When the dust settled at Connecticut's Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Wednesday night, Doug Coby had come out on top for the third straight time at the “Big T”, but the drive to victory wasn’t easy in the slightest.
Coby started the night with the fastest car, powering past Donny Lia for the lead after starting second. But things got difficult for Coby on a restart 70 laps into the race.
He launched away from rookie leader Chase Dowling who appeared to spin his tires. After a few laps of debating, NASCAR had determined that Coby had entered the restart box before Dowling, so Coby was slapped with a pass-through penalty.
But Coby quickly worked his way back through the field, and on a restart with nine laps to go he found himself fourth. He shoved leader Woody Pitkat into turn one, and then into turn three he drove deep into the corner to get alongside Pitkat. Both drivers made hard contact with their side bars, but Coby prevailed with the lead.
Coby drove away to take the win, and after the race he showed no remorse.
“We could care less," said Coby. "I got knocked around by everybody at Stafford and we came back to finish second and Woody was the only car I touched tonight and I wasn’t going to lose, so that’s how it works. We had the fastest car, they should know we had the fastest car so they can be as upset as they want. We’re fired up ready to go.”
Pitkat finished second with Todd Szegedy right behind him in third. Eric Goodale and Donny Lia completed the top five.
Szegedy said on the FansChoice.TV broadcast that he understood why Pitkat would be frustrated with Coby's move in turn three.
"The 2 (Coby) just body slammed him,” Szegedy said on the broadcast. “He doesn’t have to drive into the side of guys to go by him. Quite frankly I’m surprised he kept his cool and didn’t junk him at the end of the race. If they keep allowing people to do this, I don’t know. It’s just not racing.”
With the victory, Coby has closed to within eight points of new championship leader Woody Pitkat who got the lead from Ryan Preece with his runner-up finish. Preece is now second, one point behind Pitkat, the series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) in one week.
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1. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 77.266 mph.
2. (11) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
3. (9) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Dodge, 150.
4. (13) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
5. (4) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
6. (7) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
7. (1) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
8. (20) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
9. (3) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
10. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 150.
11. (6) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
12. (17) Steve Masse, Bellingham, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
13. (18) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.
14. (5) Derek Ramstrom, West Boylston, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
15. (23) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
16. (19) Troy Talman, Oxford, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
17. (25) Max Zachem, Preston, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
18. (21) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
19. (16) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
20. (24) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 150.
21. (27) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
22. (22) Jeff Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 148.
23. (15) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 148.
24. (29) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 148.
25. (28) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 146.
26. (14) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 141, transmission.
27. (12) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 136, suspension.
28. (10) Shawn Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Chevrolet, 96, power steering.
29. (30) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 58, handling.
30. (26) Dave Salzarulo, Enfield, Conn., Chevrolet, 39, accident.