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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.

BRISTOL BOUND: Doug Coby Set For NASCAR Truck Series Debut at Thunder Valley

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

MILFORD, Conn. — At 42-years-old, Doug Coby has six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships, 31 tour wins and multiple track championships at Stafford Motor Speedway to his credit. Those are just a few of his accomplishments on his impressive resume — but this Thursday, September 16, Coby knocks another major race off his bucket list.

Coby will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with GMS Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway driving the No. 24 Mayhew Tools entry in the UNOH 200. With no practice laps or qualifying due to NASCAR’s scheduling adjustments due to the COVID pandemic, Coby will have to adapt on the fly, as the Milford, Connecticut, native will start towards the back of the field. 

However, Coby is hoping to rely on all of his racing experience — which includes a win in the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX Series) at Stafford earlier this year. On that night, Coby debuted, along with the rest of the series, in new cars, and beat the best of the sport, with names like Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott and Helio Castroneves. That victory helped him earn the ride for his Truck debut. And at Bristol, a place Coby has four top-five finishes in his eight Modified starts, he’s hoping to lean on the fast laps in the open-wheel Modified.

“I think Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, going over the race preparation stuff is when it’s going to hit me that we are going to Bristol and it’s go time,” Coby said. “I don’t have any reason to get stressed out about it, because I don’t know what to expect. If I adapt quickly and get comfortable quickly, we will just go out there and manage the race like we would manage a Modified race. We have to minimize the mistakes. When you’re a short-track guy and get an opportunity, you are representing more than just yourself. Suddenly your rivals become cheerleaders. You want someone from our level to perform well because it validates the tour and everywhere that we grew up racing. Any time one of us gets to do something like this, we are definitely representing the short-track community. To be able to go back to Bristol, it’s a very unique facility. It’s very challenging and very fast. I’m really excited for all of my sponsors and friends, family and everyone involved. Everyone is super excited.”

Coby’s Modified sponsor — Mayhew Tools — will join the Truck for a special red, white and blue, patriotic paint scheme that mirrors what Coby runs in events on the Whelen Modified Tour. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol is set to take the green flag at 9 p.m., live on Fox Sports 1. 

For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook for the latest updates, especially on race day.

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. In 2021, Coby won the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) event at Stafford Motor Speedway, besting top drivers from across a variety of racing disciplines, including Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott and Helio Castroneves.

DOUG COBY SEEKING SWEEP OF RIVERHEAD RACEWAY NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR EVENTS IN MILLER LITE 200 SATURDAY

Riverhead, NY Sept. 10th.
By Bob Finan

Doug Coby of Milford, Ct will look to go where no NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver has ever gone at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night September 18th as he’ll aim to sweep the three WMT events at the venerable Long Island bullring for 2021 in the Miller Lite 200. Coby after coming so close to winning at Riverhead until completing the fete on May 15th in his 20th start at the track backed that victory up on Sunday June 20th on Father’s Day with a rain delayed triumph for his only two wins to date in 2021 on the WMT.

During the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season in 1985 and for the two season following in 1986 & 1987 Riverhead Raceway hosted three WMT races a season all of which unfolded on Wednesday nights. In those three seasons no driver ever scored the hat trick at Riverhead. In 1985 Jimmy Spencer won the first two events before the late Richie Evans took the August finale. “Mighty” Mike Stefanik took the first WMT in 1986 with Riverhead Raceway regular Dan Jivanelli winning the second while the late “Tiger Tom Baldwin won the ’86 finale. Baldwin would have a two race Riverhead WMT win streak going when he won the first of three in 1987 but rising start Mike Ewanitsko swept the final two events with those wins propelling Mike to 11 WMT wins at the quarter mile. Under the two race per season format several drivers have swept the Riverhead WMT season, Mike Ewanitsko in 1998, Mike Stefanik turned the trick in 2001, Ryan Preece in 2014. Justin Bonsignore has been the most successful in that format having swept the two races in 2015, 2018 and 2019. Timmy Solomito swept the 2017 WMT races.

Fast forward to the Miller Lite 200 Saturday and the Phil Moran led Mayhew Tools team of former six time WMT champion are hoping the set-up they have hit upon for the May and June wins will hold serve in September. After his June triumph Coby remarked, “In victory lane for round two at Riverhead. Who would’ve thought that Doug Coby would be in contention to sweep Riverhead when we come back in September” When quizzed on what is different in 2021 than years past at Riverhead Coby replied, “It’s so hard here but we hit on something”. By the time Doug arrives at Riverhead Saturday he’ll have already made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut two night prior on Thursday evening in the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics at Bristol Motor Speedway driving a GMS Motorsports entry.


Coby is not the only driver finding sudden success in 2021 at Riverhead as WMT championship contender Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY has finished runner-up to Doug in both races and he hopes to put his Jan Leaty prepared machine in the winner circle Saturday. Defending WMT champion and 8 time winner at his home track Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville and the Ryan Stone led Phoenix Communications team who have finished third in both races hope to snap the win streak of Coby and increase their championship lead they held going into Richmond Raceway on September 10th.


Ron Silk of Norwalk, Ct. rode a two race WMT into the Richmond event is always good at Riverhead where he has won Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series event prior hopes to score his first WMT at the quarter mile as are Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, Ma., Kyle Bonsignore of Bay Shore and Woody Pitkat of Stafford, Ct. After a hard hit in the June WMT race Eric Goodale of Riverhead is hopeful of another WMT win at the track that gave him his first career victory on the circuit in 2014.

Anthony Nocella of Woburn, Ma driving for L.I. based Danny Watts Racing will be contenders Saturday along with WMT regulars Tyler Rypkema of Owego, NY, JB Fortin of Holtsville, Timmy Solomito of Islip who’ll return to the series at his home track, Craig Lutz of Miller Place who will do likewise, Chuck Hossfeld of Ransomville, NY and Dave Sapienza of Riverhead.


The Riverhead Raceway Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series teams are also gearing up for another run at the WMT teams. Kyle Soper of Manorville, John Baker of Brookhaven, Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills, Roger Turbush of Riverhead, Kyle Ellwood of Riverhead and Chris Turbush of Wading River all readying for action in the Miller Lite 200. As of press time defending track champion Tom Rogers Jr. and his car owners Denise & Ken Darch were on the fence about entering the 200. The team ran the May race but skipped the June event.

The Eagle Auto Mall Crate Modifieds, INEX Legend Race Cars, Street Stocks and Mini Stocks will compliment the Miller Lite 200 Saturday. Spectator gates open at 3:00 pm, with WMT final practice running from 3:15-4:15 pm and qualifying at 6:00 pm. The Miller Lite 200 is set for approximately 8:00 pm. The Riverhead divisions will practice, qualify and run their feature just prior to the announced WMT times.

Admission is $40 for adults, kids 6-12 $10 with 5 & under free. Riverheadraceway.Tv will live stream all on track activity beginning with WMT final practice at 3:15 pm right up until the Miller Lite 200 when NBC Sports Gold Trackpass starts their live stream. Camping is free with no hook ups with camper required to utilize the SE corner of the property behind the pit area.
For further details visit www.riverheadraceway.com, e-mails reach us at riverheadraceway1@gmail.com while our phone number remains 631-842-RACE.