LIME ROCK, Conn. — Ryan Truex, driving the NAPA Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, completed a sweep of the two road course races on the NASCAR Camping World Series East schedule, taking the Mohegan Sun 200 at Lime Rock Park Saturday.
The race went four extra laps (to 86 laps around the 1.53-mile circuit) to finish under a green-white-checkered scenario.
After some early caution laps, the race ran a long stretch under green, with polesitter Matt DiBenedetto leading the early laps.
Pitting early, DiBenedetto gave up the lead, but regained it as the pit stops cycled through. At lap 32, DiBenedetto, a Joe Gibbs development driver, looked to be in position to cruise to victory. But on lap 70, DiBenedetto was taken out when he got caught up in an accident involving defending race champion Matt Kobyluck.
“I came up over the hill and he (Kobyluck) was stopped right in front of me,” a dejected DiBenedetto said after the race. “We had the best car we’ve ever had. I had backed off at the end.”
Truex credited sessions at Virginia Int’l Raceway and tutelage from fellow MWR driver Marcos Ambrose with honing his road racing skills, a discipline he hadn’t tackled prior to joining the NASCAR touring series.
“We had a great car today. I felt like we were catching him (DiBenedetto) at the end. Everything just worked out our way today,” Truex said.
Kobyluck had tangled with another car before getting hit by DiBenedetto, and it finally brought the 2008 series champion’s dismal weekend to a close.
During Friday’s qualifying session, his Mohegan Sun Chevrolet coasted to a stop on his first qualifying lap, and he never got to make an attempt. Water in the fuel turned out to be the culprit, and his crew thought they had the problem corrected by race time.
When the green flag flew, it was clear Kobyluck still had problems, and lost numerous laps in the pits correcting the problem.
Truex was followed by MacDonald, Jason Holehouse, Alex Kennedy and Mike Olsen.
Truex widened his point advantage to 50 markers over MacDonald.
Showing driver, car, laps completed and money won: 1. Ryan Truex, Toyota, 86, $10,925; 2. Eddie MacDonald, Chevrolet, 86, $8,000; 3. Jason Holehouse, Toyota, 86, $5,300; 4. Alex Kennedy, Chevrolet, 86, $5,350; 5. Mike Olsen, Chevrolet, 86, $3,400; 6. Jesus Hernandez, Dodge, 86, $3,225; 7. Ryan Duff, Chevrolet, 86, $2,600; 8. Dustin Delaney, Chevrolet, 86, $2,400; 9. Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 86, $2,380; 10. Jeff Anton, Chevrolet, 86, $1,850; 11. Steve Park, Chevrolet, 86, $2,330; 12. Derek Ramstrom, Chevrolet, 86, $1,800; 13. Jody Lavender, Chevrolet, 84, $2,280; 14. Matt Kurzejewski, Ford, 79, $2,100; 15. Jonathan Smith, Chevrolet, 77, $2,050; 16. Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 70, $4,000; 17. Matt Kobyluck, Chevrolet, 38, $2,570; 18. Tiffany Daniels, Dodge, 19, $1,460; 19. Alan Tardiff, Chevrolet, 13, $1,950; 20. John Salemi, Chevrolet, 10, $1,950; 21. Scott Bouley, Chevrolet, 1, $1,450; 22. Tim Cowen, Ford, 0, $1,450.