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Coby Scores Fourth 2016 Win
by Denise DuPont

Twenty-one NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) took the green flag at Oswego Speedway for the NWMT Toyota Modified Classic 150 Presented by McDonalds. The last time that the NWMT teams came to Oswego Speedway was 1989 and the winner was Tony Hirschman. Hirschman had led the race from wire to wire to earn his win.

On Saturday, Bobby Santos of Franklin, MA. established a new qualifying record for the tour with a time of 17.853 seconds or a speed: of 126.029 mph. The previous record for Oswego Speedway was etched in the books twenty-eight years ago when prior champion, Mike McLaughlin ran an 18.259 lap (123.226 mph). Santos also broke another NASCAR record for Oswego by being the youngest pole winner (30 years and two months) that was also held by McLaughlin.

Doug Coby from Milford, CT. may not have led all circuits but he led 121 laps out of the 150 lap feature race and the one that meant the most, the last lap. This win maintains Coby’s point edge on the championship run ahead of second place contender Justin Bonsignore from Holtsville, NY by twenty points.

When the field came around to take the initial green flag, Santos had the pole with Coby on his outside. Coby wasted no time passing Santos to secure the top position. Then just past the 50 lap mark Coby selected to pit for tires. Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, PA. inherited the lead and kept the top spot until lap 91 when Coby passed him to take back first place. Coby was a man on a mission. He wanted to stay ahead of competitors in the NWMT championship chase and yes, he tasted victory. Coby survived three more restarts and several passing attempts by Bonsignore and Timmy Solomito of Islip, NY, to take the win.

When modified teams had practiced, they learnt all the nuances of the new tour track. Race time meant more laps, learning and strategies for the teams. The #2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction, Mike Smeriglio owned Chevrolet proved they were fast learners. Coby provided feedback and crew chief Phil Moran turned the wrenches. Together they provided Coby what he needed to wheel the car to victory lane. “As you run a lot of laps here, there are a lot of quirks. I just wanted to make sure that I did not take the left front off on the boiler plate in the corners,” Coby stated. “I did not want to leave the bottom open too much. I know that Timmy (Solomito) was pretty good. When you have the guys that are chasing you for points are right behind you on the restart, you know that they are going for it. The last ten laps I wanted to send a message that they were going to have to be awfully fast to catch us tonight. “

“My car was awesome so it helped to be able to learn the track. It is good to have a car that allows you to do that.” Coby confessed. “We were great from the time that we unloaded. I just had to get us to what I need here. The more laps I got here I felt like I raced here hundreds of times. It felt like another Thompson to me. It was very comfortable. I understood where all the bumps were and I understood how to use the outside lane on restarts to my advantage. It was really just a biting my time, saving fuel and just doing my best to keep the thing going in the right direction. It was just a great car. For me it was just hang on, drive the thing and don’t do anything stupid.” So Coby used his head, stayed clean and captured the checkered flags and his fourth 2016 win.

The final caution was a pivotal one for Solomito, It allowed him to slide under Bonsignore for second. “I was trying like heck there,” acknowledged Solomito. “I just burnt it up to much getting back through traffic and heading back towards the front. I had a great car and I think if I had saved it a little bit I would have had something for him at the end. I think I was better than him on the short runs but at the end he pulled away on the longer runs. But that is alright. It was my first time here and I look forward to coming back it is a pretty cool race track.”

Solomito’s runner up finish also closed the point gap between himself, Coby and Bonsignore. The top three drivers have now shifted their focus to the championship possibilities forcing them to pay more attention to where drivers are during races. So as the race season winds down, top race finishes become more and more important.

Summarizing his night Solomito was all smiles: “It was a lot of fun. When I looked at it this morning I thought it would be one groove racing and it proved me wrong. There was a lot of two groove side by side racing were you had to think to put yourself in position to get to the car in front of you. So that was cool”

“It is a really cool track and obviously a tough place to pass.” Expressed Bonsignore after the race. “They put some syrup down. So now that is the third track in a row now that they have done that for us. I think that they could have used a little bit more in turn one and two. Turn three and four were pretty cool, you could roll the top pretty good. But it was still very hard to pass.”

“It was the first time here in a long time for the series with a lot of us being our first time here,” stated Bonsignore. “So I knew it was going to be who ever hit it best was going to buy a win. Doug just had really good drive all the way through the corner and this place is one big turn. So he had the drive. We were starting to roll back to him at the end of the long run before the last yellow. I sure did not want to see that, it cost us a position.” Stated third place finisher Bonsignore. “But all and all it was a really cool day and I am really proud of the day that we had. Obviously we want to beat the #2 every week to catch him in the points. But we did not lose a lot today. So we will go to Seekonk where we always have had really good cars. The Art Barry stuff should just translate over and I have no doubt that we can win there. I am excited to get the rest of the season going here and hopefully make these guys work if they are going to beat us this year”.

Rob Summers of Manchester, CT. for fourth, Patrick Emerling of Orchard Park, NY fifth, Chuck Hossfeld from Ramsonville, NY. sixth, Rowan Pennink, seventh, Chase Dowling of Roxbbury, CT eighth, Ron Silk of Norwalk, CT ninth and Craig Lutz from Miller Place, NY round up the top ten.
Next week the NWMT will move onward from the ‘Steel Palace’ of Oswego Speedway to the ‘Cement Palace’ of Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, September 10th.
Source: Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
: September 4, 2016

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