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Doug Coby Finishes Second in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Action at Jennerstown Speedway

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

JENNERSTOWN, Pa. — Doug Coby nearly made it two consecutive NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victories on Saturday evening at Jennerstown Speedway, but came up just short in the Jennerstown Salutes 150 presented by DGV, finishing second.

Coby crossed the line a mere .112 seconds behind race winner Justin Bonsignore after giving him a run for the money on the final lap. Driving the Mayhew Tools No. 10, Coby qualified second in Mayhew Tools qualifying, ran inside the top-five for the duration of the race, and was on the bumper of Bonsignore for the entire final lap, before taking a look to the outside in turn three and drag-racing him to the line.

Off a victory at Riverhead Raceway on May 15, a second-place effort at Jennerstown kept the momentum rolling for the entire Mayhew Tools team. During the race, Coby carried the name of Air Force Master Sergeant John Chapman, who was killed in 2002 in Afghanistan, on his roof. It was a special finish to a Memorial Day weekend of racing that was filled with honoring those who were lost in war defending their country. Honoring countless fallen heroes came as part of a partnership between NASCAR, JDV Productions and Operation Vet NOW Inc. (OVN), at Jennerstown.

“If Justin would have wiggled up the track on the last lap I think I would have probably gotten by him pretty easily. I tried the outside, but he recovered enough,” Coby said. “I wasn’t expecting to catch him that quickly at the end. We could have won tonight, and I feel like three out of the first four we could have won. We left Martinsville and going to these last three races, we feel like we are back where we need to be, qualifying and racing up front at every different track.”

Next up for Doug Coby will be competition in the inaugural SRX Series event at Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 12. Coby will be competing with the likes of Tony Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti and more at his home track in the debut of the series that will air on CBS.

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JUSTIN BONSIGNORE HOLDS OFF DOUG COBY FOR JENNERSTOWN SALUTES 150 WIN AT JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza 

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

JENNERSTOWN, Pa. — Justin Bonsignore and Doug Coby are no strangers to running at the front of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field. The two of them have combined to win eight of the last nine championships on NASCAR’s oldest touring series — and on Saturday night — they fought hard in the final two laps to decide the winner of the Jennerstown Salutes 150 presented by DGV on Memorial Day weekend.

In a chaotic, close finish, Bonsignore held off Coby by a mere car length to win the fourth race of the Whelen Modified Tour season and the only stop at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway for this year. Coby chased the back bumper of Bonsignore’s No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. machine around the .522-mile oval over the final 50 laps, and closed to the bumper when they took the white flag.

Through turns one and two on the final lap, Coby got a run, while Bonsignore slid sideways down the beginning of the backstretch. By the time they entered turn three, Coby was looking outside Bonsignore — but couldn’t quite draw even. They crossed the line with Bonsignore beating Coby, followed by Craig Lutz, Woody Pitkat and Patrick Emerling. It was the 30th career win for Bonsignore, his second at Jennerstown, and first of the season.

Bonsignore was carrying the name of Air Force Staff Sergeant David A. Wieger, who passed away in war in 2007, on his No. 51 Kenneth Massa Motorsports machine. In Victory Lane, the Holtsville, New York, native donated the race winning trophy to the Wieger family, who were in attendance. All Whelen Modified Tour cars carried a roof decal with the name of a fallen hero as part of Saturday’s race event at Jennerstown, and multiple of the families attended what was a bit of a wet and brisk night. The race was a partnership between JDV Production — led by Josh Vanada — NASCAR — and Operation Vet NOW Inc. (OVN). 

“My guys nailed the pit stop during the race but the driver almost gave it away at the end,” Bonsignore said. “It’s great to get back to Victory Lane. We were bummed here at Jennerstown last year, we won the first race, but felt like we gave the second race away. Big thanks to the fans for coming out and sticking today out with us. The best part of today was honoring David Wieger, and getting this car to Victory Lane.”

Bonsignore won the Mayhew Tools pole award in qualifying, his 16th of his career, second consecutive this season and third consecutive at Jennerstown. He led the field to the green with Coby to his outside, and dominated the first half of the race. However, it was another Bonsignore — his cousin Kyle — who rolled to the top spot before a caution slowed the action.

Justin Bonsignore’s pit crew got the job done — getting him out ahead of Kyle — as Justin drove around Patrick Emerling to the lead and never looked back. Coby ran inside the top-five for the duration of the race and finished a solid second, coming off a recent victory at Riverhead Raceway on May 15. 

Lutz, who won at Jennerstown in August of 2020, was followed by Pitkat, who went a lap down early and earned the lucky dog, recovering for a solid top-five effort. Patrick Emerling, who took over the Whelen Modified Tour points lead with 10 races remaining, finished the top-five. 

Jon McKennedy was sixth, followed by Kyle Bonsignore, J.B. Fortin, Tommy Catalano and Dave Sapienza. The only major mishap of the race came when Ron Silk and Tyler Rypkema made contact with 94 laps complete, both spun, and the incident collected Eric Goodale, who entered the series points leader. All three drivers failed to finish the race.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Oswego Speedway for the first of two visits to the New York oval on Saturday, June 12 — in a race that will also be promoted by JDV Productions. Saturday’s event at Jennerstown was the first of three promoted by JDV, led by Josh Vanada, for the 2021 Whelen Modified Tour season.

For more information on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, visit NASCAR.com. For more information on JDV Productions, visit JDVProductions.com.

RACE RESULTS: JENNERSTOWN SALUTES 150 PRESENTED BY DGV:

  1. Justin Bonsignore
  2. Doug Coby
  3. Craig Lutz
  4. Woody Pitkat
  5. Patrick Emerling
  6. Jon McKennedy
  7. Kyle Bonsignore
  8. JB Fortin
  9. Tommy Catalano
  10. Dave Sapienza
  11. Max McLaughlin
  12. Anthony Nocella
  13. Timmy Solomito
  14. Timmy Catalano
  15. Walter Sutcliffe Jr.
  16. Melissa Fifield
  17. Scott Wylie
  18. Eric Goodale
  19. Ron Silk
  20. Tyler Rypkema

JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY TO HOST FOURTH RACE OF WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR SEASON

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

JENNERSTOWN, Pa. — With the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour set to roll into Jennerstown Speedway for the fourth race of the season on Saturday, May 29, all eyes are pointed towards the championship standings, and two unfamiliar names at the top.

Saturday’s Jennerstown Salutes 150 presented by DGV, which falls on Memorial Day weekend, will also see fallen heroes honored on each Whelen Modified Tour roof decal through a partnership between NASCAR, JDV Productions and Operation Vet NOW Inc. (OVN). The Jennerstown event is the first of three promoted by JDV Productions, led by Josh Vanada and his team, for the 2021 season.

Eric Goodale and Patrick Emerling are tied at the top of the points grid — both with one victory in the first three races of the season. Goodale snapped a winless streak by capturing the Grandfather Clock at Martinsville Speedway in the opener on May 8, while Emerling was victorious at Stafford Motor Speedway in the NAPA Spring Sizzler on April 30. Between the two of them, their best career previous points finish is fifth — but they have shown speed in the early stages of the season. The question is, will they be able to keep the consistency going at Pennsylvania’s tricky .522-mile Jennerstown oval?

Coming in hot behind them is six-time Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, who is coming off his first career Riverhead win on May 15, while two-time series champion Justin Bonsignore and his cousin, Kyle Bonsignore, complete the top-five heading for race four of 14.

Justin earned the victory in the return to Jennerstown for the first time in nearly 15 years during the 2020 season, dominating what was the opener of the Whelen Modified Tour campaign. Bonsignore, who led 243 laps between two events at the track last year, is excited to return back in hopes of carrying his first checkered of the season.

“Love Jennerstown,” Bonsignore said. “It’s a beautiful facility, in a beautiful part of the country. We adapted really well and we were definitely strong there last year. I thought it was a great track, and running well at new tracks always helps our confidence. We’re hoping to get our first win of the season and get the summer stretch going.”

Goodale, Emerling, Coby and the Bonsignore family members will be joined by a stout entry list of competitors for a special Memorial Day event. As part of the OVN partnership, all cars will carry a roof decal with a fallen hero on it. Multiple families of those heroes will also attend the race day, with some part of the opening ceremonies as the Wieger family will be in attendance as a Gold Star Family. A full list of fallen heroes that will be honored on each of the cars is at the bottom of this story. 

OVN concentrates on veterans who suffer from the invisible injuries of PTSD, TBI, combat and transition stress issues, and mental health concerns, stemming from military service, connecting them to heal their mind, body and soul. JDV Productions will also donate $1 from every general admission ticket sold to OVN, to help continue to increase awareness and assistance for veterans.

“On Memorial Day, we should be realizing that we are doing what we enjoy in life because there are people around the world that are protecting our freedoms,” Coby said. “To honor the people we have lost, especially Air Force Master Sergeant John Chapman… when NASCAR sent out the list of service members… he jumped out at me because he was originally from Connecticut. What he sacrificed that day for his entire team, I knew it was a remarkable story that I wanted to get out there.”

As part of the show, the Jennerstown Late Models and Modifieds will also join the action with qualifying and feature racing. The only Whelen Modified Tour practice of the day is set for 3:30-4:30 p.m., with Mayhew Tools pole qualifying set to go green at 5:45 p.m. The Jennerstown Salutes 150 presented by DGV will take the green at 7:30 p.m. and will air live on TrackPass via NBC Sports Gold. 

For more information on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, visit nascar.com. For more information on JDV Productions, visit JDVProductions.com and follow on Facebook.

CONFIRMED FALLEN HEROES ON WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR CARS AT JENNERSTOWN:

01 — Melissa Fifield — Air Force Captain Frederick A Reid

07 — Patrick Emerling — Air Force Major James A Crew

1 — Woody Pitkat — Marine Staff Sergeant Robert L Babula

2 — Chuck Hossfeld — Private 1st Class Marine Paul A Gilbert

5 — Kyle Ebersole — Lance Corporal Marine Abram Howard

7 — Jon McKennedy — Army Sergeant Jason McClary

10 — Doug Coby — Air Force Master Sergeant John Chapman

14 — Scott Wylie — Army First Lieutenant James R Kalsu

22 — Kyle Bonsignore — Lance Corporal Marine Joshua T Twigg

32 — Tyler Rypkema — Army Sergeant 1st Class Randall Shughart

34 — JB Fortin — Air Force Airman First Class Gerard J Fortin

36 — David Sapienza — Air Force Staff Sergeant Dashawn Briggs

45 — Timmy Catalano — Army Sergeant First Class Brent Adams

46 — Craig Lutz — Army Private 1st Class Melvin Brown

51 — Justin Bonsignore — Air Force Staff Sergeant David Wieger

54 — Tommy Catalano — Army Sergeant First Class Justin K Bluementhal

58 — Eric Goodale — Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy

64 — Timmy Solomito — Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin

77 — Max McLaughlin — Navy Seaman Ralph L Hann

78 — Walter Sutcliffe — Army Specialist Christopher A Golby

82 — Anthony Nocella — Army Staff Sergeant Stevon Booker

85 — Ron Silk — Army Warrant Officer James L Darcy