Chase Dowling bested a tough field of hometown heroes and touring stars to score his first career Tri-Track Open Modified Series victory at Monadnock Speedway (NH) on Sunday night.
Local Sportsman Modified driver Ben Byrne dominated more than half the race, leading the first 68 laps before losing the lead to Richard Savary and crashing out just two laps later.
That caution and the resulting restart bunched the pack back up, and as the old saying goes, “cautions breed cautions.” A flurry of late-race incidents allowed Dowling, who had already moved up from a poor starting spot to well inside the top 10, to work his way up to the front. He restarted third on Lap 92 and made short work of Kirk Alexander and Savary, taking the lead by the end of the lap and holding on to score the victory.
“I knew we had a really, really good car and I was just kind of waiting there at the end,” Dowling said. “I kept looking up at the lap board and my spotter kept telling me how many laps were left, and when that caution came out I’m like it’s time to go, I’m not waiting anymore, so I let loose at the end.”
Despite now being semi-retired, Richard Savary showed he can still wheel it with the young guns. He did not transfer out of his heat race, forcing him to the consolation race in a last-chance attempt to make the feature. He moved his way up the order and took the lead late, eventually bringing his No. 99 home to a very strong runner-up finish.
“The end result today was really good,” Savary said after the race. “We were fortunate to come out where we did. I pitted early, and with all the cautions the car started giving up at the end. I was really hoping for a longer green run at the end. It would have been more difficult to pass, but it’s great to be out here [on the podium] at the end of the day.”
Pawcatuck, CT driver Jacob Perry also had an excellent run, scoring a career-best third place finish in one of Russ Hersey’s brand new cars. Perry was understandably breathless in Victory Lane.
“Man, it’s an honor to even be standing up here, this is Tri-Track!” Perry said after the race. “My dad and I were going over the circumstances on the way up here and saying we’d be happy with a top ten, a top ten would be win. I said no, I don’t want a top ten. I got greedy today, we ended up pulling out a third place in Tri-Track and it’s truly an honor to be standing up here.”
For the 17-year-old Perry, his third-place was more than just a good finish, though – it was a chance to prove to the series veterans that he has a place in a Tour-type Modified.
“I have a lot of doubters out there thinking that I shouldn’t be in a tour mod, I’m only seventeen years old,” Perry said. “I think we proved today that we can belong up here.”
Matt Galko continued his recent run of success with a fourth-place finish, and Kirk Alexander made an appearance in the top five as well. Tommy Barrett, Anthony Sesely, Austin Kochenash, Woody Pitkat, and Dylan Izzo rounded out the top ten.
The Tri-Track Open Modified Series will invade Seekonk Speedway on October 26 for the Haunted Hundred, the season finale for the series.
Video highlights of the Monadnock 100 will be available on the Speed51.com Network this week.
Full results and more can be found on our Race Day Now coverage.
-Story by Ian Pettigrew, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ian_pettigrew
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
TTOMS Monadnock 100 – Full Results (Unofficial)
1 00 Chase Dowling
2 99 Richard Savary
3 35 Jacob Perry
4 3 Matt Galko
5 76 Kirk Alexander
6 43 Tommy Barrett
7 27 Anthony Sesely
8 66 Austin Kochenash
9 6 Woody Pitkat
10 04CT Dylan Izzo
11 21 Les Hinckley
12 176 Dana DiMatteo
13 3MA Matt Swanson
14 50S Ron Silk
15 04 Joey Jarvis
16 1 Andrew Molleur
17 25NJ Calvin Carroll
18 25NH Brian Robie
19 25 Ronnie Williams
20 6X Ben Byrne
21 62 Joe Kendall
22 13 Cameron Sontag
23 8 Cam McDermott
24 82 Mike Holdridge
25 88NH Russ Hersey
26 24 Todd Patnode