Coby Marches To Fourth Championship

3rd Straight Whelen Mod Crown; Bonsignore Wins At Thompson

Justin Bonsignore collected his fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win of the season on Sunday in the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Fran Lawlor/NASCAR

Doug Coby celebrates his fourth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship Sunday afternoon at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Fran Lawlor/NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. -- It took 10 seasons, bouncing between full and part-time rides, for Doug Coby to get his second career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories.

Since then, thought, the Milford, Connecticut, driver has compiled a resume that puts him among the elite Modified drivers of all-time.

Coby drove his No. 2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in Sunday's Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park to cap off his fourth career championship. He finished 12 points ahead of race winner Justin Bonsignore to claim the trophy.

In the process, Coby joined NASCAR Hall of Famers Jerry Cook and Richie Evans, as well as NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik and Tony Hirschman Jr., as the only drivers in NASCAR Modified 69-year history to win four or more championships.

He also became the first driver in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour era, which began in 1985, to win three straight titles. All three have come since he teamed up with car owner Mike Smeriglio III. Over the last six seasons, he's collected 21 wins. In the two years he didn't win the championship, he was fifth in 2011 and second in 2013.

Coby won five times this season, increasing his career total to 22 and move to seventh all-time on the tour's win list. He entered the finale with a 20-point cushion on Bonsignore and needed to only finish 17th or better.

Bonsignore qualified seventh and drove his No. 3 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet to the lead past Coors Light Pole Award winner Timmy Solomito with 21 laps remaining. But Coby, who had drifted as far back as 14th, picked off enough positions in the closing laps to secure the championship.

Sunday was Bonsignore's fourth win of the season.

Former tour champion and current NASCAR XFINITY Series regular Ryan Preece finished second at Thompson, followed by Jimmy Blewett, Donny Lia and Solomito.

After Coby, Woody Pitkat, Eric Goodale, Matt Swanson and Dave Sapienze rounded out the top 10. Swanson began the weekend having already clinched Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.

The Sunoco World Series 150 presented by XtraMart will air on NBCSN on Friday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. ET.

Coby, Bonsignore, Swanson and other top performers from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be honored on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Charlotte for the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards celebration. The event will be held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the Charlotte Convention Center for the seventh consecutive year

Fin
Str
Car#
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
7
#51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
150
47
4
Running
2
11
#6
Ryan Preece
T.S. Haulers, Inc./Riverhead Raceway Inc. Chevrolet
150
42
Running
3
10
#4
Jimmy Blewett
Starrett Tools/Mayhew Tools Dodge
150
41
Running
4
12
#8
Donny Lia
Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet
150
40
Running
5
1
#16
Timmy Solomito
Diversified Metals Ford
150
41
2
Running
6
2
#2
Doug Coby
Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Const Chevrolet
150
39
1
Running
7
3
#85
Woody Pitkat
Stuart's Automotive Chevrolet
150
37
Running
8
5
#58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
150
36
Running
9
17
#89
Matt Swanson *
Central Mass Tree Chevrolet
150
35
Running
10
15
#36
Dave Sapienza
SAP Enterprise Chevrolet
150
34
Running
11
21
#99
Jamie Tomaino
Dunleavy's Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet
150
33
Running
12
20
#46
Jeff Goodale
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
150
32
Running
13
19
#20
Max Zachem
Lu-Mac's Package Store/East End Statuary Chevrolet
150
31
Running
14
8
#3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet
149
30
Running
15
9
#44
Bobby Santos
Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet
148
29
Running
16
26
#26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet
148
28
Running
17
22
#33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet
146
28
1
Running
18
13
#82
Ron Silk
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
143
26
Running
19
25
#1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
124
25
Handling
20
24
#78
Walter Sutcliffe Jr. *
Last Minute Racing Chevrolet
119
24
Handling
21
4
#64
Rob Summers
HTE/Dell Electric/Complete Const. Chevrolet
108
23
Steering
22
14
#9
Chase Dowling
S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy's Repair Chevrolet
101
22
Engine
23
18
#17
Kyle Ellwood
Eastside Building Chevrolet
81
21
Carburetor
24
27
#38
Gary Byington *
Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet
75
20
Handling
25
16
#56
Craig Lutz *
Lutz Motorsports Chevrolet
45
19
Accident
26
23
#39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige Chevrolet
39
18
Accident
27
6
375
Shawn Solomito
Eastport Feeds Chevrolet
25
17
Engine

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier: Timmy Solomito, Time: 18.643 Seconds, Speed: 120.689 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 7 mins, 44 secs Average Speed: 83.046 mph Margin of Victory: 1.241 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 5-9; 26-31; 40-44; 46-50; 71-76; 102-105.  6 for 31 laps.
Lap Leaders: Timmy Solomito 1-50, Doug Coby 51, Timmy Solomito 52-73, Wade Cole 74-76, Timmy Solomito 77-129, Justin Bonsignore 130-150.
Total Laps Led: Timmy Solomito 125, Justin Bonsignore 21, Wade Cole 3, Doug Coby 1.  5 changes involving 4 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points: Doug Coby 684, Justin Bonsignore 672, Timmy Solomito 638, Donny Lia 577, Max Zachem 576, Jimmy Blewett 574, Eric Goodale 570, Ron Silk 565, Matt Swanson * 543, Chase Dowling 543

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

October 16th , 2016 - By NASCAR