIS) turned a :53.727 lap in his Joe Gibbs Driven Toyota – after he saw Kobyluck’s down Chevy – to nip points leader Ryan Truex by 2/10s of a second. It was DiBenedetto’s second pole of the year; his first was also on a road course, Watkins Glen in June.
Third was Jason Holehouse, test driver and chief instructor for the Skip Barber Racing School. Starting alongside Holehouse is Brett Moffitt, sixth in points and winner of the South Boston race in May.
“I was on the start of a good lap when I had to slow for Matt’s stopped car!” DiBenedetto said, “But I put another one together, then parked it. I would have headed back out if I had to.”
Lime Rock is the ninth of 11 races in this year’s NASCAR CWES championship, and the top six drivers in points – Truex, Jody Lavender, Eddie MacDonald, Kobyluck, Steve Park and Moffitt – are within 100 points of each other with three races to go. It is the closest points battle in the series’ 23-year history. The Mohegan Sun 200 will play a large part in determining the 2009 champion.
Lavender qualified 14th, MacDonald ninth and Park 10th for tomorrow’s 1:00 p.m. start.
Starting grid, Mohegan Sun 200 (km) NASCAR Camping World Series East
1. Matt DiBenedetto, :53.727
2. Ryan Truex, :53.900
3. Jason Holehouse, :54.464
4. Brett Moffitt, :54.541
5. Ryan Duff, :54.595
6. Mike Olsen, :54.694
7. Jesus hernandez, :54.766
8. Alex Kennedy, :54.787
9. Eddie MacDonald, :54.873
10. Steve Park, :54.947
11. Jeff Anton,:55.038
12. Jonathan Smith, :55.103
13. Dustin Delaney, :55.797
14. Jody Lavender, :56.038
15. Derek Ramstrom, :56.896
16. Matt Kurzejewski, :57.059
17. Scott Bouleym :57.349
18. John Salemi, :57.523
19. Alan Tardiff, :60.865
20. Tiffany Daniels, :63.624
21. Matt Kobyluck, no time
22. Tim Cowen, no time
In USERA Spec Racer Ford qualifying, H.T. Sweeney was quickest in qualifying with a :59.691, nipping Lee McNeish of Southbury, Conn., by one-tenth of a second. Local favorite John Steinmetz, from Falls Village, Conn., was third.
The fastest cars of the weekend are in the USERA Formula Car Challenge. In qualifying, Doug Rocco took pole with a :50.813 in his Formula Ford 2000, with the Mazda-powered Formula Enterprise of Matt Schneider second-quick at :51.478.
Qualifying, NASCAR Mohegan Sun 200 at Lime Rock Park
Just 10 days away: NASCAR race at LRP
Don’t miss the fender-banging action in the closest championship battle in CWES history
The NASCAR Mohegan Sun 200 for the Camping World East Series (CWES) is just around the [right-hand] corner, so we’re giving you a gentle nudge with this e-mail to remind you about what we’re doing new for race day, Saturday, August 15.
But before those reminders, guess what we just found out from the NASCAR press information office?
In the 23-year history of this championship, the points battle has never been this close with just three races to go. Lime Rock is race nine of 11, and the top six drivers in CWES are exactly 100 points apart in the standings. What happens at Lime Rock sets the stage for the second-to-last race at New Hampshire International and the finale at Dover, both in September.
Those six drivers are, in order top to bottom: Ryan Truex, the 17-year-old brother of Cup driver Martin Truex, Jr.; Jody Lavender; Eddie MacDonald, of Massachusetts; defending CWES champion Matt Kobyluck, from Uncasville, Conn.; Steve Park, who’s made 181 Cup starts, winning twice – one of which was at the Watkins Glen road course; and last but not least in the six-man battle for CWES honors is Brett Moffitt, who’s just 16 (turning 17 August 7).
First-place Truex has 1,227 points and sixth-place Moffitt 1,127. Doesn’t get much closer than that, folks.
Okay, here are the reminders!
* Choice of two Fan Hospitality deals, one of which will get you in a Skip Barber Racing School Mazda as a passenger, driven by a race car driver racing against a bunch of other Mazdas on the track. Choice 1, $75: Prime viewing area, All-American buffet lunch, unlimited beer, sodas and water, special paddock tours, guest speakers, and free sign-up for Hot Lap Raffle. Choice 2, $125: All that, plus racing on the track as a co-pilot with a race car driver! You can be in a simulated race between a whole bunch of Skip Barber Race Series instructors. This is something we’ve never offered before, and it’s exclusive to the Lime Rock Park NASCAR race weekend.
* We decided to create a special fan Car Corral for the Mohegan Sun 200 race weekend. We’re calling it the NASCAR Heritage Car Corral. The idea is simple... If you own a nice piece of “Detroit Iron” – a car from a manufacturer of a rear-wheel-drive V8 American car that at some point raced in NASCAR Grand National competition – bring it. We’re going to put all those cool cars together in one special area. Of course, the NASCAR Heritage Car Corral group will get at least one Parade Lap on the track on race day.
Have a good weekend! But have a better one in two weeks!
You don’t want to miss it…
The Mohegan Sun NASCAR Camping World 200
August 14-15 2009
Get in the Race!
Fan Hospitality includes race experience on the track
Saturday, 15 August
The Fan Hospitality we offered last year for the NASCAR Camping World East Series was a big hit, but we wanted to figure out a way to make it even more fun this year. And we think we did it...
Choice #1, $75: Prime viewing area, All-American buffet lunch, unlimited beer, sodas and water, private paddock tours, guest speakers, goodie bags and free sign-up for Hot Lap Raffle.
Choice #2, $125: All that, plus (hold on to your hat!)... Racing on the track as a co-pilot with a race car driver! That’s right, there will be a simulated race between a whole bunch of Skip Barber Race Series instructors, and you’ll be in the cars with them. They’ll be ducking and dicing and passing and matting it down the straights before they try to out-brake each other! This is going to be super-exciting and a whole bunch of fun, guaranteed.
This is something we’ve never offered before, and it’s exclusive to the Lime Rock Park NASCAR race weekend.
The Mohegan Sun 200 Fan Hospitality will certainly sell out, so don’t delay if you want to be part of the action. The Fan Hospitality purchase is in addition to the admission ticket (if you have already purchased your ticket for a day, the weekend or a Car Corral, you can still buy the Fan Hospitality pass separately).
You can easily purchase the passes online at limerock.com. If you prefer, you may also call us at 1 800 722 3577 (800 RACE LRP).
NASCAR Heritage Car Corral
The idea is simple... If you own a nice piece of “Detroit Iron” – a car from a manufacturer of a rear-wheel-drive V8 American brand that at some point raced in NASCAR Grand National competition – bring it. We’re going to put all your cool cars together in one special, premium area. And everyone will get Parade Laps on race day!
Come be part of the Saturday, August 15th NASCAR Heritage Car Corral. Only $40 - General Admission ticket included!
Eligible manufacturers include Chevrolet (sorry, Camaros and Corvettes don’t qualify!), Ford (T-birds yes, Mustangs no), Dodge (no Challengers), Plymouth (ix-nay on the Barracudas/Cudas), Mercury (sorry, Cougar owners), Pontiac (Firebirds verboten), Olds, Chrysler, American Motors – even Hudson!
Advance purchase only online at limerock.com or by calling 800 RACE LRP.Race Fans Know How to Tailgate, Too!
As Lime Rock Park fans are keenly aware, going to a race is more than just the competition on the track. It’s the camaraderie between fellow motorheads, the atmosphere, the vendors, being outdoors with friends and family – the entire kit and kaboodle of motorsports.
To help encourage even more of that Lime Rock fan experience, we’re setting aside a special part of the Park just for “tailgaters” for the Mohegan Sun NASCAR Camping World 200 race on August 15.
It’s simple: Pack up your beer, coolers and grill, maybe a Frisbee and a football. Come early, go to the Infield Main Entrance, and once you are over the bridge, tell the Parking Attendant, “Send me to the Lime Rock Tailgaters Zone!”
Then drop your gate – or lift your hatch – and get your tailgate party going with a bunch of fans like you!
Big crowd, great races at Lime Rock Park
It was a beautiful, and very full, racing day at Lime Rock Park for the American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix. A big crowd filled the outside and inside hillside spectator areas, and they were treated to another exciting ALMS race.
For the second year in a row, there was a late-race change of the lead. Last year, the Scott Sharp/David Brabham team scored the win with a last-lap pass. This year, they were leading with about 15 minutes to go when their Acura ARX 02a suffered a left-rear puncture – and that handed the lead and the win to the polesitting team of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud in another Acura. Finishing an impressive third was the hybrid gas-electric Ginetta-Zytek 09HS LMP1 driven by Johnny Mowlem and Stefan Johansson.
Winning the LMP2 class (fourth overall) were Butch Leitzinger and Marino Franchitti (Dario’s brother) in the Lola-Mazda B09 86, ahead of Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez in their Acura ARX-01B.
In GT2, Pat Long and Joerg Bergmeister had the measure of the field in their Porsche 911 RSR, besting the Ferrari 430 GT of Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer. The Porsche was an outstanding fifth overall.
The special ALMS Challenge class – a fleet of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars – was won by Wesley Hoagland and Bob Faiata.
In the other races at Lime Rock Park, Simona De Silvestro won the Cooper Tires Atlantic Championship powered by Mazdaevent, Joel Feinberg took race one and Gary Gibson race two in the Frisby Tires IMSA Lites series, while in Formula BMW, Gabby Chaves won the first race and James Kovacic the second.
For full results, click on the following series websites.
Next up at Lime Rock Park... Don’t miss the fender-banging action brought on by the stock car drivers as the NASCAR Mohegan Sun 200 for the Camping World East series is set for August 14-15. Be there!
It’s the ALMS Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park!
The A- and B Paddocks are crowded with the teams, the campers are coming, the (Warning! Product pitches coming up!) Harpoon beer is chilled and we’ve got plenty of Grote & Weigel Frankfurters!
This is a great weekend of road racing, folks. We’ve got the Le Mans Prototypes and GT cars, plus two exciting open-wheel championships – and everything’s set to start rocking and rolling Friday morning.
There are a couple of cool last-minute things we wanted to tell you about:
* SPEEDTV.com told us they are going to broadcast live streaming video of ALMS qualifying on Friday, 17 July starting at 3:30pm. Tune in and watch!
* TriArts, which is staging an exciting number from “High School Musical 2” on Saturday in pit lane, has a “classic hits” Big Band Concert at nearby Music Mountain, Saturday night, 18 JUly at 6:30pm. Tickets are $30.
And don’t forget about the Carpool Kickback, where we are “bribing” you to be green! Use every seatbelt in your vehicle and we’ll give you free tickets to upcoming races. Click here for the details.
Another reminder: The very popular fan Specialty Car Lot is set to go again. All of our fans who arrive in interesting and special vehicles get their very own parking spot! Click here for the details.
Last but not least, the famous Lime Rock Park Midway will have all the cool vendors and displays you’ve asked us for, including the return of the extremely popular iRacing Simulator: Race around Lime Rock Park in a sim that makes it hard to believe you’re not actually on the track! And it’s free...
See you at the track!