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MYRTLE BEACH, SC - MARCH 16:  Doug Coby, driver of the #2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet, wins the Mayhew Tools pole award for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen on March 16, 2019 at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
Doug Coby (center) picked up the first Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award at Myrtle Beach Speedway. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

QUALIFYING: Doug Coby Rockets To Top Spot at Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — After an offseason filled with anticipation, Doug Coby’s quest for his sixth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship will roll off from the front row on Saturday night.

Coby picked up his 23rd career pole award, and his first at Myrtle Beach Speedway, topping the group qualifying session with a time of 19.668 seconds (98.475 mph).

Coby, the driver of the No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet, was the winner of the first Mayhew Tools Dominator Pole Award.

His crew chief, Phil Moran, was the first recipient of the “Big Stick,” a pry-bar awarded to the pole-winning crew chief at each Whelen Modified Tour event for 2019.

In two previous Myrtle Beach starts, Coby’s results haven’t been up to his liking. He’s finished 14th and 13th the last two years — and has led just one lap at the South Carolina oval.

RACING-REFERENCE: Performance Plus 150 Qualifying Results

“It’s awesome that they are contributing to the whole series,” Coby said of Mayhew Tools, his primary sponsor. “You have awards like this, it’s making the Tour more unique and giving people more things to shoot for.”

Defending race winner Jon McKennedy was second, driving the No. 7NY Sahlen’s Chevrolet for Tommy Baldwin Racing. McKennedy posted a time of 19.669 seconds, coming up just short of Coby’s top speed. In his first and only start at Myrtle Beach, which came last year, McKennedy led 12 laps en route to victory after picking the right tire strategy.

Defending Sunoco Rookie of the Year Tommy Catalano was third, followed by Eric Goodale and Rob Summers.

Matt Hirschman was sixth, followed by Chris Pasteryak, Andy Seuss, defending champion Justin Bonsignore and Dave Sapienza. Bonsignore was fastest in the lone practice session earlier in the day.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety Kleen at 5:30 p.m. The race will air via a live stream on FansChoice.TV, and will also air on NBCSN on Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - MARCH 16: Doug Coby, driver of the #2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet, during qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen on March 16, 2019 at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
Doug Coby tours the Myrtle Beach oval during qualifying on Saturday. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)