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Doug Coby Dominates Thompson, Wins Race and the 2015 WMT Championship.

nwmt-lgIMG_8749 (2)All Doug Coby had to do was win today’s World Series Sunoco 150 race and the 2015 NASCAR WMT Championship was his. Well on a frigid day that included a snow shower at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Doug did just that, winning his 7th race of the year. For Doug it was a 2015 Thompson sweep. Doug qualified first, led the most laps, took the win and the 2015 NASCAR WMT championship. Now a 3 time and a back to back champion Doug did what he set out to do this weekend, finishing ahead of Ryan Preece and Woody Pitkat. His 2 championship rivals Woody Pitkat, had a rough day after being involved in an early incident finishing 5th and Ryan Preece finished 7th.

Full results later and remember the race will be televised on NBCSN on October 22nd at 8:00PMIMG_8538 (2)


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Roger Coss cashes in with $6000 Octoberfast win at Mahoning Valley Speedway

unnamedEHIGHTON, Pa. 10-17-15) Roger Coss has always been known as one of those true good guys of racing. A driver who runs everyone clean, is always capable of motoring to the front and has the knack to bring the car home in one piece. That trademark style is exactly what landed the Lafayette, NJ racer the biggest win of his 20 year career, scoring a rousing victory at Mahoning Valley Speedway’s Octoberfast 2015 worth $6000.

With a dozen laps to go Coss went underneath leader Chip Santee for the top spot. He then held off Zane Zeiner over the remaining distance. Just prior to the winning pass Coss made a thrilling three-wide maneuver to the low side of Don Wagner and Bobby Jones that was nothing short of breathtaking.

Ironically, Coss lost this race the same way in 2012 when he was passed 12 laps from the finish by then winner Matt Hirschman.

“Without a doubt this is the biggest win of my career. We spent so much time this week working on everything and it’s really nice to have it pay off,” said Coss.

“The first year that they had this race I finished second to Matt (Hirschman). He’s always tough to beat and second that day kind of hurt and I really wanted it and now we got it.”

This was the longest distance race ever run for the Modifieds at Mahoning Valley and throughout the entire race there was amazing action taking place.

The majority was an ongoing two-wide duel between Chip Santee and Austin Kochenash. Santee drew the pole and had the early lead over third starting Coss. Kochenash, who has been outstanding on restarts, would use a lap 23 re-go to take over second. Coss would soon fade to the rear and would not be heard from again until it counted.

At the front Santee and Kochenash would go toe-to-toe. Santee was holding his line on the bottom groove as Kochenash stayed alongside. As that battle pursued on, Bobby Jones ran third but was never quite able to strike at the leaders.

The intense lead fight extended past lap 50, then 60 and was still going strong by halfway. And even though there would be a handful of cautions that would slow the action, the race for the lead always stayed fast and furious following the restarts.

Lap 90 and it was still two-by-two. At 100 circuits there no change as Santee and Kochenash kept everyone on the edge with their white-knuckle racing.

And, while they kept their fight going, the action behind them was heating up as well. Don Wagner was giving the Matt Higgins owned No. 88w one heck of a ride as he had taken third at lap 75. At the same time Brian DeFebo had thrust into fourth and was having quite the dogfight with Wagner. DeFebo was able to clear Wagner on lap 91 and kept close watch of the lead pair.

At lap 110 the caution was out. Under the yellow Kochenash made the decision to pit for new rubber. For Santee there was no relaxing despite that as DeFebo was now second and had Wagner and Jones on his rear bumper when the race resumed.

Jones would be the mover at this point, zipping by Wagner and DeFebo then gaining on Santee. It was right back to side-by-side racing for the lead only this time Jones would successfully get around, taking his No. 1J to the front on lap 120. Santee was by far having his best run of the season and not about to give up. He returned the favor on Jones the very next go-around.

As the race reached 25 laps to go, positions began to change rapidly. Wagner moved back ahead of Jones for second. Coss, who at one point was running in last spot after a pit stop on lap 74, was fourth while DeFebo slipped back to fifth.

As for Santee, he was barely clinging to his lead as everyone was coming on strong. Wagner was giving an out effort for the lead and at the same time fending off Jones. Zeiner had come out of virtually nowhere and into the top five at the same time.

Santee was under immense pressure as behind him there was incredible competition and one of the most dramatic portions of the race would occur when Coss pulled off his thrilling heroics.

On lap 136 as Wagner was running underneath Jones, Coss saw a bit of an opening and seized the opportunity. It was suddenly a hold-your-breath three wide run into turn two. Coss incredibly would leap into second. He would then keep the momentum going and went after Santee, who was losing traction from worn tires. At the start of lap139 Coss went to the front and would not relinquish it from there to the finish, despite a fast approaching Zeiner.

“In the beginning I was just riding behind Chip (Santee) and without radios it’s hard to know just how fast you’re going. I felt we were going to fast of a pace so on the one restart we just dropped to the back. I saw Matt (Hirschman) and Zane (Zeiner) back there and I figured that was a comfortable zone. I thought if they’re waiting then I’m going to wait to and it all paid off,” explained Coss.

“Everybody ran clean and I didn’t want to get passed once I got back behind those guys in the front so as soon as I saw a hole and the opening was there I knew I had to make my move.”

Zeiner, a winner of Octoberfast in 2013 and second last year, did not have the time to make a run at Coss.

“Congrats to Roger (Coss) he had a good car tonight. Believe or not we were fighting power steering issues all night and it was tough to just hold on,” said Zeiner, who had made several pit stops but then blasted through the pact in the waning laps.

“We made a lot of adjustments and just came up a little short. We’ll take second place after all that.”

For the fourth straight time Eric Beers finished third. 2015 track champion Earl Paules and Jones rounded out the top five.

15 of the 22 starters completed the 150 lap distance. Heat wins went to Earl Paules, Lou Strohl and Kochenash.


Modified Feature Finish (150 Laps): 1. Roger Coss, 2. Zane Zeiner, 3. Eric Beers, 4. Earl Paules, 5. Bobby Jones, 6. Don Wagner, 7. Glenn Slocum, 8. John Markovic, 9. Eric Kocher, 10. Todd Baer, 11. Brian DeFebo, 12. Ron Frees, 13. Chip Santee, 14. Terry Markovic, 15. Mike Quinn, 16. Calvin Carroll, 17. Austin Kochenash, 18. Matt Hirschman, 19. Lou Strohl, 20. Jimmy Zacharias, 21. Nick Baer, 22. Kevin Rex Jr. DNQ: Anthony Sesely

Coby Takes Thompson Pole For Whelen Modified Finale

Co-Points Leader Lines Up First For Sunday’s Sunoco World Series 150


IMG_8538 (2)THOMPSON, Conn. (Oct. 17, 2015) – Doug Coby has the inside track, in more ways than one, as he looks to defend his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title in Sunday’s Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Coby, who is tied with Ryan Preece for the championship lead, took home the Coors Light Pole Award Saturday at Thompson and will start from the front row in Sunday’s season finale. A lap of 18.566 seconds (121.189 mph) secured Coby his 10th career pole and sixth of 2015. It’s also his third in the last three events.

He’ll have the early advantage in track position among his fellow title contenders, albeit slim. Woody Pitkat, just four tallies behind Coby and Preece, qualified third and will line up right behind Coby on the grid. Preece will start fifth.

Timmy Solomito will join Coby on the front row after he qualified second and Ted Christopher will slot in between Pitkat and Preece. Donny Lia, Jeff Goodale, Justin Bonsignore, John Beatty Jr. and Max Zachem rounded out the top 10 qualifiers.

Coby will attempt to become the Whelen Modified Tour’s first back-to-back champion since Tony Hirschman in 2004-05, and gain a third overall. With wins in the first three races this year at Thompson, he will also look to become just the third driver in 31 years of tour action to sweep a season of events at the venerable .625-mile oval.

The defending Sunoco World Series 150 winner Preece will contend for his second Whelen Modified Tour crown and Pitkat will seek his first. They, along with Coby, are the only three drivers mathematically eligible in what is the closest competition for the title in tour history.

The Sunoco World Series 150 is slated for green flag on Sunday at approximately 3:45 p.m., and can be seen on NBCSN on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.

Qualifying Results

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour – Sunoco World Series 150 Lineup

Race Sunday; Qualifying Saturday

at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Conn.

Lap Length: 0.625 miles

  1. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 121.189
  2. (16) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 120.838
  3. (88) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 120.708
  4. (22) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 120.501
  5. (6) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 120.488
  6. (8) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 119.923
  7. (46) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 119.872
  8. (51) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 119.764
  9. (11) John Beatty, Jr., Merrick, N.Y., Chevrolet, 119.719
  10. (14) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 119.655
  11. (58) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 119.516
  12. (17) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 119.497
  13. (4) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Dodge, 119.465
  14. (13) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 119.325
  15. (9) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 119.256
  16. (44) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 119.231
  17. (31) Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass., Chevrolet, 119.655
  18. (75) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 119.111
  19. (07) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 119.098
  20. (89) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 119.048
  21. (57) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., Chevrolet, 118.646
  22. (36) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 118.116
  23. (56) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 118.042
  24. (15) Ray Graham, Fulton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 117.727
  25. (18) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 117.389
  26. (64) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 117.078
  27. (41) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 116.508
  28. (99) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 114.778*
  29. (33) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 115.201*
  30. (26) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 112.759*
  31. (01) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 110.143*
  32. (82) Danny Watts, Jr., Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 117.986*

* Provisional Starter

Did Not Qualify: George Perreault