For some winning a championship in any NASCAR series would be a dream come true, but imagine winning five of them.
That's exactly what happened to Doug Cobhy, as he won his fourth consecutive NASCAR Whelen modified championship and fifth in six years. He has become only the fifth driver in NASCAR modified racing to win five or more titles. Joining the ranks of NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Jerry Cook (6) and Richie Evans (9), as well as Mike Stefanik (7) and Tony Hirschman Jr. (5).
Coby overcame adversity en route to his fifth title, as he didn't get off the best start in 2017. He wrecked in his first two races and was 51 points off the championship lead after four races, according to NASCAR.com. He finished the season with one win, 10 top-5's, and 11 top-10's.
"I'd rather be the guy with the bull's eye on his back than the one swinging at it," Coby said. "I'm just racing against who I'm racing against and doing thing best I can do in this era."
Upon being recognized for his fifth championship at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in the Charlotte Convention Center, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell had some high praise for the driver.
"It's a testament to what you've done in the sport," O'Donnel said. "But it's fitting we're here in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, with five championships, you're well on your way to a historic career."