The Whelen Modified
Tour Series headed to the Stafford Motor
Speedway this past Friday night, May 25
for the 22nd ANNUAL TSI HARLEY-DAVIDSON
125. Doug Coby followed his Spring
Sizzler win with another win at the
nutmeg oval. Coby slipped past Bobby
Santos eight laps from the finish to win
the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 and became
the first driver with more than one win
Coby, who was making his 118th Mod Tour
start, started fifth but had to pit on
Lap 27 under caution for a flat right
front tire. He charged back and chased
down Santos, who had won the pole and
led the race from the drop of the green.
Coby closed in on the leader with 10
laps to go and on his second attempt
slipped by for the lead. After taking on
fresh rubber Coby flew through the field
and was in the top five with 50 to go.
Santos tried to go the entire 125-lap
distance without changing tires, and
paid the price with seven laps to go. At
the finish Santos had faded to second
and was followed by Ron Silk, Todd
Szegedy and Rowan Pennink. Sixth through
tenth were Keith Rocco, Ted Christopher,
Woody Pitkat, Jimmy Blewett and Justin
There were 5 cautions for 21 laps. The
first yellow flew on lap 24 flew for Ed
Flemke who spun after exiting turn four.
The second caution was for Gary McDonald
who spun in turn two on lap 32. Richie
Pallai was responsible for cautions on
lap 58 and 78. The final caution was for
Jamie Tomaino who spun and intentionally
brought out the caution. Twenty one of
the twenty six starters were on the lead
lap at the finishers. Among those who
failed to finish was Mike Stefanik who
retired with engine trouble.
Following the Stafford event the Whelen
Modified Tour Series goes on Spring
Break for four weeks before heading to
the Waterford Speedbowl on June 23.
Regular Friday night racing at Stafford
saw Michael Gervias, Jr. taking the
40-lap SK Modified® feature event. Also
securing wins Tom Fearn in the 30-lap
Late Model feature, Dylan Kopec in the
20-lap SK Light Modified feature, D.J.
Burnham in the 20-lap Limited Late Model
feature, and Kyle Casagrande in the
15-lap DARE Stock feature.
For Gervais, it was his first career win
in any division at Stafford, Fearn won
for the first time since the 2009
season, Kopec was a winner for the third
time in 4 SK Light races this season,
Burnham ended Josh Wood’s winning streak
at three races, and Casagrande became
the all-time winningest DARE Stock
driver in Stafford history with his 13th
In the SK Modified feature there was
extremly good racing for 14 laps until a
fluid dump sent Keith Rocco into the
wall and Ryan Preece spinning.
At the Waterford Speedbowl torrential
rain washed out the entire racing
In Modified action at Bowman-Gray in
North Carolina, Tim Brown got his third
victory in the month of May with a win
in the first of two 25-lap races for the
featured Modified Division. And Michael
Clifton won the second race.
At the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island,
With the time restraint curfew in
affect, the race was called on lap
fifteen giving the 89x of Chris McGuire
his first victory in the modified
The much anticipated return to Thursday
night racing at Thompson International
Speedway gets underway this coming
Thursday night, May 31st. at 6 PM.
Thursday Night Thompson Thunder will
feature six divisions of NASCAR Whelen
All-American Series divisions in
qualifying races and feature events.
Thursday night races have become a
mainstay at Thompson and have proven to
be very popular with both fans and
competitors. The race program is run
virtually non-stop. The track has set a
target of 9:30 PM to have the show over.
This allows fans to enjoy a fun night
out and still be able to be home at an
In TV land, viewing on the Speed Channel
begins on Tuesday, at 6:00pm with NASCAR
Race Hub. Race Hub will also be shown on
Wednesday at the same time. NASCAR Now
will be on espn2 at 3:00pm on Tuesday,
Race viewing on the Speed Channel begins
on Wednesday at noon with a replay of
last weekend's Sprint Cup race that was
held in Charlotte. On Thursday at noon
Speed will show the Charlotte Nationwide
Series event. At 3:00pm the NASCAR Kids
and Nephews that raced recently at the
Iowa Speedway will be shown.
Speed goes live on Friday morning at
10:00am at the Dover Speedway with Truck
Series qualifying. Coverage of Sprint
Cup practice follows at 11:00am and
Nationwide Series practice at 12:30pm.
Sprint Cup final practice goes at
2:30pm. Action on the Speed Channel
continues at4:30pm with the Truck Series
pre-race show that will lead to the
5:00pm start of the NASCAR Camping World
Truck Series event. Trackside at Dover
at 7:30 and Speed Center at 8:00pm wrap
up the day.
Saturday's viewing starts at 11:30 with
NASCAR Live on Speed from Dover at
11:30am. NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying
follows at noon. The action shifts to
ESPN at 1:00pm for the Nationwide Series
pre-race show that will lead to the
2:00pm start of the Dover Nationwide
Series race also on ESPN.
On Sunday, NASCAR RaceDay begins a two
hour lead in to the Dover Sprint Cup
event that gets the green on FOX at
12:30pm. Speed wraps it up on Sunday
night with Speed Center at 7:00pm, Wind
Tunnel with Dave Despain at 8:00pm and
NASCAR Victory Lane at 9:00pm.
On the Speedway Stock Market scene last
week two of the three speedway stocks
were down for the week. Speed
Motorsports had a positive ending as
they went up 0.17 to 16.43. The
International Speedway Corporation
dropped 0.56 to 23.45 and Dover
Motorsports dropped 0.05 to 1.30. NASCAR
Cup sponsor Sprint went up 0.28 to 2.62.
NASCAR fuel supplier Sun Oil was also
positive as they went up 0.42 to 47.29.
Tire supplier Goodyear followed suitas
they went up 0.55 to 10.59. The car
makers were all positive for the week.
Ford went up 0.59 to 10.60 while General
Motors went up 1.26 to 22.44 and Toyota
went up 0.74 to 76.80. In the home
improvement sector, Home Depot went up
2.39 to 49.44 and Lowes dropped 1.24 to
27.24. The major car sponsors enjoyed a
good week. Dupont went up 0.43 to 48.40
while Coca-Cola went up 0.28 to 60.75,
Target Department Stores went up 2.16 to
57.62, Aarons Rentals went up 1.43 to
26.87 and Fedex went up 4.21 to 89.28.
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