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SUPER SUB DOUG COBY DRIVES TOMMY BALDWIN RACING 7NY TO MILLER LITE 200 WMT VICTORY AT RIVERHEAD

Riverhead, NY May 14th.
By Bob Finan

Photos Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

It’s hard to think of a former six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion being called a substitute driver but that is exactly the role Doug Coby of Milford, Ct. played Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. Like most of his racing roles, Coby met the challenge head on winning the Miller Lite 200 event driving the famed Tommy Baldwin Racing 7NY. Doug was tabbed late in the week to drive for TBR after Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ was forced to withdraw due to his daughter Kayla taking ill and being hospitalized. However, the win became much more sweeter when it was discovered Kayla had been released and was home with her family.

An approaching weather system coming off the south shore of Long Island kept the Riverhead Raceway and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on their collective feet with schedule changes being made early in the day to ensure the 200 would go off. Even with those adjustments in place drizzle and light rain halted the proceedings right after NASCAR WMT final practice. Qualifying was scrubbed and Timmy Solomito of Islip quickest in practice won the Mayhew Tools Pole Award and started the race from the pole joined on the front row by his cousin Eric Goodale of Riverhead.

Timmy Solomito #66 leads Doug Coby #7 early in the Miller Lite 200 May 14th, 2022 Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

Early on Solomito steering his family car led the early going seeking his fourth career WMT at a track where his is an overall twenty-time winner. However, Doug Coby had other ideas and moved by for the race lead from his third starting position. Once Coby had the TBR entry out front he was able to work the lapped traffic which was plentiful as all 30 cars on the property started the race. Coby, who had a short briefing with car owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. in the garage area prior to practice has become very adept at working the Riverhead traffic and it showed Saturday.

Doug Coby take the checkered flag in the Miller Lite 200 May 14th 2022 Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

The only issue for the team came late in the race when a caution flew setting up an overtime finish. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY who was the most recent WMT at Riverhead last September had worked his way from 15th starting spot to second and he was going to get at least one crack at taking the lead from Coby. Coby was equal to the challenge and drove off to his third Riverhead win in the last four WMT races at the bullring. Afterwards Doug told NASCAR.com, “the most important thing is Kayla is home with her family”. The victory is the 32nd of Coby’s Hall of Fame career.

Patrick Emerling was second in the Captain Pip Marina & Hideaway Ford, while Ron Silk of Nowalk, CT was third in the Blue Mountain Machine racer. Weekly Riverhead racer Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills was fourth in the Eastport Feeds Chevy with early leader Timmy Solomito fifth in the Highmark Building Efficiency Chevy.

Miller Lite 200: 1. Doug Coby 2. Patrick Emerling 3. Ron Silk 4. Dylan Slepian 5. Timmy Solomito 6. John Baker 7. Kyle Soper 8. John Beatty 9. Eric Goodale 10. Kyle Bonsignore 11. Chris Young 12. Tommy Catalano 13. Austin Beers 14. Ronnie Williams 15. John Fortin 16. Chris Turbush 17. Jon McKennedy 18. Dave Sapienza 19. Ken Heagy 20. Tommy Rogers Jr. 21. Walter Sutcliffe Jr. 22. Gary McDonald 23. JR Bertuccio 24. Jake Johnson 25. Justin Bonsignore 26. Craig Lutz 27. Matt Brode 28. Roger Turbush 29. Joey Coulter 30. Melissa Fifield

ERIC HERSEY, ANTHONY MARSH, DAVE ANTOS & MIKE MUJSCE JR. SCORE RIVERHEAD RACEWAY MILLER LITE 200 VICTORIES

Riverhead, NY May 14th
By Bob Finan

Photos Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

Saturday afternoon into evening Riverhead Raceway owners Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz showed a never say quit attitude and despite persistent drizzle and light rain their team led by GM John Ellwood ran off an entire NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series program in support of the Miller Lite 200 for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

In the 25 lap Crate Modified event Eric Hersey of Ronkonkoma was declared the race winner after last lap contact between racer leader Alex Colasanto of Selden and challenger Michael Berner of Patchogue saw the leader crash hard off turn two on the final lap. Charles Macwhinnie led the early going with Owen Grennan in tow. Grennan moved to the front on lap 4, however Macwhinnie was not giving up the fight, staying alongside Grennan in a fight for the lead. On lap 8 that fight got too close when contact was made and Grennan’s car slowed in a show of sparks. Race control sent Macwhinnie to the rear for his role in the incident and Charles decided to park his car at that point. The turn of events moved Alex Colasanto to the lead with Michael Berner now second. Colasanto, who started 6th in the field seeking his first career win was doing all he could to ward off the threats of Berner who started 10th on the grid. After taking the white flag Berner ducked low on Colasanto exiting the second corner and contact, albeit unintentional was made sending Alex hard into the wall. Berner crossed the line first but was sent to the position behind Colasanto in the finish (13th).  The wild last lap action moved Eric Hersey in the Jack Anthony Swimming Pools Chevy into the winners’ circle for the second time in his career. Terry Stiles of Rocky point was runner-up in the G&S Trucking Chevy while Stephen Coleman of East Islip was third in the High End Collision racer.

The scheduled 20-lap INEX Legend Race Car main event was shortened to 13-laps due to both the lateness of the hour and multiple caution flags on a damp night. When the race was deemed official Anthony Marsh of Riverhead, a three-time winner in 2021 grabbed the first win of 2022. Pat Moore had an impressive showing at the front of the field leading the first 8 laps of the tilt. Nick Morabito gave chase for the first three laps before he was passed by teammate Jim Sylvester on lap 4. After four laps of chasing leader Moore it was go time for Sylvester on lap 9 as he raced his way into the lead. However right after the halfway mark Anthony Marsh, who started 8th on the grid made his way by Sylvester for the lead and not a moment too soon. A lap 13 caution waved for a minor spin and race control who announced on the radio on the prior restart that next flag was end the race threw a yellow/checker. That earned Anthony Marsh in his Riverhead Trailer entry the winner, his fourth career win. Jim Sylvester of East Islip was second in the Gershow Recycling entry while defending champion George Tomko Jr. of Aquebogue was third in the Montauk Distilling racer.

Street Stock winner Dave Antos Riverhead Raceway May14th 2022 Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

Dave Antos of Lindenhurst became the all-time leading winner of Street Stock races at the track when he won a non-stop 20-lap feature event for his 10th career triumph. The win broke a tie Dave was in on top of the win list with Eric Zeh of Selden. With qualifying washed out for all divisions feature line-ups were set by practice times, good news for Dave Antos who was quickest earlier in the day. When the green flag dropped so did Antos’s foot on the throttle as he races is way out to the lead, a lead he’d never surrender in the EP Milling & Sweeping Chevy. Afterwards Dave dedicated the win to his late father-in-law who passed away in the off season. Gerard Lawrence of Miller Place in the Blazin Bagels & Deli Chevy was runner-up while Rhett Fogg of Westhampton was third in the Accu-Rhett Chevy.

Mike Mujsce Jr. of Hampton Bays led all the way to win the 20-lap Mini Stock feature event, the sixth win of his career tying him with Tom Puccia of Shirley and Paul Wojcik of Patchogue for second on the all-time win list. Mike, racing against his father and son in the race wasted no time breaking to the race lead in his Mike’s Auto Service of Quogue machine. James O’Connell of Miller Place chased Mujsce for a majority of the event but in the end Mike Mujsce Jr. drove off to victory. O’Connell was runner-up in his Walls Of Fame mount while Andrew Farnham of Baldwin placed third in his sponsor wanted entry.

Crate Modifieds: 1. Eric Hersey 2. Terry Stiles 3. Stephen Coleman 4. AJ DeSantis 5. Vinny Delaney 6. Mark Wolf 7. Sean Glennon 8. Chase Grennan 9. Mike Albasini 10. Eddie Schutze 11. Dennis Krupski 12. Alex Colasanto 13. Michael Berner 14. Lou Maestri 15. Charles Macwhinnie 16. Owen Grennan 17. Kyle Ellwood 18. Max Handley 19. Rich Gerbe

Legend Race Cars: 1. Anthony Marsh 2. Jim Sylvester 3. George Tomko Jr. 4. Richie Davidowitz 5. Ray Fitzgerald 6. Colin Hoeffner 7. Jeff Farruggia Jr. 8. Mike Benton 9. Chase Van Houten 10. Jayden Glennister 11. Ray Stulz 12. Charlie Hodge 13. Christopher Coleman 14. Mike Van Houten 15. Eric Hersey 16. Michael Metcalf 17. Michael Collier 18. Ed Stadlander 19. Pat Moore 20. Nick Morabito 21. Donald Doran 22. Kendall Van Houten 23. Jason Castaldo 24. Cody Triola 25. Sean McElearney 26. Jerry Curran

Street Stocks: 1. Dave Antos 2. Gerard Lawrence 3. Rhett Fogg 4. Brian McCormack 5. Jarrod Hayes 6. Gregg Harris 7. Chris Lescenski 8. RJ Gage 9. Kyle Curtis 10. Alyssa Paprocky 11. Kyle Halpin 12. Jamie Curtis 13. Dennis Kurras 14. Danny Pizzo 15. James Dipietro

Mini Stocks: 1. Mike Mujsce Jr. 2. James O’Connell 3. Andrew Farnham 4. Justin Squires 5. CJ Zukowski 6. Tony Collinsworth 7. Joe Warren Jr. 8. Chris Elixson 9. Chris Olivari 10. Paul Wojcik 11. Joe Cooke Jr. 12. Mike Mujsce Sr. 13. Scott Phillips 14. Charles Astacio 15. Mike Mujsce III

Doug Coby Rockets To Victory Lane With Tommy Baldwin Racing at Riverhead Raceway

By Souza Media Photo Michael jaworecki/Myracenews

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.