IRWINDALE, Calif. - Matt Kobyluck emerged from a wild three-way battle for first Saturday night to became the first driver to win two NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdowns.
Joey Logano slid up into Peyton Sellers while going for the lead in Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag. Kobyluck, who was running third, came across the start-finish line a nose behind Logano. Logano was penalized for his move, though, giving Kobyluck a second NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown to go with the one he won in 2006.
Trevor Bayne wound up second, followed by Jason Bowles. Logano finished 40th.
“I saw it coming,” Kobyluck said. “So I laid up a little, got on the brakes and cut to the bottom so that I could miss it all.
“The writing was on the wall. I’ve been here and doing this enough to know what the outcome was going to be one way or the other. I just didn’t want to get caught up in it.”
Johnny Borneman and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.
Kobyluck’s win in the 2006 event also featured a three-car, side-by-side skirmish for the win. In that one, it was Eric Holmes that went spinning while Kobyluck held off Sean Caisse for the win.
Kobyluck won his first NASCAR Camping World Series East championship in 2008.
This was the first year the event - which has earned the title the 'Daytona 500 of short-track racing' - was held in January after the first five were held in the fall.
Chris Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award, while Andrew Myers won the 50-lap 'Last Chance' race.
Mike Johnson won the Late Model race; Travis Thirkettle won the Super Late Model race. - www.nascar.com