Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion and current points leader, Doug Coby, beat back Jeff Abold on two late race restarts to take NEMA’s prestigious 19th annual Boston Louie Seymour Memorial last Wednesday at the Seekonk Speedway. In the Lites, Jim Chambers came from the sixth position to take down a dominant win over Indiana’s USAC standout, Kyle Hamilton.
In NEMA action, the night started with rally style group time trials, with Randy Cabral taking down fast time honors in his Bertrand Motorsports #47 machine, at 11.13 seconds. In heat race action, Todd Bertrand and Doug
Coby took down heat race wins in their Bertrand Motorsports team cars.
In the feature, Bertrand jumped out into the lead early from his pole starting position, as he and Anthony Nocella in the Seymour Enterprises #4 brought the field to the green. After a quick restart on lap four, Bertrand appeared to have a comfortable lead, holding Nocella and Coby at bay for the first ten laps. As the leaders approached lapped traffic, Bertrand’s #39 started to get loose, and Nocella was able to close the gap. On lap fourteen, Nocella drove under Bertrand, who began to fade, and brought Coby along with him. Nocella would continue to lead, but Coby would close the distance to his back bumper by lap 21, when the caution flew for Bertrand.
Nocella got the jump on a lap 21 restart, but the field was quickly brought back to yellow. On the next restart, Nocella’s car appeared not to fire, and the field bunched up, with Cabral and John Zych Jr. being the victims. Zych Jr. went off on the hook, and Cabral was able to keep moving with a bent front bumper. Nocella’s car was pushed to the pits, running low on fuel. After a quick pit stop, Nocella was back on the track and Coby at the point.
Coby would line up against Jeff Abold in the Abold/Seymour #29. Coby, controlling the pace, brought the field to a slow restart, and Abold would go early, causing starter Craig Merriman to call back the start. On the next restart, Coby would get the jump, and go on to take down his second Boston Louie win, the fourth in a row for Bertrand Motorsports. Randy Cabral would charge to second spot getting by Abold in the late stages, making it a one two finish for the Bertrand’s. Abold would end up third, followed by Jim Chambers, Seth Carlson, Doug Cleveland, Bethany Stoehr, John Zych, Avery Stoehr and Todd Bertrand.
“I’m so happy to take down the win for this team. They worked on this car until 4AM last night after it got destroyed at Riverhead a few weeks ago. The car was awesome, and to take down the win in the biggest race of the year for this club is a great honor,” said Coby.
In Lites action, Jim Chambers started in the sixth spot. Quickly, Chambers rolled around the outside line at the 1/3 mile track, and found himself quickly in the second spot. A multi feature winner this year, Chambers quickly took command in the feature event.
Further back in the field, Indiana’s Kyle Hamilton, a USAC standout, was working his way through the field. The first restart duel between Chambers and Hamilton would come on lap fifteen. Chambers brought down the field to the green and got a great jump off of turn four. The field would quickly be brought back to caution two laps later, and Chambers would once again get the jump on Hamilton.
Two more restarts would bunch up the field, with Chambers getting the jump each time. The restarts proved advantageous for Matt Swanson in the Seymour 29, and Randy Cabral in the Cabral #35. In the final laps, Swanson would climb into a podium seat, with Cabral coming home fourth. Behind them it was PJ Stergios, Chad Labastie, Christopher Lamb, Dennis Potter, Anthony Payne and Jessica Bean.
“On Wednesday I didn’t think we even had a shot to win, it’s definitely not one of our best tracks, and didn’t have great speed all day long. I started in 6th place and new my best shot was to try to get out front and try to stay there. The outside line went and I quickly got to second, as I was catching the leader I realized that the car was actually really good and balanced. Once we had the lead and the cautions kept coming it was going to come down to my restarts and hitting my marks. Inside 5 to go we started catching lap traffic, I never saw but heard someone to my outside so It was time to stand on it and get by lap traffic and quick as I could. It is such an honor to get my first Boston Louie win and to win on a national televised event – I can’t even describe it because it is still so unreal to me,” said an excited Chambers.