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Doug Coby Racing Partners With Champion Crew Chief John McKenna, Announces 2022 Schedule

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

MILFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby Racing announced today the addition of champion crew chief John McKenna to the team for the 2022 season, while also announcing a seven-race Modified schedule. The team is tentatively set to run four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events and three Open Modified races – filling out a schedule where the ultimate goal will be to capture the trophy. The team also announced the return of Mayhew Tools as the primary sponsor of the No. 10 Modified.

The addition of McKenna will provide the chance for Coby and McKenna to rekindle a successful relationship they shared for many years. When Phil Moran left Doug Coby Racing to pursue other opportunities at the end of the 2021 season, Coby and McKenna teamed up for the Haunted Hundred Tri Track race at Seekonk Speedway to close the year. From there, the two spoke and came up with a plan for 2022.  

When Coby and McKenna first worked together at the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season-finale, Coby didn’t even know who McKenna was. One year later, they won at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park together, as Coby split the season between McKenna and another crew chief. In 2012, the two took off – winning five races and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship with car owner Wayne Darling. A year later, they won two events and finished inside the top-10 in all but three races, coming up just short of a second straight championship.

“I didn’t know John, I actually thought another one of the other crew members was John McKenna,” Coby joked. “I walked into the shop and was introduced to him and we started working together. When Phil decided to head in a different direction, my top priority was finding someone out there who I knew I wanted to work with. I want to go to the race track with John. His overall approach to racing is something I love. He’s crafty and is always trying different things. He has a lot of full-fendered experience on top of his Modified experience and the both of us together just try to do whatever makes the most sense in each situation. It’s a great experience working with him because you know he’s always thinking about absolutely everything on the car and at the track. He has a great eye.”

The decision to scale back for 2022 is one that both Coby and McKenna are comfortable with due to obligations outside of racing. However, Coby is open to additional opportunities to drive other events during the year if they do become available to him. The announced modified schedule is just the confirmed events Coby’s modified team will race in during the 2022 season. 

“I have a few things to get organized with the team and that is what led me to the decision to not force the puzzle pieces together to make the full year. My priority for 2022 is to get back acquainted with John and do what is manageable for all of us, including my crew members, to continue building a winning team. Whether we run the Tour full-time again in the future or not, we have to see how things evolve over time,” Coby continued. “I’m really thankful to have a strong commitment from John Lawless and Eric Mills at Mayhew Tools, and Kim Berube at Reynold’s Auto Wrecking. They make it possible for the No. 10 team to race and we hope to bring home some more wins for them this season.”

The 2022 schedule for Doug Coby Racing will begin in April at Stafford Motor Speedway for the 50th running of the NAPA Spring Sizzler on April 23-24, where the race winner of the 100-lap special will leave with a minimum of $15,000. From there, the team will compete in the $15,000 to win Open Modified race at Claremont Motorsports Park on Friday, May 27.

One month later, on Wednesday, June 29, Coby will join the Tri Track Open Modified Series teams at Seekonk Speedway for the annual $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday, of which Coby is a three-time winner. He will follow that up with his first of four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races during the year, competing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 16.

From there, the team will run both NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Thursday, August 17 and Saturday, October 8 as part of the World Series of Speedway Racing. The Doug Coby Racing season will conclude at Martinsville Speedway on Thursday, October 27 in the Whelen Modified Tour finale.

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

Tentative 2022 Schedule For Doug Coby Racing:

April 23-24 – Stafford Motor Speedway – NAPA Spring Sizzler – $15,000 To Win

May 27 – Claremont Motorsports Park – The Racing Guys $15,000 To Win Race

June 29 – Seekonk Speedway – $10,000 To Win Open Wheel Wednesday

July 16 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 100

August 17 – Thompson Speedway – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150

October 8 – Thompson Speedway – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150

October 27 – Martinsville Speedway – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

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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.

TRI TRACK ANNOUNCES SEVEN-RACE SCHEDULE FOR 2022 SEASON

Return To Staple Tracks, Headline of Major Events To Showcase New Campaign

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

SEEKONK, Mass. — Tri Track Open Modified Series officials confirmed on Tuesday a seven-race schedule for the 2022 season. The series will visit six different tracks in four states spreading from April through the end of October, with the champion coronation set to return to Seekonk Speedway on October 22. 

The series will continue to showcase the top Modified talent in the Northeast region with some of the most lucrative purses and intense side-by-side racing at some of the area’s best short tracks.

“Our seven-race schedule is a strong one for modified racers and fans,” Wayne Darling, Managing Partner of the Tri Track Open Modified Series, said. “We’re looking forward to returning to places like Monadnock, Star and Seekonk — where we have been running for years. All of those tracks are committed to Tri Track and we look forward to heading there.”

“Headlining events at Thunder Road and Stafford as part of their marquee weekends is an honor for our series. Returning to Waterford, we couldn’t be happier to showcase Tour-Type Modified racing for those dedicated fans. It should be another great year of racing for the Tri Track Open Modified Series.”

The 2022 season kicks-off in a big way in New Hampshire.

The Tri Track Modifieds will invade Monadnock Speedway to showcase the series in front of the New Hampshire race fans as part of Monadnock’s big opening weekend on Saturday, April 30, 2022. In 2021, two events on Monadnock’s high-banks were won by Sam Rameau and Chase Dowling. 

A month later, Tri Track will be part of the 59th annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 29. The Granite Capital 100 will be the first time that Tour-Type Modifieds have competed at Thunder Road since 2010, and the inaugural stop there for Tri Track.

Seekonk Speedway’s historic Open Wheel Wednesday returns to the calendar on Wednesday, June 29, with the $10,000 to win special set to return in Massachusetts. Tri Track will also conclude the season at Seekonk with the annual Haunted Hundred event on October 22.

Tri Track’s three other events will bring the drivers to three well-recognized tracks in the area for major events. Star Speedway is set to host the 11th annual SBM Classic on July 23, as Matt Hirschman will look to repeat and add another win to his resume at the Epping, New Hampshire, oval. Star’s 2021 Tri Track SBM special showcased a total winning purse for Hirschman of over $17,000.

New London-Waterford Speedbowl will host the series for the first time in six years on Saturday, August 6. The Shoreline oval located in Waterford, Connecticut, operates with some of the top racing in the area. Tri Track will also return to Stafford Motor Speedway for the second time in history, headlining the NAPA Fall Final on Saturday, September 24. In 2019, the series ran the inaugural Call Before You Dig Modified Classic 81 at Stafford, won by Chase Dowling. The series will be joined by Stafford’s historic SK Modified division and other classes.

The series will release more information about each specific event closer to the dates. Stay tuned to social media for the latest offseason news. Fans can also follow TriTrackModifieds.com, where you can purchase Tri Track apparel, check out the latest news, and more. 

Tri Track Open Modified Series 2022 Schedule:

April 30 — Monadnock Speedway — Winchester, New Hampshire

May 29 — Thunder Road Speedbowl — Barre, Vermont

June 29 — Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Massachusetts

July 23 — Star Speedway, Epping, New Hampshire

August 6 — New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, Connecticut

September 24 — Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Connecticut

October 23 — Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, Massachusetts

MATT HIRSCHMAN CELEBRATES TRI TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE SIXTH TIME

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo: Tom Morris Racing Photography

SEEKONK, Mass. — Matt Hirschman has become the man everyone wants to be like when it comes to Modified racing.

Whether he’s winning races in Pennsylvania or New York, Massachusetts or New Hampshire, Florida, or anywhere in between, Hirschman is always at the front of the field. He’s earned his nickname “Big Money” for a reason. Known for winning the biggest money races on the Modified circuit, Hirschman is also known for winning titles. 

In 2021, he was back in title form with the Tri Track Open Modified Series. Hirschman sealed a record sixth Tri Track title — as he extended his record as the only driver to win more than one series title since the inception in 2014. 

The season included two wins in two staple, historic events — the 10th annual SBM Classic at Star Speedway, where he banked over $17,000 in awards, and the $10,000 to win Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. The win at Seekonk allowed Hirschman to become the first driver in the history of Seekonk’s special event to win it four times. It was his fourth win at Star’s SBM event as well — and second straight.

In the end, it was another title added to the mantle for the Pennsylvania native, as he bested Chase Dowling by 19 points for the crown.

“We had a great year,” Hirschman said. “Won the two biggest races and the championship. That’s kind of the cherry on top. I’ve always said these races are more lucrative to win than the championship. But, if you get that in the end, it’s a nice accomplishment for the team and shows that we had a good year. We were good at all three tracks and that’s what you need to be.”

At Seekonk in the season-finale, Hirschman needed to finish 17th or better, no matter what anyone else did, in order to hold the trophy. He scored a fourth-place run, and likely had a faster car and could have contended for the win if he was a bit more aggressive after pitting for a fresh tire. But Hirschman was content finishing there to grab the title — the ultimate goal for his team.

“We had a good car, but I don’t know if we had anything for Chase Dowling,” Hirschman said on the track after the October 23 event at Seekonk. “At the end, we were certainly looking around a bit… there was a couple times I wanted to make something happen, but I also didn’t want to look stupid either. We will settle for fourth today.”

In his career, Hirschman leads all drivers with 35 starts, 14 wins and 28 top-fives. He’s been to Victory Lane in 40% of his starts, and has certainly earned his sixth title.

Tri Track Open Modified Series officials have already announced five race dates for the 2022 season, including two dates at Seekonk Speedway (June 29, October 22), one at Star Speedway (July 23), one at Monadnock Speedway (April 30) and one at Thunder Road Speedbowl (May 29). Any additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information on the Tri Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackModifieds.com and follow the series on social media for the latest updates.