THOMPSON, Conn. — Doug Coby may be a longshot to win another NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship going into the weekend, but he’s off to a fast start to contend for the win Sunday.
Coby’s No. 10 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet paced Saturday afternoon’s 1 hour, 15 minute practice session at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in advance of qualifying.
Coby’s best time in 58 laps around the .625-mile oval was 19.172 seconds (117.359 mph).
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Ronnie Williams posted the second fastest lap at 19.255 (116.853).
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship points leader Justin Bonsignore was third fastest at 19.296 (116.604).
The 32-year-old from Holtsville, New York, enters the Sunoco World Series 150 with a 27-point lead over six-time champion Coby. Bonsignore has to finish 23rd or better in the 27-car field to clinch the championship regardless of what Coby does.
Timmy Solomito and Craig Lutz were fourth and fifth fastest in practice, respectively.
Patrick Emerling was sixth quick, followed by Matt Swanson, Woody Pitkat, Anthony Nocella and Ron Silk.
Mayhew Tools Pole Award qualifying is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
The Sunoco World Series 150 is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. There are tickets available to see this race in person, and the race will also be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Gold.