This past Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway on the “west coast” of New Hampshire, Dowling held off two of the top drivers in Modified racing, Matt Hirschman and Justin Bonsignore for the 100-lap Tri-Track Open Modified Series victory on the quarter-mile. It comes on heels of improved consistency both on the Tri-Track Series and at Stafford.
“We’ve won two of the Open shows at Stafford and we finished third at Star in the SBM. We’ve been really clicking lately as a team. We got three or four wins this year out of seven or eight races, again Stafford has been really good for us with those Open 80 races,” Dowling told Speed51.
Joining forces with longtime Northeast racing announcer and jack-of-all-trades Ben Dodge one year ago, the No. 9 camp may be small, but it has bore fruit in the same time that many new teams would be happy to just be competing for wins.
We’re a newer team. I was running the Tour and SK’s and then kind of stepped back from things. Ben Dodge and I teamed up, got that car brand new, ran it for three races last year. Two races on the Tour at Loudon and Stafford, then at Stafford for the Tri-Track race there. Then we switched the focus to running open races this year. It’s a small team with a great group of guys, we do what we can, and it’s proven to be a good opportunity for myself.
Chase Dowling Racing is just one of the success stories in Modified racing all up and down the East Coast, from other drivers and teams, to individual race tracks and events, as well as whole series; all of which are prospering despite the upheavals that have been seen across the world in the past 18 months.
“It’s all positive, we’re all gaining. We have a make-up race at Seekonk coming up on a Wednesday night, everyone up here is in the working class with 8 to 10 hour days, and they still get down to the racetrack. It’s pretty good, we showed up there in June before the rain came and had 50 racecars show up, and only 26 made it in,” Dowling explained.
“Car counts are great, promoters are doing their jobs, fans are packing in to support their local tracks and us. Overall, it’s great. Modified stuff up here is just as good as Super Late Model stuff down south as a comparison.”
The make-up date for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series Speed51.TV Modified Madness from Seekonk Speedway is your next opportunity to see the “Mighty Modifieds” in action on Speed51.TV. Tune in, Wednesday, August 25 at 7pm ET with your Speed51 yearly or monthly subscription.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Tom Morris / Tri-Track Open Modified Series