Piloting Mayhew Tools, Tommy Baldwin Racing 7NY, Coby Looking For Fifth Spring Sizzler Win
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MILFORD, Conn. – Doug Coby grew up racing at Stafford Motor Speedway, and as a two-time track champion, he also has four NAPA Spring Sizzler wins. As one of the most prestigious races in all of Modified racing, the Sizzler still stands tall today.
This week, May 12-13, Coby will pilot the Tommy Baldwin Racing, Mayhew Tools 7NY at Stafford in the 51st annual NAPA Spring Sizzler.
Coby is driving full-time for Tommy Baldwin Racing on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2023. The combination won multiple races together in 2022 in their first year working together, and led laps in all three NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races out of the gates in 2023. They are heading into Stafford fresh off a dominating win in the Duel at the Dog at Monadnock Speedway last weekend.
Coby’s previous Sizzler wins came in 2006, 2012, 2016 and 2019 with three different car owners, all in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition. He’s excited to try and grab a Sizzler win in the new Open Modified format – one that includes heat races, a 40-lap qualifying race and the 100-lap, $20,000 to win main event spread between Friday and Saturday.
“It’s a cool deal with how the Spring Sizzler has evolved from where it first started to where it is right now,” Coby said. “They’ve added so many financial incentives to the event and a lot of coverage around it. Even though I do have four Sizzler wins, this is a totally different ball game with heats, duel races, different engine packages... It’s not the Sizzler I won before. It requires a different mindset and strategy to be able to win. It will be a challenge to win it with all the top drivers that will be there.”
Coby won a Pro Stock and Late Model championship at Stafford in the late 1990s. Since then, he also has six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships. He scored 12 of his 34 career Tour wins at Stafford in 61 starts. He currently sits 18th on the track all-time wins list with 31 career wins at the Connecticut half-mile.
Racing at Stafford Motor Speedway will take place on both Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. On Friday, Coby and the team will compete in practice, a heat race and a 40-lap qualifying race. On Saturday, the 100-lap, $20,000 to win race stands in front of the team.
For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, fans can visit TommyBaldwinRacing.com. Doug Coby fans are also encouraged to visit DougCobyRacing.com and follow Doug Coby Racing on Facebook for the latest updates on Doug and the Mayhew Tools team, including from the track on race day.
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. He also made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in 2021 with GMS Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. In 2022, Coby won three races with Tommy Baldwin Racing as part of a part-time effort on the Whelen Modified Tour. In 2023, he will pilot the No. 7NY for Tommy Baldwin Racing full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to chase a seventh title.
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