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POCKET MONEY: Doug Coby Scores Huge Payday With Inaugural UNOH Showdown Victory

Sunday, September 11, 2011
Photo: Travis Barrett/GWC

THOMPSON, Conn. – After being asked if he'd ever won so much money in a single race, Doug Coby looked right back at his interrogator with steely eyes and a clear message.

"Have you?"

Doug Coby led all but five laps of the inaugural UNOH Showdown at Thompson International Speedway on Sunday, collecting more than $20,000 in purse and bonus money for winning the 50-lap, no-holds-barred shootout between the best of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour. Coby, who won the Whelen Modified Tour's Northern Thompson 125 earlier in the day, started on the pole and was dominant over a series of late-race restarts en route to the checkered flag.

"That's awesome. Our team deserves it," Coby said. "I want to say I deserve it – I don't want to sound cocky – but I've been through a lot with this Tour. A lot of people believed in me to get the job done, and it feels good to pay them back with good runs."

The victories at Thompson were the first two of any kind, in any division, for Coby at the track.

Ted Christopher was second. James Civali had nearly just as impressive a day as Coby, finishing second to Coby in the Tour race before landing third in the Showdown.

Whelen Southern Modified Tour points leader George Brunnhoelzl III, who won the Southern Thompson 125, finished fourth – the lone Southern Tour driver to finish in the Top-10. Eric Goodale completed the Top-5.

"(Coby) was pretty well dominant, you saw that in the Tour race," Civali said. "There was nothing we really could have done with that."

Civali, Christopher and Ryan Preece all took turns taking shots at Coby on restarts over the final half of the race. But each time, the outside lane proved vital to Coby's success and nobody could make the bottom work against him.

"Whoever had the high side seemed to luck out and get the lane," Christopher said. "But that's how this place is. When you're on, you're on."

In the end, it was about the wins, the prestige of winning at Thompson and, obviously, about the money.

A lot of money. All told, Coby pocketed $26,650 for the two race wins.

"Purses in Modified racing are hurting these days, and to come out here to this track – they put up the big money and we took it all," said Coby, who won a $10,000-to-win open show at Seekonk Speedway earlier this summer in the same car.

"Seekonk was awesome with 10 (thousand), but this was unbelievable, really, Just such a good car."

– TB