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Championship Celebrations On Deck This Weekend In Conn.

Camping World Series East Banquet Friday, followed by Whelen Modified Tour Saturday
By Official Release
December 9, 2008 - 8:02am

The 2008 seasons will ceremoniously conclude this weekend for the NASCAR Camping World Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour respective series’ annual awards banquets at Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Conn. Veteran drivers Matt Kobyluck and Ted Christopher will each celebrate their first NASCAR touring championship of their distinguished careers.

Kobyluck will be the guest of honor at the NASCAR Camping World Series East Awards Banquet on Friday, Dec. 12. A veteran driver from Uncasville, Kobyluck compiled four wins and 12 top 10s during the 13-race 2008 season en route to his first career NASCAR Camping World Series East championship. Kobyluck, driver and owner of the No. 40 Mohegan Sun Resort Chevrolet, reached Victory Lane at Watkins Glen International, Music City Motorplex, Adirondack International Speedway and Lime Rock Park in 2008 and finished 210 points ahead of Austin Dillon in the championship standings.

Christopher will be crowned the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the series’ postseason banquet. Christopher registered four wins and 13 top 10s in 16 races to earn his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title this year in the No. 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet owned by Edward Whelan. A resident of Plainville, Conn., Christopher’s title campaign was highlighted by wins at Stafford Motor Speedway, Mansfield Motorsports Park, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Thompson International Speedway. He finished 127 points ahead of Matt Hirschman in the season standings.

Christopher became the 32nd driver to earn a NASCAR Modified championship in the 61-year history of the division. Throughout the 2008 season, the past champions in NASCAR's Modified history were honored, dating back to Red Byron's first title in 1948. Christopher is the 13th driver to capture a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title since the series was formed in 1985.

Kobyluck also became the 13th driver to capture a NASCAR Camping World Series East crown since the series was established in 1987.

In addition to the coronation of the champions, the top drivers and owners and special award winners from the NASCAR Camping World Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will also be honored at the respective banquets.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.