STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. – Even though Stafford Motor Speedway is 75 miles from Doug Coby’s hometown, but during his 2012 championship season Coby might as well have called it “Home Sweet Home.”
Coby, from Milford, Conn., launched his title campaign in earnest with a victory in last year’s CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler at the Connecticut oval, then strengthened it with wins in two of the remaining three races there on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule. Without those three Stafford checkered flags, who knows how Coby’s season would have gone.
The tour’s record book for Stafford is dominated with accomplishments from Ted Christopher and Mike Stefanik, but Coby is positioning himself as the present-day master of the historic half mile. Including those three wins from last year, Coby has seven-straight top-10 finishes at Stafford and has led laps in six of his last 10 Whelen Modified Tour races there.
While the Spring Sizzler will be just the second of 14 races on the 2013 schedule, the importance of winning it should not be understated when thinking about the season championship. Including Coby a year ago, eight Sizzler winners have gone on to earn the Whelen Modified Tour title, including four of the previous eight seasons. The driver that stands in Victory Lane this time around will have to feel optimistic about their championship hopes moving forward.
Coby will look to keep his run going by becoming the fifth different driver in Whelen Modified Tour history to earn back-to-back Spring Sizzlers win this coming Sunday in Stafford’s 42nd edition of the famed event.