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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.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Seekonk 150 Results

Saturday

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

Patrick Emerling Conquers “Thunder Valley”

First NASCAR Whelen Modified Win Comes On Bristol High-Banks

 BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 16, 2017) – Patrick Emerling swept his way to Victory Lane with a near-perfect performance at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday.

The Orchard Park, New York, driver was fastest in practice, won the Coors Light Pole Award and proceeded to lead 148 of the 150 laps en route to his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory.

“It’s just a dream come true,” said Emerling following the win at the historic track dubbed ‘Thunder Valley.’ “It’s incredible. We only run a handful of the Whelen Tour races and to come down here and win practice, catch the pole and lead every single lap, it’s an incredible feeling for us as a team.”

The win for the 24-year-old came in his 78th career start and just his third of 2017. He held off challenges from Chase Dowling and Justin Bonsignore on restarts in the first half of the race, then held off four-time tour champion Doug Coby in the dash to the finish.

He crossed the line 1.239 seconds ahead of Coby. Prior to Wednesday, Emerling’s best career finish was a second at New Hampshire in 2015.

For Coby, the second-place finish was the third straight in Whelen Modified Tour competition and it helped him claw back towards the top of the championships standings.

Timmy Solomito, who was caught up in a Lap 68 accident, came home 15th to maintain a two-point edge on Rowan Pennink. Ryan Preece finished fifth and is nine points behind Solomito, while Coby is 17 points back.

Justin Bonsignore finished third and is 19 points out of first. Chase Dowling and Preece rounded out the top five at Bristol.

Andy Seuss was sixth, followed by Pennink, Ronnie Williams, Bobby Santos and Matt Swanson.

The Bush’s Beans 150 will air on NBCSN Saturday August 26 at 3 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Modified Tour returns to the track at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday August 26, with the running of the Seekonk 150.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Bush’s Beans 150 Results

Wednesday

At Bristol Motor

Bristol TN

Lap length: 0.53 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 150 laps, 69.924 mph.
  2. (9) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (4) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  4. (2) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (7) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (14) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (19) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (3) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (6) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (12) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 150.
  11. (20) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, PA., Chevrolet, 149.
  12. (21) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 147.
  13. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 124.
  14. (24) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 123.
  15. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 112.
  16. (5) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 107, mechanical.
  17. (16) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 94, mechanical.
  18. (22) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Chevrolet, 91, accident.
  19. (13) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Chevrolet, 66, mechanical.
  20. (10) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 59, rear end.
  21. (23) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 58, handling.
  22. (15) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 21, engine.
  23. (11) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  24. (18) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  25. (17) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 8, accident.
  26. (26) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 0, ignition.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 8 minutes 13 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.239 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: P.Emerling (131.432 mph, 14.517 seconds)

Caution Flags: 5 for 44 laps.

Lead Changes: 4 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: P. Emerling 1-66; J. Bonsignore 67; P. Emerling 68-72; J. Bonsignore 73; P.

Emerling 74-150.

Standings: 1. T. Solomito, 380; 2. R. Pennink, 378; 3. R. Preece, 371; 4. D. Coby, 363;

  1. J. Bonsignore, 361; 6. E. Goodale, 349; 7. D. Sapienza, 313; 8. M. Swanson, 308; 9. M.

Zachem, 301; 10. R. Summers, 294.

Preece Charges Late at Thompson

By Kyle Souza, NASCARHomeTracks.com
August 9, 2017 – 10:41pm

THOMPSON, Conn. — The wave of momentum for Ryan Preece continued on Wednesday night at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Preece charged to the front of the 28th Annual Bud “King of Beers” 150 for his second straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory and fourth of the season.

The Berlin, Connecticut, driver passed defending champion Doug Coby with just 16 laps remaining en route to the win. In his last six Whelen Modified Tour starts, he has four wins, a second and a fourth. It was his 19th career tour victory.

“Doug put a lot more pressure on me at the end then I thought he was going too,” Preece said following his win. “I have to keep winning races. My career depends on that. We had a really good car tonight.”

Wednesday’s drive was filled with plenty of drama. While some of the top challengers pitted before the haflway point, Preece decided to wait things out and make a late pit stop for fresh rubber. However, on Lap 114, his No. 6 TS Haulers/Hoosier Tire of Calverton Chevrolet went spinning in Turn 2. Preece fired the car before going a lap down and pitted for tires two laps later.

From there, it was a hard charge to the front.

Preece worked his way into the top five and then passed leader Coby with just 16 laps remaining. While Preece showed the way for the final laps, Coby was not about to let him get away. However, on the final lap, Coby made contact with the Turn 1 wall. Coby was able to continue on and was scored as the runner-up as the race ended under caution. The yellow flag froze the field on the final lap, and NASCAR officials ruled Coby maintained a reasonable speed under caution given the track conditions.

Ted Christopher finished third, followed by Timmy Solomito and Bobby Santos.

Andrew Krause was sixth, followed by Rowan Pennink, Eric Goodale, Jon McKennedy and Woody Pitkat.

Solomito increased his championship points lead to 10 over Pennink, while Preece moved up to third — 19 back of Solomito — despite missing a race earlier in the season to get married. Coby and Goodale are each 11 points back of Preece.

The Bud “King of Beers” 150 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track next Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway with the running of the Bush’s Beans 150.

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