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Doug Coby Riding Momentum To Bud 150 at Thompson Speedway

By Kyle Souza, for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

 THOMPSON, Conn. – Off the heels of his first win of the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, Doug Coby is heading for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with plenty of momentum on his side.

The Milford, Connecticut, driver has won the last four Whelen Modified Tour championships, and is seeking his fifth straight and sixth overall title this season.

However, things haven’t gone his way in the championship standings to this point.

Coby only finished inside the top five twice in the first eight races, and dug himself a deep whole in the championship standings as the season headed for the second half. However, this past Friday night, Coby returned to glory.

The No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet took the lead in the late stages of the Starrett Tools 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway, and Coby went on to wheel the car to his first victory of the season. He now finds himself sixth in the championship standings, 93 points from the lead with seven races left on the schedule.

Next up: the 29th annual Bud “King of Beers” 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Wednesday, August 8.

“I like the fact that we race Thompson next because we seem like we got our Thompson program back pretty good,” Coby said. “This was a big boost for our team. We are heading for Thompson with a lot of confidence.”

His Thompson record during the 2015 season was perfect. The Connecticut veteran scored all four wins at the 0.625-mile oval that season, and won the pole for two of those wins. In the other two races, he rolled off for the green on the outside of the front row.

In his 56 career starts at Thompson, Coby has five wins, with the most recent of them coming as part of his championship clinching performance in 2015. However, all five of his titles on the Whelen Modified Tour have been celebrated at Thompson.

After stumbling for a few events, Coby’s team seems to have found the setup again for the high-banks. In April during the Icebreaker 150, Coby started second and finished sixth after leading 36 laps. In June, during the Thompson 125, Coby rolled from the pole position, led 82 laps, and came home in the third position.

In his 56 career Whelen Modified Tour starts at Thompson, Coby with 20 top five finishes. He has been at the front of the field for 1,054 laps, has 34 top-10s, and as an average finish of 10.4.

Even though Coby is a favorite, he will have plenty of challengers fighting to knock him off the top on Wednesday night. Justin Bonsignore has won the last two Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson, and leads the championship standings by 51 points over Chase Dowling. Names like Eric Goodale, Rowan Pennink and Rob Summers are also others to watch.

Ryan Preece, a part-time competitor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, will run double-duty Wednesday with the Sunoco Modified and his No. 6 TS Haulers NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car. Fans can meet him during the autograph session on the midway during the night of action.

The 29th annual Bud “King of Beers” 150 will take the green flag with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series practice at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes to the track for the one and only practice round from 4 to 5 p.m.

Qualifying heat racing gets underway at 5 p.m., and the NEMA Midgets, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Late Models and SK Modifieds are all set to compete in qualifying and feature racing action. The Bud 150 is scheduled to take the green flag at 7:45 p.m., with the Mini Stocks and Late Models following the main event to round out the night of action.

Fans can enter the paddock area and get up close to some of their favorite cars and stars for just $50 on Wednesday. The grandstand admission fee is $44, while kids 12 and under will enter for free. The rain date if needed is Thursday, August 9.

Any updates about the race can be found by visiting www.thompsonspeedway.com or following the track on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Bud “King of Beers” 150 On Deck For Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

By Kyle Souza, for Thompson Speedway

THOMPSON, Conn. – The stars and cars of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour are headed for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the 10th race of their season on Wednesday, August 8.

And as the schedule begins to wind down for the modifieds, Thompson’s 29th annual Bud “King of Beers” 150 will play a crucial role in the championship chase. It also marks the final stop at Thompson for teams to tune on their equipment before the champion is crowned as part of the Sunoco World Series in October.

In two previous Thompson events this year, Justin Bonsignore drove the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet into Victory Lane. In April’s Icebreaker 150, Bonsignore rolled by Jon McKennedy when McKennedy ran out of fuel and went on to score the victory. In June, a late caution flag allowed Bonsignore’s stellar pit crew to shine and get him out at the front of the pack, and he never gave up the top spot.

Bonsignore leads all active drivers with the most career wins on the 0.625-mile oval (seven) and has put together a fast start to the season that has him as the championship favorite to this point. But behind him, 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Chase Dowling is looking to break into Thompson’s Victory Lane and Doug Coby will be looking to regain his magic on the high-banks. Coby swept all four races in 2015, and has five career wins in 56 career starts. He finished inside the podium during the Thompson 125.

Other entrants to watch include Timmy Solomito, Matt Swanson, Bobby Santos III and Ronnie Williams. For Williams, the Thompson stops so far this season have proven to be difficult for him during the race action, but not in practice or qualifying. Williams qualified on the front row for both races, but has failed to finish inside the top-10. Will the speed he has shown so far return and allow him to have a chance at the victory?

One entry in the field that Thompson local fans may really want to watch is Ray Parent.

The defending Thompson Late Model champion is making his move to the modified ranks with Don Parsons Racing and he will drive the No. 98 Make A Wish entry in the Bud “King of Beers” 150. Parent has plenty of laps around Thompson and will look to use that experience to help him expedite the learning process driving a modified. Parent started 23rd and finished 16th in the Thompson 125 back in June in his Whelen Modified Tour debut.

Along with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, a full slate of NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing is also planned for the night. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock divisions will all compete in qualifying and feature racing. The NEMA Midgets will also return to the high-banks of Thompson for a 25-lap feature.

In the NWAAS Sunoco Modifieds, Keith Rocco has been victorious in three of the first four races, and holds a 28-point advantage in the championship point standings over Troy Talman. The only driver to knock Rocco off the top so far – Ryan Preece – will pull double duty and attempt to close the gap in the Sunoco Modified championship chase.

After some impressive runs to start the season, Nick Johnson finds himself in position to score a championship in the Late Model ranks. Johnson has finished inside the top five in all events so far in 2018, and holds a 17-point lead over Mark Jenison in the title fight. However, the top seven drivers are separated by 27 points – meaning it will be crucial for the eventual champion to score three consistent finishes at the front of the pack if they want to seal the deal.

Eric Bourgeois has won two races so far, and holds a 26-point lead in the Mini Stocks, while defending Limited Sportsman champion Shawn Monahan is running away with the Limited Sportsman title. Monahan is 27 points ahead of Chris Meyer with three races remaining and has already been victorious twice.

Qualifying racing gets underway at 5 p.m., and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will hit the track for group qualifying at 7 p.m. In the midst of feature racing, the Mini Stocks and the Late Models will follow the modifieds and complete the full night of racing.   Paddock entry for the Bud 150 night is $50, while fans can walk into the front gate for just $44 and watch six action-packed feature events. As always, kids 12 & under are free for admission.

For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, check the track social media channels, or visit www.thompsonspeedway.com.

PITKAT LOOKING TO FINISH THE SEASON STRONG AT THOMPSON SPEEDWAY

By: Kyle Souza, for Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, Conn. – The start to the 2018 season hasn’t gone exactly how Woody Pitkat had planned in the Sunoco Modified division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

In the first three races, Pitkat had one second-place finish, but finished 11th and 17th in the other two races, and also left the track with a wrecked modified. Last week, as part of the Throwback 100 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East night at Thompson, Pitkat was able to rebound and finish third.

I think we’ve found more speed than we ever had with the car, but we’ve had no luck. The first race we got put in the infield, the second race we finished second, and then in the third one we didn’t transfer through the heat race and we got caught in another wreck,” Pitkat said.

Pitkat, the rest of his competitors, and the fans that watched Keith Rocco win the first three Sunoco Modified races of the season know that Rocco has been at the top of his game. Ryan Preece was the first one to knock Rocco off the top this past Saturday, and Pitkat will be hoping to add his name to the list of winners next.

“I kind of thought maybe that night I finished second to him I had something for him, but he’s definitely on his game right now, for sure,” Pitkat said of Rocco. “I think we are getting closer, but right now, he has definitely set the bar pretty high.”

Even though the Sunoco Modified hadn’t gone exactly as planned, the Late Model division was going better for Pitkat. He put together some solid finishes in the first three races, and finished ninth last Saturday night. He currently sits fifth in the championship standings, 24 points from the top, in striking distance.

We’ve a little bit more luck with the Late Model, we really might be leading if we didn’t get spun out (earlier in the season), but you can’t look at what has happened behind me, we have to look forward,” Pitkat said.

The opportunity to compete in the Late Model ranks gives Pikat a chance to relax a little bit. Although that may sound strange that Pitkat could relax in a race car on the high-banks at the speeds he is going, compared to what he does in the Sunoco Modifieds and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, it provides him with a breath of fresh air.

“That’s what I always liked, when I was running Late Models over at Stafford, it reminded me of running my four wheeler was I younger,” Pitkat said. “It’s a little bit less stressful, and I have a really good team behind me that gives me what I need. I have no pressure doing it, I can just go out there and have fun.”

With just seven races on the schedule this season, Pitkat has enjoyed the chance to spend some time at home with his family during the summer.

“Right now, with my life, my wife, and with the kids, it works good for me,” he said.

Pitkat, the Sunoco Modifieds and the Late Models, will all return to action on Wednesday, August 8, when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to town for the 29th annual Bud “King of Beers” 150.

For more information on Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, visit www.thompsonspeedway.com, and follow the track via social media.