Rally Dog: Doug Coby Scores Whelen Modified Tour Victory At Monadnock Speedway

Doug Coby (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)

Doug Coby (Photo: Getty Images for NASCAR)

A seemingly good day went to real bad last Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Whelen Modified Tour driver Doug Coby.

A wreck just after the halfway point of the Andy Blacksmith 100 in Loudon ended up dropping the reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion from a tie at the top of the standings to fourth place in the chase for the title.

A return trip to the Granite State proved the perfect elixir for the Milford driver Saturday.

Coby held off Woody Pitkat over the closing laps to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 Saturday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H.

It was the third victory in eight events this season for Coby, who is looking for his third series title in four years.

Woody Pitkat of Stafford was second and took over the points lead. It was the series leading seventh top-five finish for Pitkat this season.

Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y. was third.

Ryan Preece, who came into the event as the series points leader by three over Pitkat, won the pole but finished 10th, a lap down from the leaders.

Coby also won the season opening Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway on April 12 and the Mr. Rooter 125 at Thompson on June 10.

The Whelen Modified Tour returns to action in the Call Before You Dig 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway on Aug. 7.


  1. Art Becker says

    Preece can put an old milk wagon on the pole,but the TS hauler 6 has handling trouble these last 3 races that they need to get fixed pronto. lot of stong cars out there

  2. Sect.D Row25 says

    Art, No doubt. How about that 6 on the restarts from the bottom at Monadnock?

  3. Sect.D Row25 says

    You all still want to know why Rocco never has a steady tour ride? What a despicable act that was. Lmao I didn’t think you could turn a Mod that far to the right. What Goodale did was not all that bad. It was still early and probably unnecessary at that point but he is aggressive and has shown that for a few years now. If the tables were turned Rocco would have done the exact same thing Goodale did.

  4. Section d, you must be out of your mind, were you even there, that hammerhead hit Rocco so hard broke the front end on the car. I don’t blame Rocco at all, where was Goodall even going 30 laps into a 200 lap race. So instead of riding for a bit he had to take Rocco out and then he gets knocked out, and then is in about 5 more wrecks thru the rest of the race. His problem is he has way more car then brains.

  5. Sect.D Row25 says

    Rob, of course I was there. He did not hit Rocco so hard he broke the front end, get real. He could not possibly break Rocco with that move. they nerfed. Goodale would have to be up to the front of Rocco and he was not. He made a late dive into 3 between Rocco and a lapper which forced Rocco up out of any groove left and thus Rocco lost his wig. I just said Goodale has been driving like this for years now. I also said it was early for such a move. No question Goodale was in just about every incident there that night including the front stretch wreck he barreled into lol. I never defended Goodale in any way. Well more accurately I said it was not all that bad because he nerfed him he didn’t driil him. Whether Goodale was right or wrong (and we agree it was wrong) you can’t do what Rocco did after that. You simply cannot do that. If the front end was broke as you say Rocco could never have cranked it right like he did. This is the Tour not an Sk at Waterford. Rob , are you going to say Rocco would not have done what Goodale did? PA-lease, we have seen him do that a hundred times.

  6. Sect.D Row25 says

    Maybe the contact in 3 and 4 was more than I depict it as, or saw it as. I will be glued to the telecast to see it again and then we can re-judge what happened. If I am off I will be back to admit I was. Nothing changes Roccos actions afterward though, and his actions are unacceptable.

  7. Grey Matter says

    Meanwhile, Keith showed up with his SK at Monadnock to run with the Sportsman mods. The track gave him 50lbs and a restrictor plate. Gallup from Waterford has been run there a few times with the same SK package and the same add on equipment and they never had an issue with it. The track made a last minute decision that if Keith finished within the top 3 that he would be disqualified. Not a fair thing to do in my eyes. Not only did Goodale hose him, the track did too.

  8. RaceDayNH says

    Grey Matter, are you 100% that the track would have DQed him for getting a podium? I am a weekly racer at Monadnock in one of the lower divisions and would hate if that were true. It would have been so awesome to see a tour driver against our Sportsman Mods

  9. “Hammerhead” sits 5th in points so he must be doing some things right.

  10. Grey Matter says

    I am 100% positive. Other SK’s have been there before and they didn’t blow anyone’s doors off or won for that matter. Not sure where the decisions are being made but the bias is ridiculous.

  11. RaceDayNH says

    Grey Matter, thanks for the follow up and sorry that this happened at my home track. My guess is that even though other SKs have run here with 50lb/restrictor plate package, we still are talking about Keith Rocco, one of the top drivers in the NWAAS year after year. I could see the track being worried that on the biggest night of the year, A big name driver blows doors off our Sportsman Mods in a car that I’m sure is a higher $ ride than what Gallup brings up here (I have heard he has a 2nd car that is not a full blown SK that comes to Monadnock)…… Regardless there is no excuse for it to go to the last second before telling Rocco he would be DQed for a top 3. That should have all been figured out well in advance.

  12. Chris D. says

    Wow, that’s a real pisser…dead last in the tour race, then Keith can’t even run with the sportsman mods. Some days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed!

  13. Grey Matter says

    RaceDayNH- Gallup does indeed have two cars and I know who you heard this from but the info you’re getting is false. He has his 44 car which is the Speedbowl SK car which is a car with a superclutch, spec motor and the typical SK bells and whisles. the other car is the #4 which is an MRS type car.

  14. Gallup tried to qualify the 4 at Seekonk for the tri track race but didn’t make the cut.

  15. RaceDayNH says

    Grey Matter, well it looks like my track doesn’t really have a good excuse then. It’s too bad because I obviously don’t like that outside this area a lot of people think that the track i race at is a joke… Do you know how Claremont has been under their new management? I’ve been thinking of just heading there instead, a little bit longer of a drive but I hear there is a little less nonsense.

  16. Sect.D Row25 says

    After watching the race on TV I feel my earlier depiction of the Goodale, Rocco incident can be considered as accurate. Rob, time to man up. Lets hear it.

  17. Just my thoughts... says

    Sect.D Row25, I have to agree with you on the Goodale, Rocco incident, it appears NASCAR saw it the same way, as Rocco was “invited” to the NASCAR trailer for a consultation after the event.

  18. Sect. D Row25 says

    JMT’s, Thanks for the show of support. I appreciate it.

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