By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
LEE, N.H. – Two races with Tommy Baldwin Racing, two victories for Doug Coby.
The Milford, Connecticut, native rocketed to Victory Lane at Lee USA Speedway on Saturday, May 21, winning the inaugural Granite State Derby presented by USA Insulation. Coby wasn’t planning on competing in Whelen Modified Tour races at Riverhead Raceway or Lee – but Tommy Baldwin called when Jimmy Blewett couldn’t drive the car – and as they say, the rest is history.
Coby’s victory was the 33rd in his Whelen Modified Tour career and first at Lee. The six-time series champion found his way to the front from his third-place starting spot and held off two of the best in the game to do it – Jon McKennedy and Matt Hirschman.
“Tommy Baldwin gave me a good car for two races in a row,” Coby said. “This is a tough track, you can spin your tires real easily. Jon (McKennedy) is a clean driver, Matt (Hirschman) is a clean driver, but I didn’t want to worry too much about Jon and open the door for Matt to be the hero. They’re both so good. To be able to race with those guys is a great feat for this 7NY team and the Baldwin family.”
Doug Coby will return to the track in the No. 10 for his own team at Claremont Motorsports Park on Friday, May 27, to compete in the 100-lap, $15,000 to win Racing Guys 100.
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Six-Time Champion To Compete in Granite State Derby Presented by USA Insulation at Lee USA Speedway
By Souza Media
MILFORD, Conn. – Fresh off a victory at Riverhead Raceway last Saturday, Doug Coby and Tommy Baldwin Racing will team together again this weekend at Lee USA Speedway for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Granite State Derby 175.
Coby will drive the No. 7NY for Baldwin’s team in the first Whelen Modified Tour race at the New Hampshire oval in over two decades. Lee, known for its abrasive surface and tire conservation, will be difficult for Coby and Baldwin to tackle – but with momentum on their side coming off a victory in New York – the team is excited to hit the track together again.
Coby does have experience winning at tracks that require excessive amounts of tire conservation. The six-time Whelen Modified Tour champion won the last Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach Speedway in 2019 – a track that is similar to Lee, when it comes to strategy. With Baldwin calling the shots on the pit strategy and Coby behind the wheel, the combination feels like they will be in the running to make it two straight wins.
Coby will step back into the 7NY seat to allow Jimmy Blewett additional time at home and keep the Baldwin Racing entry in contention for the Whelen Modified Tour owners championship. Through three races, the team leads the owners points by 12.
“At Myrtle Beach you couldn’t even go 100%,” Coby said. “In these races, it’s definitely timing of when you take tires, v.s. when the cautions fall. In the last race I won at Myrtle Beach, we timed our pit stop well, when some others stayed out and were hoping for a caution later in the race, but it never came out. Being a six-tire race at Lee, it’s a big difference to be able to come into the pits twice. Someone may even try to time it right and only pit once and not need the second stop. The race is going to be about pacing yourself and not abusing the car. At Riverhead, I was able to pace myself the whole race, and knowing how the car responded to it, it gives me a lot more confidence. At Lee, we will be in a tire saving mindset from the drop of the green. Lee is a great facility and the track is a ton of fun.”
The event schedule for the Granite State Derby presented by USA Insulation will include one Whelen Modified Tour practice session from 1:40-2:40 p.m., followed by Mayhew Tools pole qualifying at 5:30 p.m. The drop of the green flag for the 175-lap race is scheduled for 7 p.m. All tickets will be available at the track and are also available in advance at JDVProductions.com. The race will air live on FloRacing.TV for those who can’t make it to the track.
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By Souza Media
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing, Doug Coby was the dominant force on Saturday night, May 14, at Riverhead Raceway. Coby rocketed to his third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the last four races at the New York bullring, this time, driving the No. 7NY for the Baldwin family. It was a special win for the six-time series champion, who got the call to drive the car just five days prior to race day.
Jimmy Blewett was originally scheduled to drive the car for Baldwin – but a family emergency kept him from competing in the Miller Lite 200. Baldwin called Coby on Tuesday and asked him to drive the car, with Blewett’s blessing, and the deal was done.
Coby was third in practice and Mayhew Tools qualifying was canceled due to weather, lining him up third for the green flag. The Milford, Connecticut native took the lead early and held off Patrick Emerling on a green-white-checkered restart to pick up the win. The victory was the 32nd career for Coby, pulling him back into a tie with three-time champion Justin Bonsignore for fifth on the all-time list.
“It feels awesome,” Coby said. “More important than winning, Kayla Blewett is home with her family, and that is what is most important. These guys just gave me a great car. I’m really happy to be here and really happy we got the race in. This place is so tough. It’s just surreal to get a call on Tuesday with a team I haven’t really even talked to that much and I’m happy to be able to showcase their equipment and their cars in victory lane for their team.”
The win came in Coby’s first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start of the season. Coby has plans to compete in multiple events during the second half of the year as part of a part-time schedule.
Doug Coby will return to the track on Friday, May 27 at Claremont Motorsports Park in New Hampshire, driving the Mayhew Tools No. 10 for Doug Coby Racing. For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow on Facebook for the latest news.
By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby will drive for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the famed No. 7NY this Saturday at Riverhead Raceway. Set to compete for 200 laps in the Miller Lite 200 – the third Whelen Modified Tour race of the season – Coby and Baldwin will team together to chase the trophy in New York.
Jimmy Blewett was originally scheduled to drive the car, however, a family emergency sidelined him from competition. Baldwin called Coby to fill the seat for the race and Coby is excited for the opportunity.
In 22 starts at Riverhead, Coby has two wins – both of them coming within the last year. Coby went to Victory Lane in the first two races at Riverhead last year, driving for his own team, Doug Coby Racing. In September, he was involved in a crash early running at the front of the pack.
“It was just the right car, the right track and the right weekend,” Coby said. “To be able to drive Tommy’s car, and get a sense for how he sets a car up compared to (past crew chief) Phil Moran, and (current crew chief) John McKenna, with what we are doing here now, it’s a good learning experience. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think we could go out there and win. There are a lot of reasons to want to drive the 7NY at Riverhead – from Tommy’s dad and the impact he had on the Whelen Modified Tour to everyone who goes to Riverhead knowing the number, the car and the family. It’s cool to be the driver they thought to call to drive it.”
Coby is also thinking about the Blewett family during their difficult time.
“Jimmy and I have been close ever since his brother passed away,” Coby said. “I always try to have one of John’s stickers on my car. We’ve hung out and both of us know how the other one races on the track. Jimmy had this deal put together with Tommy and I was happy to see him get back on the Tour with the Modifieds… even on a part-time basis, Jimmy is a good guy for our series to have out there and I think we missed having a guy like him in the series. Their family situation is unfortunate and our number one hope is they figure everything out it gets better as soon as possible. Tommy and Jimmy could have decided to leave the car home but they thought of calling me and I appreciate it.”
Saturday’s race day schedule for the Miller Lite 200 includes one practice session from 3-4 p.m. for the team to dial the car in. Mayhew Tools pole qualifying will take place at 6 p.m., followed by the drop of the green flag in the Miller Lite 200 at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available at the track - but for those who can’t make it - the race will also air live on FloRacing.TV.
For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit DougCobyRacing.com. For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, visit Tommy Baldwin Racing on Facebook.
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