Story by Souza Media/Kyle Souza
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- It took 20 starts, and close to two decades, but Doug Coby finally parked his car in Victory Lane at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night, May 15. The six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion took the lead from Justin Bonsignore with 25 laps to go in the Miller Lite 200 and drove away from the field to win by over three seconds.
After years of frustration, near victory, and pure determination to succeed, Coby took the entire Mayhew Tools team to the front of the field. The victory was his 30th career in Whelen Modified Tour action -- breaking a tie with Bonsignore to give Coby sole possession of sixth place all-time. He is just one victory away from Jeff Fuller.
“Easily the sweetest win of my career,” Coby said. “This is a tough place -- especially for outsiders. To put the Mayhew Tools car out front… I know we have to be perfect when we come here to beat these guys. I didn’t want to say it, but I knew this thing was perfect from the beginning. We’re so happy to go back to Connecticut with a win at Riverhead. Finally.”
Coby scored a third-place effort in Mayhew Tools qualifying earlier in the day, ran inside the top-five for the duration of the race, and pounced when it was time to win. The victory jumped Coby to third, just seven points out of the championship lead in the point standings.
Next up for Coby and the Mayhew Tools team will be a trip to Jennerstown Speedway for the Jennerstown Salutes 150, presented by DGV on Saturday, May 29. For more information on Doug Coby Racing, visit the team on Facebook.
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.