BARRE, Vt. – Doug Coby’s first trip to Thunder Road International Speedbowl ended with a finish on the podium on Sunday afternoon. Coby wheeled the Mayhew Tools No. 10 to a strong second-place run after leading laps in the season opener for the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series.
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Coby finished second in his qualifying heat race and lined up third for the main event. He took the lead on lap eight and led the field until lap 35, when eventual race winner Ronnie Williams made the move around. Coby remained inside the top-three positions for the duration of the race, losing second briefly but regaining it just one lap later.
The Thunder Road appearance was the first of the season for Coby’s own No. 10 and was the second of two events for the Milford, Connecticut native on Memorial Day weekend.
“A challenge for me because I had never seen the place and neither had John McKenna (crew chief), so we didn’t know which way to go and this car had never been on a quarter-mile track before so we didn’t have a notebook,” Coby said. “To have that going on against a bunch of people that had raced there once before… We had a good car all day and came away with a good finish.”
Saturday, Coby raced in round five of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season in the Granite State Derby at Lee USA Speedway for 175 laps. Driving the Tommy Baldwin Racing, Mayhew Tools No. 7NY, Coby finished sixth after qualifying on the Mayhew Tools pole. With a slipping clutch over the final half of the race, Coby fell to the bottom of the top-10 and worked his way back up in the final laps to score a sixth-place finish.
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Doug Coby and the team will be off until Saturday, June 10, when he returns to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour with Tommy Baldwin Racing at Seekonk Speedway.
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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. He also made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in 2021 with GMS Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. In 2022, Coby won three races with Tommy Baldwin Racing as part of a part-time effort on the Whelen Modified Tour. In 2023, he will pilot the No. 7NY for Tommy Baldwin Racing full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to chase a seventh title.