Doug Coby Finds His Way Back To Victory Lane at Stafford

STAFFORD, Conn. —  Doug Coby was not going to be denied on Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The five-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion was sliding through the grass early on, and had to pass more than a handful of cars in his efforts to charge back to the front of the field.

However, when it mattered most, the Milford, Connecticut, pulled back into Victory Lane for the first time in nearly one year.

The victory in the Starrett 150 was the first of the season for Coby, his 24th career in Whelen Modified Tour competition and the 11th of his career at the historic Stafford half-mile.

“It's been a long time coming,” Coby said. “We didn't win at Stafford at all last year, and it seemed to be a place we were always good at. When I have a good car here, I like to try and defend my home-turf. This is great for our team. We are excited to be back in Victory Lane.”

Coby found himself racing Justin Bonsignore for the lead on lap 13 when the two made contact and Coby went sliding through the grass, narrowly avoiding disaster and entering the track back in the 15th position. Luckily for him, the wreck left him with no damage, but from there, it was an uphill battle for the veteran.

He pitted on multiple occasions, slowly worked his way back up through the field, and stayed out during a caution on lap 118, taking the lead of the race and putting himself in position to control the finish.

A caution on lap 140 gave the field one more chance to pass Coby, but no one could make it happen. Woody Pitkat charged through the field after pitting for fresh Hoosier rubber during a caution late and crossed the line second.

The effort was the first podium for Pitkat in Whelen Modified Tour competition since August of 2015 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“I'm just happy for Danny (Watts) and happy for all the guys that never give up,” Pitkat said. “We have been battling and trying to get better. Obviously, I would like to win. But this is like a win for our team.”

Eric Goodale made a charge through the field late and finished third, followed by Rowan Pennink, who led a race-high 50 laps. Timmy Solomito rounded out the top five.

Craig Lutz was sixth, followed by Justin Bonsignore, Jimmy Blewett, Kyle Bonsignore and Chris Pasteryak.

Justin Bonsignore leads Dowling by 51 points in the championship standings after Dowling was involved in a wreck and finished 25th. Timmy Solomito is third, 64 points from the lead.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Wednesday, August 8 with the Bud 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1
3
Mayhew / Dunleavy's / AJ Roman's Const.   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
150
running
30
47
2
18
Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
42
3
7
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
41
4
2
Mosquito Free / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
150
running
50
42
5
9
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
150
running
3
40
6
13
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
38
7
4
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
150
running
18
38
8
19
Starrett Racing / John Blewett Inc.   (John Blewett Sr.)
Chevrolet
150
running
1
37
9
14
Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
35
10
12
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
34
11
8
Stuarts Automotiive / J&R Pre-Cast   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
33
12
22
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
32
13
6
Hoosier Tire East / Fast Track Electrical   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
31
14
16
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
30
15
23
Make A Wish   (Don Parsons)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
29
16
21
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
28
17
26
Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
27
18
29
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
150
running
0
26
19
20
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
150
running
0
25
20
25
PJ DeGracia Contracting   (Paul Degracia)
Chevrolet
148
running
0
24
21
24
Perf Engines / Kendall Oil / Ryan's   (Wade Cole)
Chevrolet
147
running
0
23
22
10
Sully Tinio / Olivas Market   (Sully Tinio)
Chevrolet
139
crash
0
22
23
5
Accell Construction, Inc.   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
132
suspension
48
22
24
11
Gershow Recycling / Empower Financial   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
121
suspension
0
20
25
1
15-40 Connection / S&S Paving   (Rob Fuller)
Chevrolet
83
crash
0
19
26
15
Dunleavy's Truck & Trailer / Citrusafe / WPW   (Eddie Harvey)
67
power steering
0
18
27
28
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
42
power steering
0
17
28
27
Truck Stop Northeast   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
23
overheating
0
16
29
17
Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
0
suspension
0
15