June 20, 2021
DOUG COBY CLOSES OUT DREAM WEEK WITH SECOND CONSECUTIVE RIVERHEAD RACEWAY NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR VICTORY
Bob Finan PR
The Beatles charted a hit song back in the day titled 8 Days A Week, this past Sunday afternoon Doug Coby put an exclamation point what turned out to be an exciting eight days for him professionally dominating the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200 Sunday afternoon to collect his second NASCAR WMT win in a row at Riverhead Raceway. Torrential rains moved over Riverhead Raceway after qualifying Saturday evening forcing the event to be pushed back to early afternoon Sunday.
"We hit on something here" Coby exulted in victory lane, "I have to thank Mr Partridge for paving one and two" Coby's win ended an eight day period that was impressive even for a 6-time NASCAR WMT champion. Doug won the highly acclaimed SRX Series debut at his old stomping grounds the Stafford Motor Speedway the Saturday prior and later in the week he was announced as the driver for GMS Motorsports for the September Camping World Truck Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Mike Beam was working with me in the SRX deal last week, we hit it off really good and it morphed into a great opportunity with GMS at Bristol" Coby shared.
Mayhew Tool Pole Award winner and defending NASCAR WMT champion Justin Bonsignore and Tommy Catalano who was second quick in qualifying broke out front early. Right from the outset though Coby dove to the bottom testing the top two over the first quarter of the 50-mile event. After Bonsignore, an eight time WMT winner at his home track led the first 51 laps Coby made his way to the front taking the lead to start the 52nd lap. From that point forward Coby never looked back leading 149 laps in dominating fashion in the Mayhew Tools Ford on his way to a 31st career victory tying Jeff Fuller for 5th on the WMT career win list.
"In victory lane for round two at Riverhead. Who would've thought that Doug Coby would be in contention to sweep Riverhead three times in a year when we come back in September. It's so hard here but we hit on something" Coby added. Come September Coby has a chance at making Riverhead Raceway history as in the early years of the WMT from 1985 through 1987 the track hosted three races annually. No driver has ever swept all three.
As was the case in the Miller Lite 200 in May championship leader Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY was runner-up to Coby. Prior to recapping his race Emerling opened, "my team and I have to thank the Fortin family. After it rained out last night they opened up their home to us and we thank them". As for back to back runner-up finishes at Riverhead "I was trying to bide my time there, keep the right rear on the car. Hopefully in September we can come here with our Captain Pip Marina & Hideaway Chevy and get one spot better"
Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville finished third in his Phoenix Communications Chevy, "It's tough here now with the spray, you gotta muscle your way to the top now" Justin offered, "we gotta do our homework a little bit and see if when we get back here in September we can get a little better". With Emerling just one spot ahead of him Bonsignore looked over at the championship leader on the podium and noted, "those guys have been top three every week. Going to be one of those years it seems. It's good to have new guys battling with us and Doug. Patrick's team has been really good this year, they're going to fight us until the end".
Ron Silk of Norwalk, Ct in the Stuart's Automotive Chevy and Anthony Nocella of Woburn, Ma steering the Riverwalk Bar & Grill Chevy filled out the top five.
Former two time Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified champion Kyle Soper of Manorville was the highest track regular in the order of finish with a 7th place showing in the eastport Feeds Chevy. Dylan Slepian of Dix Hills repeated his 9th place effort from the May WMT race in the RP Fabricating Chevy. Both Soper and Slepian made a run into the top five in the first half of the race.
Michael Rutkoski of Mattituck had a WMT career best 11th place finish in the Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac Chevy. John Baker of Brookhaven was 14th in the Staria Automotive Chevy with Roger Turbush of Riverhead 15th in the Kennedy L.I. Realty Chevy.
Buzz Chew Chevrolet Cadillac 200: 1. Doug Coby 2. Patrick Emerling 3. Justin Bonsignore 4. Ron Silk 5. Anthony Nocella 6. Tommy Catalano 7. Kyle Soper 8. Jon McKennedy 9. Dylan Slepian 10. Tyler Rypkema 11. Michael Rutkoski 12. Walter Sutcliffe 13. JB Fortin 14. John Baker 15. Roger Turbush 16. Kyle Bonsignore 17. Woody Pitkat 18. Gary McDonald 19. Timmy Solomito 20. Eric Goodale 21. Dave Sapienza 22. JR Bertuccio 23. Craig Lutz 24. Chuck Hossfeld 25. Melissa Fifield