Mayhew™ Wins with 2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, Doug Coby

Mayhew™ Wins with 2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion, Doug Coby

This marks Coby’s 6th championship title of the tour

Turners Falls, MA October 21, 2019 – Mayhew Steel Products, Inc. (Mayhew Tools), primary sponsor to #2 car driven by five-time champion Doug Coby announces Coby’s 6th championship of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Coby was awarded the championship title at the conclusion of the Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, CT on October 13, 2019. This is the third consecutive year that Mayhew Tools has signed on with Mike Smergilio’s MSIII Racing to sponsor Coby and the #2 car in the tour.

The Whelen Modified Tour (WMT), now in its thirty-fifth year, began with the Performance Plus 150 at Myrtle Beach Speedway on March 16th and concluded at Thompson October 13th. Although, driver Justin Bonsignore entered the Tour this year as the defending champion, Coby cemented his status as the driver to beat with his win in the Bud: King of Beers 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in mid-August. Through the first 11 races of the season Coby had four victories, with top five finishes in eight races, and had finished inside the top 10 in all 11 events a fete he had only achieved one other time in his five title seasons prior to 2019. His total lap lead count through the first 11 races was at an all-time high of 728.

“We are not only a sponsor, but committed followers and fans of Doug Coby, and we are beyond excited and proud to see him win his 6th NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship – what an accomplishment,” shared John Lawless, President, Mayhew Tools. “Doug’s dedication and enthusiasm to racing and his fans is similar to that of our quality-focus and commitment to crafting premium hand tools for our end users – making our partnership a valuable and symbiotic one.”

Racing sponsorships constitute a key component to Mayhew Tools marketing strategy, helping them get their brand tools into the hands of automotive professionals immersed in the racing industry. Beyond the company’s sponsorship of Coby and new this year for Mayhew was the sponsorship of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Pole Award. The award recognizes the winning driver with a one-thousand-dollar check while the crew chief of the winning driver is awarded one of Mayhew’s Dominator® heavy-duty curved pry bars, dubbed ‘The Big Stick’. Bestowing the 13 lb. Big Stick to each winning crew chief enables the premium hand tool manufacturer to quite literally get their tools into the hands of those actually using them on a regular basis.

Mayhew Tools are sold through an extensive network of global distributors, primarily serving the industrial, automotive, and hardware markets. For more information, contact Mayhew Tools at 800.872.0037 or visit

About Mayhew Tools

Mayhew Steel Products (Mayhew Tools), founded in 1856, is an ISO 9001:2015-certified company and the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States. Headquartered in Turners Falls, MA, the company’s transition from a small tool house to industry leader comes as a direct result of their dedication, quality, reliability, and craftsmanship. While their passion for manufacturing quality hand tools has continued to fuel its century-old product line growth. Mayhew Tools, serving primarily the Industrial, Automotive and Hardware industries, are sold globally through an extensive distributor network.

Doug Led 134-Laps, Places 15th

Image by: Dick Ayers

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.