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WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ With qualifying completed, a combination of two early evening on track accidents and the resulting clean ups and scattered showers which soon became steady rain forced Wall Stadium Speedway officials to wash out the scheduled Saturday night (May 11) feature events. Saturday ticket stubs will be honored for any regular racing program, which does not include this Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event or the June 8 Formula Drift event, for example.

Next on the agenda is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 150 on Saturday, May 18. Tickets and pit passes are now available online only at wallspeedwayracing.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the track starting at 1:00 p.m. on the day of the event.

On Saturday gates will open at 2:00 p.m., with practice at 2:15 p.m., qualifying at 5:45 p.m. and feature races starting at 7:00 p.m. In addition to the 150 lap Tour Modified Main Event, the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars, the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and the Surfside Collision 4Cylinder Stocks will all see action in 25-lap races.

Saturday night racing action then continues through early October with schedule details at wallspeedwayracing.com.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address isckmotorsports@aol.com.

Doug Coby Charges To Fourth Spring Sizzler Victory

Holds Off Craig Lutz For 26th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win

STAFFORD, Conn. — Doug Coby was going for his fourth NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 victory Saturday. Craig Lutz was chasing his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win.

In the end, it was the veteran Coby who made the winning move – diving under Lutz with just over 10 laps remaining – and then fending off the fierce challenge in the closing laps to return to Victory Lane in the iconic event that’s earned the moniker, “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring.”

It was Coby’s 26th career win on the tour and his 12th at Stafford. His first career win came in the 2006 Spring Sizzler, Stafford’s iconic early-season event. He also won the race in 2012 and 2016.

“This is the race everybody wants to win,” said Coby. “That was the hardest I’ve ever drove a race car, to hold off Craig. I just kept drive harder and driving harder.”

Following Lutz, Ron Silk, Max Zachem and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five.

“This is what you dream about,” Lutz said. “He’s obviously one of the best here. To be able to run with him for the last 10 laps was run. This was probably the most disappointing second-place I’ve had, because I felt like all day we had a really good car.”

It was the third career runner-up finish in 56 career starts for the Miller Place, New York, driver — including one in last year’s NAPA Fall Final at Stafford.


Justin Bonsignore came home sixth. Bonsignore was fastest in practice back on April 26, the weekend the event was originally slated. Rain postponed three times, finally pushing it from Friday night to Saturday afternoon. Bonsignore was then fastest in final practice and won the Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award.

Patrick Emerling was seventh, followed by rookie Sam Rameau, Timmy Solomito and Blake Barney.


With Coby’s second win in four races in 2019, the five-time tour champion has opened a 17-point lead on second-place Emerling and 20 over Silk. Blewett and defending tour champion Bonsignore are fourth and fifth, respectively.


The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back on track in seven days with the Jersey Shore 150 at Wall Stadium Speedway on Saturday, May 18.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-48th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 Results


At Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 200 laps, 55.530 mph.

2. (11) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.

3. (15) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 200.

4. (17) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.

5. (12) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.

6. (1) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 200.

7. (8) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, NY, Chevrolet, 200.

8. (24) Sam Rameau, Westminster, Mass., Chevrolet, 200.

9. (10) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 200.

10. (19) Blake Barney, Lakewood, N.J., Chevrolet, 200.

11. (21) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.

12. (25) J. B. Fortin, Jr., Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.

13. (26) Timmy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 200.

14. (20) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 200.

15. (23) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 199.

16. (28) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 198.

17. (16) Tommy Catalano, Ontario, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.

18. (32) Kyle Ellwood, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.

19. (29) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 186.

20. (22) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon, Conn., Chevrolet, 179.

21. (18) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y., Toyota, 176.

22. (31) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 176, accident.

23. (33) Tyler Rypkema, Owego, N.Y., Chevrolet, 171, accident.

24. (4) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Pontiac, 169, rear end.

25. (34) Joey Mucciacciaro, Wolcott, Conn., Chevrolet, 155, handling.

26. (3) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Chevrolet, 143, accident.

27. (7) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 125, accident.

28. (14) Jeff Rocco, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 125, accident.

29. (27) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 119, accident.

30. (6) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Dodge, 117, accident.

31. (9) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 117, accident.

32. (13) Joey Cipriano, III, Waterbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, accident.

33. (30) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 75, accident.

34. (5) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 70, rear end.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 48 minutes 3 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.253 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: J.Bonsignore (100.925 mph, 17.835 seconds)

Caution Flags: 13 for 77 laps.

Lead Changes: 12 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1; J. Bonsignore 2-64; C. Dowling 65-128; E. Goodale 129-139; C. Pasteryak 140-143; D. Coby 144-150; R. Silk 151-152; C. Dowling 153-166; R. Silk 167; J. Bonsignore 168-175; R. Silk 176-183; C. Lutz 184-188; D. Coby 189-200.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 171; 2. P. Emerling, 154; 3. R. Silk, 151; 4. J. Blewett, 145; 5. J. Bonsignore, 138; 6. E. Goodale, 134; 7. C. Lutz, 132; 8. C. Pasteryak, 131; 9. W. Pitkat, 126; 10. B. Barney, 124.

PIT BOX: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Headlines Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler at Stafford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After two weeks off, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams are back in action this weekend in Connecticut. The 48th annual NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 will take place on Sunday — but teams will practice and qualify on Saturday.

The Whelen Modified Tour helps begin another season of racing at the historic half-mile, as the five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions also open their schedule. The visit is the first of three for the Whelen Modified Tour this season.

Doug Coby may lead the championship standings after the first three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, but the rest of the field isn’t far behind.


Over his 17 year past, Coby, who grew up racing at Stafford and won championships in the weekly series before moving to the Whelen Modified Tour, has taken that success and run with it. In 54 Whelen Modified Tour starts at Stafford, Coby has 11 victories and three of them in the NAPA Spring Sizzler — including top 10 runs in over 60 percent of his starts. He won six consecutive poles at Stafford from October 2015 through April ’17, and has started from the top spot in nine races.

WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR: 2019 Schedule | Race Center

Fresh off his first win of the season in his effort to repeat as champion, Justin Bonsignore is entering Stafford looking to turn his previous luck around. With a best finish of second in 34 previous starts, Bonsignore has yet to master the half-mile, but did win the pole there last September en route to clinching the series championship that day. With crew chief Ryan Stone, Bonsignore finished seventh, eighth and 12th in the three races there last year driving the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Inc. Chevrolet, and he has admitted it’s one of the few tracks where he might need a bit of improvement.

With Burt Myers, who currently sits fourth in the standings, moving to the weekly Whelen All-American Series action at Bowman Gray Stadium, veteran Jeff Rocco returns to action driving the No. 1 Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair Chevrolet for Eddie Harvey.

Joey Cipriano, a regular in Stafford’s SK Modified division, will make his Whelen Modified Tour debut on Sunday, while Chase Dowling, who cut his teeth racing in Stafford’s Modified ranks, will return to action driving for Jamie Tomaino. Dowling finished second in the Whelen Modified Tour point standings last year.


Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Conn.
Sunday, April 28
3:30 p.m. (approx.)
FansChoice.TV, 3:30 p.m. (live streaming)
Half-mile paved asphalt oval
2018 Winner:Ryan Preece
2018 Pole Sitter:Chase Dowling
Event Schedule : SATURDAY: Garage Opens: 8:15 a.m., First Practice: 11-11:40 a.m., Final Practice: 12:20-1 p.m., Group Qualifying: 2:30 p.m., Garage Closes: 4 p.m.SUNDAY: Garage Opens: 9:30 a.m., Driver Autograph Session: 11-11:50 a.m., NAPA Spring Sizzler 200: 3:30 p.m. (approx.)
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The starting field for the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 is limited to 33 starters, including provisional positions. The first 27 drivers will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. 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 qualifying 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 27 starting positions.

Adjustments or repairs may not be made on a vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Vehicles may not return to the track to make any further qualifying laps unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a caution. Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete, the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. In the event of a caution, all vehicles must exit the track.

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 tire change is four (4) tires, any position.