Coby Cracks Icebreaker Victory Lane

Opens Whelen Modified Title Defense With Win At Thompson

THOMPSON, Conn. – After a bitter winter marked by record-setting snowfall, the sunny skies and near-70 degree temperatures at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday were celebrated by fans in the packed grandstands.

The only thing better than the weather in northeastern Connecticut was the racing.

Reigning tour champion Doug Coby displayed the consistent dominance that led to last season's title, leading 131 of 150 laps in the 41st Annual Icebreaker 150 to capture the checkered flag in the season-opening NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event.

The win was Coby's second in 43 career Thompson starts and first in the Icebreaker. Driving the No. 2 Dunleavy's Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet, Coby started from the pole and stayed in the front of the 35-car field to avoid trouble in a race marked by 10 cautions and two red flags.

Woody Pitkat tied his career best Icebreaker finish with a second place effort in the No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet, overcoming an oil leak discovered during the second red flag period that sent him to the rear of the field after having too many crew members over the wall to make repairs.

Bobby Santos, winner of the 2010 Icebreaker and season championship, powered the No. 44 Curb Records/Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley Chevrolet to third place after getting to a race-high second with 11 laps remaining.

Ted Christopher wasn't able to add to his collection of four Icebreaker trophies, but did get his 46th top-10 finish in 85 career Whelen Modified Tour starts at Thompson. Ryan Preece, who won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sunoco Modified 75 earlier Sunday, earned his first top five finish with his new team in the No. 6 TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet.

Timmy Solomito, Eric Goodale, Donny Lia, Ron Silk and Todd Szegedy rounded out the top ten. 

The race featured two leaders – Coby and Silk – and two lead changes.

Justin Bonsignore, last year's Icebreaker 150 winner, went to pit road during the second caution period with his engine misfiring, then was involved in a Lap 74 spin with Brandon Oltra and Anthony Nocella.  He settled for a 27th place finish, 22 laps down.

Spencer Davis, who completed the “modified double” after a 14th place finish in last night's NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Langley Speedway in Virginia, just missed a top-10, finishing 12th in the No. 79 Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 Pontiac after starting at the rear of the field due to the driver change.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action on April 26 at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway for the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200.

NBCSN's coverage of The Icebreaker 150 will air on Friday at a time to be determined.

Finish for the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Icebreaker "150":

Fin
Str
Car#
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
1
2
Doug Coby
Dunleavy's Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet
150
48
5
Running
2
7
88
Woody Pitkat
Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet
150
42
Running
3
2
44
Bobby Santos
Curb Records/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet
150
41
Running
4
4
13
Ted Christopher
Mr. Rooter/Cape Cod Aggregates Chevrolet
150
40
Running
5
8
6
Ryan Preece
TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet
150
39
Running
6
5
16
Timmy Solomito
Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Chevrolet
150
38
Running
7
6
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet
150
37
Running
8
12
8
Donny Lia
Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet
150
36
Running
9
11
40
Ron Silk
15-40 Connection/LFR Chassis Chevrolet
150
36
1
Running
10
17
4
Todd Szegedy
Mystic Missile Racing Dodge
150
34
Running
11
9
7
Patrick Emerling
Emerling Chevrolet Inc. Chevrolet
150
33
Running
12
23
79
Spencer Davis
Hillbilly Racing/Coors 21 Means 21 Pontiac
150
32
Running
13
18
93
Rowan Pennink
Van Wickle Auto Supply Chevrolet
150
31
Running
14
26
63
Tom Rogers, Jr.
East End Statuary Chevrolet
150
30
Running
15
10
35
Derek Ramstrom *
Matthew's Truck Svc./Seekonk GP Chevrolet
150
29
Running
16
22
99
Jamie Tomaino
Dunleavy's Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet
150
28
Running
17
20
9
Chase Dowling *
S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy's Repair Chevrolet
150
27
Running
18
21
29
Jon McKennedy
EXIT Realty/LH Wheeler Trucking Chevrolet
150
26
Running
19
13
22
Tommy Barrett, Jr.
Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet
149
25
Running
20
19
3
Troy Talman *
Cape Cod Copper/DCU Chevrolet
149
24
Running
21
24
36
Dave Sapienza *
Frankie's Towing/Wine Country Chevrolet
148
23
Accident
22
27
46
Jeff Goodale *
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
148
22
Running
23
33
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Pontiac
148
21
Running
24
29
37
Dave Salzarulo
Brickenmore Bricks Chevrolet
147
20
Running
25
31
19
Brandon Oltra *
K&K Racing/Ruby's Inn Chevrolet
145
19
Running
26
28
64
Anthony Nocella *
Hughes Motors/Complete Construction Chevrolet
136
18
Running
27
14
51
Justin Bonsignore
M3 Technology Chevrolet
128
17
Running
28
3
15
Corey LaJoie
15-40 Connection/LFR Chassis Chevrolet
126
16
nerf bar
29
34
1
Melissa Fifield
Big Moose RV Chevrolet
100
15
Clutch
30
30
18
Ken Heagy
Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet
72
14
Mechanical
31
25
14
Max Zachem *
Lu-Mac's Package Store/Broadbrook Chevrolet
69
13
Engine
32
15
75
Shawn Solomito
Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. Chevrolet
44
12
Fuel
33
16
31
Steve Masse *
El Gee Products Chevrolet
37
11
Vibration
34
32
33
Johnny Bush
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet
23
10
Ignition
35
35
82
Danny Watts, Jr.
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
13
9
Accident

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Doug Coby, Time: 18.679 Seconds, Speed: 120.456 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 23 mins, 19 secs Average Speed: 67.514 mph Margin of Victory: 2.085 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 15-19 (Car #82 accident (Turn 3) [01]); 31-36 (Car #19 spinout (Turn 2) [01]); 56-65 (Car #58 spinout (Turn 2)); 74-79 (Cars #19, 51, 64 spinout (Turn 1) [58]); 84-88 (Car #3 accident (Turn 2) [07]); 91-95 (Cars #4, 9, 36, 64 accident (Turn 1) [6]); 105-108 (Car #22 spinout (Backstretch) [07]); 112-116 (Multi-car accident (Turn 4)); 118-121 (Car #46 stalled (Turn 1) [36]); 134-137 (Car #37 accident (Turn 2) [22]). 10 for 54 laps.
Lap Leaders: Doug Coby 1-76, Ron Silk 77-99, Doug Coby 100-150.
Total Laps Led: Doug Coby 127, Ron Silk 23. 2 changes involving 2 drivers.

 

By Tom Bryant, NASCAR
April 12, 2015 - 6:55pm