When Doug Coby and Northeastern Midget Association team owner Tim Bertrand sat down to figure out Coby’s part-time schedule with the team this series, there was one event they knew Coby would unquestionably be running.
In 2013 Coby got his first career NEMA victory in one of the division’s biggest events, the Boston Louie Memorial at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway.
And when the event runs on July 23 at Seekonk, Coby will be in the lineup looking to defend his win.
Coby, of Milford, will also be running the No. 20 Czarnecki Brothers Tour Type Modified in the Open Wheel Wednesday Modified feature at Seekonk that evening.
“We’ve been talking about it since last year so we made sure that was on our schedule first and foremost,” Coby said of the Boston Louie Memorial event. “I’ll be there anyway for the [Open Modified] race. It’s a good day for me to have both cars there. They’re both going to be fast. I’m excited.”
This year’s Boston Louie Memorial event is expected to be broadcast on MAVTV.
“It’s a little bigger this year because I hear it’s going to be televised,” Coby said. “That’s kind of cool. That’s awesome for them to be able to put that little TV package together. It’s obviously their most prestigious race on the schedule in terms of the history. They have a handful of big one’s but I think that’s the biggest one for them.”
Coby made his first NEMA start for Bertrand Motorsports in 2012. He made three starts for the team in 2013, finishing fifth in an event at the Waterford Speedbowl and second in another event at Seekonk. Coby, who runs full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and in the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway, has made two NEMA starts this year for Bertrand Motorsports.
“It’s kind of cool to be the outsider who won [the Boston Louie] last year,” Coby said. “I’d like to be the outsider who wins it again this year.”