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Mechanical Failure Sidelines Doug Coby Early at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Doug Coby was running comfortably inside the top-10 when a mechanical failure suddenly forced him to pull into the garage early on Thursday at Martinsville Speedway.

Competing in the season-finale for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Coby wheeled the Mayhew Tools No. 10 and ran around the top-10 for the beginning stages of the race.

By Souza Media

During a mid-race caution, Coby pitted, along with others, and restarted in the middle of the pack. He worked his way up into the top-five, and was running fifth when the car stumbled with a mechanical problem and Coby had no choice but to pull behind the wall at lap 147, ending his night early.

The culprit was a broken left-rear rotor.

“We had a good run going towards the end before our problem,” Coby said. “I can’t thank the Mayhew Tools team enough for making the trip to Martinsville possible. We would have loved to come away with the Grandfather Clock but it wasn’t meant to be. We had speed in the car and just didn’t come away with the finish we were hoping for.”

Post-race, Coby celebrated with Tommy Baldwin Racing, who received their championship honors for winning the Whelen Modified Tour owner’s title in 2022. Coby wheeled the No. 7NY to three wins on the season at Lee USA Speedway, Riverhead Raceway and Langley Speedway.

Doug Coby will return to the track at Caraway Speedway for the North-South Shootout with Tommy Baldwin Racing on Saturday, November 5.

For more information on Doug Coby and Doug Coby Racing, visit and follow the team on Facebook for the latest updates.


Founded in 1856, Mayhew Tools is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States, growing their extensive professional grade, American made product line to include pry bars, pneumatics, cable ties, and more. In 2020, the company extended their product line to include a complete line of dual drive and socket bits and sets. Serving the Industrial, Automotive, Hardware, and Construction industries, Mayhew’s premium hand tools are sold globally through an extensive distributor network. For more information, contact Mayhew Tools at 800.872.0037 or visit


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.

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