SEEKONK, Mass. – In the most prestigious event of the season for the Northeastern Midget Association, it was an outside swooping in to steal the thunder.
Reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby of Milford made his first career NEMA victory one to remember Sunday, winning the 29-lap Boston Louie Memorial at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway.
Randy Cabral of Plymouth, Mass. was second and John Zych of Mendon, Mass. third.
“It’s a cool win,” Coby said. “Seekonk is not my favorite racetrack, but to have two wins here now, two huge wins – the $10,000 to win Modified race [in 2011] and the Boston Louie – that’s pretty cool.
“I told [team owner Tim Bertrand], not for nothing, but that was the fastest car here and I’m glad I was able to win with it and not finish second or third with a car that was probably a good tenth [of a second] faster than the next fastest car. At least I didn’t screw up too bad.”
Coby was making his third career NEMA start. Driving for Bertrand Motorsports, Coby made his series debut in the division’s season finale in 2012 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. He also started this year’s season opener for the series at the Waterford Speedbowl on April 7.
“I’ve known Tim Bertrand since I was a little kid,” Coby said. “We raced at Little T. I bugged him for years just to let me drive one of his cars in a guest appearance. And he finally let me do it last year at Lee. We were fast but we wrecked and then we weren’t so great at Waterford, so I’m really happy to give him a win with this car. They put a great team together.”
Coby went by Cabral for the lead on lap 24 and quickly pulled away.
“Randy is the man,” Coby said. “We were having problems on the restarts. That motor somehow loads up and doesn’t clean itself out. The only thing I could try to do was actually be full throttle probably two car lengths before Randy even thought about going because by the time Randy would go I would be almost cleaned out and I could stay with him and the last restart was the best one that I had which let me kind of roll the outside better.”
PJ Stergois of Candia, N.H. won the 29-lap NEMA Lites feature. Andy Barrows of New Ispwich, N.H. was second and Anthony Nocella of Woburn, Mass. third.
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