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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.

Silk Dominates Caution Plagued Night

Zachem Has His Tour Best 2nd Place Run

The New London- Waterford Speedbowl is the third stop for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. The tour has raced at this track for 5 consecutive seasons. The New England Cycle Center 161 is a tribute to the “Rapid Roman” Richie Evans. The grandstands were packed with cheering fans who were ready to see the premier drivers in the Northeast take the track.

Eric Goodale won the Coors Light pole award for the New England Cycle Works 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Eric Goodale won the Coors Light pole award for the New England Cycle Works 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

After being the fastest competitor during the practice sessions, Eric Goodale won the pole during the time trials. This was the second career pole for Goodale, his first came at Monadnock Speedway in 2013. Starting on the outside pole by his side was Chase Dowling who is in his second season on the tour.

Caution comes out on lap 1 of the New England Cycle Center 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Caution comes out on lap 1 of the New England Cycle Center 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

During the start of the race Nick Salva got loose and went high into turn 1 and rolling through the turn and down the track Melissa Fifield hit Salva.  Andrew Krause, Wade Cole, and Walter Sutcliffe Jr. were also involved in the wreck in turn two. The wreck caused a red flag to come out and stopped the race for 12 minutes. The next caution came only 4 laps after the restart when Bobby Santos and Tom Abele Jr., went into the wall between turns one and two.

The third caution of the event came out when Ted Christopher spun into the infield on lap 19. At the same time Christopher was spinning Rowan Pennink hit the wall between turns one and two, he was able to return to the race many laps down. On lap 39 Timmy Solomito spun 360 degrees exiting turn 4 after contact with Doug Coby and was able to keep the car moving, however the caution flag flew for the fourth time in the race.

Eric Goodale looked strong through the opening laps of the race jumping out front on the restarts, but Ron Silk was soon on his bumper pressuring him for the lead.

Jimmy Blewett and Max Zachem battle for position during the New England Cycle Center 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Jimmy Blewett and Max Zachem battle for position during the New England Cycle Center 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

Ron Silk was able to take the lead away from Eric Goodale on lap 50 of the race. The 5th caution of the race came out on lap 73 when the Dowling machine had a right front tire go down and he hit the wall on the front straight away. The 6th caution came out only 13 laps later when Craig Lutz had a right front tire go down.

The 7th caution came out when Dave Sapienza got into the wall in turn 3 after getting hit by Solomito. On the restart the 8th caution comes out for Doug Coby who spins into the turn 2 wall. Goodale also left the race after not having a good restart, Goodale will not return to the race.

The 9th caution flew when Solomito lost a tire and pushed Pitkat up and Pitkat hit the wall in turn 2, Pitkat wouldn’t be able to return to the race. The 10th caution came out on lap 150 when Solomito got spun and hit the wall in turn 4.

Ron Silk captures the checkered flag to win the New England Cycle Works 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
Ron Silk captures the checkered flag to win the New England Cycle Works 161 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

After taking the lead back on lap 50, Ron Silk was able to hold off Max Zachem and Jimmy Blewett through many restarts and never gave up the lead to win the New England Cycle Center 161.

Max Zachem also had his strongest performance since joining the Whelen Modified Tour full time in 2015, bringing home a second place finish at his home track. Max was able to hold off strong pressure from tour veterans such as Ted Christopher and Jimmy Blewett much of the night.