Home of the SK Modifieds®

Doug Coby Wins NAPA Fall Final 150

10-05-15-ACTWMTTHOMPSON, Conn. — Three races after it appeared Doug Coby’s efforts to repeat as NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion were in jeopardy, he’s back in the driver’s seat

The Milford, Connecticut, driver rolled to his second straight win Sunday in the NAPA Fall Final 150 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway and will head into the season finale as the championship points leader.

Ryan Preece, the 2013 champion who was the runner-up to Coby in 2012 and 2014, rebounded from an accident and pit road penalty to finish second at Stafford. Woody Pitkat, who entered the penultimate race weekend with the points lead, finished 12th after being involved in a late-race wreck.

The result is Coby will head to the season finale even in points with Preece. They are both four points ahead of Pitkat going into the Sunoco World Series 150 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Coby has six wins to Preece’s four and Pitkat’s one.

It’s a dramatic turn of events for Coby, who wrecked on Lap 2 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 19 and left the World’s Fastest Half-Mile 33 points out of the lead. He finished second at New York’s Riverhead Raceway before winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Sunday’s race at Stafford.

Timmy Solomito was third at Stafford, followed by Donny Lia and Shawn Solomito.

Rookies Chase Dowling and Matt Swanson were sixth and seventh, respectively, followed by Jamie Tomaino, Ken Heagy and Todd Szegedy.

The NAPA Fall Final 150 will air on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

“Ryan was very strong and the two of us were taking off the first half of the race,” said Coby.  “I knew he wanted to lead as many laps as he could for the bonus point and I just wanted to lead one lap.  He drove his tail off to keep me behind him and we did what we had to do.  He had some problems on the restart and we didn’t so we got out front and here we are in victory lane, first time ever in the Fall Final.  It’s a special feeling to win this race.  It’s something that I’ve been coming to since I was 16 years old and tried in so many different divisions to win.  Great day for our team, the car was awesome all day and Ryan was strong.  I would say Ryan was even a little stronger than us.  The harder I tried to get him, I couldn’t but once we got out front, I know he had some issues and I saw that Woody [Pitkat] had some issues, so I was just running my line.  I can’t thank my team enough, they just work so hard and whether you’re a fan of ours or not, appreciate a car that comes to the track well prepared every week and a team that does their job.  They had a great pit stop and it’s not just about me driving the car around the track against Ryan.  It’s about this team really putting in a huge effort to try to win this championship and I’m really excited.  I have no idea what points look like right now so we’re just going to try to lead the most laps at Thompson and win the race.  I’d love to win out and get 3 in a row at the end of the year.”

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 1 2 Doug Coby Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet 150 47 4 Running
2 2 6 Ryan Preece TS Haulers/East West Marine Chevrolet 150 44 2 Running
3 3 16 Timmy Solomito Diversified Metals /R.B. Enterprises Ford 150 41   Running
4 5 8 Donny Lia Sypher Construction/Bardahl Chevrolet 150 41 1 Running
5 14 75 Shawn Solomito Eastport Feeds/Axel Anderson Inc. Chevrolet 150 39   Running
6 7 9 Chase Dowling * S&S Asphalt Paving/Dunleavy’s Repair Chevrolet 150 38   Running
7 19 89 Matt Swanson * Spafco Race Chassis/FMR Racing Chevrolet 150 37   Running
8 18 99 Jamie Tomaino Dunleavy’s Repair/Atlantic Sprinkler Chevrolet 150 36   Running
9 22 18 Ken Heagy Buoy One Seafood/East End Statuary Chevrolet 150 35   Running
10 15 4 Todd Szegedy Montanari Fuel Dodge 150 34   Running
11 13 14 Max Zachem * Trowbridge Transport/Dunleavy’s Chevrolet 150 33   Running
12 10 88 Woody Pitkat Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Restaurant 150 32   Running
13 17 64 Anthony Nocella * Nocella Reclamation/Fast Track Chevrolet 150 31   Running
14 9 58 Eric Goodale GAF Roofing/Supreme Skylights Chevrolet 150 30   Running
15 27 33 Wade Cole Performance Engines/Kendall Oil Chevrolet 150 29   Running
16 12 13 James Civali Cape Cod Aggregates/Seekonk GP Chevrolet 149 28   Running
17 25 26 Gary McDonald Lakeland Landscape/TRC Electric Chevrolet 147 27   Running
18 21 31 Steve Masse * SMR Racing Chevrolet 144 26   Running
19 6 22 Ted Christopher Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet 136 25   Accident
20 4 44 Bobby Santos Tinio Corp./Dan Kelley/Curb Records Chevrolet 122 24   Engine
21 11 51 Justin Bonsignore M3 Technology Chevrolet 102 23   Accident
22 16 07 Patrick Emerling Buffalo Auto Auction Chevrolet 100 22   Accident
23 23 46 Jeff Goodale * Riverhead Building Supply/Speedworld FX Chevrolet 100 21   Accident
24 8 59 Ronnie Williams * Advice One/Tick Free Organic Chevrolet 100 20   Accident
25 24 37 Dave Salzarulo Brickenmore Bricks Chevrolet 48 19   Accident
26 20 36 Dave Sapienza * Frankie’s Towing/Wine Country Chevrolet 47 18   Accident
27 26 01 Melissa Fifield Eastern Propane & Oil Chevrolet 47 17   Transmission

* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

RACE STATISTICS
Race Comments:   Doug Coby won the NAPA Fall Final 150, his 16th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory overall, and seventh at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Fastest Qualifier: Doug Coby, Time: 18.329 Seconds, Speed: 98.205 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 14 mins, 9 secs
Average Speed: 60.688 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.642 Seconds
Caution Flags: [Beneficiary] Laps 30-34 (Car #4 spinout (Turn 4) [37]); 49-56 (Car #46 spinout (Turn 4), Cars #36 & 37 accident (Turn 2) [4]); 95-98 (Car #89 spinout (Turn 2) [64]); 101-106 (Cars #13, 6, 59, 46, 07, 51, 75 accident (Backstretch) [89] {Red Flag 7 mins.}); 124-128 (Car #44 stopped on track (Turn 3) [18] {Red Flag 9 mins.}); 133-135 (Cars #22, 14 spinout (Turn 4) [4]); 137-139 (Cars #88, 14, 64, 22 accident (Backstretch) [33] {Red Flag 9 mins.}); 144-145 (Car #13 accident (Turn 3) [33]). 8 for 36 laps.
Lap Leaders: Ryan Preece 1-96, Donny Lia 97-105, Doug Coby 106-150.
Total Laps Led: Ryan Preece 96, Doug Coby 45, Donny Lia 9. 2 changes involving 3 drivers.

Posted in News