Doug Coby Uses Timely Move To Break Justin Bonsignore's Streak at Thompson

 

8/14/19 - THOMPSON, Conn. —  One of the most historic streaks in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history was broken by one of the drivers who will go down as one of the best ever.

Doug Coby earned his fourth victory of the season in the Bud ‘King of Beers' 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, breaking Justin Bonsignore's streak of six consecutive wins at the Connecticut oval.

It was Coby's 28th career Whelen Modified Tour victory, his sixth career at Thompson — and it increased the points lead with just five races remaining in the championship points schedule.

“We just go race to race,” Coby said. “We ran three different cars at New Hampshire, Stafford and Thompson, and I'm really proud of that for my team. He (Justin) would probably have anyone but me snap that streak. It's really impressive what his team did. They had a great run.”

Coby dominated the early laps after earning his seventh Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award of the season in qualifying. When the caution flag flew on lap 84, Coby was leading the charge over Bonsignore, and both of them led the field down pit road. Coby elected to take his fresh tires on the pit stop, and exited the pits second, behind Bonsignore.

Coby restarted third, after Jon McKennedy used some strategy to earn the lead. He wouldn't get back to the top spot until the final laps. After former series champion Bobby Santos III took the lead on lap 129, a caution with just 11 laps to go left Santos, Craig Lutz, Bonsignore and Coby at the front. All four of them had led laps, but only three of them would finish.

At the green, Santos stumbled with a transmission issue, Lutz spun his tires, and Coby hung a hard left to clear all of them, into the lead. He never looked back.

“When someone messes up in front of you, you hope you have enough room, you crank it to the left, and hope no one is going to spin you,” Coby said of the restart dash.

Bonsignore would come up one spot short of his seventh straight Thompson win, while Lutz settled for third. McKennedy and Timmy Solomito completed the top five.

“The restart got a little bit wild, and Doug was just in a better spot,” Bonsignore said. “You're not going to win every game (race). We were prepared for this to happen. We lost to the best car this year.”

Jimmy Blewett was sixth, followed by Andrew Krause, Patrick Emerling, Matt Swanson and Woody Pitkat.

Coby leads by 47 in the point standings over Bonsignore and Silk, who are tied for second. The three former series champions have won all but one race this season.

The 30th annual Bud ‘King of Beers' 150 will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, August 21, at 6 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Saturday, August 31, at Oswego Speedway in New York, as part of the track's 63rd annual Classic Weekend.

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
SPONSOR/OWNER
MAKE
LAPS
STATUS
1
1
Mayhew Tools / Reynolds Auto Wrkg   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
150
running
2
4
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
150
running
3
9
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
150
running
4
12
Ultra Wheel   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
150
running
5
14
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
150
running
6
5
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Scrap   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
150
running
7
8
Supreme Manufacturing   (Diane Krause)
Toyota
150
running
8
2
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
150
running
9
10
Ceravolo's Auto / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
150
running
10
11
Horton Avenue Materials LLC   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
150
running
11
16
Dunleavy Truck Repair / Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore)
Toyota
150
running
12
15
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
150
running
13
19
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
149
running
14
17
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
149
running
15
20
Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky's Plumbing   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
149
running
16
22
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
149
running
17
25
Catalano Motorsports   (Dave Catalano)
Chevrolet
148
running
18
18
Racechoice / Tick Mike   (TBA)
Toyota
147
running
19
7
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
146
running
20
13
Racechoice / Tick Mike   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
145
running
21
27
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
145
running
22
29
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Wade Cole)
Ford
144
running
23
3
Sapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
143
shifter
24
24
Buzz Chew Chevrolet   (Buzz Chew)
Chevrolet
142
running
25
23
Johns Tree Removal   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
124
running
26
6
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
107
suspension
27
21
Chevrolet
67
radiator
28
30
Colonial Tire / All Tow   (TBA)
Chevrolet
59
handling
29
28
Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe)
Chevrolet
13
crash
30
31
Pine Knoll Auto Sales   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
11
engine
31
26
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Linda Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
3
engine
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.