A successful racing career has always begins somewhere, and on this date in 2006 a young Doug Coby scored his first career win on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Not only did he breakthrough for his first career tour victory, but he did so in one of the most prestigious races of the year: the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Coby came from 29th on the grid to win the race over Donny Lia.
It was the 57th career NWMT start for Coby, who ended up out of a full-time ride the following season.
Five years after his first victory, Coby returned to victory lane for the second time in 2011 while driving for Wayne Darling at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. From there, it’s all history.
Coby won five times in 2012 on the way to his first of six NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titles. He nearly missed a second title a year later before teaming up with Mike Smeriglio for a memorable run. The wins didn’t come right away, but the consistency was off the charts. He completed all but two laps in 2014 en route to his second championship.
In 2015, Coby won seven races and another championship. With five more victories in 2016, a third straight title came.
In 2017, Coby came from behind to win another title before winning his sixth championship in 2019.
We can’t wait to see what 2020 brings for Coby as he prepares to chase a seventh championship with his own race team.
1983 – In a previous Flashback Friday, we highlighted Rusty Wallace winning with the All Pro Super Series at Montgomery Motor Speedway. Wallace continued an incredible 1983 season on this date with another All Pro win at Jackson International Speedway (MS). The tour made eight stops at Jackson during a six-year span and never returned. Wallace led 91 laps in what was only his third start at the track.
1989 – Dick McCabe won his first Busch North race of the season at Oxford Plains Speedway in his home state of Maine. McCabe was a touring series terror at OPS with nine career wins across the NASCAR tours. In all, he had 12 wins at OPS. His win in 1989 was one of his few bright spots that year.
2005 – Bobby Gill snuck by Clay Rogers late in the going at Concord Speedway (NC) to win the Hooters Pro Cup Turn 4 Pizza 250. Clay Rogers had dominated the 250-lap race that Gill would win. Between the two of them, they won 82 races on the old Pro Cup Tour.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Stat Boy
-Photo credit: Mary & Howie Hodge