Doug Coby beats Ted Christopher to the checkers in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at NHMS (NASCAR)
Doug Coby, the reigning champion from Milford, Conn.,edged Ted Christopher by .153-seconds to capture Saturday’s Town Fair Tire 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was the eighth career win for Coby but the first since last September, also at New Hampshire. The race was aired live on SPEED, the first of three tour races that will air live this season.
The win comes two weeks after Coby missed the race at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway due to a wreck in qualifying and dropped to fifth in points entering the New Hampshire race. Saturday, though, Coby started 15th and worked his way to the front. He drove the No. 52 Furnace & Duct Supply/Seekonk Grand Prix Chevrolet past Preece for the final time with four laps to go en route to the win.
The bad news for Coby and the rest of the title contenders is that points leader Ryan Preece finished third. While Preece had his three-race win streak snapped, he still added to his lead as his three nearest challengers all had issues and finished outside the top 10. Rowan Pennink (15th), Mike Stefanik (22nd) and Justin Bonsignore (32nd).
Preece leads Pennink by 44 points and Coby by 48 after six races.
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour regular Andy Seuss finished fourth and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman was fifth. Woody Pitkat finished sixth, followed by Eric Berndt, Chuck Hossfeld, Richie Pallai Jr. and Jamie Tomaino.
Coby said, "When you're racing here, it's very tough. Ted (Christopher) is very aggressive, and I kept my eye on him coming down to the end. I'm also proud of my team that helped me get this win. The speeds and driving here are intensive."
Christopher revealed, "It was a good race. During the pit stop we made some adjustments to the car. But, we still came up short." Ted was at the wheel of Mike Boehler's entry out of Freetown.
Ryan Preece had this to say: "I've had four thirds here. When you finish good here, it's just great. We also had to change the motor because there were problems. I've got the Nationwide 200 race coming up this afternoon right after this race. My goal is to stay out of trouble and finish in the top ten."
Eric Berndt, driving Bob Caton's Berkley Racing machine, came in seventh overall.
Officially, there were 27 lead changes – the most since 2006; although, as often is the case, there were multiple swaps for the lead within a single lap, especially between Christopher and Pennink in the first half of the race. Christopher led a race-high 49 laps.
Jimmy Blewett won the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday’s qualifying, however he had to start from the back after he wrecked on his second qualifying lap. At one point on Saturday, he had worked his way inside the top 10, but finished 21st.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to the track Saturday, July 27, with the Town Fair Tire Whitcomb 200 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. The race is a makeup date for a rain-out on May 11.
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR-Town Fair Tire 100
At New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Lap length: 1.058 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (15) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 100 laps, 85.018 mph.
2. (2) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
3. (12) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 100.
4. (6) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 100.
5. (20) Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind., Chevrolet, 100.
6. (7) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Pontiac, 100.
7. (16) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
8. (14) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100.
9. (21) Richie Pallai,, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 100.
10. (22) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 100.
11. (17) Cole Powell, Mt. Brydges, Ont., Canada, Chevrolet, 100.
12. (29) Jacob Dore, Sanford, Maine, Chevrolet, 100.
13. (23) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 99.
14. (11) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 99.
15. (8) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 98.
16. (30) Brian Schofield, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 97.
17. (26) Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 97.
18. (13) Ron Yuhas, Jr., Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 97.
19. (9) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 94.
20. (25) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 93.
21. (1) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 88.
22. (10) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Chevrolet, 82.
23. (18) Rob Fuller, Boylston, Mass., Chevrolet, 79, oil leak.
24. (4) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 78, accident.
25. (5) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 78, accident.
26. (3) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 78, accident.
27. (27) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 76, brakes.
28. (24) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 70, accident.
29. (32) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, 70, accident.
30. (31) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 59, engine.
31. (28) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 8, rear end.
32. (19) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 7, engine.
Time of Race: 1 hour 14 minutes 40 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.153 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: J.Blewett (128.281 mph, 29.691 seconds)
Caution Flags: 4 for 17 laps.
Lead Changes: 27 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: T. Christopher 1-12; R. Pennink 13-14; T. Christopher 15; R. Pennink 16-17; T. Christopher 18-19; R. Pennink 20-21; T. Christopher 22-23; R. Pennink 24; T. Christopher 25-27; R. Pennink 28; T. Christopher 29-35; R. Pennink 36; T. Christopher 37; R. Pennink 38; T. Christopher 39-40; R. Pennink 41; T. Christopher 42-57; D. Coby 58-59; R. Preece 60-61; D. Coby 62-63; R. Preece 64-85; T. Christopher 86-88; R. Preece 89; D. Coby 90; R. Preece 91-92; D. Coby 93-94; R. Preece 95-96; D. Coby 97-100.
Standings: 1. R. Preece, 267; 2. R. Pennink, 223; 3. D. Coby, 219; 4. M. Stefanik, 212; 5. T. Christopher, 202; 6. D. Lia, 190; 7. J. Bonsignore, 187; 8. R. Silk, 185; 9. W. Pitkat, 183; 10. T. Szegedy, 180.