STAFFORD, Conn. — By Jason Christley and Jason Cunningham, NASCAR — Getty Images for NASCAR photo — It took a little longer, but Doug Coby finally took the checkered flag for the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action.
The race was postponed twice by rain and then Coby, piloting the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Repair/HEX Performance Chevrolet, had to outlast Justin Bonsignore and Bobby Santos in a green-white-checkered finish that pushed the race to 130 laps.
It is Coby’s 10th career win and sixth at the historic Connecticut half-mile. He took the lead Friday on Lap 7. Santos edged Coby at the line on the final restart but Coby powered back into the lead en route to winning for the fifth time in the last 10 races at Stafford.
Bonsignore got past Santos for second on the final lap. Santos had won the Coors Light Pole Award when qualifying was originally held on May 23.
Rowan Pennink and Woody Pitkat were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Ron Silk finished sixth, followed by Patrick Emerling, Ted Christopher, Ryan Preece and Glen Reen.
It’s been quite the start to 2014 for Coby since he moved to MSIII Racing in the offseason. They won on the short track at Daytona International Speedway in their first outing together during Speedweeks, and since the points season started they’ve recorded finishes of third, second and now first.
“This car has been awesome every time we’ve taken it out, we’re really clicking” Coby said. “It was a move that was difficult for me to make, but I’m happy with this [No.] 2 car.”
With the win, Coby took over the points lead from Bonsignore, 132-128. Pitkat is third in the standings after three races at 123.
The win for Coby also broke a streak of 11-consecutive seasons in which a different driver has won the second Stafford race on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule. The Milford, Connecticut driver also won this event in 2012 during his championship campaign.
The race was slowed by caution just three times, and the first didn’t come out until Lap 104. In 112 all-time Whelen Modified Tour races at Stafford, there still has yet to be a caution-free contest.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be back in action Saturday, June 21 with the Mr. Rooter 161 at Connecticut’s Waterford Speedbowl.