Dillon, Coby & MacDonald Saturday NHMS winners

Controversial last lap ends mod tour race

Austin Dillon celebrates winning the UNOH 175. (Photo: Matt Wiernasz)

(WWLP) – Race winner Doug Coby ran into leader Ryan Preece igniting a last lap pile-up in Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

Coby’s move came on the green-white-checker finish and he crossed the granite stripe under yellow & checkered flags. Coby started from the pole, while Preece, who is winless at the Magic Mile in 19 NWMT starts, began from the 17th position. A quarter of the way into the event, Preece was in the lead pack and led for the 1st time at lap 60. Coby had the dominant car, leading over 80% of the race. 

When asked about bumping Preece in turn 1 on the final lap, Coby said, “Modifieds is what happened. Ryan really slowed up. I didn’t try to wreck him. I would have been happy to push (Preece) out of Turn 2 and I would have passed him into Turn 3, I’m confident of that.”

The wreck deprived Loudon fans of the drama of a Magic Mile Mod Tour finish with the final turn 3 pass and the dash to the checkered flag.  Patrick Emerling was 2nd (his best Loudon finish), Bobby Santos, who had been in the lead pack from starting on the outside pole, took 3rd, Ron Silk got 4th, with Justin Bonsignore 5th.  Point leader Woody Pikat was 10th. His team re-numbered the 88 to 38 with throwback paint & graphics for a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Famer Jerry Cook. Preece never completed the last lap and was scored 19th. The win helped put Coby back into the thick of the championship chase.  Pitkat leads Preece by 8 points, with Coby now just 11 points out of 1st.

There are 2 races remaining as the season wraps World Series weekend at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on October 18th. Coby has won all 3 NWMT races this year at Thompson, with no car being able to offer a serious challenge there. Saturday’s race at the Magic Mile was the 600th overall for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

    

NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series marked a milestone 500th race overall with the UNOH 175 at Loudon. When the series began 20 years Austin Dillon was 4 years old. Fast forward to the present, Dillon led 80 laps on his way to NHMS victory lane for the 1st time. Matt Crafton finished 2nd followed by Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters, and John Hunter Nemechek. Kyle Busch, who was once again boo’ed soundly during driver introductions, led 67 laps but finished 11th. Busch had to deal with a tire rub after a crunched right rear quarter panel late in the race.

NASCAR Mexico Series driver Ruben Pardo made his NASCAR  Truck Series debut at the Magic Mile. He started 22nd and finished 21st overall. Pardo told 22News he was “excited and was learning a lot.” He is currently tied for 3rd in the NASCAR Mexico series standings.     

    

Rowley, Massachusetts’ Eddie MacDonald continued his Magic Mile mastery as he won the 7th annual American-Canadian Tour Bond Auto Parts Invitational.  MacDonald started 20th, and with a little help from a caution, took the lead with 15 circuits to go in the 50 lap event. A 4 time Invitational winner, MacDonald has previously gone to victory lane in 2009, 2011, and 2013. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.  was 2nd with Wayne Helliwell, Jr. in 3rd. New Salem’s Tom Carey, Jr. finished 8th.

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