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Mayhew Steel Products is excited to announce we are teaming up with Mike Smergilio from MSIII Racing and 4 time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby as primary sponsor of the # 2 car for the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modifed Tour.   

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Doug Led 134-Laps, Places 15th

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Solomito Muscles Way to Langley Victory

Reclaims Modified Tour Points Lead With Second Win of 2017

By Andy Marquis,

HAMPTON, Va. – Timmy Solomito muscled his way past Doug Coby with seven laps to go to score the victory in Saturday night’s City of Hampton 150 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway – his second victory of the season in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Coby had dominated much of the event, leading all but six laps, but Solomito closed in on him in the closing stages of the 150 lap race at the .396-mile oval in Hampton, Virginia. When Solomito finally got to Coby’s rear bumper, he began to press the issue, looking to the inside and the outside and repeatedly giving shots to Coby.  With seven laps to go, and the third and fourth place cars of Max Zachem and Eric Goodale joining the battle for the win, Solomito executed the bump-and-run, which resulted in Coby spinning.

Solomito then survived a restart with two laps to go and survived overtime to clinch the win.

“I hate to race that way,” Solomito said. “We had a really fast car tonight. I pressed him and tried to get him to slip up. He slipped up a few times. I showed my nose a couple times. I have a lot of respect for Doug but he’s trying to win a race and I’m trying to win a race. Unfortunately, tight quarters, you’re racing on a small track, I hate to win races that way but it happens, contact happens.

“Unfortunately, it’s racing. It is a contact sport here and there and sometimes things happen. We didn’t want that to happen but it’s hard racing. Two guys going for the same piece of real estate for the win. If I could go back, would I have done anything different? Probably not. Everybody’s here to win.”

The win at Langley marks Solomito’s second of the season. Earlier this year, he won the Whelen Modified season opener at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway and backed it up with a second-place finish at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Despite an 11th place finish at Stafford, the strong start to the season has Solomito thinking big picture.

“We just have to keep it rolling and keep running strong and having good finishes,” Solomito remarked. “At the end of the day, every position counts.  You have to play your cards right and be there at the end. You just have to finish every race.  It’s not always about winning as many races as you can, it’s about finishing up front and running well.”

Doug Coby, who led 134 laps, ended up being relegated to a 15th place finish after the contact with Solomito.

“Timmy made his car faster, and we were just a tick tighter,” Coby said. “We still had a fast race car, a controllable race car. It was a good race, that’s what the fans deserve to see. They don’t want to see somebody walk away by a straightaway.”

As Solomito closed in, Coby said he expected the race to come down to paint trading.

“I was expecting the bumper shots, the crossovers and stuff,” Coby explained. “No matter what he was trying to do, if I don’t give up the bottom, he can’t get by me. That’s short track racing. You’ve got the outside to go around, you’ve got the way bottom to go around.  If I’ve got a fast car and I’m on the bottom, find another way around.”

Eric Goodale finished in second, his best result of the season. Kyle Bonsignore finished third while Max Zachem and Justin Bonsignore rounded out the top-five.

Rob Summers, Rowan Pennink, Danny Bohn, Kyle Ebersole and Matt Swanson completed the top 10.

Solomito took over the points lead with his victory, leading by nine points over Rowan Pennink following the race at Langley Speedway.  Eric Goodale sits third in points while Justin Bonsignore and Max Zachem sit fourth and fifth.

The next race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be held at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on June 14th.


Mayhew Tools to be Primary Sponsor for Whelen Modified Tour Car in 2017

Doug Coby Becomes a Man of Steel

Turners Falls, MA– Mayhew Steel Products is excited to announce we are teaming up with Mike Smergilio from MSIII Racing and 4 time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Doug Coby as primary sponsor of the # 2 car for the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modifed Tour.   Doug Coby made the announcement during his champion’s speech at Night of Champions Touring Award Banquet on December 10, 2016 in Charlotte, NC at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“We are obviously really excited to bring Mayhew into our team as we try to chase four championships in a row,” Doug Coby, of Milford, CT said.  “We feel like we have a great brand to pair up with their great brand.  They are an industry leader in their field and they feel like we are an industry leader in our field, so it was a natural fit for the two of us to come together.”

This year, Coby became the first driver since the inception of the Whelen Modified Tour in 1985 win three consecutive championship titles. He won his first championship in 2012 driving for team owner Wayne Darling. He was second in the standings to Ryan Preece in 2013 before winning the last three titles with the Mike Smeriglio owned MSIII Racing Team led by Crew Chief Phil Moran.

“We’re really excited to win some races with Mayhew’s logo on our car and really get them more involved in the automotive side of their business,” Coby said. “They do industrial products and automotive products and they’ve made it pretty clear that they would like to get some more traction among the automotive consumers and the race fans and race team members. It’s a great fit for everybody involved and we’re really excited to move.”

Mayhew Steel Products had served as an associate sponsor the Bob Garbarino owned Mystic Missile NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team for the 2016 season and was looking to expand its racing sponsorship program.  Mayhew President John Lawless was happy when the opportunity was presented to step up as primary sponsor with a championship team.  We’re very excited to begin our relationship with MSIII Racing,” says Lawless. “This partnership will help us reach the NASCAR and racing fan base, whose demographics match those of our target customers.”  Mayhew has a great line of specialty automotive tools that fit in well in the racing world and looks forward to getting our brand out there in a big way.

Mayhew, founded in 1856, is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States. Over time our product line has grown but our passion for manufacturing quality hand tools here in the USA continues as we serve the Industrial, Automotive and Hardware industries. As we’ve grown from a small tool house to the industry leader, there’s only one thing that hasn’t changed—our dedication to quality, reliability, and craftsmanship. That’s why we’ve become the tool of choice for certified technicians and professional mechanics across the country, and have found a home in the tool boxes of do-it-yourselfers as well.

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