NWMT: History Written; Coby’s Third-Straight Title Completes Magical Run

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Doug Coby celebrates his third-straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title Sunday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. (Kyle Souza photo)

Doug Coby celebrates his third-straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour title Sunday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. (Kyle Souza photo)

THOMPSON, Conn. — For the first time in the modern era, a driver has captured three consecutive championships on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Sunday during the season-ending Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Doug Coby etched his name in the history books by holding off Justin Bonsignore to take down his third straight season crown.

It was a 12 point gap that clinched Coby his fourth career championship in the end.

“It’s awesome, every one of these championships is different and is special for many reasons,” Coby said after the celebration got underway. “There are many ways to win them and many ways to lose them, but we have found many ways to win them. It just goes back to preparation and having a car that is good everywhere we go.”

A third consecutive title for Coby came with five victories in 2016 at a variety of different tracks. He won three times at the half-mile Stafford Motor Speedway, won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and also took down the win in the Tour’s return to Oswego Speedway on Classic weekend in September.

But it hasn’t always been this way for Coby. He broke onto the scene in 2002 running just three races and collecting no finishes inside the top 10. His first career top 10 came in 2003 and he had to wait for 2005 before he grabbed his first top five finish.

He scored six of them that year.

When 2006 rolled around, Coby knew it was time to start showing what he had behind the wheel. He took down his first career win at Stafford that season, but didn’t score another win until 2011. He took down his second career victory at Thompson in 2011 driving for Wayne Darling, a year where he also took down a fifth-place finish in the point standings when it was all set and done.

Then came his breakout season.

In 2012, driving for Darling in the No. 52, Coby won five times and finished inside the top-10 on 11 different occasions. That season also marked the first championship for the Milford, Connecticut driver.

In his final year driving for Darling in 2013, Coby came up just short of a second straight title, finishing second in the final tally. From there, he made a move to Mike Smeriglio III Racing and paired up with a new team.

Simply put, magic happened.

Coby captured one win, but was the model of consistency in 2014 by scoring 12 top-10 finishes in the 13 races he ran.

That etched a second championship into the record books for Coby.

And since that year, no one else has held the championship crown. Coby’s team switched to LFR Chassis last year and won seven times en route to the crown. On Sunday, Coby finished a year that saw five wins and included 14 top-10 finishes in 17 races.

He’s been a model of consistency over the last three years, but has also visited victory lane his fair share of times.

“It’s pretty neat (to win three titles in a row) — it doesn’t matter what era you are in, it’s pretty difficult to win the championship,” Coby said. “It’s still 17 races and it’s a war that you have to win. We put ourselves in position for this all year, we had a really clean season and I don’t think there is any question that we chipped away every week. We won at Oswego and Loudon … and what a special season that is. To have the three Stafford wins (also) is pretty neat.”

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