Coby Adds To His Legacy With Fifth Title

Edges Thompson Winner Solomito For Whelen Modified Crown

THOMPSON, Conn. --  Back in April, Doug Coby walked away from a wrecked race car without even completing one lap in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Six months later, Coby capped the season at Thompson by completing an unthinkable comeback to win his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Sunday's fifth-place finish in the Sunoco World Series 150 was enough to completely erase his disasterous start to the season and wrap up his fourth straight title.

The Milford, Conn. driver becomes the first driver since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour began in 1984 to accomplish the feat and only the third in the history of NASCAR modifieds, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Richie Evans and Jerry Cook.

"We just kind of tugged away this year," Coby said. "We won one race in 2014 when we won the championship and we only won once this year. We were just so consistent."

Timmy Solomito, who entered the race third in the championship standings and one of six drivers still in contention for the crown, used a pass with just two laps remaining to capture the victory the race that was pushed to 155 laps because of a late caution.

The victory was the fifth of the season for the Islip, New York, driver but it wasn't enough to get him the title.

Coby finished with 604 points, six ahead of Solomito. Justin Bonsignore finished third, 10 points back of Solomito, while Rowan Pennink and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five in the championship standings.

Coby was determined to control his own destiny. The points leader entering the finale, he started on the front row with polesitter Chase Dowling and immediately jumped to the front to lead the first 82 laps to clinch the bonus points for most laps led.

After his first pit stop, he restarted outside the top 10 and wasn't able to get all the way back to the front. But it didn't matter. A late charge was enough to hand him the championship behind the wheel of his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet. 

"We were good all year and we were kind of under the radar. This was a different championship because we to crawl all summer because we had to get back in it," Coby said. "We had to chip away this year. The common denominator in all of these titles was a team that never quit."

Dowling finished second -- crossing the finish line .043 seconds behind Solomito -- while Ron Silk was third and Pennink fourth. 

Andrew Krause finished sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Dave Sapienza, Jamie Tomaino and Bonsignore. 

Ryan Preece finished 26th in the race and fell to sixth in points. However, he was able to wrap up the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owner's championship for Ed Partridge. Preece missed two races -- one for his wedding and one to run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway -- and combined with George Brunnhoelzl III and Jon McKennedy to win the title for Partridge's No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet team.

Coby and Partridge will be honored as champion of the unified Whelen Modified Tour as part of the champions celebration in Charlotte, North Carolina in December. 

Fin
Str
Car
Driver
Team
Laps
Points
B/Points
Status
1
8
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing Ford
155
47
4
Running
2
1
15
Chase Dowling
15-40 Connection Chevrolet
155
42
Running
3
10
85
Ron Silk
Stuarts Automotiive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet
155
42
1
Running
4
6
3
Rowan Pennink
Cape Cod Copper/JDL/USNE Chevrolet
155
40
Running
5
2
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Chevrolet
155
41
2
Running
6
19
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing Co. Inc. Chevrolet
155
38
Running
7
21
82
Woody Pitkat
Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet
155
37
Running
8
18
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise Chevrolet
155
36
Running
9
33
99
Jamie Tomaino
Dunleavy's Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet
155
35
Running
10
14
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet
155
35
1
Running
11
17
77
Gary Putnam
Curb Records Chevrolet
155
33
Running
12
4
64
Rob Summers
Hoosier Tire East/Fast Track Elect/Hughes Motors
155
32
Running
13
7
11
Burt Myers
Dunleavy Truck & Repairs/LFR/Citrusafe Chevrolet
155
31
Running
14
23
89
Matt Swanson
Starrett Tools Ford
155
30
Running
15
27
39
Calvin Carroll *
Power with Prestige/Cruising w/Betty Chevrolet
155
29
Running
16
16
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing Chevrolet
155
28
Running
17
13
88
Spencer Davis
Danny's Gaspool Service Chevrolet
155
27
Running
18
29
33
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Ford
155
26
Running
19
9
76
Jimmy Blewett
John Blewett Inc/Starrett Tools Chevrolet
154
25
Running
20
5
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet
154
25
1
Running
21
25
20
Danny Cugini *
Anytime Realty/Lu-Mac's Chevrolet
147
23
Accident
22
35
14
Cory Oslund *
Keith Grimes Excavating Chevrolet
143
22
Accident
23
34
38
Manny Dias *
Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet
138
21
Handling
24
15
48
Kyle Soper *
Eastport Feeds Chevrolet
137
20
Accident
25
12
21
Ronnie Williams *
Gershow Recycling Chevrolet
131
19
Accident
26
3
6
Ryan Preece
TS Hauler/Hoosier Tire of Calverton Chevrolet
117
18
Running
27
32
78
Walter Sutcliffe Jr. *
Last Minute Racing Chevrolet
113
17
Handling
28
24
63
Austin Pickens *
West Orange Nurseries Chevrolet
80
16
Accident
29
11
44
Bobby Santos
Sully Tinio/Olivas Market Chevrolet
52
15
Ignition
30
31
1
Melissa Fifield
Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet
19
14
Clutch
31
30
26
Gary McDonald
Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet
9
13
Accident
32
20
92
Anthony Nocella
Nocella Paving/Airgas Chevrolet
0
12
Accident
33
22
0
Andy Seuss
Brady Bunch Racing/Copeland Toyota Chevrolet
0
11
Accident
34
26
18
Ken Heagy
Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet
0
10
Accident
35
28
17
John Baker
Staria Automotive Chevrolet
0
9
Accident

*Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Chase Dowling, Time: 18.991 Seconds, Speed: 118.477 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 29 mins, 0 secs Average Speed: 65.309 mph Margin of Victory: 0.043 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 1-8; 14-17; 30-32; 62-65; 80-84; 88-92; 105-110; 126-130; 132-135; 138-140; 142-146; 148-152.  12 for 57 laps.

Lap Leaders: Doug Coby 1-82, Craig Lutz 83-107, Ron Silk 108-144, Justin Bonsignore 145, Ron Silk 146-153, Timmy Solomito 154-155.

Total Laps Led: Doug Coby 82, Ron Silk 45, Craig Lutz 25, Timmy Solomito 2, Justin Bonsignore 1.  5 changes involving 5 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Doug Coby 604, Timmy Solomito 598, Justin Bonsignore 588, Rowan Pennink 570, Eric Goodale 566, Ryan Preece 562, DaveSapienza 511, Matt Swanson 484, Rob Summers 474, Craig Lutz 429

Ocotber 15th , 2017 - By Kyle Souza , NASCARHomeTracks.com