Doug Coby – 4 Time Champion Driver
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After winning three Quarter Midget national championships, Doug Coby made the jump to stock car racing at Stafford Motor Speedway. He won the 1998 Late Model championship at the track, followed up by a championship in the track’s old Pro Stock division in 2000.
Coby made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in 2002 with three starts that season. In 2003, he finished 14th in points after making 15 starts. Jumped to 12th in the standings in 2004. In 2005 he had six top-five finishes and was seventh in the final standings.
In 2006 he won his first Whelen Modified Tour event, capturing the prestigious Sprint Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway. He made 11 starts over the 2007 and 2008 seasons. In 2009, Coby finished 11th in the standings after starting 11 events. He ran for five different teams in 2010, finishing in the top-10 four of eight starts that year. In 2011, Coby put together a deal to drive half the season for car owner Wayne Darling and half for George Bierce and finished fifth in the standings, then a career best.
He recorded his second career victory after winning the Whelen Modified Tour portion of the North-South Showdown at Thompson International Speedway. He also won the North-South Showdown exhibition event pitting Northern tour and Southern tour teams against each other. In 2012, he drove exclusively for Wayne Darling and won his first career Whelen Modified Tour championship. He finished the season with a series high five victories over 14 events and 11 top-10 runs. At one point during the season he recorded seven consecutive top-three finishes. He finished the season with a series best average finish of 5.9. In 2013, despite only starting 13 of 14 events, he finished second to Ryan Preece in the Whelen Modified Tour standings.
In December he announced he would leave Darling’s team to replace Todd Szegedy at Mike Smeriglio Racing in 2014. In 2014, Doug started the season in Victory Lane on the short track at Daytona in the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach in his first outing with Mike Smeriglio III Racing. Thanks to a tour best 12 top-10 finishes in 13 outings and winning the 125 at Stafford Motor Speedway, Coby drove to his second Whelen Modified Tour championship in three years giving team owner Mike Smeriglio his first title.
In 2015, Doug became just the third driver in Whelen Modified Tour history to earn three or more championships. He set career highs for wins (7), poles (6), top fives (11) and laps led (830), Doug became just the third driver to record a season sweep at Thompson; earned his first career bullring victory at Monadnock and became the first driver in tour history to win the last three races of a season, and the first to win three-consecutive races from the pole.
In 2016, Doug won his fourth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship. In the process he joined NASCAR Hall of Famers Jerry Cook and Richie Evans, as well as NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mike Stefanik and Tony Hirschman Jr., as the only drivers in NASCAR Modifieds 69-year history to win four or more championships. He also became the first driver in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour era, which began in 1985, to win three straight titles. All three have come since he teamed up with car owner Mike Smeriglio III. Coby won five times in 2016 to move to seventh all-time on the tour’s win list.
About Michael Smeriglio Racing Corp.
The Michael Smeriglio Racing Corp., MSIII Racing, has won the Nascar Whelen Modified Tour Championship three years running. Along with his driver, Doug Coby and crew chief, Phil Moran they are creating a dynasty in short track racing on the east coast.