Story By: KYLE SOUZA / DOUG COBY RACING – MARTINSVILLE, VA – Doug Coby was running comfortably inside the top-10 when a mechanical failure suddenly forced him to pull into the garage early on Thursday at Martinsville Speedway.
Competing in the season-finale for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Coby wheeled the Mayhew Tools No. 10 and ran around the top-10 for the beginning stages of the race.
During a mid-race caution, Coby pitted, along with others, and restarted in the middle of the pack. He worked his way up into the top-five, and was running fifth when the car stumbled with a mechanical problem and Coby had no choice but to pull behind the wall at lap 147, ending his night early.
The culprit was a broken left-rear rotor.
“We had a good run going towards the end before our problem,” Coby said. “I can’t thank the Mayhew Tools team enough for making the trip to Martinsville possible. We would have loved to come away with the Grandfather Clock but it wasn’t meant to be. We had speed in the car and just didn’t come away with the finish we were hoping for.”
Post-race, Coby celebrated with Tommy Baldwin Racing, who received their championship honors for winning the Whelen Modified Tour owner’s title in 2022. Coby wheeled the No. 7NY to three wins on the season at Lee USA Speedway, Riverhead Raceway and Langley Speedway.
Doug Coby will return to the track at Caraway Speedway for the North-South Shootout with Tommy Baldwin Racing on Saturday, November 5.