By Michael Jaworecki Photo Tom Morris/Myracenews
Westbury NY (October 9th 2019): Its a year since Doug Coby left Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park without the NASCAR WMT Championship trophy in his hand, the first time in 4 years the team did not get to celebrate in the front the grandstands at Thompson.
This season Doug and the entire team looked to get back to their winning ways and regain the crown from Justin Bonsignore who put a hurting on the entire NASCAR WMT field in 2018. I spoke to Doug about the season and the chance to win championship number six.
Did starting the season at New Smyrna Speedway help you get off to a fast start to the season? ” Absolutely it helped us. We tried a bunch of stuff down there including switching shocks which we wouldn’t have done during the tour season. ” Doug also said that they had intended to run some open shows this year but after the good start on the tour plans changed and they focused on the tour”.
Doug came out of the gate strong in 2019, taking the pole and winning the opening race at Myrtle Beach SC. He then went on to win 3 of the first 6 races letting everyone know he wanted his title back from Justin Bonsignore. I asked as Doug as Justin started his climb in the points standing did he peek over his shoulder at him? ” I didn’t peek, I stared” Doug said with a chuckle. ” Justin was aggressive all year, the poles and wins starting to pile up after Wall Stadium Speedway.” Doug expects it to be more of the same for Justin this weekend, to qualify well this weekend and be up front.
Our conversation turned to the season ending World Series of Speedway Racing at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
Doug are you ready for this weekend? ” Of course, its another race but we do what we do to be prepared. Some things will just be out of our control but we do the best we can” The Mike Smeriglio II owned, with Phil Moran as his crew chief are always the one of the best prepared teams on pit road. Solid backing from Mayhew Tools, Reynolds Auto and AJ Romano Construction supports the points leading team.
Asked how he would approach the Sunoco World Series 150 race Doug responded ” A good qualifying spot will help. Hopefully there won’t be too many cautions and 40 or 50 lap green flag to start the feature would be great. Since the field will be so large and several drivers that normally don’t race at Thompson are entered that might not happen. I would like to settle in a top 5 spot for at least the first half of the race and ride. Long green flag runs would be great but if there are a lot of cautions I hope they fall in our favor. At Thompson the advantage is starting on the bottom so 3rd,5th, 7th etc. work best. If cars tangle in front of you they usually go up the track tangling with the outside lane cars.”
I asked Doug about the pit road situation at Thompson ” Its a tight pit road but at least we have the ability to put 3 tires on any way we want.”
We also spoke about the chance at his 6th title in 8 years. Do you think about the run the you have had? ” I do, as I have turned 40 I think back to my 30’s and how cool a run I’ve had. From not having a full time ride to winning 5 championships. in 7 years” He hopes people remember his time in the sport for what he has done like other drivers of the past are remembered. “Years from now I hope they talk about my battles with Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and others. When I came into the sport I looked up to drivers like Hirshman, as I get older I hope younger drivers look up to me and what I have done.”
Doug and the entire field of NASCAT WMT cars will qualify Saturday at 4:00 PM October 12th and the season ending Sunoco World Series 150 will roll off at 3;30 on Sunday the 13th at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.