Coby Ready For Whelen Return To
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is scheduled to make its second appearance
of the 2006 season at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway on Thursday,
June 29 for the New England Dodge Dealers 100. Doug Coby, of Milford, Conn.,
currently sixth in the series standings, is looking forward returning to
It is one of my favorite race tracks, said Coby Our series
always seems to have great races at Thompson. Its the first track I
competed at with my current team back in 2004. We qualified fourth and
Coby is in his second full season driving for the No. 77
Chase Motorsports Pontiac race team and has already accomplished one goal
for 2006 by winning his first series race at Stafford Springs, Conn. in
It took some of the pressure off, said Coby. It was one
thing I wanted to accomplish this season. We have other things to work on. I
would like to qualify better and hopefully we can win another race.
Thompson is a track where Coby thinks the team is very
capable of visiting victory lane.
Our team has always run well at Thompson, said Coby. Ive
lead some laps and finished in the Top-3. The next step is to get a
The New England Dodge Dealers 100 is part of a NASCAR
doubleheader with the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series. It
will be the only opportunity for fans to see feature events for both series
on the same day in 2006.
The New England Dodge Dealers 100 is scheduled to start at
approximately 7:30 p.m.
NEW ENGLAND DODGE DEALERS 100 NOTES
Posted awards are $84,213 for the 100-lap race. Bud Pole qualifying
is scheduled for 4:30 pm on Thursday June 29 to determine positions 1-30.
Four provisional starting positions (two owner & two driver) based on 2006
Whelen Modified Tour point Standings and one past champion provisional are
available for a maximum starting field of 35 cars.
The New England Dodge Dealers 100 will start at approximately 7:30
pm on June 29.
The New England Dodge Dealers 100 is the second of five series
events scheduled to be held at Thompson in 2006. Mike Stefanik was the
winner of the Icebreaker in April.
Thompson International Speedway has hosted more Whelen Modified
Tour races than any other speedway. There have been 87 series events at
Thompson since 1985 including the first series race on March 31, 1985.
The following active drivers have recorded Whelen Modified Tour
wins at Thompson: Mike Stefanik (14), Rick Fuller (8), Tony Hirschman (8),
Reggie Ruggiero (5), Ted Christopher (5), Jerry Marquis, (4), Eddie Flemke
(3), Charlie Pasteryak (1), John Blewett III (1) and Chuck Hossfeld (1).
The series qualifying record at Thompson is 18.505 seconds (121.515
mph) set by Bob Polverari in 2001.
The NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series will also be
competing at Thompson. The first time these two series competed on the same
day at Thompson was in 1988. Mike Stefanik won the modified portion and
Bobby Dragon won the Busch East portion. Jimmy Spencer finished fifth in the
modified event and fourth in the Busch East race.
As of June 23, 42 teams have filed entries.
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