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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

NWMT NHMS 7/14/17 Whelen All Star Shootout Entry List

00 Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn. Brad Brady Racing Chevrolet Brian Brady Scott Anderson
2 Doug Coby, Milford, Conn. Mayhew Tools/Dunleavy/AJ Romano Const. Chevrolet Mike Smeriglio III Phil Moran
3 Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Cape Cod Copper/USNE/Logic Automation Services Chevrolet Jan Boehler Greg Fournier
4 Max Zachem, Preston, Conn. Mystic Missile Racing Ken Zachem Steve Lemay
5 Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa. Ebersole Excavating Chevrolet Bob Ebersole Bob Ebersole
6 Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn. Simoniz Wax Chevrolet Ed Partridge Jeff Preece
07 Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y. Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet Jennifer Emerling Jan Leaty
7 Donny Lia, Riverhead, N.Y. Bardahl Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Tommy Baldwin
11 Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H. Rockingham Boat Chevrolet Eddie Harvey Steve Seuss
16 Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y. Starrett Tools Ford Eric Sanderson Stanley Szaban
44 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass. Sully Tinio/Brendan Kelley Music Chevrolet Sully Tinio Bob Santos
46 Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn. Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet Russell Goodale Doug Ogiejko
51 Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y. Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet Kenneth Massa Danny Laferriere
58 Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y. GAF Roofing Chevrolet Edgar Goodale Jason Shephard
77 Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind. Curb Records Chevrolet Mike Curb Ted Musgrave Jr.
82 Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn. Horton Ave. Materials Chevrolet Danny Watts Jr Danny Watts Jr.
85 Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn. Stuarts Automotive/J&R Pre-Cast Chevrolet Robert Katon Don Barker
89 Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass. Starrett Tools Ford John Swanson Ken Barry
97 Bryan Dauzat, Alexandia, La. O.B. Builders, Inc. Chevrolet Bryan Dauzat Todd Copper
99 Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J. Dunleavy Truck Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet Cheryl Tomaino Trey Tomaino

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate

Excitement Builds for the 2017 Icebreaker.

By Michael Jaworecki

Each winter thousands of New England race fans and hundreds of race teams circle the date of the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Icebreaker on their calender’s. This year is no different, hundreds of campers are already setting up with an eye on the weather forecast.  The track crew has been working on the grounds removing the last of the late winter snow,  getting everything ready to greet the huge weekend crowds expected.

The  2017 NASCAR WMT season is  one race old and last years Icebreaker champion Timmy Solomito has put that first win in the books. Timmy will be going for 2 in a row and a solid lead in the point standings in his pursuit to end Doug Coby’s championship run.  Timmy’s #16 team Starrett Tools Ford is ready for a solid season .

We spoke to Timmy about the season opener at Myrtle Beach, his out look for the Icebreaker and the 2017 NASCAR WMT season.

You are becoming Mr. Opening Day, how do you like that tittle?

Timmy Solomito Nascar
2016 Icebreaker winner #16 Tiimmy Solomito

Winning is always huge but winning on opening day its even bigger. An win in the first race  of the year gets you off on a good foot for the season and a run at the championship.


How big was that win last week, especially at a track you had never raced at before?

We went into Myrtle Beach with an open mind and would have been happy with a top 5 but to get the win was bonus.  Plus getting a win in front our our new sponsor Starrett Tools made it even better. They had several people there on hand and were pretty pumped up with a win in their first race with the team. If you go to their web page our victory lane picture is prominently displayed front and center.

Last year after your Icebreaker win you struggled for a few races then finished the season strong, does having another year under your belt help you in 2017.

Absolutely, last year I was always looking for the win and at times maybe pushed too hard. This year I still want the wins but finishing races will be as important to help win the championship.

Whats it like competing against you brother every race?

Shawn Solomito
Shawn Solomito in his Eastport Feeds #75

I have great respect for my brother Shawn. He works a full time job and is out in the shop every night until 10:00-11:00PM  working on the car, some nights all by himself.  He and I always have each others backs in the shop and at the track.

It was disappointing for Shawn at Myrtle Beach wrecking while leading but I know he will be in victory lane at one of these races. He was strong in practice, time trials and the race, only the unfortunate tangle took  a top finish away from him.

Your family travels with you to every race how does that support help you?

Mom and dad are always at the track .  At the tour races Shawn’s hauler and my hauler are  parked together so we travel as a family.  Mom does get pretty wound up sometimes and occasionally we have to calm her down.

Do you like the shorten race weekend schedule?

Absolutely, it makes it easier in the team not having to be there Friday or so early on Saturday.

How is business with Natural Designs Inc.?

What started a side business has really taken off.  After working a full day at my regular job I am working at Natural Designs wrapping race cars, tool boxes, logo design and Tee shirt design at night and on the weekends. Several cars on he  NASCAR WMT and across the northeast have been wrapped by Natural Designs..

Last question, Is the 4 time champion Doug Coby the driver to beat for the championship?

I think there are a bunch of drivers to beat for the championship. Obviously everyone wants to beat Doug  but you can’t just single him out, there are plenty of championship caliber teams on the NASCAR WMT.


2016 NASCAR WMT Champion #2 Doug Coby

Race notes: Speaking of champion Doug Coby and his #2 Chevrolet,  his season did not start off well with an 13th place finish at Myrtle Beach. Doug will be looking to rebound in a big way so he is not playing catch up all season. Doug has a new sponsor this year in Mayhew Tools supporting another championship run.

Andy Seuss in the #11  Eddie Harvey Ideal Racing team will bring their LFR chassis car will be making the trek north with Davis Roofing  and Rockingham Boat on the side of the car.  This will be the only driver from the south to make the trip to Thompson .

#20 Max Zachem

Max Zachem in the # 20 MPZ Motorsports/Lu-Macs Chevrolet looks to build on his top 5 finish from opening day.  Max has shown steady improvement from the first day he joined the tour, his highest tour finish was a second to #44  Bobby Santos at the August Thompson race.

Bobby Santos returns to the tour after skipping Myrtle Beach Speedway opener.  Jimmy Blewett in the John Blewett Inc./TS Haulers/Starrett Tools Chevrolet #76 also will make his first start of the year this weekend.

A couple of very familiar cars and drivers are missing off the entry list.  Most prominently  the #99 Dunleavys Chevrolet of

Jamie Tomaino
#99 Jamie “The Jet”Tomaino

Jamie Tomaino. Jamie  moved down south over the winter will only run a partial schedule in 2017. The 1990 Champion has run full time on the tour since its inception in 1985 but will be missing this years Icebreaker.

Mystic Missile, Jimmy Blewett
Jimmy Blewett in the #4 Mystic Missile at last years World Series

Another team that has been a familiar entry for decades is the #4 Mystic Missile. Team owner Bob Garbarino never announced a new driver after Jimmy Blewett left at the end of last season and has not entered the Icebreaker.

Notes: With a chance of rain this weekend the track and NASCAR are bringing back the Air Titan, it was on standby last weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway. With the potential for rain and snow Friday into Saturday, Thompson has targeted Thursday to make an announcement about the weekend schedule.  We will post any news we hear on Myracenews Facebook.

The qualifying procedure being used at the Icebreaker is the same procedure that was used last August with qualifying being run very shortly before the feature. Teams will not check in until Saturday morning and only 2 practices will be held on Saturday, Qualifying  will be held shortly before the 150 lap feature on Sunday.  When this procedure was tried last year it was met with good reviews from the teams.

Lastly Thompson has announced that they would be honoring legendary driver Leo Cleary and legendary photographer Howie Hodge who both passed way earlier this year. Howie son Kevin will be honorary starter for the 150 lap WMT feature, Howie’s wife Mary will also be on hand. Leo’s sons will be there to give  the start your engines command for the 30 lap Sunoco modified feature.

Saturday April 1st and Sunday April 2nd at the Thompson Speedway motorsports Park  opening  the New England racing season. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather so we can get the 2017 New England race season up and running.