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Doug Coby Sends Tommy Baldwin to Riverhead Victory Lane

The six-time champion won in his first start of the season.


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One week ago, Doug Coby had no idea that he would be racing in Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Miller Lite 200 at Riverhead Raceway.

Tommy Baldwin Jr.’s decision to put the six-time Tour champion in the famed No. 7NY as a substitute for Jimmy Blewett paid off for both parties, as Coby took control of the race early to claim his 32nd career victory.

Being able to win in a car as famous as the No. 7NY was a tremendous honor for Coby, but he dedicated Saturday’s victory at Riverhead to Blewett’s family as they take care of his sick daughter, Kayla.

“More important than anything, Kayla Blewett is home with her family,” Coby said. “I guess I was kind of the pseudo-Riverhead guy tonight driving the No. 7NY. Tommy gave me a great car and I want to thank him and all his guys for the hard work. It was an unfortunate circumstance, but you’ve got to make the most of it.”

Saturday’s victory marked the first time Coby had taken part in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event this season.

A longtime staple of the division, Coby elected to scale back his own operation for 2022 to focus on obligations away from the track. His plan was to compete in four races with the Tour as part of a limited schedule.

Coby immediately jumped at the opportunity to drive for Baldwin when he got the phone call on Tuesday and promptly reminded the rest of the Tour field why he was so efficient in the series for a decade.

After passing polesitter Timmy Solomito, Coby was nearly uncontested for the rest of the evening at Riverhead as he perfectly executed multiple restarts and methodically carved his way through the ever-prevalent lapped traffic around the quarter-mile bullring.

The closest challenge Coby received came during a green-white-checkered attempt, where he was tasked with holding off the hard-charging Patrick Emerling, who had climbed his way up from the 15th starting position.

Emerling believed he was faster than Coby’s during the second half of the race, but admitted that the tires on his car were too exhausted to mount a challenge on the restart, forcing him to settle for second.

“My tires were just marbled up and I could not quite get it going,” Emerling said. “[Coby] started early and he did get me a little bit. When I got on it, the car was standing still, but I’m proud of what the team did today. We were able to drive ourselves up to the front and we had an awesome car tonight.”

For Coby, his three wins in the last four Riverhead races are the only times that he has visited Victory Lane at Riverhead during his career, which he attests to how taxing it can be to navigate the quarter-mile bullring’s tight turns.

Coby knows that no win on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is easy to come by and considers himself grateful for the diligent work Baldwin and his crew put into the No. 7NY to make it so efficient Saturday evening.

“A lot of people like to think that I need to drive certain cars with certain setups to do well,” Coby said. “This is a team that I’ve never really talked with that much, but they put great cars together. There are so many Whelen Modified Tour teams that have great equipment and I’m happy to showcase that for Tommy and his team.”

Ron Silk maintained track position up front all evening to secure a third-place finish. Riverhead regular Dylan Slepian finished fourth while Solomito completed the top-five.

A replay of Saturday’s Miller Lite 200 at Riverhead Raceway will be broadcast on USA Network on Friday, May 20 at 1 p.m. ET. The Whelen Modified Tour returns to action next Saturday, May 21 at Lee USA Speedway for the Granite State Derby

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Miller Lite 200
Riverhead Raceway
May 14 2022

17Doug CobyJohn Blewett, Inc.213
207Patrick EmerlingCaptain Pip Marina2130.593
316Ron SilkBlue Mountain Machine and Future Homes2130.866
410Dylan Slepian*Eastport Foods2131.281
566Timmy SolomitoNatural Designs/Highmark2131.343
687John BakerStaria Automotive/Elite Towing2131.636
715Kyle SoperEastport Foods2131.896
85John Beatty, Jr.Elite Sound Studios2132.311
958Eric GoodaleGAF Roofing2132.469
1022Kyle BonsignoreChalew Performance/nn’s Auto2135.594
1149Chris Young*J&H Homestead2121 Lap
1254Tommy CatalanoFX Caprara2121 Lap
1364Austin Beers*Dell Electric/Lumiere Electrical2121 Lap
1450Ronnie Williams, Jr.Empower Financial Advisory & RB Enterprise2121 Lap
1534John FortinRed Camel Racing/Johns Fuel/John Tree Removal2112 Laps
1681Chris Turbush*Cromers Market2112 Laps
1779Jon McKennedyMiddlesex Interiors2085 Laps
1836Dave SapienzaSAP Enterprises2076 Laps
1918Ken HeagyBuoy One Seafood Market & Restaurant2067 Laps
2003Tom Rogers, Jr.Licensed to Chill/Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm2067 Laps
2178Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.Last Minute Racing2067 Laps
2226Gary McDonaldLakeland Landscape/TRC Electrict20211 Laps
232J.R. Bertuccio, Jr.Gershow Recycling14469 Laps
243Jake Johnson*Propane Plus/LIN’s Propane Trucks14370 Laps
2551Justin BonsignorePhoenix Communication Inc.14370 Laps
2682Craig LutzDanny’s Cesspool Service/Riverhead Building Supply12489 Laps
2796Matthew Brode*Peter Clark Motorsports12390 Laps
2888Roger TurbushRheem87126 Laps
2902Joey Coulter IVSRI Performance/Air Shok/Race-Fan83130 Laps
3001Melissa FifieldPine Knoll Auto Sales9204 Laps