NEW SMYRNA, Fla. – Doug Coby led the most laps in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season-opener at New Smyrna Speedway, and finished the 200-lap event in fifth spot on Saturday night, February 11.
Coby started from the Mayhew Tools pole after qualifying was washed out, leading the field to green in the Tommy Baldwin Racing 7NY after the field was set by 2022 owner’s points.
Coby jumped to the lead quickly at the beginning and led laps, then after a few cycles of pit stops, found himself in the lead just after halfway and led a string of circuits during a long green-flag run. A caution in the final 50 laps, and a ton of hard racing for the lead and top-five spots, cycled Coby in and out of the podium. He would settle for fifth – even after being collected in a crash in the final laps and rebounding from it.
Overall, it was a good start to the season for the Mayhew Tools team.
“I would have loved to have won the race but we had a fantastic car out there,” Coby said. “We were just a tiny bit short on stagger on the last run. We are experienced together already as a group and I know the team knows I can manage the race, and I love that they can trust me to do what I need to do.”
Jimmy Blewett drove the No. 76 for Tommy Baldwin Racing in the 200-lap event, and was running strong inside the top-10 late before he was collected in a crash. Blewett had to start at the tail of the field due to qualifying being rained out.
The next NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event for Tommy Baldwin Racing will be at Richmond Raceway on Friday, March 31, with Doug Coby wheeling the Mayhew Tools No. 7NY.