Owning It: Doug Coby Wins Whelen Modified Tour White Mountain Showdown 200

Doug Coby celebrates victory in the Whelen Modified Tour White Mountain Showdown 200 at White Mountain Motorsports Park Saturday (Photo: NBC Sports Video)

Twenty-eight times in his career before Saturday Doug Coby has celebrated in victory lane following a NASCAR Whelen Modified event. 

Saturday at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, N.H. Coby got to celebrate again in a fashion doubly as sweet as he ever has before. 

Coby, the reigning Whelen Modified Tour champion, passed Jon McKennedy for the lead on lap 136 and never trailed again on the way to victory in the White Mountain Showdown 200. 

Win No. 29 as a driver also represented win No. 1 for Coby as a Whelen Modified Tour team owner. 

In 2019 Coby, of Milford, won his sixth series title overall and his fifth title in six seasons driving for Mike Smeriglio Racing. Not long after the season ended team owner Mike Smeriglio III announced he was shutting down his operation. Coby announced the formation of his new team – Doug Coby Racing – in late February. 

“This is one of the most special wins that we could get,” Coby said. “It was a tough off-season. Winning a championship and coming back and trying to put a new team together. I had a lot of people step up to kind of make this a reality and bring the No. 2 team over to the No. 10 team. You guys think it’s hard to drive these cars. Try owning them and driving them and trying to figure out how to make it all work with such a difficult time for everybody in the world. So many people stuck by me.” 

Kyle Bonsignore of Bay Shore, N.Y. was second and Matt Swanson of Acton, Mass. third. 

McKennedy, of Chelmsford, Mass., was fourth. Justin Bonsignore, who won the first two events of the season, rallied late for a fifth place finish after running outside of the top-10 for most of the event. 

McKennedy started on the pole and led the first 135 laps. Coby started fifth. He got by Patrick Emerling for third on lap 78. On lap 98 Coby went by Chris Pasteryak to take over second. Coby used a diving move under McKennedy to take over the top spot on lap 136. 

“[The car] was just stellar the whole race,” Coby said. “… This is a tough track. The lane changes, the groove changes all the time. Both corners pick up rubber at a weird spot. You just have to know the timing and figure out where your car works. … At some point you’ve got to go. You think you’re trying to save tires, and then at some point you want to be the leader and make them all try to catch you.” 

NASCAR put the red flag out with 11 laps remaining to examine a caution that involved multiple cars running from second to seventh. In the incident third place running Pasteryak slid up into second place McKennedy, sending him spinning. McKennedy, Pasteryak and Silk bottlenecked the field with Kyle Bonsignore and Dave Sapienza also getting caught in the wreck. 

Kyle Bonsignore was able to rocket to second place on the final restart. 

“It was really good,” Kyle Bonsignore said. “We didn’t have a great car in qualifying and I think it showed that we really focused on the race trim. We started 18th and drove by everybody as clean as possible.” 

Swanson got his second podium finish in eight days in New Hampshire. He was second in the Tri-Track Open Modified Series event last Saturday at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. 

“It was just kind of survival of the fittest,” Swanson said. “You kind of had to stay out of trouble and save the tires at the same time and just keep all four wheels on until the end and just try to make the best out of starting 13th and having to come to the front.” 

Comments

  1. Congrats to Doug Coby, and your #10 team for the win. Not bad, 3rd race with your new team, 2nd race with the new LFR , and you found victory lane. Great job.

  2. And everything went just fine without dareal. Amazing, don’t know how this could be possible since he wasn’t there.

  3. If that was 50% capacity, they must use olive oil on non-TrumpPandemic events to pack them in. And I did not see a single mask in the stands. Glad to see the racers wearing masks.

    Glad I didn’t go to this one, not too exciting. Very glad to see the 75 do well, a bit of bad luck at the end ended his bid for what could have been a podium finish. Sure would like to see the 85 get it together, that team is better than that. The 51 missed the setup. 🤣🤣🤣🤣. Very strange to see a car that ran so good there before be so far off the next visit. Good to see the 7NY finish decent without a car technical failure. The 3 had a good day going and then got boinked a bit in one of those stack up deals. Bummer. Looks like Moran is finding his stride again.

    Other than that, the rest looked about as can be expected.

    This race was definitely not worth some eight to nine hours of driving.

    Be safe. Be smart. Wash your hands frequently, wear a mask and social distance.

  4. Congrats to the 10 team. Took three races for a brand new team to whip em all. He even lapped his old car a few times.

    The heartbreak award goes to the 75. He had a top two car all night and it went away in a flash. That’s two good runs for them at WMMP. There was legit speed there too. They will get one soon.

    The 51 sank like a stone all night. Makes one adjustment and was on fire the last 50 laps. That was some adjustment.

    I thought front tires were tethered? Was Catalano’s sheered off in the wreck?

    Looking forward to two more there in 2021. What a great little track.

  5. JD, Don’t understand you comment about the the 10 team being new. The only thing that changed was the owner, all team members are the same.
    The adjustment the 51 team did was to put on a right rear tire. They had a tire going down.

  6. If they want to have all the NWMT races at small New Hampshire tracks until they have the race at the big New Hampshire track that’s fine with me. That race was terrific. The other Bonsignor from 18th to second and Swanson from 13th to third. 7 cautions nicely spaced to add drama. Plenty of lead changes and movement in the field. Small track and 13 cars finish on the lead lap. Bravo NWMT!!
    After listening to the shall we say unique style of a Dodge/Buckler race call so often hearing a straight, energetic call of the race at White Mountain was very enjoyable. No frills, no bizarre metaphors, no atmospheric drama just a straight call of the action on the track. I love that guy.
    The winners name very familiar but how he did it completely new. It’s easy to to take it for granted when you see the name Coby but he put that whole team together from scratch, funded it, convinced people to join him and produced results fast. 7th, 3rd and 1st and second in points. Not only a great driver but the consummate team builder.
    Like him or not that’s really impressive.

  7. JD the some adjustment was putting a new RR tire on the 51

  8. 🌈JD🌈, you cover yourself with 💩 and wonder why you attract flies.

    🌈JD🌈 posted, “Congrats to the 10 team. Took three races for a brand new team to whip em all. He even lapped his old car a few times.”

    Same team, different owner. Effectively the same operation, new coat of paint.

  9. Fast Eddie says

    I thought it was a really good race, and the support races were good as well. Masks? I’d about half the crowd had masks on coming in. Many people took them off once seated, but most were using them when moving around. I had mine on most of the night, but very few others did.

  10. 🌈🦄2020 says

    Masks? If Dafella actually knew anything, he’d know the general rule at most tracks is while walking around masks are supposed to be worn, but not while sitting in your seat. Is Stafford allowed more fans now? Stands were packed Friday night with tickets being sold all the way up to the day of.

  11. If 🌈🦄 knew anything, he’d know that what the people are doing at these tracks is not what is recommended by the experts like the doctors. 🥼

  12. Liz, how’d things work out? Big move in the standings?

    🥃 🥃 🥃

  13. WeldingWonders says

    “Well, I hate to say it again, but I WAS RIGHT!!!!! I’M RIGHT AGAIN!!!!!”
    “I can say it again, I AM RIGHT AGAIN !!!!!!!!”
    “and wait for it… I WAS RIGHT!!!! 🤣🤣🤣”

    STARRING DAREAL (ALWAYS UNCOMPROMISING…..USUALLY WRONG) GOODFELLA

    EPISODE 38: COBY’S NEW TEAM…..SAME TEAM AND NEW PAINT AS DAREALGOODFELLA SAYS OR NOT.

    THE NWMT GENESIS OF THE 10…….A REFRESHER COMPLIMENTS OF RACEDAYCT.

    RACEDAYCT
    Dynasty Rebirth: Doug Coby To Run Full-Time As Owner/Driver On Whelen Modified Tour
    February 28, 2020 by Shawn Courchesne

    “Everybody was banking on that we would sell the whole team to somebody and obviously that didn’t happen,” Coby said. “I certainly didn’t have the ability to buy the entire team, but what I was able to do was buy the winningest car that we have. My favorite car that we win at Stafford [Motor Speedway] with all the time, and kind of start from there.

    Coby’s push to start his own program was intensified recently when Smeriglio committed to selling a pair of cars to the family of upstate New York based Modified driver Tyler Rypkema and selling the team hauler to Kevin Stuart Motorsports.

    “My first concern was the people, and my crew guys will tell you that I was on them to give me some time to figure some things out,” Coby said. “The equipment always seemed like it was always going to kind of stay. So I was like I just have to worry about making sure that the people stay and they don’t go anywhere. Then when the equipment started going away, I had gotten the commitment from the people to stay, and then the equipment started getting sold. So I was like ‘Hey, I’ve got to figure out what I can possibly do with some of this equipment.’”

    RACEDAYCT
    Doug Coby Racing Partners With Pic’s Motorsports On Whelen Modified Tour
    June 20, 2020 by Staff Report
    The partnership will allow both organizations to take steps forward with a combination of equipment and knowledge that will put Coby’s No. 10 team in a better position to compete for wins and ultimately, another championship
    Through the partnership, Coby has added a brand new LFR chassis to the Doug Coby Racing stable, which the team hopes to debut at the Tour’s second race of the season at White Mountain Motorsports Park in Woodstock, N.H. on July 4.

    SO THAT WOULD BE TAKING OWNERSHIP OF ONLY ONE CAR, CONVINCING THE OLD TEAM TO KEEP THE FAITH AS THE OLD TEAM IS PARTED OUT. TAKING ON A NEW PARTNER DURING A PANDEMIC, BUYING AND ASSEMBLING A COMPLETELY NEW CAR. SETTING UP THE NEW BUSINESS STRUCTURE, FUNDING IT AND BUYING ALL THE PARTS AND EQUIPMENT TO STOCK A FIRST CLASS NWMT TEAM.

    DAREALGOODFELLA’S RESPONSE

    😷😷😷 darealgoodfella 😷😷😷 says
    August 2, 2020 at 1:26 pm
    Same team, different owner. Effectively the same operation, new coat of paint.

    NO DAREALGOODFELLA. NOT REMOTELY THE SAME OPERATION
    YOU BEING SPECTACULARLY WRONG ONCE AGAIN VERY MUCH THE SAME OPERATION.

  14. The six time champ says it’s a new team and DaReal says it’s not. Can’t make this stuff up.

  15. 🌈JD🌈, it’s the same people. The Crew Chief and Driver, and the rest are there. It’s just a different owner, who happens to also be the driver. So all they did was get rid of the previous owner. It’s all the same, except for the number and a coat of paint.

    How is Rypkema doing with those formerly #2 cars? Are those cars ripping the place up? Winning where ever they run? 🤣🤪😝🤪🤪🤪😝😝 Same cars, right????

  16. Coby said, “I had a lot of people step up to kind of make this a reality and bring the No. 2 team over to the No. 10 team.”

    That’s a direct quote right from the team owner/operator.

    Same team, different number. So says the six time champ about his operation.

  17. MRS announced a Sept 5th race at WMMP. I find it odd they made the FB announcement at 6pm on Saturday. No word from WMMP yet as far as I can tell.

  18. Six time champ Coby team owner says, “I had a lot of people step up to kind of make this a reality and bring the No. 2 team over to the No. 10 team.”

    And you guys don’t believe him. Don’t need to make stuff up when you guys don’t believe the direct quote from Coby, the owner of the 10 team.

    And you wonder why you can’t be believed and nobody believes you.

    Stepping up to the keyboard now is 🌈JD🌈 with a 0.000% accuracy and truthfulness percentage.

    On deck is Doug and all his other personalities, and they too have a cumulative 0.000% accuracy and truthfulness percentage. 🤥 🤥 🤥 🤥 🤥 🤥 🤥 🤥 🤥 🤥 🤥 🤥

    Doug, and all his other personalities, is rated the Best of All Time Narcissist by We-Be-Whackos, the official rating agency for nut jobs.

  19. Insipid Sybil shouted, “NO DAREALGOODFELLA. NOT REMOTELY THE SAME OPERATION
    YOU BEING SPECTACULARLY WRONG ONCE AGAIN VERY MUCH THE SAME OPERATION.”

    I don’t understand.

    “NOT REMOTELY THE SAME OPERATION YOU BEING SPECTACULARLY WRONG ONCE AGAIN VERY MUCH THE SAME OPERATION.

    WeldingWonders is saying the Coby operation is “NOT REMOTELY THE SAME OPERATION” and “VERY MUCH THE SAME OPERATION” in the same sentence.

    What a whack-a-doodle.

  20. The people remained. Some equipment had to be replaced, but the people stayed. People, not equipment make up a team. So essentially, Doug has the same team. He was able to purchase his favorite car from smerriglio, and then through a new partnership purchased a new LFR car. But the team is the same people, and people make a team. So Dareal was right.

  21. I think Coby is also missing the deep pockets and that’s a big part of a successful team

  22. Suitcase Jake says

    Why was the 51 allowed to put on a new Right Rear Tire ?????? The tire was not flat >>>>
    NASCAR playing favorites ???? came through the field like hot knife thru butter ……??
    a soft tire is not a flat tire .. Good thing they had an ice pick in the tool box and white crayon
    to circle it for Blind Official>>… Lots of guys asking NASCAR after race but as usual no Answers…
    Well Boys break out the Ice Picks for the next no tire change events.. Cant beat them so gotta
    join them . …

  23. Thought the tire on the 51 was going down. I guess it would be better to let it go flat, spin and cause a wreck that takes a bunch of cars out of contention.

  24. David Fisher says

    The announcer said it had to be flat and approved by an official before it could be changed. If it was flat, then they should be able to change it. If it was just going flat, they should not have been able to change it. Sounds simple.

  25. One critter that may not be happy about all these ground pounder visits is Woody the wood chuck if he or she lives in the infield. Was probably a big winner in the pandemic until the things opened up.
    Not recognized so far is the car that Coby raced to 4th in the first White Mountain race and won the second was a new LFR. Likely set up by Rob Fuller and refined by Moran.
    Does Silk have a short track problem in the 85? At 4 races on shorter tracks last year his average finish was 8th and the car was running in all 4. One DNF at White Mountain and a 10th this year. Should thrive on longer track races at NHMS and Jennerstown but perhaps another at White Mountain and one or two at Riverhead. Schedule heavy Stafford and Thompson out until further notice. Stuarts entry likes the big open spaces so a short track heavy schedule could be an unfavorable turn of events.

  26. Goodfella will tell you all why the tire was changed just wait but he will be wrong because there were eyes in the pits.

  27. Fast Eddie says

    Doug, the woodchuck was very respectful; for the most part he stood still while the National Anthem played! I think the issue with #85 is more car than driver. Silk’s TriTrack record definitely speaks for his prowess at bullrings. Hopefully they can find the car’s “setup sweet spot” for a bullring.

  28. Admittedly dareal was not there so how would he know about the tire change? Just like his statement that he did not see a single mask in the stands? He was not there by his own admission so how would he have first hand knowledge?

  29. “Stuarts entry”. Definitely not a driver issue. That may not ever be an issue just something to keep an eye on.

  30. The rule book does not say that a flat is zero psi. The official that’s assigned to pit stall is responsible for the call if there’s a flat, wheel damage etc. Most teams start the right side between 14 – 16 psi and the lefts from 8 – 12 psi, so I would assume the official is using those numbers as a guideline.

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