Doug Coby Begins Quest For Sixth Title In Victory Lane

Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —  Doug Coby's quest for a sixth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship couldn't have started off much better.

After two years of struggling at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Coby make those scuffles distant memories on Saturday, rolling to his 25th career Whelen Modified Tour win and first at the South Carolina oval.

He may have made the final laps of the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen look easy, but the day wasn't filled with only celebratory moments. He did win the first Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award in qualifying, but Coby was forced to start at the tail of the field after a screw in his left-front tire forced the team to make an unapproved tire change before the green.

From there, the charge was on from the rear of a 32 car field in hopes of reaching the front. In the end, he found the top spot — a familiar place for the five-time Whelen Modified Tour champion.

After Coby dropped to the tail, Jon McKennedy was the control car for the initial start and he did just that — took control for a majority of the first half of the event. McKennedy led a race high 64 laps, but pit strategy in the final stages didn't quite fall his way.

After a caution on lap 110, Coby charged up inside the top three after pitting for fresh rubber, then rolled by Kyle Ebersole for the top spot on lap 122. From there, it was just about getting around some lapped traffic and minding a gap over Jon McKennedy and Jimmy Blewett.

When McKennedy and Blewett started racing for the runner-up spot, Coby opened his gap, and was never challenged. Even though the tire strategy didn't quite work out in McKennedy's favor, the second-place effort was a good way to follow-up a winning performance in the opener last year.

“We put two tires on and the No. 2 car put three in, but we still had a really good car,” McKennedy said. “We asked the right-front tire to go 150 laps, which is tough. They knew we were here. It was a great effort by everyone.”

In his first start with Gershow Motorsports, Blewett was third, followed by Patrick Emerling and Chris Pasteryak. The top-five run was Pasteryak's first since 2009 in Whelen Modified Tour competition.

Anthony Nocella was sixth, followed by Burt Myers, Andy Seuss, Eric Goodale and Frank Fleming.

The Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen will air on NBCSN on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action in just two weeks, on

Saturday, March 30, at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
SPONSOR
CAR
LAPS
STATUS
LED
PTS
1
1
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet 150 running 37 47
2
2
Jon McKennedy
Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet 150 running 64 44
3
15
Jimmy Blewett
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet 150 running 0 41
4
28
Patrick Emerling
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet 150 running 0 40
5
7
Chris Pasteryak
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet 150 running 0 39
6
17
Anthony Nocella
Nocella Paving / K and D Associates / Airgas   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet 150 running 0 38
7
22
Burt Myers
Vestal Buick GMC   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet 150 running 0 37
8
8
Andy Seuss
O.B. Builders   (Bryan Dauzat)
Chevrolet 150 running 0 36
9
4
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet 150 running 0 35
10
31
Frank Fleming
Autobynelson Chevrolet   (Frank Fleming)
149 running 0 34
11
6
Matt Hirschman
Pee Dee Motorsports   (Roy Hall)
Chevrolet 149 running 0 33
12
9
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet 149 running 18 33
13
18
Blake Barney *
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet 149 running 0 31
14
19
Kyle Ebersole
Ebersole Excavating   (Bob Ebersole)
Chevrolet 149 running 12 31
15
10
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet 149 running 0 29
16
16
Ken Heagy
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford 149 running 0 28
17
21
Kyle Bonsignore
Chalew Performance / Snap-On Tools   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Chevrolet 148 running 0 27
18
13
Matt Swanson
Cape Cod Copper / USNE, Inc.   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet 148 running 5 27
19
24
Woody Pitkat
Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet 148 running 0 25
20
23
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet 148 running 0 24
21
14
Calvin Carroll
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet 147 running 0 23
22
5
Rob Summers
Dell Electric Chevrolet   (Mike Murphy)
146 running 0 22
23
25
Wade Cole
Perf. Engines / Kendall Oil   (Wade Cole)
Ford 146 running 0 21
24
32
Timmy Catalano *
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet 145 running 0 20
25
12
Ron Silk
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet 145 running 0 20
26
3
Tommy Catalano
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet 144 running 2 19
27
27
Melissa Fifield
TBD   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet 138 running 0 17
28
11
Timmy Solomito
RB Ent   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford 130 running 4 17
29
29
Jamie Tomaino
PSR   (Cheryl Tomaino)
Chevrolet 109 brakes 0 15
30
26
Gary Putnam
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet 108 crash 0 14
31
20
Sam Rameau *
Racechoice.com   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet 62 running 0 13
32
30
Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet 41 clutch 0 12
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.