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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


It All Comes Down To One Race For The NASCAR WMT Championship.

75 Logo FINALThree Drivers One NASCAR WMT Championship

Woody Pitkat, Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Woody Pitkat, Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Doug Coby, by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Doug Coby,
by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
 Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

In what has become an amazingly close fight for the 2015 NASCAR WMT championship, 3 drivers are at the track and preparing to fight for the 2015 title.  The season started in April at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park with a Doug  Coby  win and has been pretty much a 3 driver show all year. Doug Coby, Ryan Preece and Woody Pitkat have won 11 of the first 14 races.

Only 2 wins by Justin Bonsignore at the Riverhead Raceway and Todd Szegedy’s lone win at he New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July broke up the party. Woody Pitkat even added a non-ponts win in the All Star Soot out at New Hampshire.

While all 3 drivers have had their ups and downs they are still standing at the end of the season when one race will decide the championship. Today all 3 drivers are separated by 4 points, just 4! All 3 control their own destiny.  Coby and Preece just have to win the race and they are the titlist, Woody Pitkat must win the race and lead the most laps and he is guaranteed the title.

Oh and lets not forget, race fan and sponsor of many many modifieds and modified races Doug Dunleavy has spent all summer collecting pole award money that will be given out today. Over $12,000.00 will be handed to the pole winner of the Thompson Sunnoco World Series 150. If Sundays ace winner is also the pole winner and wins the Championship it will be a huge day all around.

So it all boils down to one race after a long 6 month season that has taken the teams across New England, Long Island, Tennessee  and back to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park where it all began.   Coby, Preece or Pitkat, who will be crowned your 2015 champion.


172936_10150398948535360_6414793_oCanaan, NH. – When the Valenti Modified Racing Series heads to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Thompson, Connecticut, this weekend,, the 2015 series championship will be decided with a pair of Connecticut drivers vying for the title.

Woody Pitkat, of Stafford Springs, a two-time winner this season, holds a slim four-point lead (450-443) over Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, going into the series season finale.

Pitkat trailed Pasteryak by 21-points until last weekends race at Lee, New Hampshire where Pitkat finished second and Pasteryak 16th. Pasteryak has been to victory lane five times this season but has yet to win at Thompson.

Pitkat hopes to win his first VMRS title for long-time competitor, car owner, Peter Kulessa and his crew. The team is no stranger to championships having been the crew that backboned Kirk Alexander to three titles. Kulessa seeks his first title trophy as car owner.

Pasteryak is a 10-time series race winner and a two-time series champion.

Todd Patnode, of Swanzey, NH, currently third in the standings has entered the Thompson finale. Patnode has a 10-point lead over Norm Wrenn, of Nashua, NH. (396-386). Wrenn is competing in his last race after a long successful career that started in 1983.

Former series winners at Thompson also entering the Saturday race include Ted Christopher, of Plainville, CT, and Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA.

Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, NY, Eric Berndt, of Cromwell, CT,  and Ryan Preece, of Berlin, CT,  will join VMRS regulars, Todd Szegedy, of Ridgefield, CT, Jon McKennedy, of E. Chelmsford, MA, Dave Schneider of Northport, NY, and Dylan Kopec, of Palmer, MA.

Qualifying heats on Friday October 16 will begin at 5:00 PM with the 50-lap feature scheduled for Saturday evening October 17.