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May 22, 2022
MILFORD, Conn. – Fresh off two straight NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour wins with Tommy Baldwin Racing, Doug Coby will strap back in behind the wheel of his own No. 10 Mayhew Tools Modified this Friday night. Set to compete in the $15,000 to win Racing Guys 100 at Claremont Motorsports Park, Coby heads to New Hampshire looking to collect the big check in the second race of the season for Doug Coby Racing.
Although the Milford, Connecticut, native has only raced at Claremont once – over 12 years ago – he is prepared to battle for the prize in a competitive field of talent. Names like Matt Hirschman, Woody Pitkat, and some of New Hampshire’s top local Modified stars will be competing in the 100-lap race.
“Like a lot of the other New Hampshire short tracks, Claremont is a technical place,” Coby said. “It’s a place where you can be easily baited into overdriving and charging the corners and killing the speed in the car. You have to make sure you get your angles right for the corners and don’t abuse the tires. Just like in any open modified race, you have to be aware of how the race is unfolding with strategy. We’re going to have to decide if we can go the whole race on the same set of tires, or if we need to come in and get the tire. I’ve seen races where people stay out and win without pitting, and others where people pit and charge through the field.”
Coby is excited to get back with his Doug Coby Racing team for open modified competition after competing on the Whelen Modified Tour and is hoping to carry some momentum from his victories into Claremont.
“It’s been an interesting start to the season, being two more races in than I had originally planned,” Coby said. “I think as a team we were disappointed with how the Spring Sizzler at Stafford unfolded in April, and then I went and won two races with Tommy Baldwin and his team. Excited to get back to work with the Mayhew Tools guys this Friday night.”
Friday’s race day schedule at Claremont includes practice beginning at 4 p.m., followed by the green flag for qualifying heats at 7 p.m. On top of the Modifieds, Claremont’s Late Model Sportsman, Mini Stocks, Six Shooters and Pure Stocks will also be in action. All tickets will be available at the track, and the race will also air live on RacingAmerica.TV for fans who can’t make it to the track.
For more information on Claremont Motorsports Park, visit ClaremontMotorsportsPark.com. For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow the team on Facebook for the latest updates.
ABOUT MAYHEW TOOLS:
Founded in 1856, Mayhew Tools is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States, growing their extensive professional grade, American made product line to include pry bars, pneumatics, cable ties, and more. In 2020, the company extended their product line to include a complete line of dual drive and socket bits and sets. Serving the Industrial, Automotive, Hardware, and Construction industries, Mayhew’s premium hand tools are sold globally through an extensive distributor network. For more information, contact Mayhew Tools at 800.872.0037 or visit Mayhew.com.
ABOUT DOUG COBY:
Racing for more than 25 years, Doug Coby is a six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion and one of the top short-track drivers to come from the state of Connecticut. Coby is a two-time champion at Stafford Motor Speedway, where he built his resume competing in the Late Models, Pro Stocks and SK Modifieds. Coby won his first tour championship in 2012, and followed it up by scoring four straight titles between 2014-2017, and another in 2019. In 2020, Coby opened his own team — Doug Coby Racing — scoring his first win as owner/driver. In 2021, Coby won the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) event at Stafford Motor Speedway, besting top drivers from across a variety of racing disciplines, including Tony Stewart, Bill Elliott and Helio Castroneves.
-Story by: Souza Media/Kyle Souza
-Photo credit: Tom Morris Racing Photography