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Coby Delivers On Title Expectations

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – “Patience is a virtue.” “Good things come to those who wait.” “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”

Pick your favorite quote about fortitude. Chances are, it will apply to Doug Coby, the driver whose enduring patience has resulted in two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championships in the last three years.

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CHAMPION CAR OWNER: Mike Smeriglio III

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

NASCAR is a passion-driven sport. Passsion from the competitors, from the team personnel, and especially from the fans. Few bring more passion than newly-minted NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion car owner Mike Smeriglio III.

CHAMPION DRIVER: DOUG COBY  |  CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: PHIL MORAN

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CHAMPION CREW CHIEF: Phil Moran

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

Long considered one of the elite crew chiefs on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the case for that exclusive status was significantly bolstered in 2014 when Phil Moran added a second tour title to his résumé.

A second championship, which came with a different driver and car owner, and in a different era of Whelen Modified Tour competition.

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Touring Series Most Popular Drivers Revealed

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The fans have spoken, and they have selected a pair of series champions as well as a pair of repeat award winners in balloting for the NASCAR regional touring series’ 2014 Most Popular Driver Awards.

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Solomito Headed To Flamingo

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Reigning Sunoco Rookie of the Year Timmy Solomito announced today that he has reached an agreement to drive with Flamingo Motorsports for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.

Solomito, from Islip, New York, has been tabbed by team owner Eric Sanderson to replace Ryan Preece in the Massachusetts-based No. 16 Flamingo Motorsports Ford. Preece departed last week to join TS Haulers Racing.

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Preece Changing Tour Rides

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Preece announced today that he is leaving Flamingo Motorsports to join TS Haulers Racing for the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season.

The move for Preece ends a three-year stint with the Massachusetts-based Flamingo Motorsports No. 16 team that saw the pairing capture the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour title and finish as the championship runner-up in 2012 and 2014.

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Coby Drives Way Back To The Top

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. -- It was the worst finish of the season for Doug Coby. But in the end, it didn't matter, as the Milford, Connecticut driver lifted the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour trophy for the second time in three seasons Sunday.

The 35-year-old finished 17th and two laps down in the season finale Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The race was won by defending tour champion Ryan Preece.

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QUALIFYING: Pitkat Secures Thompson Pole

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Woody Pitkat’s breakout campaign continues in the season finale as he secured the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

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PRACTICE: Pitkat Leads At Thompson

By Jason Cunningham, NASCAR

THOMPSON, Conn. – Woody Pitkat paced the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour field in a practice session twice delayed by rain Saturday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in advance of the season finale Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart.

Pitkat, from Stafford, Connecticut, posted a fast lap of 18.705 seconds (120.289 mph) to lead the 36-car field. He earned the Coors Light Pole Award in the first race of the year in April at Thompson, and will go for a second today at 5 p.m.

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Preece Follows Family Path To Top

By Brad Klein, NASCAR

Ryan Preece has racing in his blood.

His family has been involved in auto racing his entire life. It started with his grandfather Bob Judkins, who owned modified cars in Connecticut, and was a crew chief for those cars racing throughout the Northeast. 

“It’s always been a family thing," Preece said. "My father started racing in his twenties, and I’ve been racing since I’ve been able to walk.” He has two older brothers Shaun and Matt, who are both very supportive of his racing prowess. “My Mom Jodi is also very supportive, and my family always goes to all my races.”

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