Round Five of NASCAR Whelen Mod Tour Saturday; Monaco Modified Opener Sunday
Race Advance by Souza Media
MILFORD, Conn. – It’s a double-duty kind of weekend for Mayhew Tools driver Doug Coby.
The six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion will compete in the fifth race of the Tour season on Saturday at Lee USA Speedway, set for 175 laps, driving the Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7NY. On Sunday, the Connecticut native will make a visit to Vermont for his first start at Thunder Road Speedbowl as part of the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series season-opening race with his own No. 10.
Coby and Baldwin enter the Granite State Derby at Lee as the defending winners of the race. With six change tires in the pit area again this year, strategy and tire conservation will both play a major role in deciding if they can make it back-to-back. The Mayhew Tools No. 7NY has already been in Tour Victory Lane this season at Monadnock Speedway on May 6 in round one of the Whelen Granite State Short Track Cup. Saturday’s event at Lee is the second of three in the Cup, with Coby and the Baldwin Racing team currently leading the charge in the points.
Coby and the team will carry the name of Sergeant Richard L. Ford on the roof decal of the No. 7NY at Lee. He lost his life at 40-years-old in 2007 while in combat serving the United States in Iraq.
“Our strategy for the race at Lee worked well last year,” Coby said. “We rode around at the front early with Matt Hirschman and then his strategy was different and our strategy just played out well and we had a good car where I could drive away late. There are going to be a lot of competitive strategies now that everyone has a year of the six-tire change under their belts. We just approach it like every other race, hopefully start up front and use that to our advantage and be there at the end.”
Sunday, Coby and his Mayhew Tools team unload the No. 10 for the first time in 2023. It isn’t something they aren’t used to doing – as the team ran part-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and select Open Modified events in the last few years with crew chief Jon McKenna. Coby knows the competition at Thunder Road will be tough and the style of racing includes heat races and the feature, instead of time trials like on the Whelen Modified Tour.
He’s excited for his first visit to Thunder Road.
“I’ve never been there,” Coby said. “It’s a track I’ve always wanted to go race and with Tri-Track going there, it’s a cool experience to be able to go up to Vermont and race at Thunder Road. It seems like since they paved it and have the full wall around it, it’s a tight, fast race track. I went back and watched last year’s race and learned some things. It will be important to have a strong starting position, but it’s a completely different environment with the tire scuff, heat races.. Just going to go out there and let it rip. It will be a fun weekend for all of us on the Mayhew Tools teams – with Tommy Baldwin Racing on Saturday and our Mayhew Tools team on Sunday.”
Saturday at Lee, teams will have one practice session from 1:40-2:25 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools qualifying at 6:30 p.m. The green flag for the Granite State Derby 175 is scheduled to drop at 7:45 p.m., live on FloRacing.TV. Sunday at Thunder Road, Coby and the team will have one practice in the morning, followed by a tire scuff session, heat race and the 100-lap feature, scheduled to go green around 4 p.m. That race will also air live on FloRacing.TV.
For more information on Doug Coby, visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow his page on Facebook for the latest news and updates, including from the track on both race days.
ABOUT MAYHEW TOOLS
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 Mayhew.com.
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.