Coby Escapes With Whelen Mod Win At New Hampshire

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Bumps Leader Preece On Last Lap, Gets Back In Title Hunt

Doug Coby in Victory Lane (Photo By Getty Images for NASCAR)
Doug Coby in Victory Lane (Photo By Getty Images for NASCAR)

LOUDON, N.H. (Sept. 26, 2015) – Doug Coby bumped Ryan Preece out of the race lead in Turn 1 after taking the white flag and drove away from New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday evening with the F.W. Webb 100 trophy in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action.

The contact brought out the yellow and checkered flags for Coby after Preece collected a number of other cars in the aftermath. Preece was scored in 19th at the time the caution came out.

The result was a big boost to the title defense hopes of the driver from Milford, Connecticut, who is back in the game with two races remaining on the schedule. Twenty-five tallies behind Preece entering the event, Coby moved to within 11 of new championship leader Woody Pitkat at 529-518 while Preece slipped to second at 521.

Coby was in control for the majority of the event, but Preece moved to the lead on the Lap 100 restart after the eighth of nine cautions in the event. As they exited Turn 1 of the final lap, Coby got into the back bumper of Preece, sending him up the track.

 (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
(Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)

It marked the 15th career Whelen Modified Tour victory for Coby, and third at the “Magic Mile.” It was also his tour-leading fifth of the season.

Patrick Emerling ended up second for his best finish in 67 career starts. Bobby Santos was scored in third followed by Justin Bonsignore and Ron Silk.

Donny Lia, Jeff Goodale, Chase Dowling, Dave Sapienza and Pitkat brought home the top 10.

The F.W. Webb 100, the 600th race in Whelen Modified Tour history, featured 16 lead changes among four drivers. It will air on NBCSN on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action Sunday, Oct. 4 at Stafford Motor Speedway for the NAPA Fall Final 15

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-F.W. Webb 100 Results Saturday At New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. Lap length: 1.058 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 102 laps, 81.720 mph.
  2. (12) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  3. (2) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 102.
  4. (16) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 102.
  5. (6) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  6. (4) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  7. (23) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  8. (10) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 102.
  9. (25) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  10. (3) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 102.
  11. (24) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  12. (5) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 102.
  13. (29) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  14. (28) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 102.
  15. (9) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 102.
  16. (33) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  17. (21) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 102.
  18. (27) Dave Salzarulo, Enfield, Conn., Chevrolet, 101.
  19. (17) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 101, accident.
  20. (13) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Dodge, 101, accident.
  21. (15) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 101, accident.
  22. (31) Danny Watts, Jr., Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 101.
  23. (30) Brandon Oltra, Alden, Pa., Chevrolet, 100.
  24. (14) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 98, accident.
  25. (32) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 98.
  26. (7) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 96, accident.
  27. (19) James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 95, accident.
  28. (11) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 95, accident.
  29. (22) Troy Talman, Oxford, Mass., Chevrolet, 88, accident.
  30. (18) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 83, ignition.
  31. (34) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 69, handling.
  32. (20) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 62, overheating.
  33. (26) Tom Rogers, Jr., Patchogue, N.Y., Chevrolet, 43, rear end.
  34. (8) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 43, suspension.

 

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 19 minutes 14 seconds

Margin of Victory: Under caution

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (130.752 mph, 29.13 seconds)

Caution Flags: 9 for 29 laps.

Lead Changes: 14 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-7; W. Pitkat 8; D. Coby 9-12; W. Pitkat 13-17; D. Coby 18-21; B. Santos 22-24; D. Coby 25; B. Santos 26; D. Coby 27-31; B. Santos 32; D. Coby 33-59; R. Preece 60; D. Coby 61-99; R. Preece 100-101; D. Coby 102.

Standings: 1. W. Pitkat, 529; 2. R. Preece, 521; 3. D. Coby, 518; 4. T. Szegedy, 461; 5. P. Emerling, 454; 6. E. Goodale, 435; 7. T. Solomito, 432; 8. D. Lia, 415; 9. B. Santos, 415; 10. J. Bonsignore, 412.

FW Webb 100 Unofficial Results 9/26/2015

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1    2  Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance 102
2  07 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction 102
3  44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records 102
4  51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology 102
5  15  Ron Silk 15-40 Connection/LFR Chassis 102
6    8  Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl 102
7     9  Chase Dowling* S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair 102
8   36  David Sapienza* Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country 102
9   46  Jeff Goodale* Riverhead Building Supply 102
10 38  Woody Pitkat Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East 102
11  56  Craig Lutz* Lutz Motorsports 102
12  16  Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals/R.B. Enterprises 102
13  18  Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood/East End Statuary 102
14  70  Andy Seuss Rockingham Boat/Leon Holmes Excavating 102
15  99  Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler 102
16  26  Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscaping Supply/TRC Electric 102
17  75  Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. 102
18  37  David Salzarulo Brickenmore Bricks 102
19   6   Ryan Preece TS Haulers/East West Marine 101
20  4   Todd Szegedy Montanari Fuel 101
21  22  Ted Christopher Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks 101
22  82  Danny Watts, Jr. Horton Avenue Materials 101
23  19  Brandon Oltra* Oltra Racing 100
24  89  Matt Swanson* Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing 98
25  33  Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil 98
26   7   Ryan Newman Menards/Wix Filters 96
27  13  James Civali Cape Cod Aggregates/Seekonk GP 95
28  58  Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights 95
29   3   Troy Talman* Bridgewater-Raynham O.D./DCU/NAPA 88
30  14  Max Zachem* ThrowBridge Transport/Dunleavy’s 83
31  01  Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil 69
32  93  Rowan Pennink Van Wickle Auto Supply 62
33  83  Tom Rogers, Jr. CAC Industries/WM Inc. 43
34  64  Anthony Nocella* Nocella Reclamation/Hughes Motors 43

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SUNOCO RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED 200 NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH AT THE CHEMUNG SPEEDROME.

logo for web croppedMODIFIED WINNER TO EARN $10,000 PLUS OVER $18,000 IN ADDITIONAL LAP MONEY NOW POSTED.

 

BINGHAMTON, NY…The second oldest consecutively run auto racing event in the United States will take place this Sunday, October 4th at the Chemung Speedrome.  The Sunoco Race of Champions Modified 200 will see over $18,000 in bonus lap money on top of the nearly $50,000 payout.  The race winner will earn a minimum of $10,000 for the victory in the traditional 200 lapper.  This year will mark the 65th consecutive running of the event, second only to the Indianapolis 500.  The race is being held in the southern tier region of New York for the first time ever with the Chemung Speedrome set to host the prestigious event.

Race of Champions Hall of Famers Marilyn and Don Toal have once again done an outstanding job of raising the bonus lap money for the Modified 200.  This year’s total is an impressive $18,340 and all of the money collected will go directly to the Modified teams competing in the 200 lap event.  The total is even more impressive as the announcement of the race changing venues from Oswego Speedway to the Chemung Speedrome only occurred in July.  This certainly did not leave a lot of time for the lap money raising efforts.  The Toal family has had a huge impact on the event over the years and in 2014 Marilyn and Don were awarded the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Junie Donleavy Spirit of Racing Award.

Marilyn Toal was also awarded the Gater Racing News Dirtcar Hall of Fame Outstanding Woman Award in 2008.  Both Marilyn and Don are also Race of Champions Hall of Fame Members and were inducted in 1998.  They are looking forward to many more years of fund raising efforts for the race teams.

Race of Champions owner Andrew Harpell commented on the annual lap fund, “Marilyn and Don are such an important part of the event.  Their contributions over the years have spanned all of the venues the race has been held at and the drivers have benefited immensely from their efforts.”  “Being able to raise what they have for this year’s event is remarkable especially with our venue change.”  Harpell added, “This year to honor both Marilyn and Don the Race of Champions staff worked with our race teams to do our own fund raising effort to present to them at Chemung.”  Fellow RoC Hall of Fame Member Jim Burleigh helped to spearhead the effort.

The top three drivers in the running order on each of the 200 laps will randomly earn the bonus lap money posted for that lap.  This change was made a few years ago and has given many more drivers the opportunity at bonus lap money.  Along with the top three bonuses a number of other contingency bonuses will be in place.

A number of special bonus awards have been posted in additional to the lap sponsor fund. Once again this year Harpell will pay a bonus to the leader of lap 68 in Memory of Alex Friesen.  Friesen and Harpell purchased the event from Joe Gerber in 1996 and moved the race to the location that has proven to be the longest tenure of the race – Oswego Speedway.  The energy and vision that Alex Friesen brought to the event lives with the traditional lap 68 bonus award each year.  The leader of that lap will receive $500.  Harpell will close out his involvement with the event with the 65th edition as the rights to the race have been purchased by Joe Skotnicki and officially change hands in January.

Tommy Baldwin has posted an additional $500 for the “Tiger Tom Baldwin” Hard Charger Award from Baldwin Automotive, Inc. in East Patchogue, NY.  That bonus will award the driver that advances the most positions in the 200 lapper.  E.J.M Energy Services/Ed McGuire will award $100 bonuses to the following:  the leader of lap 100, the 10th place runner on lap 100, the winner at lap 200 and the last car to take the checkered flag on lap 200.  The first car out of the race will receive a $100 bonus from Chuck Boos and the last car to cross the finish line on the lead lap will also earn $100 courtesy of Frank & Dave Varecka.  Other $50 contingency bonuses have been posted by John Markovic, Tom Fecteau and Ed & Chrissy Simon.

 

For a complete schedule of events please log on to www.raceofchampionsweekend.com or phone 607-775-5555.  Tickets may also be reserved using your major credit card and phoning the RoC offices at 607-775-5555.

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