It was perhaps the best run Doug Coby has had all season.
But the third-place finish he and the No. 2 team earned in the rain-delayed Thompson 125 left Coby hungry for more.
Thursday’s race was one that Coby felt slip away. Throughout the long green flag run to start the event, Coby gave up the lead to Justin Bonsignore, but quickly got it back. After that, Coby was able to hold off Ryan Preece for the rest of the green flag run. On lap 97, however, the first caution of the night bunched the field back up. During the pit stop, Coby lost the lead to Justin Bonsignore. Making matters worse was the fact that his car was no longer the fastest in the field.
“If he [Bonsignore] was as tight as he was in the beginning of the race, I would’ve drove right by him,” said Coby. “He was a lot better, and we were kind of the same.”
“Honestly, with the way my car was, if I had been the leader off of pit road, I, for some reason, think we would’ve gotten passed anyway, because we weren’t good enough to win.”
It’s been a struggle of sorts for Coby to start 2018. The five-time Whelen Modified Tour champion hasn’t had the speed of his other competitors so far this year. Through the first five races of 2018, Coby has just two top-ten finishes. The third-place showing at Thompson was his first top-five of the year.
Don’t count Coby out, however. After all, he didn’t take the points lead in 2017 until the Loudon race in September. Furthermore, Coby was 47 points back of the lead at this point one year ago.
“We have a lot to go,” Coby told Short Track Scene. “They’re beating us, but we’re not our best, so at least, for our team, we’re not out there with a perfect car getting beat, because that would suck.”
Doug Coby still seeks his first win of 2018. It’ll have to come another day, though.