NWMT: Looking To Rebound; Doug Coby Captures Pole For F.W. Webb 100

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LOUDON, N.H. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — NASCAR/Getty Images photo —

Doug Coby left the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July with two wrecked modifieds. He was involved in a crash on Friday that weekend in the All-Star Shootout, then made contact with Woody Pitkat in the lead and crashed during the 100 lap feature event on Saturday.

Coby lost a ton of points towards his quest towards back-to-back NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships that day. However, he is looking to rebound and gain those points back this weekend — and he started the weekend off extremely well.

Coby practiced in the second spot early on Friday morning, then went on to set the fast time in qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour just before the sun went down in Loudon. He ran a lap of 29.130 seconds (130.752 mph), which was a tenth of a second faster then any of his closest challengers.

“I was a little nervous because we were going out ninth. I just drove the car with all I could. I actually thought I went faster on the second lap but I was a little bit slower. Sometimes you think you’re not that great and you end up third. After the Bristol wreck we threw that car away and rolled this one out for practice and it was really fast,” Coby said after qualifying.

It was Coby’s fourth pole of the 2015 season and his third career at the Magic Mile. Frankin, Massachusetts driver Bobby Santos was second on Friday with his lap of 29.249 seconds (130.222 mph), while Woody Pitkat, behind the wheel of a Jerry Cook tribute paint scheme qualified third with a lap of 29.256 seconds (130.189 mph).

Runner-up in July Donny Lia was fourth fastest, while sophomore tour contender Timmy Solomito completed the top-five positions.

Justin Bonsignore qualified sixth, with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman seventh, rookie contender Anthony Nocella eighth and Andy Suess and Chase Dowling finishing out the top ten. Series points leader Ryan Preece qualified in the 17th position following an early draw that gave him a disadvantage.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 will go green on Saturday afternoon from New Hampshire Motor Speedway at approximately 3:30 p.m. The event will be covered on tape delay Thursday October 1 on NBCSN.

Fans can follow @RaceChaserNews for live updates from the track on Saturday.

RESULTS; NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Qualifying; Friday September 25:

  1. Doug Coby
  2. Bobby Santos III
  3. Woody Pitkat
  4. Donny Lia
  5. Timmy Solomito
  6. Justin Bonsignore
  7. Ryan Newman
  8. Anthony Nocella
  9. Andy Suess
  10. Chase Dowling
  11. Eric Goodale
  12. Patrick Emerling
  13. Todd Szegedy
  14. Matt Swanson
  15. Ted Christopher
  16. Ron Silk
  17. Ryan Preece
  18. Max Zachem
  19. James Civali
  20. Rowan Pennink
  21. Shawn Solomito
  22. Troy Talman
  23. Jeff Goodale
  24. Craig Lutz
  25. Dave Sapienza
  26. Tom Rogers Jr.
  27. Dave Salzarulo
  28. Jamie Tomaino
  29. Ken Heagy
  30. Brandon Oltra
  31. Danny Watts Jr.
  32. Wade Cole
  33. Gary McDonald
  34. Melissa Fifield


About the Writer

Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for the Tri Track Open Modified Series, managed by Dick Williams and the ‘Long Island Mod Maniac,’ James Schaefer.

Email Kyle at: kylesouza34@gmail.com

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