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Justin Bonsignore Heads To Lee USA Speedway For Granite State Derby 

By Souza Media/Kyle Souza

Photo Michael jaworecki/Myracenews

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. – Justin Bonsignore and the Ken Massa Motorsports team are heading to Lee USA Speedway this Saturday, May 21, for round four of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. 

The Granite State Derby 175 presented by USA Insulation will mark the first time the Whelen Modified Tour has been to the New Hampshire track in over two decades, and Bonsignore is heading there looking for redemption and to get back on track. Even though the Holtsville, New York, driver won the Richmond Raceway race on April 1, in the other two events during the 2022 season, Bonsignore failed to finish – both with mechanical failures.

However – with plenty of races left to go on the 16-race schedule, all eyes are on Lee, where Bonsignore does have some previous laps in a Modified. Saturday’s race will include tire conservation at one of the most abrasive tracks the Northeast offers, and pit strategy will matter in determining who ends up in Victory Lane.

Bonsignore is excited to get back to Lee and see how it all shakes out.

“We’re looking forward to getting to Lee USA Speedway and coming out of there with a strong run,” Bonsignore said. “All we can do is keep our heads down and do what we know we can do, and let the rest play out. Lee is a difficult track with tire conservation, and it should be interesting to see how all of the strategy plays out at the end of the race.”

Saturday’s race day schedule at Lee USA Speedway will include one Whelen Modified Tour practice from 1:40-2:40 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools qualifying at 5:30 p.m. The green flag for the Granite State Derby presented by USA Insulation is set for 7 p.m., live on FloRacing.TV. Fans can purchase tickets in advance at JDVProductions.com and also at the track on race day. The event includes the Granite State Pro Stock Series, NHSTRA Mini Stocks, Pro 4 Modifieds, NEMA Lites and the Whelen Modified Tour.

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

Doug Coby Looks For Second Straight NWMT Win with Tommy Baldwin Racing

Six-Time Champion To Compete in Granite State Derby Presented by USA Insulation at Lee USA Speedway

Photo: Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

MILFORD, Conn. – Fresh off a victory at Riverhead Raceway last Saturday, Doug Coby and Tommy Baldwin Racing will team together again this weekend at Lee USA Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Granite State Derby 175. 

Coby will drive the No. 7NY for Baldwin’s team in the first Whelen Modified Tour race at the New Hampshire oval in over two decades. Lee, known for its abrasive surface and tire conservation, will be difficult for Coby and Baldwin to tackle – but with momentum on their side coming off a victory in New York – the team is excited to hit the track together again. 

Coby does have experience winning at tracks that require excessive amounts of tire conservation. The six-time Whelen Modified Tour champion won the last Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach Speedway in 2019 – a track that is similar to Lee, when it comes to strategy. With Baldwin calling the shots on the pit strategy and Coby behind the wheel, the combination feels like they will be in the running to make it two straight wins. 

Coby will step back into the 7NY seat to allow Jimmy Blewett additional time at home and keep the Baldwin Racing entry in contention for the Whelen Modified Tour owners championship. Through three races, the team leads the owners points by 12.

“At Myrtle Beach you couldn’t even go 100%,” Coby said. “In these races, it’s definitely timing of when you take tires, v.s. when the cautions fall. In the last race I won at Myrtle Beach, we timed our pit stop well, when some others stayed out and were hoping for a caution later in the race, but it never came out. Being a six-tire race at Lee, it’s a big difference to be able to come into the pits twice. Someone may even try to time it right and only pit once and not need the second stop. The race is going to be about pacing yourself and not abusing the car. At Riverhead, I was able to pace myself the whole race, and knowing how the car responded to it, it gives me a lot more confidence. At Lee, we will be in a tire saving mindset from the drop of the green. Lee is a great facility and the track is a ton of fun.”

The event schedule for the Granite State Derby presented by USA Insulation will include one Whelen Modified Tour practice session from 1:40-2:40 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools pole qualifying at 5:30 p.m. The drop of the green flag for the 175-lap race is scheduled for 7 p.m. All tickets will be available at the track and are also available in advance at JDVProductions.com. The race will air live on FloRacing.TV for those who can’t make it to the track.

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


Riverhead, NY May 14th.
By Bob Finan

Photos Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

It’s hard to think of a former six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion being called a substitute driver but that is exactly the role Doug Coby of Milford, Ct. played Saturday night at Riverhead Raceway. Like most of his racing roles, Coby met the challenge head on winning the Miller Lite 200 event driving the famed Tommy Baldwin Racing 7NY. Doug was tabbed late in the week to drive for TBR after Jimmy Blewett of Howell, NJ was forced to withdraw due to his daughter Kayla taking ill and being hospitalized. However, the win became much more sweeter when it was discovered Kayla had been released and was home with her family.

An approaching weather system coming off the south shore of Long Island kept the Riverhead Raceway and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on their collective feet with schedule changes being made early in the day to ensure the 200 would go off. Even with those adjustments in place drizzle and light rain halted the proceedings right after NASCAR WMT final practice. Qualifying was scrubbed and Timmy Solomito of Islip quickest in practice won the Mayhew Tools Pole Award and started the race from the pole joined on the front row by his cousin Eric Goodale of Riverhead.

Timmy Solomito #66 leads Doug Coby #7 early in the Miller Lite 200 May 14th, 2022 Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

Early on Solomito steering his family car led the early going seeking his fourth career WMT at a track where his is an overall twenty-time winner. However, Doug Coby had other ideas and moved by for the race lead from his third starting position. Once Coby had the TBR entry out front he was able to work the lapped traffic which was plentiful as all 30 cars on the property started the race. Coby, who had a short briefing with car owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. in the garage area prior to practice has become very adept at working the Riverhead traffic and it showed Saturday.

Doug Coby take the checkered flag in the Miller Lite 200 May 14th 2022 Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

The only issue for the team came late in the race when a caution flew setting up an overtime finish. Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY who was the most recent WMT at Riverhead last September had worked his way from 15th starting spot to second and he was going to get at least one crack at taking the lead from Coby. Coby was equal to the challenge and drove off to his third Riverhead win in the last four WMT races at the bullring. Afterwards Doug told NASCAR.com, “the most important thing is Kayla is home with her family”. The victory is the 32nd of Coby’s Hall of Fame career.

Patrick Emerling was second in the Captain Pip Marina & Hideaway Ford, while Ron Silk of Nowalk, CT was third in the Blue Mountain Machine racer. Weekly Riverhead racer Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills was fourth in the Eastport Feeds Chevy with early leader Timmy Solomito fifth in the Highmark Building Efficiency Chevy.

Miller Lite 200: 1. Doug Coby 2. Patrick Emerling 3. Ron Silk 4. Dylan Slepian 5. Timmy Solomito 6. John Baker 7. Kyle Soper 8. John Beatty 9. Eric Goodale 10. Kyle Bonsignore 11. Chris Young 12. Tommy Catalano 13. Austin Beers 14. Ronnie Williams 15. John Fortin 16. Chris Turbush 17. Jon McKennedy 18. Dave Sapienza 19. Ken Heagy 20. Tommy Rogers Jr. 21. Walter Sutcliffe Jr. 22. Gary McDonald 23. JR Bertuccio 24. Jake Johnson 25. Justin Bonsignore 26. Craig Lutz 27. Matt Brode 28. Roger Turbush 29. Joey Coulter 30. Melissa Fifield