By Souza Media/Kyle Souza
SEEKONK, Mass. -- Doug Coby took a gamble on Wednesday, August 25 at Seekonk Speedway, pitting from the second spot during a caution on lap 57 for a fresh Hoosier racing tire, and he couldn’t quite charge all the way back to the front before the finish.
In the Speed51.TV Modified Madness -- the 16th annual Open Wheel Wednesday -- Coby spent the final 43 laps climbing through traffic and finished eighth in the Tri Track Open Modified Series special.
The race was originally scheduled for June 30, but delayed two months due to a power outage in the area on that night. In the end, Coby chased the back bumper of eventual Matt Hirschman for the first 57 laps, but felt like he needed to do something different in order to have a shot at winning. Both Hirschman and Coby entered the race as the only three-time winners of the prestigious event -- with Hirschman grabbing his fourth, and Coby coming home eighth.
“I could run second but I wasn’t going to pass him where I was,” Coby said. “I was running a different line than him, but I don’t think I was going to get by him. I knew when we were coming into the pits we were kind of giving up our chance to win, barring the right cautions, and restart positions. But at this point, we were here to win. I don’t think we were going to beat Matt running second, but I think if there was some better traffic there, I could have got up there better than eighth. We came to win, tried our best.”
Doug Coby will return to racing action on Saturday, September 4 at Oswego Speedway with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit dougcobyracing.com and follow the team on Facebook for the latest updates.
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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.