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Doug Coby Continues Hot Streak:

Dominates Stafford WMT CARQUEST 150

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Doug Coby Celebrates in Victory Lane.

 

Race Date: 8/2/2013

The 52 team of Doug Coby, Milford, CT continued to dominate the big dollar competition in New England winning the WMT CARQUEST 150 @ Stafford Motor Speedway.

After destroying one of his favorite Wayne Darling owned #52 Modifieds at the WMT race @ Riverhead in June 29, Coby has been on a roll. Coby took 1st on the big 1 mile oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13 winning $12,600 for the team’s effort. Then on July 17 the 52 team of Darling won the $10,000 to win Seekonk Modified Open at Seekonk Speedway. Coby and the 52 team didn’t stop there. They finished 2nd in the WMT race @ Monadnock Speedway on July 27th and they topped that off with a dominating performance in the CARQUEST 150 @ Stafford Motor Speedway winning $7,900 in the process. This is a very formidable team to say the least.

Coby  took the lead from pole sitter 44 Bobby Santos III of Franklin, MA on Lap 27 and never looked back en route to his second win of the season. Those two victories have come in the last three tour events after he claimed his first 2013 triumph on July 13 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. It was his 9th career win for the defending 2012 tour champion and fifth at Stafford.

With Coby winning the event it ended the chance of Santos to win the $25,000 bonus put up by CARQUEST for winning the 3 CARQUEST sponsored events at Stafford in 2013.

The two time WMT Champion 4 Donny Lia of Jericho, NY crossed the line 1.626 seconds behind Coby in second followed by the 3 Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT in third. 44 Santos finished fourth while the 6 of 2011 WMT Champion Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT rounded out the top five. 6th was the 58 Eric Goodale of Riverhead, NY ; 7th the 79 Woody Pitkat of Stafford Springs, CT; 8TH The 22 Mike Stefanik of Coventry, RI; 9th Rookie of the Year Contender  73 Cole Powell of MT. Brydges, Ontario, Canada  and 10th the 64 Ron Yuhas Jr. of Groton, CT

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After five cautions – including two red flags – in the first one-third of the race, the final 98 circuits were contested under green flag conditions. While the long run saw plenty of competition amongst the rest of the top five, Coby was able to check out on the field, with the only challenges coming from navigating lap traffic.

By the time the checkered flag dropped, Coby had lapped all but six of the other 25 cars in the race, and at one point late in the event his lead had ballooned to four seconds.

“My guys just showed tonight why the 52 was the championship team last year,” Coby said. “What a great car – probably the best tour car you could hope for at this race track. It was so good at the end that I was just riding around.”

“Doug had a great car tonight, and even with a [potential late race] caution I don’t know what we could have done with him,” Lia said. “With that being said, I think us and the 52 were a good bit better than the rest of the field anyway. It would have been fun, but we’ll take second right now.”

After running in the top five the majority of the night, season point’s leader 16 Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT spun while coming to the White Flag and settled for a 16th-place finish. He still holds a 25-point lead over Coby, who overtook second from 93 Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA. Preece carried a 42-point advantage over Pennink into the event. Pennink, who finished 13th, fell to the third spot – 39 points behind the leader Preece.

Coby, the reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion, ranked fifth in the standings and was 53 points out just three races ago, but with two wins and a second-place since, he’s now back squarely in the hunt to defend his title.

Preece had finished in the top five in each of the first seven races during the season’s first half. Prior to the late-race cut tire that sent him spinning into the grass inside Turn 4 and two laps down when the checkered flag flew, he was also the only driver that had completed every lap on the year.

 

NWMT Stafford 8/2/13 Official Results

Fin

Str

Car

Driver

Team

Laps

Points

B/Points

Status

1

3

52

Doug Coby

Furnace & Duct/Seekonk Grand Prix Chevrolet

150

48

5

Running

2

5

4

Donny Lia

Circle Track Magazine Dodge

150

42

 

Running

3

11

3

Ted Christopher

Silver Dollar Const./Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet

150

41

 

Running

4

1

44

Bobby Santos

Tinio Racing/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet

150

41

1

Running

5

2

6

Ron Silk

TS Haulers/Calverton Tree Farm Chevrolet

150

39

 

Running

6

8

58

Eric Goodale

Riverhaed Building Supply Chevrolet

150

38

 

Running

7

15

79

Woody Pitkat

Mr. Rooter/Coors Light Pontiac

150

37

 

Running

8

4

22

Mike Stefanik

Robert B. Our Co./Canto & Sons Paving Chevrolet

149

36

 

Running

9

16

73

Cole Powell *

Copps BuildAll/Tricar Chevrolet

149

35

 

Running

10

12

64

Ron Yuhas, Jr.

Fast Track Electric/Hughes Motors Chevrolet

149

34

 

Running

11

14

2

Todd Szegedy

Dunleavy Repair/Montanari Fuel Ford

149

33

 

Running

12

18

39

Richie Pallai,, Jr.

MAHLE Performance/Lucas Oil Chevrolet

149

32

 

Running

13

7

93

Rowan Pennink

Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet

149

31

 

Running

14

17

07

Patrick Emerling

Emerling Chevrolet Dealership Chevrolet

149

30

 

Running

15

13

51

Justin Bonsignore

M3 Technology Chevrolet

149

29

 

Running

16

9

16

Ryan Preece

East West Marine/Diversified Metals Ford

148

28

 

Flat Tire

17

22

99

Jamie Tomaino

Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet

148

27

 

Running

18

19

46

Eric Berndt

North End Auto Parts/Cape Cod Agrgts. Chevrolet

148

26

 

Running

19

10

89

Timmy Solomito *

EMPower/Eastport Feeds Chevrolet

148

25

 

Running

20

6

88

Bryon Chew

Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet

148

24

 

Running

21

24

33

Wade Cole

Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet

145

23

 

Running

22

26

38

Brian Schofield

Perf. Engines/Kendall Oil/Ryan's Chevrolet

140

22

 

Running

23

23

18

Ken Heagy

Buoy One Seafood/Mehner Racing Ford

116

21

 

Brakes

24

25

26

Gary McDonald

Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Pontiac

47

20

 

Accident

25

21

28

Ed Flemke, Jr.

Ron Bouchard's Auto Stores Chevrolet

28

19

 

Mechanical

26

20

59

Renee Dupuis

Space Fitters Chevrolet

5

18

 

Accident

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier:
 Bobby Santos, Time: 18.374 Seconds, Speed: 97.965 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 4 mins, 33 secs    Average Speed: 69.713 mph    Margin of Victory: 1.626 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 2-4 (Cars #93, 33, 38 spin Turn 1); 6-8 (Car #59 accident Turn 1 [Red Flag 7 mins.]); 28-35 (Fluid on the track [Red Flag 7 mins.]); 38-42 (Cars #88, 38 spin Turn 1); 48-53 (Cars #26, 38 accident Backstretch).  5 for 25 laps.
Lap Leaders: Bobby Santos 1-26, Doug Coby 27-150.
Total Laps Led: Doug Coby 124, Bobby Santos 26.  1 changes involving 2 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS
COCA-COLA MOVE OF THE RACE:
  Ted Christopher, 3 Silver Dollar Const./Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet
COORS LIGHT POLE:  Bobby Santos, 44 Tinio Racing/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Cole Powell *, 73 Copps BuildAll/Tricar Chevrolet
WHELEN WINNER OF THE RACE:  Doug Coby, 52 Furnace & Duct/Seekonk GP Chevrolet

Notes: After the Stafford WMT race on Friday night Ryan Preece (driving his family owned Modified), the 79 of Woody Pitkat and the 73 of Cole Powell all headed to Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC for the WSMT race on Saturday night. Preece set fast time and led from start to finish. He become only the 2nd CT driver to win at the Historical Stadium. Powell finished 3rd. Pitkat finished 19th.

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Preece Kissing Trophy after the WSMT win at Bowman-Gray Stadium

Stafford SK Modified Notes:

Coby (who finished 2nd) also took over the Stafford SK Modified regular season points lead from Preece after Preece was involved in a last lap wreck while leading the event. The SK Modified race was another wreck feast as many cars suffered heavy damage in the 40 lap main event. The event was finally won by 66 Eric Berndt another WMT regular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       
 

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