BROCKTON, Mass. – Doug Coby, who just locked up his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, will make his debut in a midget this weekend at Lee USA Speedway’s Ocktoberfest.
Coby will be in the No. 39B Bertrand car in the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Ass’n feature on Sunday.
Coby, a five time 2012 winner, who clinched the NASCAR crown Sunday at Thompson, joins Randy Cabral, who brings an almost insurmountable 88-point lead over Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire No. 45) into the weekend, in the Bertrand stable.
NEMA has a big presence at Ocktoberfest. A 25-lap Lites feature (a make up for an Aug. 10 rainout) is on the Saturday schedule. The Lites and the full Midgets both run Sunday.
“Doug and I have been friends for almost 30 years,” said Tim Bertrand, “and we’ve talked about this for the past four or five years. With Todd having a commitment at the Linda’s Microsprint Nationals in Pennsylvania, the opportunity presented itself. We’re just looking to have some fun, and if he likes it, get him in the car a few times next year as well.”
Over the years Tim Bertrand has provided cars for a number of “guest drivers” including Ryan Newman, Cole Carter, Ryan Preece, Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher.
“I’ve been asking Tim ‘when do I get the opportunity to drive one of your cars?’ for a while,” said Coby. Although it will be his first Midget ride and his limited experience at Lee, Coby is “looking forward to trying something new.”
Mike Ordway, Jr. piloted the car Coby will drive (an Autocraft powered Bertrand/Drinan chassis) to a 4th place finish in its maiden voyage at Beech Ridge Speedway in September.