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Doug Coby Begins Quest For Sixth Title In Victory Lane

Wins NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Opener At Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Doug Coby’s quest for a sixth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship couldn’t have started off much better.

After two years of struggling at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Coby make those scuffles distant memories on Saturday, rolling to his 25th career Whelen Modified Tour win and first at the South Carolina oval.

He may have made the final laps of the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen look easy, but the day wasn’t filled with only celebratory moments. He did win the first Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award in qualifying, but Coby was forced to start at the tail of the field after a screw in his left-front tire forced the team to make an unapproved tire change before the green.

From there, the charge was on from the rear of a 32 car field in hopes of reaching the front. In the end, he found the top spot — a familiar place for the five-time Whelen Modified Tour champion.

“This was an interesting one,” Coby said. “Ultimately, I had the best car I have ever had here. We had to go perform, and we did. The book is going to say we won the pole, started first and finished first, but the reality is, we started 32nd and finished first. We passed a lot of cars.”

RACING-REFERENCE: Performance Plus 150 Race Results

After Coby dropped to the tail, Jon McKennedy was the control car for the initial start and he did just that — took control for a majority of the first half of the event. McKennedy led a race high 64 laps, but pit strategy in the final stages didn’t quite fall his way.

After a caution on lap 110, Coby charged up inside the top three after pitting for fresh rubber, then rolled by Kyle Ebersole for the top spot on lap 122. From there, it was just about getting around some lapped traffic and minding a gap over Jon McKennedy and Jimmy Blewett.

When McKennedy and Blewett started racing for the runner-up spot, Coby opened his gap, and was never challenged. Even though the tire strategy didn’t quite work out in McKennedy’s favor, the second-place effort was a good way to follow-up a winning performance in the opener last year.

“We put two tires on and the No. 2 car put three in, but we still had a really good car,” McKennedy said. “We asked the right-front tire to go 150 laps, which is tough. They knew we were here. It was a great effort by everyone.”

In his first start with Gershow Motorsports, Blewett was third, followed by Patrick Emerling and Chris Pasteryak. The top-five run was Pasteryak’s first since 2009 in Whelen Modified Tour competition.

Anthony Nocella was sixth, followed by Burt Myers, Andy Seuss, Eric Goodale and Frank Fleming.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action in just two weeks, on Saturday, March 30, at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.

The Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen will air on NBCSN on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m.Contact:

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Performance Plus 150 pres by Safety Kleen Results

Saturday At Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, SC

Lap length: 0.53 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (1) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 64.883 mph.

2. (2) Jon McKennedy, Chelmsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

3. (15) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.

4. (28) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 150.

5. (7) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.

6. (17) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

7. (22) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.

8. (8) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.

9. (4) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.

10. (31) Frank Fleming, Mount Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 149.

11. (6) Matt Hirschman, Northampton, PA, Chevrolet, 149.

12. (9) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 149.

13. (18) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 149.

14. (19) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, PA., Chevrolet, 149.

15. (10) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.

16. (16) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 149.

17. (21) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Toyota, 148.

18. (13) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 148.

19. (24) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.

20. (23) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.

21. (14) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 147.

22. (5) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 146.

23. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 146.

24. (32) Timmy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 145.

25. (12) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 145.

26. (3) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 144.

27. (27) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 138.

28. (11) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 130.

29. (29) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Pontiac, 109, brakes.

30. (26) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 108, accident.

31. (20) Sam Rameau, Westminster, Mass., Chevrolet, 62.

32. (30) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 41, clutch.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 13 minutes 31 seconds

Margin of Victory: 3.278 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: D.Coby (97.010 mph, 19.668 seconds)

Caution Flags: 6 for 33 laps.

Lead Changes: 14 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T. Catalano 1-2; J. McKennedy 3-58; T. Solomito 59-62; D. Coby 63-70; J. Bonsignore 71-75; R. Silk 76-78; J. Bonsignore 79-83; J. McKennedy 84-91; J. Bonsignore 92-101; M. Swanson 102-106; J. Bonsignore 107-108; K. Ebersole 109-115; J. Bonsignore 116; K. Ebersole 117-121; D. Coby 122-150.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 47; 2. J. McKennedy, 44; 3. J. Blewett, 41; 4. P. Emerling, 40; 5. C. Pasteryak, 39; 6. A. Nocella, 38; 7. B. Myers, 37; 8. A. Seuss, 36; 9. E. Goodale, 35; 10. F. Fleming, 34.

PIT BOX:Justin Bonsignore Begins Title Defense at Myrtle Beach

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Set For 2019 Opener

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 35th season of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition begins on Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Drivers will head to South Carolina to begin the championship points schedule for the third consecutive season, and in the prior two, tire conservation has been key to success at the gritty .538-mile oval.

The Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen begins a 17-race calendar that will see the series stay south and head to South Boston Speedway on March 30.



Justin Bonsignore better have his best foot forward when the Whelen Modified Tour season begins on Saturday. With stout competition throughout the field, and multiple drivers improving their program over the offseason, it’s going to be difficult for Bonsignore to match the success he had last year.

WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR: 2019 Schedule | Race Center

In 16 races, the Holtsville, New York, driver won eight times and finished inside the top 10 in all but one. His average finish of 3.4 in the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet helped him clinch the championship one race early — and part of his 2018 success was on display in the opener at Myrtle Beach. In his first race with a new crew chief and new car, Bonsignore qualified sixth, led 26 laps and opened his eventual first championship season with a top-five finish. With the same crew chief, same sponsor and same team behind him, Bonsignore is poised to begin another title run.

But he is far from the only challenger.

Doug Coby, a five-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, is seeking a sixth title as he looks to add to his long list of accolades. Coby took the No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet down south to New Smyrna’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing to get back into high-gear, and he picked up the victory on the first of five nights. With crew chief Phil Moran back on his side, and Mayhew returning as primary sponsor, Coby is hoping the 2019 season ends with a return to title form. He will look to turn around some Myrtle Beach misfortune in the opener — as over the last two years, Coby opened the season outside the top-10.

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Timmy Solomito, who won five races in 2017, but failed to visit Victory Lane last year, looks to create some more South Carolina magic. He won the first Whelen Modified Tour event at Myrtle Beach in 2017 with the same Eric Sanderson-owned team he enters 2019 driving for. After a busy offseason, including a visit to New Smyrna in February to knock the dust off the car, Solomito is hoping to get things rolling on the right foot.

Although those three drivers may be among the top challengers, the rest of the field isn’t going to be behind them. An offseason of updates has names like Eric Goodale, Matt Swanson, Craig Lutz, Dave Sapienza and 2018 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Tommy Catalano looking to pounce on their opportunity.

Matt Hirschman, who won the pole for last year’s Myrtle Beach event, is among a long list of entries for the opener.

Thanks to an agreement with FansChoice.TV, race fans across the country can watch the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen, and the entire 17-race Whelen Modified Tour slate via a live stream on FansChoice.TV. NBCSN will also air the Whelen Modified Tour opener on Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m.


PLACEMyrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
DATESaturday, March 16
TIME5:30 p.m. (approx.)
TELEVISIONFansChoice.TV, 5:30 p.m. (live broadcast); NBCSN — Thursday, March 21, 6 p.m.
TRACK LAYOUT.538-mile paved oval
2018 WINNERJon McKennedy
2018 POLEMatt Hirschman
EVENT SCHEDULESaturday: Garage Opens: 8 a.m.,Final Practice: 12:15-1:30 p.m., Group Qualifying: 3 p.m.,Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen: 5:30 p.m.
HASHTAG#NWMT, #PerformancePlus150



The starting field for the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen is 30 starters, including provisional positions. The first 24 drivers will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying session. The remaining six positions will be awarded through the provisional process.

NASCAR group qualifying is in place for this event. Qualifying order will be determined by each vehicle’s fastest single lap from the official practice sessions. The number of groups will be determined by NASCAR. Each group qualifying session will be five (5) minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed of each vehicle will determine the first 24 starting positions. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the session. Vehicles may not return to the track or make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. If a vehicle returns to pit road, the qualifying attempt is complete. Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete, they must proceed directly to the designated impound area. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying/inspection. Vehicles must qualify on race set up.

The Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen will be 150 laps (80.7 miles). The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. Four (4) tires must be used for qualifying and to begin the race. The remaining tire allotment may be used for practice and/or change tires during the event. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position


Myrtle Beach Speedway gives a Sneak Peak of their NASCAR WMT Entry List

Justin Bonsignore will start his title defense next Saturday March 16th at the Myrtle Beach Speedway in SC.

A healthy list of 33 cars have entered the Performance Plus 300 presented by Safety Kleen at the Myrtle Beach Speedway to start the 2019 season.

The track posted the entry list on Facebook prior to the official release on Monday.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

#01 Melissa Fifield
#1 Burt Myers
#2 Doug Coby
#3 Matt Swanson
#5 Kyle Ebersole
#06 Samuel Rameau
#7 Jonathan McKennedy
#07 Patrick Emerling
#214 (owner: Richard Barney)
#16 Tommy Solomito
#18 Ken Heagy
#21 Jimmy Blewett
#22 Kyle Bonsignore
#25 Calvin Carroll
#26 (owner: Sean McDonald)
#33 Wade Cole
#36 David Sapienza
#40 Frank Fleming
#45 Timmy Catalano
#46 Craig Lutz
#51 Justin Bonsignore
#55 Jeremy Gerstner
#58 Eric Goodale
#60 Matt Hirschman
#64 Rob Summers
#75 Chris Pasteryak
#77 Gary Putnam
#78 (owner: Steven Sutcliffe)
#82 Woody Pitkat
#85 Ron Silk
#92 Anthony Nocella
#97 (owner: Bryan Dauzat)
#99 Jamie Tomaino

Myrtle Beach Speedway March 16th 2019 Schedule

8:00 am: PIT GATES OPEN for Local Divisions

Tire Area Opens (8:15 am: Late Model Race Tires / 9 am: Charger Race Tires / 9:30 am: Mini Stock Race Tires)

10:45 am: PRACTICE First Round (15 min each group) – Late Models – Chargers (race tires released after 1 st practice) – Mini Stocks

11:15 am: PRACTICE Second Round (15 min each group) – Late Models (race tires released after 2nd practice) – Chargers – Mini Stocks

12:45 pm: Late Model TECH (12:55 pm deadline time)

1:30 pm: NASCAR WMT Modified Practice (1 hr 15 min)

1:30 pm: MANDATORY Driver’s Meeting (LOCAL CLASSES)


2:00 pm: QUALIFYING – Late Models (Groups of 4; 4 laps each group) – Mini Stocks (Groups of 4; 4 laps each group; top 5 cars to tech after) – Chargers (Groups of 4; 4 laps each group; top 5 cars to tech after) – Modifieds (Groups of 4; 4 laps each group)

3:30 pm: Meet and Greet Session (30 min; all cars on front stretch)

4:20 pm: Pre Race Ceremonies

4:30 pm: RACING – Late Models (75 laps) – Mini Stocks (20 laps) – Modifieds (150 laps) – Chargers (30 laps)

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews