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Riverhead, NY June 20th
By Bob Finan

The Beatles charted a hit song back in the day titled 8 Days A Week, this past Sunday afternoon Doug Coby put an exclamation point what turned out to be an exciting eight days for him professionally dominating the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 Sunday afternoon to collect his second NASCAR WMT win in a row at Riverhead Raceway. Torrential rains moved over Riverhead Raceway after qualifying Saturday evening forcing the event to be pushed back to early afternoon Sunday.

“We hit on something here” Coby exulted in victory lane, “I have to thank Mr Partridge for paving one and two” Coby’s win ended an eight day period that was impressive even for a 6-time NASCAR WMT champion. Doug won the highly acclaimed SRX Series debut at his old stomping grounds the Stafford Motor Speedway the Saturday prior and later in the week he was announced as the driver for GMS Motorsports for the September Camping World Truck Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. “Mike Beam was working with me in the SRX deal last week, we hit it off really good and it morphed into a great opportunity with GMS at Bristol” Coby shared.

Mayhew Tool Pole Award winner and defending NASCAR WMT champion Justin Bonsignore and Tommy Catalano who was second quick in qualifying broke out front early. Right from the outset though Coby dove to the bottom testing the top two over the first quarter of the 50-mile event. After Bonsignore, an eight time WMT winner at his home track led the first 51 laps Coby made his way to the front taking the lead to start the 52nd lap. From that point forward Coby never looked back leading 149 laps in dominating fashion in the Mayhew Tools Ford on his way to a 31st career victory tying Jeff Fuller for 5th on the WMT career win list.

“In victory lane for round two at Riverhead. Who would’ve thought that Doug Coby would be in contention to sweep Riverhead three times in a year when we come back in September. It’s so hard here but we hit on something” Coby added. Come September Coby has a chance at making Riverhead Raceway history as in the early years of the WMT from 1985 through 1987 the track hosted three races annually. No driver has ever swept all three.

As was the case in the Miller Lite 200 in May championship leader Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY was runner-up to Coby. Prior to recapping his race Emerling opened, “my team and I have to thank the Fortin family. After it rained out last night they opened up their home to us and we thank them”. As for back to back runner-up finishes at Riverhead “I was trying to bide my time there, keep the right rear on the car. Hopefully in September we can come here with our Captain Pip Marina & Hideaway Chevy and get one spot better”

Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville finished third in his Phoenix Communications Chevy, “It’s tough here now with the spray, you gotta muscle your way to the top now” Justin offered, “we gotta do our homework a little bit and see if when we get back here in September we can get a little better”. With Emerling just one spot ahead of him Bonsignore looked over at the championship leader on the podium and noted, “those guys have been top three every week. Going to be one of those years it seems. It’s good to have new guys battling with us and Doug. Patrick’s team has been really good this year, they’re going to fight us until the end”.

Ron Silk of Norwalk, Ct in the Stuart’s Automotive Chevy and Anthony Nocella of Woburn, Ma steering the Riverwalk Bar & Grill Chevy filled out the top five.

Former two time Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified champion Kyle Soper of Manorville was the highest track regular in the order of finish with a 7th place showing in the eastport Feeds Chevy. Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills repeated his 9th place effort from the May WMT race in the RP Fabricating Chevy. Both Soper and Slepian made a run into the top five in the first half of the race.

Michael Rutkoski of Mattituck had a WMT career best 11th place finish in the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac Chevy. John Baker of Brookhaven was 14th in the Staria Automotive Chevy with Roger Turbush of Riverhead 15th in the Kennedy L.I. Realty Chevy.

Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200: 1. Doug Coby 2. Patrick Emerling 3. Justin Bonsignore 4. Ron Silk 5. Anthony Nocella 6. Tommy Catalano 7. Kyle Soper 8. Jon McKennedy 9. Dylan Slepian 10. Tyler Rypkema 11. Michael Rutkoski 12. Walter Sutcliffe 13. JB Fortin 14. John Baker 15. Roger Turbush 16. Kyle Bonsignore 17. Woody Pitkat 18. Gary McDonald 19. Timmy Solomito 20. Eric Goodale 21. Dave Sapienza 22. JR Bertuccio 23. Craig Lutz 24. Chuck Hossfeld 25. Melissa Fifield

Doug Coby wins second consecutive race at Riverhead

ByDavey Segal NASCAR.com June 20, 2021  at 3:36 PM

Photo Michael Jaworecki/Myracenews

It only took 20 tries for Doug Coby to get the hang of things at Riverhead Raceway.

One week removed from missing the Whelen Modified Tour’s stop at Oswego Speedway, Coby got back to his winning ways with relative ease, leading 149 of 200 laps Sunday en route to the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 victory, his second win of the season and second in a row at the quarter-mile track.

“We hit on something here,” Coby told NBC Sports’ TrackPass in Victory Lane following his 31st career win, tying him with Jeff Fuller for fifth on the all-time series wins list. “In Victory Lane for round two at Riverhead. Who would’ve thought that Doug Coby would be in contention to sweep Riverhead three times in a year when we come back in September? It’s so hard here and we’ve hit on something.”

Coby’s week off saw him fall to eighth in the championship standings, making a bid for his seventh title much tougher. Another win helps his chances, but unfortunately for him, the top two drivers of Patrick Emerling and Justin Bonsignore finished right behind Coby’s No. 10 once again in second and third, respectively, for the second straight race at Riverhead.

“I was just trying to bide my time there, keep the right rear on the car,” Emerling said following his fifth top-five finish in six races this season. “We got to second there and I thought we were in really good shape. I was looking forward to another 50 laps … hopefully we can come here and get one spot better (in September).”

Bonsignore, an eight-time winner at Riverhead, led the opening 51 laps from the pole before relinquishing the lead to Coby. While battling for position, he suddenly fell outside the top 10 as his No. 51 lost power before regaining it moments later.

“It’s tough here now with the spray, you gotta muscle our way to the top,” he explained following his fifth top-five finish this season. “It’s not the same track we were winning at for awhile. We gotta do our homework a little bit and see if when we get back here in September we can get a little better.”

Coby smiled and looked behind his No. 10 car in the winner’s circle at both Emerling and Bonsignore parked behind him, commenting on the championship battle unfolding.

“I wish I could get rid of these two,” Coby joked. “I finally win races up here, I look and the guys that are second and third are the guys I’m chasing in points. But that’s how good they are.”

Said Bonsignore: “These guys have been top 3 every week. Going to be one of these years it seems. It’s good to have new guys battling with us and Doug. Patrick’s team has been really good this year, they’re going to fight us until the end.”

With rain forcing the postponement of the race from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, Coby, along with most other teams, were forced to make last-minute travel arrangements, causing a bit of a logistical headache. Emerling was quick to thank local driver J.B. Fortin, whose family allowed Emerling’s team to stay the night avoiding travel to and from the track on Father’s Day weekend.

Ron Silk and Anthony Nocella finished fourth and fifth, respectively, earning their first top five finishes of the season. Tommy Catalano, Kyle Soper, Jon McKennedy, Dylan Slepian and Tyler Rypkema rounded out the top 10 finishers.

The race was slowed six times for on-track incidents, including a red-flag period after Fortin, Eric Goodale and Dave Sapienza were involved in a multi-car accident.

The Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Whelen 100. Bobby Santos III has won the last two events at NHMS (six total) and is expected to be in the field making his 2021 season debut.


Lancaster, NY (June 18, 2021): When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls into New York International Raceway Park to compete at Lancaster Speedway they will do so with the support of Nu-Way Auto Parts.  Headquartered in nearby Rochester, NY, Nu-Way Auto Parts is a member of the Hahn Automotive family with stores locally in Buffalo, Elmira, and Erie. The Nu-Way Auto Parts 150 is scheduled for Saturday, July 31, 2021. 

“It really is a perfect fit,” said event promoter Mike Myers of Lancaster Raceway Park, “and it’s a sponsorship of which we can all be proud. Nu-Way has its roots here in western New York, they have supported racing here for many years and Mike Maggiore, who is the driving force of the partnership, is a former racer.”

Maggiore, Director of Operations at the Buffalo location, is a former competitor at Lancaster Dragway. Widely respected in the pit area, The Wookie, as he is known, was also a standout in the four-cylinder and street stock divisions on the oval for 10 seasons. The second generation driver remembers fondly growing up watching his father race at Lancaster.

“I know the drivers appreciate [the sponsorship]. I know the track appreciates it,” said Maggiore. “We are doing this for them.”

The talent-laden Modified Tour event will feature the likes of Justin and Kyle Bonsignore, Doug Coby, Woody Pitkat, Tommy Catalano, from nearby Ontario, NY, Eric Goodale, Jon McKennedy, Craig Lutz and Ron Silk. Local favorites like current Whelen Modified Tour point leader Patrick Emerling, Chuck Hossfeld and Tyler Rypkema could have a decided advantage with home track experience.

As rewarding as it is for Maggiore to give back, what is most gratifying has been the immediate interest by major national brands like ACDelco, Valvoline and Lucas Oil.

“As soon as we told our partners what we were doing to support the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and New York International Raceway Park, they wanted to be a part of it,” added Maggiore. “Large automotive brands appreciate the brand loyalty of racers and fans.”

Loyalty is important to Nu-Way Auto Parts as well.  Starting as a home-grown parts store in Western, NY, the Nu-Way philosophy remains focused on customer satisfaction and personalized service synonymous with a hometown auto parts store. All while providing pricing and supply chain benefits as part of the ACDelco national marketing program and the Hahn Automotive family.

“Our roots are here,” said Maggiore. “That is still critically important to us today. Helping to bring this prestigious racing series to Lancaster is meaningful.” 

Hahn Automotive has been the premier auto parts supplier for the Midwest and Eastern US for over 60 years; providing millions of hard parts, accessories, supplies, chemicals and tools from our extensive inventory of more than 200 brands of parts supplied by the leading manufacturers in the industry.

Racing since 1959, New York International Raceway Park is home to the half-mile asphalt oval as well as a 1/8-mile drag strip featuring IHRA sanctioned drag racing.

In addition to the crown jewel of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Nu-Way Auto Parts 150, complete with celebrity announcers, fireworks and more scheduled for Saturday, July 31, the Speedway will run three (3) additional tour-type modified events in 2021 including the popular US Open on September 10-12.  Weekly divisions at Lancaster include Sportsman, 602 Sportsman, Late Models, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, 4 cylinders and TQ Midgets.