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Coby Gets Back To Victory Lane

First NASCAR Whelen Modified Win Of 2017 Comes at Seekonk

 SEEKONK, Mass. (Aug. 26, 2017) – Doug Coby finally found himself back in Victory Lane on Saturday night.

The Milford, Connecticut driver dominated the second half of the Seekonk 150 at Seekonk Speedway and captured his first win of the 2017 season. He took the lead from Matt Hirschman on lap 63 and led all but one lap in the final stages en route to the win.

“We just had an awesome car,” Coby said. “My guys made awesome adjustments for the feature. When you can’t pit for tires, you have to be stout off the truck. You have to know what to do for race. The car was just awesome. I’m really happy to get Mayhew Tools their first win with us.”

The win was the 23rd career in Whelen Modified Tour action for Coby and his first at the third-mile of Seekonk. The only blunder for Coby, who started fourth, came at lap 63 when Coby and Hirschman got together battling for the lead. While Hirschman spun, Coby was able to continue without damage and stayed at the front of the race until the checkered flag flew. He held off challenges from Ryan Preece and Anthony Nocella in the final dash to the finish on Saturday.

Coby crossed the line 0.251 seconds ahead of Nocella. Prior to Saturday, Coby had three consecutive second-place finishes in Whelen Modified Tour competition.

With his third-place finish, Preece took the points lead by two points over Coby. Rowan Pennink is third, three points back, while Timmy Solomito is fourth, 11 points back. Solomito crashed out while running inside the top five and finished 22nd.

Justin Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Hirschman, Max Zachem, Gary McDonald and Wade Cole. Earlier in the day, Hirschman won his fourth career Coors Light Pole Award.

The Seekonk 150 will air on NBCSN Saturday Sept. 2 at 9:30 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track next Saturday night, Sept. 2, at Oswego Speedway in New York.


NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Seekonk 150 Results


At Seekonk Speedway

Seekonk, MA

Lap length: 0.33 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (4) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 63.688 mph.
  2. (13) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (2) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (19) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 150.
  5. (5) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (15) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (1) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA, Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (12) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (25) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (22) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 149.
  11. (8) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 148.
  12. (6) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 148.
  13. (11) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  14. (17) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
  15. (14) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 146, accident.
  16. (9) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 144.
  17. (23) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 143.
  18. (21) Manny Dias, Attleboro, Mass., Chevrolet, 142.
  19. (16) Jeff Rocco, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 138, accident.
  20. (24) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 125, accident.
  21. (18) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 118, accident.
  22. (7) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 63, accident.
  23. (10) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 63, accident.
  24. (3) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 63, accident.
  25. (20) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 47, ignition.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 46 minutes 38 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.253 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: M.Hirschman (99.215 mph, 11.974 seconds)

Caution Flags: 7 for 34 laps.

Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: M. Hirschman 1-62; D. Coby 63-123; R. Preece 124; D. Coby 125-150.

Standings: 1. R. Preece, 413; 2. D. Coby, 411; 3. R. Pennink, 410; 4. T. Solomito, 402;

  1. J. Bonsignore, 399; 6. E. Goodale, 379; 7. D. Sapienza, 352; 8. M. Swanson, 348; 9. M.

Zachem, 337; 10. R. Summers, 327.

Photo: Adam Glanzman/NASCAR

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Seekonk

Coby Hitting His Stride At The Right Time

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour enters the final six races of the 2017 season, four-time champion Doug Coby has yet to visit Victory Lane. And that would come as a surprise to most.

The Milford, Connecticut, driver had three finishes outside the top 10 in the first four races and dug himself a deep hole in the championship standings in his search for a fourth consecutive championship. However, as the tour rolls into Massachusetts’ only oval, Seekonk Speedway, Coby could be hitting his stride at exactly the right time. The 38-year-old has finished second in the last three races and has been inside the top five in five of the last six. The runs inside the podium have allowed Coby to crawl his way back to just 19 points from the championship lead in fourth place.

“It’s game on, these guys are letting us back into it,” Coby said following his podium run at Bristol. “I’m just chipping away and trying to win races. We have three second places in a row and we have been in contention to win every week since the Icebreaker and that’s really all you can ask for.”

Heading for Seekonk, Coby has plenty of experience to lean on around the third-mile oval. He is a two-time winner of Seekonk’s “Open Wheel Wednesday” Tour-Type Modified show and he finished second in last year’s Tour race at the third-mile. A win at Seekonk could put him right in a position to taste another title heading for the final stretch.

Following the Seekonk 150, the series will visit Oswego, Riverhead, New Hampshire, Stafford and Thompson before the champion is crowned. Coby has victories at four of those five tracks.

Race: Seekonk 150
Place: Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway
Time: 8 p.m.
2016 Winner: Timmy Solomito
2016 Pole Winner: Doug Coby
Track Layout: 0.333-mile asphalt oval
TV Telecast: NBCSN, Saturday Sept. 2, 9 p.m.
Event Schedule: Garage Opens: 12:15 p.m., Final Practice: 3-4:15 p.m., Qualifying: 5:30 p.m., Seekonk 150: 8 p.m. (approx)
Track Contact: Ed St. Germain, (508)
Track Twitter: @seekonkspeedway
Event Hashtag: #Seekonk150
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, (386)



Fast Facts:

The Race: The Seekonk 150 will mark the 11th of 16 championship events on the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. It is the first and only appearance at the Massachusetts oval this season.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field per the entry blank is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 positions will be determined through the qualifying process, while there will also be six provisionals available. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (49.99 miles).

The Track: A 0.333-mile asphalt oval, Seekonk has operated continuously since its opening in 1946 and original builder and owner D. Anthony Venditti ran the speedway untll his passing in 1991. For the next 14 years, it was operated by his wife, Irene, and now it operates under the guidance of Francis and David Alburn. Billed as the “Action Track of the East,” the track runs as part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with the Pro Stocks as the top class each Saturday night.

Race Winners: There have been seven different winners in the seven previous NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Seekonk . Reggie Ruggiero won the inaugural stop at the third-mile in 1987. Last season, Timmy Solomito drove into Victory Lane.

Pole Winners: Much like the race winners, there have been seven different drivers to capture a pole award in the seven races. Last season, Doug Coby scored the Coors Light Pole Award. Tommy Cravenho holds the one-lap qualifying record with a time of 102.121 mph, which was set in June of 2000.

Seekonk 150 Notes:

Tight Points Battle: Entering the Seekonk 150, the fight for the Whelen Modified Tour championship continues to heat up. After his lap 68 crash at Bristol, Timmy Solomito holds just a two-point advantage in the standings over Rowan Pennink. Ryan Preece sits third, just 10 from the lead, while Coby and Justin Bonsignore round out the top five. The top six drivers in the championship chase are seperated by just 31 points with six races left on the schedule. Just two of them (Preece and Coby) are former champions.

Zachem’s Time To Shine: Preston, Connecticut driver Max Zachem has yet to visit Victory Lane in his career on the Whelen Modified Tour. Even though he has a best finish of second at Thompson last June, Zachem has put together some of his best efforts on the smaller tracks thus far. With a new car this season, he has six top 10s in nine starts. Even though he finished 13th at Seekonk last season, watch for Zachem to be in contention in the final laps. He has plenty of track-time at Seekonk in Tour-Type Modifieds and even tested there over the last few weeks.

Solomito Looking To Rebound: Last Wednesday, the Bush’s Beans 150 didn’t go exactly the way Timmy Solomito was hoping it would. When the Islip, New York driver crashed, he was forced to a finish outside the top 10, losing some crucial points. Entering Seekonk, Solomito will be looking to gain back some lost points. Luckily for him, the Massachusetts third-mile oval is a great place to get that job done. Solomito has found success on tracks under a half-mile in his career, winning at his hometown Riverhead, Monadnock and even Seekonk last year. The Seekonk 150 is a great place for Solomito to get back on track and solidify himself as the title favorite.

Owner’s Battle Shaping Up: Though Timmy Solomito leads the driver’s point standings, there is an owner’s championship battle that is heating up as the series hits the final six races. Even though Ryan Preece missed a race at Langley, George Brunnhoelzl III sat behind the wheel of the No. 6 and got the car the points it needed to stay in the chase. Right now, the Ed Partridge owned machine sits 17 points ahead of the No. 16. Preece will miss a second race at New Hampshire in September, but Partridge tabbed Jon McKennedy to drive for him.

Winning: In the first 11 races, just five drivers have been able to roll into Victory Lane. Ryan Preece and Timmy Solomito are the only two drivers will multiple wins. Bobby Santos, Rowan Pennink and Patrick Emerling have also graced the winner’s circle.

NASCAR Home Tracks: Late Models On Racing Card

Although the Division I Pro Stocks will have the night off, the Seekonk Speedway Everett’s Auto Parts Late Models will take center stage with a 35 lap feature as part of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. The Sports Trucks and Sportsman will also join the action.

ONE MORE RACE ! Tri Track announces final destination – Seekonk Speedway

SEEKONK, Mass. __ July 24,2017
Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce the addition of a new Tri Track Open Modified Series race to be held on October 28th, 2017.
The “Haunted Hundred” will be the fourth and final race in the 2017 Tri Track series season. The rain date for this event will be Sunday October 29th. The Race will feature a $6000 first place winners share of the $35,000 purse with great payouts throughout the entire field. The Haunted Hundred will count towards the Tri Track point fund standings.
“We are grateful to the Venditti Family and Seekonk Speedway for hosting a second race this year,” said Wayne Darling, managing partner of TTOMS. “Seekonk has always been a great race track for the series. Fourteen years of $10,000 to win modified races has really put the track on the map in the modified racing world.”
“As I said before…Tri Track has always been about the owners and the drivers,” stated Darling. “We committed to a four-race schedule and we plan to deliver that to those who support us.”
The four race Tri Track series opened at Seekonk Speedway on June 28th with Matt Hirschman picking up the $10,000 win. The next two races will be at Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire on  Saturday July 29th and Wednesday August 23rd. The series will conclude for 2017 at Seekonk on Saturday October 28th.
The October “ Haunted Hundred “will mark the end of the race season in New England. Race Director Frank Sgambato stated “with the Thompson World Series, Lee’s Ocktoberfest and Staffords Fall Finale all in the books, all eyes and cars will be at Seekonk for one last run.”
The star-studded roster for the Tri Track series includes the likes of NASCAR Modified Tour champions Ryan Preece, Ted Christopher and Ron Silk, other former Modified champions Matt Hirschman, Jon McKennedy, Rowan Pennink, and Chris Pasteryak. Perennial favorites who have also registered include Justin Bonsignore, Bobby Santos III, Woody Pitkat, Eric Goodale, Todd Annarummo, Tommy Barrett, Anthony Nocella, Richard Savary and Andy Jankowiak.
The race card for the event will feature the 100 lap Tour Type Modified Open feature, a 50 lap Late Model event and a 30 lap Legends race. The Late Models will race for $1500 to win while the Legends will compete for a $750 winners share.
“Seekonk Speedway is committed to helping make sure we can get these big shows in when circumstances stack up against their scheduled dates, Racers commit to supporting us on a weekly basis and for our big races , its only right to show them the respect back and ensure they get to run the races they have had circled on their schedule” stated Ed St Germain, Director of Business Development for Seekonk Speedway. “The Late Models and Legends have been two of the best divisions at Seekonk in 2017 so it was an easy move for the Tri Track management to reward them with one more race at the end of the year”
The Late Models will compete under the rules package used for the Seekonk Fall Classic which aligns with the ACT type Late Model rules. Please see for rules info.  The Legends will compete under the standard INEX rules package.
Tickets for the event will be $25 at the front gate with kids under 12 free and $35 for pit access. Pits will open at 8am with practice starting at 10am. The show will have a 1 pm start time. The “Haunted Hundred” will also feature a costume contest for the young and young at heart with each winner being awarded a gift package from the Seekonk Grand Prix Family Amusement Center.
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