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Recently Crowned NWMT Champ Heading South for a Shootout

Three-time Champion Coby Looking for North-South Shootout Win

(Concord, North Carolina) – It’s been nearly six years since Doug Coby has taken a shot at winning the North-South Shootout.  The last time the IMG_8538 (2)Milford, Connecticut driver made the trip south to North Carolina for the end-of-year event was in 2009 when he finished third at Concord Speedway.

A lot of things have changed since Coby’s last visit to the North-South Shootout.  The race itself was moved to Sophia, North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway in 2011.  He won his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship in 2012.  Then he won another in 2014.  Now, Coby is now fresh off clinching his third NWMT title last weekend, the race is moving back to Concord and Coby is making the trip south once again to compete for the $10,000 payday in the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Modified event November 6-7.
“I’m very excited to get down there,” Coby said.  “It’s my absolute favorite track to race on, and it’s my favorite end of year race.  I’m very glad that we’re going with the 2 car.  We’re taking the car that we just won Thompson with.”
Coby posted on Facebook that he and his Michael Smeriglio III Racing Team would be making the trip south almost immediately after the announcement was made that the 13th Annual John Blewett III North-South Shootout was moving back to Concord.
“As soon as I saw it announced I told Phil Moran (his crew chief) we had to go,” said Coby.  “There’s very few times that I feel we have to go do something.  I think it was 10 minutes after I saw the announcement that I turned to Phil and said we have to go.  He absolutely loves that place too.”
  Doug Coby is eyeing a North-South Shootout win at Concord. (Speed51.com photo) – click thumbnail for larger
He explained that the uniqueness of the race track and the speed that drivers carry there is why he loves the place so much.
“I think it’s crazy fast.  When you haul down the backstretch you’re cranking there,” he said.  “Then it gets very technical kind of like a quarter-mile off of turn four when you have to get the car straight and not spin the tires.  It’s also very racy.  It’s a track that you think you can’t pass on, but once the race starts there’s lots of passing.”
The 36-year-old driver is just days removed from clinching his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, his second straight, and also a win at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  Coby said the two tracks are very similar, and that has him confident that he can take home the victory.
“I think the momentum from Thompson will definitely carry over because the setups are very similar,” he said.  “We typically run a Thompson setup down there, and it’s been quite some time since Modifieds have really rumbled around there.  We’re taking the car that we just won Thompson with.  We should be really good and it’s also more track time and testing for that chassis.  Maybe we’ll learn something for Thompson next year.”
Coby won all four races at Thompson this year, but has yet to win at Concord.  Winning this race would be the ultimate way to cap off a year that has seen Coby win seven NWMT races and the championship, but there’s more to it than just that.  There’s also the fact that this race is run in memory of John Blewett III, a New Jersey driver considered by many to be one of the best Modified drivers at the time of his untimely passing in 2007.
“Winning the race in general would be very special, but the fact that it is his race makes it even more special,” said Coby.  “It’s a big deal.  I’m glad to go and be a part of it.  It would be a huge deal to win it.”
While Coby and Blewett were never really friends, Coby said he always looked up to Blewett and learned a ton from him.IMG_8749 (2)
“He was not my best friend,” Coby said.  “I really only talked to him a handful of times, but I’ve gotten to learn more about him since his passing.  I’ve gotten much closer with his family because of it, and I just try my best to have people remember someone who really deserves it.  He’s that great of a driver and I think a lot of us younger guys really looked up to him because he was so aggressive and really didn’t fear anybody.”
In addition to that, Coby wants to win this race because he wants bring the trophy back to the North, the area traditionally known as “Modified Country.”
“It’s definitely a pride thing,” Coby said.  “They’re very territorial of their southern turf and we want to go down there and win some money and win another race track.  It’s the North-South Shootout. It’s a special race to bring together the best of the two series.  We’ve proven that we have a really strong car and if anyone wants to take a shot at it then that’s the place to do it.”
Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, as well as the $5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK Modified event, are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.
Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.  The features will consist of a 125-lap race for the Pro All-Stars Series South Super Late Models, a 60-lap event for the Southeast Trucks, 75-laps for the Limited Late Models, the Mr. Rooter 50 for the SK Modifieds and the John Blewett III Memorial 125 for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds.
For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.
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Our Motorsports Ceases Operations

OUR MortorsportsHUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (OCTOBER 19, 2015) – Our Motorsports has announced today that it will cease operations effective immediately.
“My involvement in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour over the past four seasons has been a wonderful experience,” said team owner Chris Our. “I have been very fortunate to have developed new friendships and business associates that have made this a special time in my life.”
“I want to take this opportunity to thank my drivers, past and present, and crew members who worked countless hours to help make our program a success. To all our sponsors who have helped us over the years, we thank you for your support. Lastly, to Brad Lafontaine and Northeast Race Cars, we couldn’t have made it without you.”
Our has chosen to direct his focus towards his business and spend more time with his family.

Coby Celebrates Championship

nwmt-lgSweeps Thompson To Win Third Whelen Modified Tour Title

THOMPSON, Conn. (Oct. 18, 2015) – The season finale for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour featured three drivers in contention for the championship in the Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

It was unfortunate that two of those competitors had to go up against Doug Coby.

IMG_8422Coby dominated the event in his No. 2 Dunleavy’s/HEX/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet, and despite having to just finish second to Justin Bonsignore to clinch the title, made a daring pass on Lap 145 to sweep all four races this season at the track and win his third tour championship.

Coby dominated the first half of the race leading up until the leaders all pitted on Lap 92. Patrick Emerling stayed on the track to inherit the lead and was passed by Bonsignore on the restart on Lap 103.

Timmy Solomito followed Bonsignore in third at the checkered flag with Todd Szegedy fourth. Woody Pitkat, who entered the race just four points behind co-leaders Coby and Ryan Preece in contention for the title, rebounded from an early caution and penalty that put him a lap down to finished fifth.

Emerling was sixth with Preece seventh. Ted Christopher, Chase Dowling and Donny Lia completed the top 10.

The win and championship add to an already impressive resume for the Milford, Connecticut, native Coby. He joined Mike Stefanik (seven) and Tony Hirschman (five) to become just the third driver in the 31-year history of the tour to win three or more championships. He also joins Stefanik (1998) and Steve Park (1996) as the only drivers to record a season sweep at Thompson.

The final championship margin for the trio was Coby at 613, Preece at 602 and Pitkat at 600. The 11-point margin for Coby tied his 2012 mark for the third-closest championship chase in Whelen Modified Tour history, also over Preece.

Coby and Preece have finished 1-2 in the final points standings in each of the last four seasons, with Preece’s title in 2013.

The Sunoco World Series 150 will be televised on NBCSN on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Sunoco World Series 150 Results

Sunday

At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 76.897 mph.
  2. (8) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (2) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
  4. (13) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Dodge, 150.
  5. (3) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (19) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (5) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (4) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (15) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (6) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  11. (7) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  12. (21) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  13. (18) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  14. (26) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  15. (10) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  16. (16) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 149.
  17. (27) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
  18. (28) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 149.
  19. (25) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
  20. (30) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  21. (23) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 147.
  22. (9) John Beatty, Jr., Merrick, N.Y., Chevrolet, 118, handling.
  23. (11) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 98, accident.
  24. (32) Danny Watts, Jr., Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 89, accident.
  25. (31) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 83, suspension.
  26. (14) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 74, rear end.
  27. (20) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 53, rear end.
  28. (12) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 51, accident.
  29. (29) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 41, accident.
  30. (24) Ray Graham, Fulton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 40, accident.
  31. (17) Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass., Chevrolet, 2, accident.
  32. (22) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 2, accident.

 

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 13 minutes 9 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.690 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (121.189 mph, 18.566 seconds)

Caution Flags: 6 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-93; P. Emerling 94-102; J. Bonsignore 103-144; D. Coby 145-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 613; 2. R. Preece, 602; 3. W. Pitkat, 600; 4. T. Szegedy, 535; 5. P. Emerling, 515; 6. T. Solomito, 514; 7. D. Lia, 490; 8. E. Goodale, 486; 9. C. Dowling, 481; 10. J. Bonsignore, 478.