Whelen Motorsports

Coby Rallies For Thompson Victory

NWMT • August 18, 2015

Overcomes Black-Flag To Grab Fourth Whelen Modified Win



THOMPSON, Conn. (Aug. 12, 2015) - Doug Coby’s march to a third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship included a rally through the field Wednesday night.



Coby rebounded from a late-race penalty to take the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The No. 2 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet took the lead on the race’s final restart with eight to go and Coby drove to his third straight win at the .625-mile oval.



Championship contender Woody Pitkat settled for second and regained the points lead following the 10th of 15 races. Ryan Preece, who began the night with a four-point lead on Pitkat, finished sixth.



Pitkat now leads Preece by one point, and Coby is eight points back.



Pitkat had a shot at taking down the win after contact with race leader Ted Christopher sent Christopher spinning in Turn 4. However, a subsequent caution with 12 laps remaining bunched the field again and gave Coby the shot he needed at the lead.



Todd Szegedy, Eric Goodale and Donny Lia rounded out the top five.



Patrick Emerling, who picked up his second straight Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day, finished seventh. He was followed by Justin Bonsignore, Christopher and Timmy Solomito.



The race aired live on FansChoice.tv, with play-by-play provided by Victory Lane Radio.



The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns for another mid-week show on Wednesday, Aug. 19 for the Bush’s Bean 150, the annual combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.





NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Budweiser King of Beers 150 Results

Wednesday

At Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 77.266 mph.

2. (11) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.

3. (9) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Dodge, 150.

4. (13) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.

5. (4) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.

6. (7) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.

7. (1) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.

8. (20) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.

9. (3) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.

10. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.

11. (6) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.

12. (17) Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

13. (18) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.

14. (5) Derek Ramstrom, West Boylston, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

15. (23) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

16. (19) Troy Talman, Oxford, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.

17. (25) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.

18. (21) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.

19. (16) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.

20. (24) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.

21. (27) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.

22. (22) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.

23. (15) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 148.

24. (29) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.

25. (28) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 146.

26. (14) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 141, transmission.

27. (12) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 136, suspension.

28. (10) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 96, power steering.

29. (30) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 58, handling.

30. (26) Dave Salzarulo, Enfield, Conn., Chevrolet, 39, accident.



Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 12 minutes 48 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.650 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: P.Emerling (120.000 mph, 18.75 seconds)

Caution Flags: 7 for 32 laps.

Lead Changes: 7 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: P. Emerling 1-6; D. Lia 7-14; D. Coby 15-88; C. Dowling 89-91; D. Coby 92-97; T. Christopher 98-124; W. Pitkat 125-141; D. Coby 142-150.

Standings: 1. W. Pitkat, 413; 2. R. Preece, 412; 3. D. Coby, 405; 4. T. Szegedy, 381; 5. E. Goodale, 354; 6. P. Emerling, 346; 7. T. Solomito, 339; 8. B. Santos, 334; 9. J. Bonsignore, 305; 10. T. Christopher, 297.