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Doug Coby Finds His Way Back To Victory Lane at Stafford

By: Kyle Souza hometracks.NASCAR.com

STAFFORD, Conn. — Doug Coby was not going to be denied on Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.

The five-time and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion was sliding through the grass early on, and had to pass more than a handful of cars in his efforts to charge back to the front of the field.

However, when it mattered most, the Milford, Connecticut, pulled back into Victory Lane for the first time in nearly one year.

The victory in the Starrett 150 was the first of the season for Coby, his 24th career in Whelen Modified Tour competition and the 11th of his career at the historic Stafford half-mile.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Coby said. “We didn’t win at Stafford at all last year, and it seemed to be a place we were always good at. When I have a good car here, I like to try and defend my home-turf. This is great for our team. We are excited to be back in Victory Lane.”

Coby found himself racing Justin Bonsignore for the lead on lap 13 when the two made contact and Coby went sliding through the grass, narrowly avoiding disaster and entering the track back in the 15th position. Luckily for him, the wreck left him with no damage, but from there, it was an uphill battle for the veteran.

He pitted on multiple occasions, slowly worked his way back up through the field, and stayed out during a caution on lap 118, taking the lead of the race and putting himself in position to control the finish.

A caution on lap 140 gave the field one more chance to pass Coby, but no one could make it happen. Woody Pitkat charged through the field after pitting for fresh Hoosier rubber during a caution late and crossed the line second.

The effort was the first podium for Pitkat in Whelen Modified Tour competition since August of 2015 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“I’m just happy for Danny (Watts) and happy for all the guys that never give up,” Pitkat said. “We have been battling and trying to get better. Obviously, I would like to win. But this is like a win for our team.”

Eric Goodale made a charge through the field late and finished third, followed by Rowan Pennink, who led a race-high 50 laps. Timmy Solomito rounded out the top five.

Craig Lutz was sixth, followed by Justin Bonsignore, Jimmy Blewett, Kyle Bonsignore and Chris Pasteryak.

Justin Bonsignore leads Dowling by 51 points in the championship standings after Dowling was involved in a wreck and finished 25th. Timmy Solomito is third, 64 points from the lead.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Wednesday, August 8 with the Bud 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1 3 2 Doug Coby Mayhew / Dunleavy’s / AJ Roman’s Const.   (Mike Smeriglio III) Chevrolet 150 running 30 47
2 18 82 Woody Pitkat Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.) Chevrolet 150 running 0 42
3 7 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale) Chevrolet 150 running 0 41
4 2 3 Rowan Pennink Mosquito Free / USNE   (Jan Boehler) Chevrolet 150 running 50 42
5 9 16 Timmy Solomito Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson) Ford 150 running 3 40
6 13 46 Craig Lutz Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale) Chevrolet 150 running 0 38
7 4 51 Justin Bonsignore Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa) Chevrolet 150 running 18 38
8 19 76 Jimmy Blewett Starrett Racing / John Blewett Inc.   (John Blewett Sr.) Chevrolet 150 running 1 37
9 14 22 Kyle Bonsignore Chalew Performance   (Kyle Bonsignore) Chevrolet 150 running 0 35
10 12 75 Chris Pasteryak Dawley’s Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak) Chevrolet 150 running 0 34
11 8 85 Ron Silk Stuarts Automotiive / J&R Pre-Cast   (Kevin Stuart) Chevrolet 150 running 0 33
12 22 25 Calvin Carroll Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll) Chevrolet 150 running 0 32
13 6 64 Rob Summers Hoosier Tire East / Fast Track Electrical   (Mike Murphy) Chevrolet 150 running 0 31
14 16 14 Blake Barney * Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney) Chevrolet 150 running 0 30
15 23 98 Ray Parent * Make A Wish   (Don Parsons) Chevrolet 150 running 0 29
16 21 77 Gary Putnam Curb Records   (Mike Curb) Chevrolet 150 running 0 28
17 26 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald) Chevrolet 150 running 0 27
18 29 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone) Ford 150 running 0 26
19 20 54 Tommy Catalano * Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano) Chevrolet 150 running 0 25
20 25 23 Joe DeGracia * PJ DeGracia Contracting   (Paul Degracia) Chevrolet 148 running 0 24
21 24 33 Wade Cole Perf Engines / Kendall Oil / Ryan’s   (Wade Cole) Chevrolet 147 running 0 23
22 10 44 Bobby Santos III Sully Tinio / Olivas Market   (Sully Tinio) Chevrolet 139 crash 0 22
23 5 7 Jon McKennedy Accell Construction, Inc.   (Tommy Baldwin) Chevrolet 132 suspension 48 22
24 11 21 Ronnie Williams Gershow Recycling / Empower Financial   (Joseph Bertuccio) Chevrolet 121 suspension 0 20
25 1 15 Chase Dowling 15-40 Connection / S&S Paving   (Rob Fuller) Chevrolet 83 crash 0 19
26 15 1 Burt Myers Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer / Citrusafe / WPW   (Eddie Harvey) Chevrolet 67 power steering 0 18
27 28 78 Walter Sutcliffe, Jr. Last Minute Racing   (Steven Sutcliffe) Chevrolet 42 power steering 0 17
28 27 01 Melissa Fifield Truck Stop Northeast   (Kenneth Fifield) Chevrolet 23 overheating 0 16
29 17 36 Dave Sapienza Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg) Chevrolet 0 suspension 0 15
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
Time of race: 1:16:32
Average speed: 58.798 mph
Pole speed: 98.538 mph
Cautions: 11 for 47 laps
Margin of victory: 0.650 sec
Lead changes: 13
Lap leader breakdown:
Leader From
Lap
To
Lap
# Of
Laps
  Justin Bonsignore 1 8 8
  Doug Coby 9 9 1
  Justin Bonsignore 10 18 9
  Jon McKennedy 19 31 13
  Justin Bonsignore 32 32 1
  Jon McKennedy 33 67 35
  Timmy Solomito 68 68 1
  Jimmy Blewett 69 69 1
  Timmy Solomito 70 70 1
  Rowan Pennink 71 120 50
  Doug Coby 121 129 9
  Timmy Solomito 130 130 1
  Doug Coby 131 150 20
Points standings after this race:
Rank Driver Points Diff
1   Justin Bonsignore 388
2   Chase Dowling 337 -51
3   Timmy Solomito 324 -64
4   Craig Lutz 307 -81
5   Rowan Pennink 305 -83
6   Doug Coby 295 -93
7   Rob Summers 289 -99
8   Eric Goodale 272 -116
9   Ronnie Williams 265 -123
10   Dave Sapienza 262 -126
11   Ryan Preece 253 -135
12   Chris Pasteryak 247 -141
13   Blake Barney 225 -163
14   Tommy Catalano 219 -169
15   Gary McDonald 215 -173
16   Calvin Carroll 213 -175
17   Jon McKennedy 200 -188
18   Wade Cole 197 -191
19   Joe DeGracia 193 -195
20   Ken Heagy 191 -197