Author: Patrick Reynolds

One for the Thumb; Doug Coby Wins Fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship

Story by Patrick Reynolds. Photo courtesy Mayhew Tools. The NASCAR Hall of Fame has enshrined legendary nine-time Modified Champion Richie Evans and six-time Modified Champ Jerry Cook. Seven-time Modified titlist Mike Stefanik is on the Hall’s nomination ballot. In recent years, the example of excellence in the Modifieds has been set by Doug Coby. In 2017, Coby earned his fifth career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship, with the last four in consecutive years driving for team owner Mike Smeriglio. The tallies separated Coby from the pack and elevated his numbers to Evans, Cook, Stefanik and Tony Hirschman. The quartet...

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NASCAR’s Modified Tour Races On Without Ted Christopher

Story and photo by Patrick Reynolds I walked into Stafford Motor Speedway while shadows diminished as a beautiful and sunny New England autumn morning was opening its curtain. I thought about Ted Christopher and I was sad. “It’s just not going to be the same,” said Doug Coby. “There’s going to be something missing here for a lot of us.” “This may be the house that Jack built, but TC was the King,” Reverend Don Rivers said. “And to be the King you need to win a few battles… more than anyone else.” Stafford hosted the 45th annual NAPA...

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Remembering Ted Christopher

Story by Patrick Reynolds; photo courtesy Joe Pelham Short track great Ted Christopher lost his life earlier today- not on a race track but from an aircraft crash. I saw Christopher race many times while living in the Northeast. I was mad at him over the years while working on Modified pit crews and repairing crash damage that I deemed him responsible for.  For younger racing fans to relate, there is a parallel with TC and Kyle Busch. If Christopher was in the race you were watching, love him or dislike him, that race was a whole lot more...

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