Doug Coby Charges To Fourth Spring Sizzler Victory

NAPA Spring Sizzler 200

STAFFORD, Conn. — Doug Coby was going for his fourth NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 victory Saturday. Craig Lutz was chasing his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win.

In the end, it was the veteran Coby who made the winning move – diving under Lutz with just over 10 laps remaining – and then fending off the fierce challenge in the closing laps to return to Victory Lane in the iconic event that's earned the moniker, “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.”

It was Coby's 26th career win on the tour and his 12th at Stafford. His first career win came in the 2006 Spring Sizzler, Stafford's iconic early-season event. He also won the race in 2012 and 2016.

“This is the race everybody wants to win,” said Coby. “That was the hardest I've ever drove a race car, to hold off Craig. I just kept drive harder and driving harder.”

Following Lutz, Ron Silk, Max Zachem and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five.

“This is what you dream about,” Lutz said. “He's obviously one of the best here. To be able to run with him for the last 10 laps was run. This was probably the most disappointing second-place I've had, because I feld like all day we had a really good car.”

It was the third career runner-up finish in 56 career starts for the Miller Place, New York, driver — including one in last year's NAPA Fall Final at Stafford.

Justin Bonsignore came home sixth. Bonsignore was fastest in practice back on April 26, the weekend the event was originally slated. Rain postponed three times, finally pushing it from Friday night ot Saturday afternoon. Bonsignore was then fastest in final practice and won the Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award.

Patrick Emerling was seventh, followed by rookie Sam Rameau, Timmy Solomito and Blake Barney.

With Coby's second win in four races in 2019, the five-time tour champion has opened a 17-point lead on second-place Patrick Emerling and 20 over Silk. Blewett and defending tour champion Bonsignore are fourth and fifth, respectively.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back on track in seven days with the

Jersey Shore 150 at Wall Stadium Speedway on Saturday, May 18.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
FIN
STR
#2
DRIVER
SPONSER
MAKE
LAPS
STATUS
1
2
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools / AJ Romano Const.   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
2
11
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
3
15
85
Ron Silk
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
4
17
20
Max Zachem
BB Motorsports / MPZ Trucking LLC   (Bruce Bachta)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
5
12
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
6
1
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
7
8
07
Patrick Emerling
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
8
24
06
Sam Rameau *
Racechoice.com   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
9
10
16
Timmy Solomito
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
200
running
   
10
19
14
Blake Barney
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
11
21
82
Woody Pitkat
Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
12
25
34
  J. B. Fortin,, Jr. *
Johns Tree Removal / Discount Less Pool   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
13
26
45
Timmy Catalano *
Catalano Motorsports   (Dave Catalano)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
14
20
77
Gary Putnam
Curb Records   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
200
running
   
15
23
21
Jimmy Blewett
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
199
running
   
16
28
33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines / Kendal Oil / 1812 Auto   (Wade Cole)
198
running
   
17
16
54
Tommy Catalano
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
196
running
   
18
32
38
Kyle Ellwood
Perf. Engines / Kendall Oil   (Linda Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
196
running
   
19
29
25
Calvin Carroll
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
186
running
   
20
22
52
  Mark Bakaj *
Bakaj Construction   (Jason Nogiec)
Chevrolet
179
running
   
21
18
22
Kyle Bonsignore
Dunleavy Truck Repair / Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Toyota
176
running
   
22
31
78
Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
176
crash
   
23
33
32
Tyler Rypkema *
Nelorp Electric   (Dean Rypkema)
Chevrolet
171
crash
   
24
4
99
Chase Dowling
s and s   (Cheryl Tomaino)
Pontiac
169
rear end
   
25
34
47
Joey Mucciacciaro *
Logan Steel Pods   (Frank Mucciacciaro)
Chevrolet
155
handling
   
26
3
75
Chris Pasteryak
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
143
crash
   
27
7
92
Anthony Nocella
Nocella Paving / K and D Associates / Airgas   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet
125
crash
   
28
14
1
Jeff Rocco *
Dunleavy's Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
125
crash
   
29
27
18
Ken Heagy
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
119
crash
   
30
6
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg)
Dodge
117
crash
   
31
9
64
Rob Summers
Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky's Plumbing   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
117
crash
   
32
13
19
  Joey Cipriano, III *
Gunsmoke Stables   (Steve Greer)
Chevrolet
100
crash
   
33
30
01
Melissa Fifield
Crowell's Towing   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
75
crash
   
34
5
3
Matt Swanson
Cape Cod Copper / WOW Media / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
70
rear end