Race Advance by Souza Media
MILFORD, Conn. – With the Claremont Motorsports Park event officially canceled on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Saturday’s event at Lancaster Motorplex will mark the beginning of the second half of the 2023 season.
The Nu-Way Auto Parts 150 will bring Doug Coby and the Mayhew Tools, Tommy Baldwin Racing team to upstate New York for a battle with the No. 7NY.
Coby has one previous start at Lancaster in the only Whelen Modified Tour event at the track back in 2021, where he finished ninth. In that event, his shifter broke on the pace laps and he had to pit. Although he was multiple laps down and tried to get them back during the race, he had speed in his own No. 10 Mayhew Tools entry, driving up through the pack into what would have been a top-five position if he was on the lead lap.
Lancaster is a facility that includes both a drag strip and the oval track on the same property and it can present some unique challenges compared to other tracks.
“The challenges of a track like Lancaster are definitely there,” Coby said. “When you come onto the frontstretch which is a drag strip, you have to know where you are going to be fast, and where to hit your marks consistently. We have to go there and get our bearings in practice and remember what works and what doesn’t as a team. Tommy was fast there last time with Jon McKennedy driving - they won the pole and led 89 laps before getting tangled late. With the speed both of us had last time, we should be able to work well to come up with something strong together. This seems like it could be another long-run type race, where track position matters and we will have to have no mistakes to have a shot.”
Lancaster Motorplex will have the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars on track from 2:15-3:15 p.m. for practice, followed by Mayhew Tools single-car qualifying to set the field at 5 p.m. The estimated green flag time for the Nu-Way Auto Parts 150 is slated for 8 p.m., live on FloRacing.TV.
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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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