Category Archives: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

DOUG COBY 12TH IN TRUCK SERIES AT BRISTOL; LOOKING FOR MODIFIED SWEEP AT RIVERHEAD

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

PHOTO: GMS RACING

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Doug Coby drove the No. 24 Mayhew Tools Truck to a solid 12th-place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday, September 16. Driving for GMS Racing, Coby started 30th — with no practice or qualifying due to NASCAR’s new race policies — and no previous laps in a truck.

However, during the race, Coby methodically worked his way up through the field into the top-20, and rode there for the second half. In the final laps, the six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion charged through some traffic and finished the UNOH 200 in 12th spot. Overall, it was a strong effort for the Milford, Connecticut, native in his series debut — one where he learned a lot and enjoyed competing in one of NASCAR’s top three divisions with sponsorship from Mayhew Tools.

“All of the people at GMS Racing, from top to bottom, were awesome to work with,” Coby said. “It’s great exposure for Mayhew Tools and myself, as we are a team. The biggest thing was completing all 200 laps and getting the experience, doing the pit stops, and not getting sucked into a wreck. I think we had a truck that could have competed in the top-five or the top-10, if we were there. With the flow of the race, with all of the cautions, and a few mistakes on restarts… any time we lost spots, we were able to make them back up.”

Now, Coby will head back to New England and return to the track on Saturday, September 18, in the 13th race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Riverhead Raceway in New York. Coby and the Doug Coby Racing team are just 20 points out of the lead in the owners championship standings with two races remaining in the season. Meanwhile, Coby is also looking to accomplish a goal: complete the season sweep at Riverhead. Not known as one of his best tracks entering this year, Coby is two-for-two at the bullring heading into this Saturday night and would love to grab a third.

“We’ve definitely been on our game this year with what we need at Riverhead with their pavement changes and putting down the grip,” Coby said. “These other guys are going to keep tweaking and working on their setups to get better, and we’re doing the same. I wouldn’t say we are a shoe-in to go out there and have the best car… but we have just had a great car there this year. We will be ready.”

Coby, and the rest of the Whelen Modified Tour family, will be honoring the legacy of track owner and former Whelen Modified Tour champion car owner Ed Partridge, who passed away last week.

“Going there with everything going on, it’s going to be a tough night for a lot of people,” Coby said.

The Miller Lite 200 is scheduled for the green flag at 8 p.m. on Saturday night, with live coverage on NBC Sports Gold.

For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit DougCobyRacing.com, where you can find the latest in apparel, news, results, schedule and more. You can also follow Doug Coby Racing on Facebook for the latest updates.

ABOUT MAYHEW TOOLS

Founded in 1856, Mayhew Tools is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States, growing their extensive professional grade, American made product line to include pry bars, pneumatics, cable ties, and more. In 2020, the company extended their product line to include a complete line of dual drive and socket bits and sets. Serving the Industrial, Automotive, Hardware, and Construction industries, Mayhew’s premium hand tools are sold globally through an extensive distributor network. For more information, contact Mayhew Tools at 800.872.0037 or visit mayhew.com.

ABOUT DOUG COBY

Racing for more than 25 years, Doug Coby is a six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and one of the top short-track drivers to come from the state of Connecticut. Coby is a two-time champion at Stafford Motor Speedway, where he built his resume competing in the Late Models, Pro Stocks and SK Modifieds. Coby won his first tour championship in 2012, and followed it up by scoring four straight titles between 2014-2017, and another in 2019. In 2020, Coby opened his own team — Doug Coby Racing — scoring his first win as owner/driver.

JUSTIN BONSIGNORE HEADS HOME TO RIVERHEAD LOOKING TO GET BACK ON TRACK

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo: Ryan M. Kelly/NASCAR

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. — With just two races remaining in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship fight, Justin Bonsignore is returning home to Riverhead Raceway this weekend. The driver of the No. 51 Kenneth Massa Motorsports entry returns to his home track in New York, where he has eight Whelen Modified Tour wins in 20 starts.

In the first two stops at the quarter-mile this year, Bonsignore finished third in both races, leading a total of over 200 laps, combined. However, this race means a bit more. Bonsignore leads by 22 points over Patrick Emerling with just two events left: Riverhead and a trip to Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 25. Bonsignore is looking to seal his third championship in the last four years.

“Looking forward to getting back to the home track and trying to get back to Victory Lane there,” Bonsignore said. “We’ve been close the last couple of times, but we know we need a little bit more to make it happen. We’re down to the final two races — and we have to be conscious of the points, but our goal is still to go out there and win at Riverhead. It will be a special night in honor of Ed Partridge and I would love to hold the checkered flag when it’s over.”

The race day schedule for the Miller Lite 200 includes one practice session from 3-4:30 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole qualifying at 6 p.m. The drop of the green flag is set for just after 8 p.m., with the race set to air live on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass platform.

For more information on Justin Bonsignore, visit JustinBonsignore.com and follow his athlete page on Facebook for the latest updates.

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY TEAMS AIMING FOR WMT GLORY SATURDAY IN MILLER LITE 200

Riverhead, NY Sept. 15th.

Photo Noah Watts/Myracenews

When NASCAR released the official entry list for Saturday night’s Miller Lite 200 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Riverhead Raceway on Tuesday it listed six teams that compete with the Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series have filed enteries. The last time a Riverhead regular upset the WMT apple cart was 26-years ago when Ed Brunnhoelzl Jr. was victorious in a 201-lap WMT race on June 24th, 1995

At the time of Ed Brunnhoelzl Jr.’s 1995 WMT victory a gallon of regular gas was going for $1.15, Bill Clinton was President of the United States and Jeff Gordon went on to win the Winston Cup. Reggie Ruggiero, Tim Connolly, Wayne Anderson and Steve Park followed Brunnhoelzl to the checkers. Chuck Steuer who won the pole finished 11th. Six hopeful Riverhead teams are working towards accomplishing what Brunnhoelzl did back in the day.

Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead the reigning Buzz Chew Chevrolet NASCAR Modified champion at Riverhead will try and check off another bucket win list in the Miller Lite 200 Saturday. Rogers has won all their is to win at the Long Island bullring, 61 career victories in the Modifieds alone with five track championships along the way. Rogers, 43 said recently he’d like to check a WMT off his racing bucket list and hopes to Saturday. Rogers and his Denise & Ken Darch owned team ran the May 15th Miller Lite 200 and were a disappointing 24th, the team sat out the June 20th WMT Riverhead event.

2021 Riverhead championship leader Kyle Soper of Manorville will be part of the Miller Lite 200 field Saturday steering 1994 WMT champion Wayne Anderson’s entry. Soper, 25 is on target to won his third Buzz Chew Chevrolet NASCAR Modified titles in four years has finished 7th in both events contested in 2021. To date Kyle has quickly achieved 21 career Riverhead Modified wins placing him in a three way tie for 16th on the all time win list with Fred Harbach & Dan Jivanelli.

This season Kyle Ellwood, a second generation driver from Riverhead has focused his energy on serving as crew chief for Michael Rutkoski. The pairing yielded a career first win for Rutkoski on July 10th. When the Buzz Chew owned Chevy rolls to the grid Kyle will make his second WMT start of 2021 after finishing 18th in the May event. With Rutkoski at the wheel in June the Buzz Chew team were an impressive 11th.

Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills the 2020 championship runner-up to Rogers is hoping to salvage what to date has been a frustrating season for his Rob Pelis owned team. After posting multiple wins in 2020, Slepian finds himself without a win this year but yet is ranked second in the track championship chase with one race remaining. The former INEX Legend Race Car champion comes to the Miller 200 with a pair of 9th place finishes in the May & June WMT events.

The exact opposite of what Slepian is enduring this season can be found in John Baker of Brookhaven. This past Saturday September 11th John won his third feature of the season after going without a win since 2017 when he won twice that year. Baker and his team who banked victories on June 12th & August 14th have consistently unloaded a fast race car all season long, hope to score a big upset win Saturday. John has placed 17th & 14th in the two previous WMT races.

If Riverhead Raceway still handed out a hard luck award hands down one of the contenders would be third generation driver Roger Turbush of Riverhead. There is no question Roger knows how to win, he did so 30 times in winning multiple Super Pro Truck titles. No matter how many times the Pat Kennedy owned team has been knocked down they brush themselves off and work that much harder. Turbush and his team are hoping to come out of the Miller Lite 200 with a good showing. In his two WMT Riverhead starts this year Rogers finished 21st and 15th.

Final NASCAR WMT practice for the Miller Lite 200 will run from 3:00 pm through 4:00 pm, spectator gates open at 3:00 pm. WMT qualifying is set for 6:00 pm while the Miller Lite 200 goes to post at approximately 8:00 pm. The Riverhead Raceway Crate Modifieds, INEX Legend Race Cars, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks compliment the race program. Qualifying for the Riverhead classes starts at 5:00 pm.

Admission is $40 for adults, kids 6-12 $10 with 5 & under free. Camping is free with no hook ups and is confined to the southeast corner of the property that runs adjacent to the back end of the pit area.

The Riverheadraceway.Tv live stream will carry all on track activity starting with WMT final practice at 3:00 pm. 8:00 pm NBC Sports Gold Trackpass begins their live stream of the Miller Lite 200.