MILFORD, Conn. – With $15,000 on the line in the 50th NAPA Spring Sizzler this weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway, Doug Coby would love to add another trophy in the prestigious event to his resume. Coby, a former track champion at the Connecticut half-mile early in his career – over 20 years ago – has four previous wins in the Spring Sizzler in 2006, 2012, 2016 and 2019. As the track gets ready to celebrate this special anniversary of the race, Coby is going to be a top contender to chase the big prize.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
The race weekend will start with the NAPA Auto Parts Duel on Saturday, April 23 – where the field will be split into two, 40-lap races, each worth $4,000 to win. From there, Sunday’s 100-lap Spring Sizzler will be worth $15,000 to win – meaning a driver could collect over $20,000 for winning the race, including lap money bonuses.
The winner of Sunday’s Spring Sizzler will also earn a guaranteed seat for the SRX (Superstar Racing Experience) event at Stafford on July 2. Coby, who won the inaugural SRX race at his home track in 2021, would love to have a shot to make it two-for-two.
The event is the first of Doug Coby Racing’s 2022 schedule – one that includes a new crew chief – John McKenna. The combination of McKenna and Coby have worked together and won races before, and they are ready to roll to chase the Sizzler trophy.
“We feel good,” Coby said. “I know John’s ability and we will be ready with different things to try. The Sizzler has a ton of history in New England Modified racing – and to have four of them already is awesome to begin with – but to get the fifth win, at the 50th anniversary, would be pretty special. My first Tour-Type Modified win came at the Spring Sizzler in 2006 and it’s definitely something I’ll always remember. I think the driver who wins the 50th is definitely going to remember it.”
The Spring Sizzler is the first of seven races on Doug Coby Racing’s tentative 2022 schedule. From Stafford, the team will plan to move to Claremont Motorsports Park on Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 27, for another $15,000 to win the race.
Stafford’s weekend schedule includes qualifying on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., which will include the NAPA Auto Parts Duel races. On Sunday, racing is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with the NAPA Spring Sizzler 100 scheduled to take the green flag at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at StaffordMotorSpeedway.com and will also be available at the track on race day. For those who can’t make it to the track, the race will air live on FloRacing.TV as part of a subscription.
For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook for race updates.
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ABOUT DOUG COBY
Racing for more than 25 years, Doug Coby is a six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and one of the top short-track drivers to come from the state of Connecticut. Coby is a two-time champion at Stafford Motor Speedway, where he built his resume competing in the Late Models, Pro Stocks and SK Modifieds. Coby won his first tour championship in 2012, and followed it up by scoring four straight titles between 2014-2017, and another in 2019. In 2020, Coby opened his own team — Doug Coby Racing — scoring his first win as owner/driver. In 2021, Coby won the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) event at Stafford Motor Speedway, besting top drivers from across a variety of racing disciplines, including Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott and Helio Castroneves.