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Coby Dominates in First Win of Season; Defending Tour Champ Cruises to Third NAPA Spring Sizzler Win

04-24-16-VLWMTSTAFFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby didn’t win the season-opener a couple of weeks ago, but he made everyone aware Sunday at Stafford Motor Speedway he’s still the driver to beat to win the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Coby started from the pole and led a race-high 192 laps to win the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 for his 18th career win overall and third in the 45th annual spring event at the historic speedway located in Stafford, Connecticut.

The two-time defending tour champion pulled ahead at the start of the race and quickly built leads by as much as three seconds over Todd Szegedy.

Coby lost the lead just twice in the race. Once when Justin Bonsignore edged him by inches at the line on a restart and the other when he pitted during the second caution of the race and Ted Christopher took the lead by staying on the track.

Coby was able to get past Christopher on Lap 105 and stay out front the rest of way to pick up his eight career win at Stafford.

Szegedy followed in second with Rowan Pennink third. Timmy Solomito backed up his season-opening win with a fourth-place finish and Justin Bonsignore finished fifth.

Completing the top-10 were Shawn Solomito, Bobby Santos, Chase Dowling, Brendon Bock and Max Zachem.

The race was slowed five times for caution with the only multi-car incident occurring on Lap 106 after Bonsignore and Ryan Preece got together during a restart.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to action on May 14 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl for the New England Cycle Center 161.

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 1 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/A&J Romano Const. Chevrolet 200 48 5 Running
2 5 15 Todd Szegedy 15-40 Connection Chevrolet 200 42   Running
3 8 3 Rowan Pennink Cape Cod Copper/Canto Paving Chevrolet 200 41   Running
4 12 16 Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford 200 40   Running
5 10 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology Chevrolet 200 40 1 Running
6 14 75 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds/Alex Anderson Inc. Chevrolet 200 38   Running
7 13 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet 200 37   Running
8 11 9 Chase Dowling S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet 200 36   Running
9 17 29 Brendon Bock Pro System Brakes/L.I. Performance Chevrolet 200 35   Running
10 15 20 Max Zachem Lu-Mac’s Package Store/VWS Chevrolet 200 34   Running
11 18 89 Matt Swanson * Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet 200 33   Running
12 9 64 Rob Summers HTE/Fast Track Elect/Complete Const. Chevrolet 200 32   Running
13 25 36 Dave Sapienza Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country Chevrolet 200 31   Running
14 7 0 Ted Christopher Dunleavy’s Repair/M&T Enterprises Chevrolet 199 31 1 Running
15 22 8 Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet 199 29   Running
16 23 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 199 29 1 Running
17 3 28 George Brunnhoelzl III Dunleavy Repair/Island Intl. Chevrolet 199 27   Running
18 21 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood Chevrolet 197 26   Running
19 24 24 Andrew Krause * Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet 197 25   Running
20 26 77 Gary Putnam Curb Records Chevrolet 197 24   Running
21 20 56 Craig Lutz * Lutz Motorsports/Moroso Chevrolet 196 23   Running
22 30 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape /TRC Electric Chevrolet 195 22   Running
23 28 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 194 21   Running
24 6 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet 175 20   Ignition
25 31 85 Woody Pitkat Stuart’s Automotive/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet 172 19   Accident
26 4 82 Ron Silk Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet 172 18   Accident
27 32 1 Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet 122 17   Brakes
28 19 46 Jeff Goodale Riverhead Building Supply Chevrolet 117 16   Power Steering
29 27 59 Nick Salva * Seekonk GP/Ed Bennett Properties Chevrolet 110 15   Running
30 29 6 Ryan Preece TS Haulers/Riverhead Raceway Chevrolet 106 14   Accident
31 2 4 Jimmy Blewett Starrett Dodge 94 13   Accident
32 16 38 Tom Rogers, Jr. Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm/CAC Ind. Chevrolet 91 12   Rear End

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

RACE STATISTICS
Race Comments: Doug Coby won the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200, his 18th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory overall, and eighth at Stafford Motor Speedway. The following cars dropped to the rear under penalty prior to green flag for the reason indicated: Woody Pitkat (engine change), Ryan Preece (driver change).

Fastest Qualifier: Doug Coby, Time: 18.109 Seconds, Speed: 99.398 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 27 mins, 16 secs

Average Speed: 68.755 mph

Margin of Victory: 1.131 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 54-64 (Cars #82 & 3 spinout (Turn 4) [38]); 96-102 (Car #4 accident (Turn 3) [36]); 107-112 (Cars #6 & 51 accident (Backstretch) [29]); 126-129 (Car #59 accident (Frontstretch) [8]); 173-176 (Car #58 & 82 spinout (Turn 4) [00]). 5 for 32 laps.

Lap Leaders: Doug Coby 1-64, Justin Bonsignore 65, Doug Coby 66-98, Jamie Tomaino 99, Ted Christopher 100-104, Doug Coby 105-200.

Total Laps Led: Doug Coby 193, Ted Christopher 5, Justin Bonsignore 1, Jamie Tomaino 1. 5 changes involving 4 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Doug Coby 88, Timmy Solomito 87, Justin Bonsignore 82, Rowan Pennink 76, Chase Dowling 69, Bobby Santos 68, Donny Lia 67, Shawn Solomito 66, Max Zachem 66, Matt Swanson * 62

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