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Coby Adds To His Legacy With Fifth Title

Edges Thompson Winner Solomito For NASCAR Whelen Modified Crown

THOMPSON, Conn. — Back in April, Doug Coby walked away from a wrecked race car without even completing one lap in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Six months later, Coby capped the season at Thompson by completing an unthinkable comeback to win his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Sunday’s fifth-place finish in the Sunoco World Series 150 was enough to completely erase his disastrous start to the season and wrap up his fourth straight title.

The Milford, Conn. driver becomes the first driver since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour began in 1984 to accomplish the feat and only the third in the history of NASCAR modifieds, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Richie Evans and Jerry Cook.

“We just kind of tugged away this year,” Coby said. “We won one race in 2014 when we won the championship and we only won once this year. We were just so consistent.”

Timmy Solomito, who entered the race third in the championship standings and one of six drivers still in contention for the crown, used a pass with just two laps remaining to capture the victory the race that was pushed to 155 laps because of a late caution.

The victory was the fifth of the season for the Islip, New York, driver but it wasn’t enough to get him the title.

Coby finished with 604 points, six ahead of Solomito. Justin Bonsignore finished third, 10 points back of Solomito, while Rowan Pennink and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five in the championship standings.

Coby was determined to control his own destiny. The points leader entering the finale, he started on the front row with polesitter Chase Dowling and immediately jumped to the front to lead the first 82 laps to clinch the bonus points for most laps led.

After his first pit stop, he restarted outside the top 10 and wasn’t able to get all the way back to the front. But it didn’t matter. A late charge was enough to hand him the championship behind the wheel of his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet.

“We were good all year and we were kind of under the radar. This was a different championship because we to crawl all summer because we had to get back in it,” Coby said. “We had to chip away this year. The common denominator in all of these titles was a team that never quit.”

Dowling finished second — crossing the finish line .043 seconds behind Solomito — while Ron Silk was third and Pennink fourth.

Andrew Krause finished sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Dave Sapienza, Jamie Tomaino and Bonsignore.

Ryan Preece finished 26th in the race and fell to sixth in points. However, he was able to wrap up the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owner’s championship for Ed Partridge. Preece missed two races — one for his wedding and one to run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway — and combined with George Brunnhoelzl III and Jon McKennedy to win the title for Partridge’s No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet team.

Coby and Partridge will be honored as champion of the unified Whelen Modified Tour as part of the champions celebration in Charlotte, North Carolina in December.

RACE RESULTS | FINAL POINT STANDINGS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Sunoco World Series 150 Results

Sunday

At Thompson International Speedway

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 155 laps, 65.309 mph.

2. (1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

3. (10) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 155.

4. (6) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 155.

5. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

6. (19) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

7. (21) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

8. (18) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155.

9. (33) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

10. (14) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 155.

11. (17) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

12. (4) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 155.

13. (7) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 155.

14. (23) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 155.

15. (27) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

16. (16) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155.

17. (13) Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga., Chevrolet, 155.

18. (29) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 155.

19. (9) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 154.

20. (5) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 154.

21. (25) Danny Cugini, Marshfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 147, accident.

22. (35) Cory Oslund, East Hampton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 143, accident.

23. (34) Manny Dias, Attleboro, Mass., Chevrolet, 138, handling.

24. (15) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 137, accident.

25. (12) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 131, accident.

26. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 117.

27. (32) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 113, handling.

28. (24) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 80, accident.

29. (11) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 52, ignition.

30. (31) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 19, clutch.

31. (30) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 9, accident.

32. (20) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

33. (22) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

34. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

35. (28) John Baker, Selden, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 29 minutes 0 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.043 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: C.Dowling (118.477 mph, 18.991 seconds)

Caution Flags: 12 for 57 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-82; C. Lutz 83-107; R. Silk 108-144; J. Bonsignore 145; R. Silk

146-153; T. Solomito 154-155.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 604; 2. T. Solomito, 598; 3. J. Bonsignore, 588; 4. R. Pennink,

570; 5. E. Goodale, 566; 6. R. Preece, 562; 7. D. Sapienza, 511; 8. M. Swanson, 484; 9.

R. Summers, 474; 10. C. Lutz, 429.

SEUSS HEADING TO WORLD SERIES WITH BRADY BUNCH RACING

Brady Bunch Racing photo

MOORESVILLE, NC – Two- time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Champion, Andy Seuss to partner with Brady Bunch Racing this weekend to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event during the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  This will be second start of the season for the duo having earned a sixth place finish in the SMRS race at Concord Speedway in Concord, NC in April.

“It was an honor to be asked to drive for Brady Bunch racing the first time at Concord, so it even more of an honor to be asked to come back.” Seuss said of the chance to race with Crew Chief Scott Anderson and the rest of the team again.  “The World Series is a race I always want to be a part of and I’m excited to see what we can do together. I feel we have some unfinished business from Concord.”

Their participation in this event is made possible in part by sponsorship from Bryan Dauzat from O.B. Builders, Concord, NC and Copeland Toyota and Chevrolet of Brockton, Mass.

“The opportunity to race with Andy at the World Series presented itself and we are happy everything came together,”  team owner Brian Brady confirmed.   “We raced with Andy earlier this year at a non tour race and he did a great job for us.  We are really looking forward to doing a tour race with him.”

Follow Seuss and Brady Bunch Racing at Thompson either in person or through updates on the NASCAR Home Tracks site.

Parent wins shootout for Late Model crown to kick of World Series weekend at Thompson!

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is wrapping up in 2017 season this weekend with tie award winning annual three-day event, the 55th World Series of Speedway Racing. With 18 divisions and numerous champions set to be crowned over the weekend, the action began on Friday, October 13 with five feature events and the crowning of the first champion of the weekend named in Thompson’s late model division.

Coming into the event the late models featured a two-man battle as reigning track champion William Wall sought to dethrone the surprise success story of 2017, Ray Parent, from the top spot on the final day of the season. The two drivers brought different strategies to the table as their close points battled heated up. Parent, who only needed to finish twelfth to clinch the title, embraced a more conservative approach while Wall was more aggressive, virtually needing to win and get help from others in the field to finish the season on top.

The evening started off strong for Wall who won his heat and gained four points on Parent in the process. Wall continued his aggressive approach in the main event to come home third, but Ray Parent’s conservative strategy prevailed as he secured a ninth place finish and completed a Cinderella story season that he thought would never come.

“This is my first championship (of any kind) since 1996,” Parent said after the race. “It’s awesome. I’m happy for my guys – To say you’re a NASCAR champion is something you dream of when you’re a kid. I know it’s late models at Thompson, but it’s exciting and what a good group of late model drivers Thompson had this year.” Parent’s season included two victories, starting with a season-opening victory on Ice Breaker weekend, and four additional top ten finishes on route to his first late model title at Thompson. Wall’s finish was good enough to guarantee him the runner-up spot in the final points standing.

Meanwhile division regular Matt Lowinski-Loh capped off his season with a statement win in the 25-lap late model feature. It was Lowinski-Loh’s second victory of the season and one he was proud to cross off his bucket list. “It’s World Series Weekend. It’s the biggest race around hear,” Lowinski-Loh said. “I can’t thank my team enough and all the sponsors – It’s a dream come true. I always wanted to win this race. We’re going to go through the car and replace all the worn parts and hopefully come out even stronger next year and go for a championship.”

The longest event of the first night of World Series weekend was the 60-lap feature of the Granite State Pro Stock series, a new addition to the Friday night lineup of the annual event. The penultimate race of the series’ 2017 season saw quite a bit of drama as several title contenders found themselves in trouble early on after a series of on-track incidents before the halfway point of the event. Barry Gray, who came in third in points, found himself retired from the race only 15 laps in while the other three drivers at the top of the points standings, Nick Lascuola, Mike O’Sullivan, and Scott MacMichael, were involved in a lap 18 crash on the front stretch causing different degrees of damage to their respective vehicles. Lascuola was unable to continue while O’Sullivan and MacMichael continued to set themselves up as the top contenders to the championship at the season ending event in Waterford.

Meanwhile it was a familiar face out front as Derek Ramstrom held off Derek Griffith for the feature win in a dominating performance throughout the second half of the feature. Ramstrom and Griffith fought tooth and nail for the lead early on in the event with Ramstrom taking the lead for good just past the halfway point and storming his way to the win. A former track division winner at the Big-T, Ranstrom cherished his return to a victory lane he has visited so many times before.“I love this place. I miss racing hear weekly. I wish they’d bring it back. Every time we come here we’re a top three car no matter what. I have to give credit to my crew. I grew up right at the Little-T speedway and I’ve been watching people race here all my life. I love this place,” Ranstrom said after his win. “It was extremely close there in the beginning. I was just trying to be patient. I mean 60 laps here is kind of long. It doesn’t sound long, but it is at this place. I maintained a steady pace and at the right time I closed the door and never looked back.”

Closing out the night were the Lite Modifieds in a 20-lap feature that saw a competitive field of drivers each looking for one more win on the 2017 season. It was a new face, Bryan Narducci, who started up front and finished up front in dominating fashion leading every lap of the event on route to a victory. The young up-and-comer, a regular at Stafford Speedway, made his first start at the Big-T, leaving a mark with a dominant win to add to his growing resume on the local racing circuit.

“The car was pretty good during the day and I had to figure out the track. It was my first time racing here, but we finally figured it out. We were good in the heat race. We didn’t make any changes and it was real good for the feature,” Narducci said in victory lane.

The night also included looks at racings past and future. The Senior Tour Auto Racers held a pair of exhibition events over the course of the night showcasing antique and replica sportsmen and modified cars of racings past while drivers of the Extreme Racing Experience took to the track for their own exhibition event earlier in the day.

Day two for the World Series of Speedway Racing promises to be an even busier action packed day with eight different divisions set to take center stage. The Valenti Modified Racing series, the Northeastern Midget Association, the American Canadian Tour, the Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series, the New England Pro 4 Modifieds, Street Stocks and the North East Mini Stock Tour will all be featured over the course of the afternoon and evening while a track champion will be crowed in the Mini Stocks where Wayne Burroughs, Jr. looks to repeat as champions of the division at the Big-T.

LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Matt Lowinski-Loh (Milford, MA); 2. Walt Sutcliffe (East Haven, CT); 3. William Wall (Shrewsbury, MA); 4. Glenn Boss (Danielson, CT); 5. Ernie LaRose (Moosup, CT); 6. Tom Carey, III (Orange, MA); 7. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 8. Buddy Charette (Woodstock, CT); 9. Ray Parent (Tiverton, RI); 10. Mark Jenison (Warwick, RI)

GRANITE STATE PRO STOCK FEATURE FINISH TOP-10: 1. Derek Ramstrom (Worcester, MA); 2. Derek Griffith (Hudson, NH); 3. Tommy O’Sullivan (Springfield, MA); 4. Brad Babb; 5. Michael Scorzelli (Feura Bush, NY); 6. Woody Pitkat (Sturbridge, MA); 7. Jake Vanada; 8. Scott MacMichael (Newbury, NH); 9. Kyle Casagrande (Stafford Springs, CT); 10. Kyle Soper

LITE MODIFIED FEATURE TOP-10: 1. Bryan Narducci (Colchester, CT); 2. Brett Gonyaw (Vernon, CT); 3. Corey Dimatteo (Farmington, CT); 4. Glenn Griswold (Vernon, CT); 5. Ben Byrne; 6. Wesley Prucker (Stafford, CT); 7. Daniel Wesson (Monson, MA); 8. Chris Correll (Old Lyme, CT); 9. Andrew Les (Boston, MA); 10. Rick Williams (East Hampston, CT)

Writter: Jason Bleau

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews (Icebreaker 2017)