Chase Dowling To Make NEMA Debut With Bertrand Motorsports At Star Classic

(Press Release from Northeastern Midget Association)
Chase Dowling (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

A familiar name in the New England racing circle, in Chase Dowling, will make his first ever North Eastern Midget Association start this weekend at Bobby Webber’s STAR Speedway Classic event.  

One of New England’s most prestigious and biggest events, featuring the International Supermodified Association and NEMA, is bound to be action packed this Saturday.

Dowling, who finished 2nd in last year’s NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship standings, and 2015 rookie of the year, picked up his first Modified Tour win at last year’s inaugural NWMT Musket 250 at the New Hampshire Speedway.  

Dowling is excited to make his first ever NEMA start for Tim Bertrand and Bertrand Motorsports.

“I’ve always wanted to run midgets.  After I got done go kart racing I started to go the races with Gene Angelillo and hanging out with their race team. I was pointing in that direction before going legend car racing down south, then Frank Manafort and I teamed up and ran midgets up at bear ridge on dirt.  We ended up getting a NEMA lite and I tested it at Waterford and really had a great time. I never got to compete in a NEMA event though.  The opportunity to drive for the Bertrand is going to be an amazing one.  I’m very humbled to be offered a top tier midget at the STAR Classic – one of the biggest races around.  I’ve been very fortunate and grateful in my racing career to drive so many different cars with great owners, and to now top it off with a Bertrand midget at the star classic is surreal,” said Dowling. 

“I know Chase has wanted to run a midget for a while now,” said team owner Tim Bertrand.  “I got a call from Ben Dodge this week, who wanted to put together a deal for Chase and it just so happened that we had an open seat. I’ve always admired Chase, his driving style and mild manner – so it made sense to make this happen,” said Bertrand. “We’ll have all 5 of our cars there this weekend at Star.  It’s one of our biggest shows of the year and we want to support the Webber family. Alby Ovitt will be back in the 17, and the rest of our team,  – it should be a great weekend,” he said.  

It is the first return of NEMA to the STAR Classic in many years, and should prove to be a great show for the fans.

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