Bristol Bound: Doug Coby Set For NASCAR Truck Series Debut At Thunder Valley


(Press release from Doug Coby Racing)

Doug Coby (Photo: Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

At 42-years-old, Doug Coby has six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships, 31 tour wins and multiple track championships at Stafford Motor Speedway to his credit. Those are just a few of his accomplishments on his impressive resume — but this Thursday, September 16, Coby knocks another major race off his bucket list.

Coby will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with GMS Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway driving the No. 24 Mayhew Tools entry in the UNOH 200. With no practice laps or qualifying due to NASCAR’s scheduling adjustments due to the COVID pandemic, Coby will have to adapt on the fly, as the Milford, Connecticut, native will start towards the back of the field. 

However, Coby is hoping to rely on all of his racing experience — which includes a win in the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX Series) at Stafford earlier this year. On that night, Coby debuted, along with the rest of the series, in new cars, and beat the best of the sport, with names like Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott and Helio Castroneves. That victory helped him earn the ride for his Truck debut. And at Bristol, a place Coby has four top-five finishes in his eight Modified starts, he’s hoping to lean on the fast laps in the open-wheel Modified.

“I think Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, going over the race preparation stuff is when it’s going to hit me that we are going to Bristol and it’s go time,” Coby said. “I don’t have any reason to get stressed out about it, because I don’t know what to expect. If I adapt quickly and get comfortable quickly, we will just go out there and manage the race like we would manage a Modified race.

“We have to minimize the mistakes. When you’re a short-track guy and get an opportunity, you are representing more than just yourself. Suddenly your rivals become cheerleaders. You want someone from our level to perform well because it validates the tour and everywhere that we grew up racing. Any time one of us gets to do something like this, we are definitely representing the short-track community. To be able to go back to Bristol, it’s a very unique facility. It’s very challenging and very fast. I’m really excited for all of my sponsors and friends, family and everyone involved. Everyone is super excited.”

Coby’s Modified sponsor — Mayhew Tools — will join the Truck for a special red, white and blue, patriotic paint scheme that mirrors what Coby runs in events on the Whelen Modified Tour. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol is set to take the green flag at 9 p.m., live on Fox Sports 1. 

For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook for the latest updates, especially on race day.

Comments

  1. First time in a truck and he gets no practice, no qualifying and starting at the rear if the field. WOW, talk about a kick in the butt. Dougs a pretty resourceful guy with plenty of talent, hopefully he can overcome the obstacles in his way. Go get-em Doug!

  2. That’s just Super Hard to do with no Practice or Qualifying …….. You need to get some seat time to get somewhat acclimated to the Machine. The Task is Immense for a Driver,… Huge Disadvantage……Racing against guys with tons of seat time already …… It would be a miracle if he could land in the TOP 10

  3. I’m sure the Blewett family will appreciate the tribute pain scheme. Grandpa will love it!

  4. It’s the Trucks… there will be plenty of cautions to adjust the truck. If the truck is any good, he’ll be just fine.

  5. I’m sure the Blewett family and fans will enjoy seeing the tribute paint scheme.

  6. So where’s the poll…

    “What place do you think Dug Kobe will finish the Truck race?

    a. 1-5
    b. 6-10
    c. 11-15
    d. 16-X
    e. DNF”

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