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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Doug Coby was the dominant force on Saturday night, May 14, at Riverhead Raceway. Coby rocketed to his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the last four races at the New York bullring, this time, driving the No. 7NY for the Baldwin family. It was a special win for the six-time series champion, who got the call to drive the car just five days prior to race day.
Jimmy Blewett was originally scheduled to drive the car for Baldwin – but a family emergency kept him from competing in the Miller Lite 200. Baldwin called Coby on Tuesday and asked him to drive the car, with Blewett’s blessing, and the deal was done.
Coby was third in practice and Mayhew Tools qualifying was canceled due to weather, lining him up third for the green flag. The Milford, Connecticut native took the lead early and held off Patrick Emerling on a green-white-checkered restart to pick up the win. The victory was the 32nd career for Coby, pulling him back into a tie with three-time champion Justin Bonsignore for fifth on the all-time list.
“It feels awesome,” Coby said. “More important than winning, Kayla Blewett is home with her family, and that is what is most important. These guys just gave me a great car. I’m really happy to be here and really happy we got the race in. This place is so tough. It’s just surreal to get a call on Tuesday with a team I haven’t really even talked to that much and I’m happy to be able to showcase their equipment and their cars in victory lane for their team.”
The win came in Coby’s first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the season. Coby has plans to compete in multiple events during the second half of the year as part of a part-time schedule.
Doug Coby will return to the track on Friday, May 27 at Claremont Motorsports Park in New Hampshire, driving the Mayhew Tools No. 10 for Doug Coby Racing. For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow on Facebook for the latest news.