This season, Dowling will compete weekly at Stafford Motor Speedway in the SK Modifieds on Fridays, while on Saturdays he will compete on dirt most weeks at Lebanon Valley Speedway in the Big-Block Modifieds as teammate to Kenny Tremont, Jr. As for his Tour-type Modified slate, he is back in the Ben Dodge owned No. 9, which he took to victory lane for the first time last October at Stafford in the Tri-Track Open Modified Series.
“Pretty busy offseason, we got the No. 9 car that Ben Dodge owns with S&S Asphalt Paving as the main sponsor. Going dirt racing, few Midget races, and SK’s fulltime, so a crazy offseason. We’re just prepping to get it even better than when we won Tri-Track at the end of the year. Just looking to be more on top of our game and build on what we had last year.” Dowling told Speed51.
A winner in the 2018 Musket 250 at Loudon on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Dowling is brimming with confidence anytime he competes at ‘The Magic Mile’ now. Add in an already competitive race team, and he is expecting to win.
We’ve always run pretty good there in the races we’ve went to, looking forward to it again. When we went to Loudon last year, we qualified outside pole with that car being brand new and ran good, we just had a tire problem, with some crazy stuff during the race.
“Then we won the Tri-Track race at Stafford after we thought we’d be handicapped with the spec motor under the rules. But, it all worked out; we’ll upgrade and keep up that momentum.”
The main challenge for Dowling and company this weekend will be a new rules package for the Open Modified 50-lap feature, with no carburetor restrictor plates, new gear rule, and harder tires all on the mind.
“I thought it was a little skeevy when I first heard about it, but then you hear about these guys back in the day running without restrictor plates. The gear rule is also going to be more than what we’re used to. I think the racing might be a little different, but at the end of the day you can only go so fast through a corner.
“Lap times might be faster, but with the draft the racing will still be as good as what everyone expects. Just a little different setup wise.”
Chase Dowling won the 2018 Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
Ultimately, the competition is still Dowling’s greatest enemy heading into Loudon.
“Just looking at the past five years of these open shows, before with MRS or Tri-Track it wasn’t easy to win but you’d have a good shot at it. But now you get all these guys from all over. Just look at the Loudon roster, you got guys like Eric Goodale and Bobby Santos with so many more good guys. It’s going to be hard to compete and have a chance at winning.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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