Busy: Dowling Ready With Full-Time Mod Tour, SK Mod Rides For 2020 Season

Chase Dowling in the Danny Watts owned No. 82 Whelen Modified Tour ride last October at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

After contending for the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, Chase Dowling found himself cruising in a more low key fashion in 2019, with part-time rides across the spectrum of Modified racing. 

In 2020 the Roxbury driver will put down the accelerator on busy once again. 

Dowling will not only be back chasing the most prestigious title in Modified racing with the Whelen Modified Tour, but also return to chasing the biggest SK Modified title there is to grab at Stafford Motor Speedway. 

Dowling has finalized full-time deals for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and for an SK Modified ride at Stafford Speedway. 

The 21-year old Dowling will run full-time on the Whelen Modified Tour for team owner Danny Watts. 

Dowling started nine events on the Whelen Modified Tour in 2019, running three of the last four events for Watts. He also ran six events for Jamie Tomaino. He had a second place for at South Boston (Va.) Speedway and a third place in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway running for Tomaino. 

“Obviously when you can have a full-time ride that is what you want for any driver,” Dowling told RaceDayCT. “Last year I went down south and I didn’t really know what was going on. Jamie Tomaino gave me everything I wanted to go part-time [Whelen Modified] Tour racing. … We had some really good runs. Obviously it gave me more opportunities to keep my name on the Tour and helped me to land something with [Watts].” 

Watts said they finalized the deal for the 2020 season Wednesday. 

“He’s just a smart kid and he’s a real good driver and he’s helpful,” Watts told RaceDayCT. “He has the drive to want to win and that’s what we’ve got. We have all the right elements in place now and we’re looking forward to a real good season.” 

In 66 Whelen Modified Tour starts dating back to 2015 Dowling has one victory and 20 top-five finishes. He finished second to Justin Bonsignore in the standings in 2018 driving for Rob Fuller Motorsports. He won the inaugural Whelen Modified Tour Musket 250 that year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

Dowling will also return full-time to the SK Modified division at Stafford Speedway, where he contended for a title down to the final event of the season in 2017. He will run for team owner Dan Avery with backing from longtime SK Modified division supporters Jean-Guy and Brigitte Poulin. 

Dowling has six career SK Modified victories at Stafford, the last coming on June 1, 2018. He won the prestigious SK5K in 2017 at Stafford. 

“It’s an awesome opportunity to get back in there obviously,” Dowling said. “Mike O’Sullivan is a huge part of this whole deal, making everything happen. We have great sponsors and supporters on board that makes it so I can’t say no when everything is in front of my face. Between Avery and the Poulin’s being a huge part, and with my other sponsors, there’s so much stuff that came together. I’m obviously looking forward to being there full-time again.” 

Dowling will also make selected starts in 2020 for car owner Jimmy Paige and crew chief Steve Lemay with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and other Open Tour Type events.

“We’re going to see what we can plan out,” Dowling said. “The Stafford Open Modified races are on our mind and also the Tri-Track Series.” 

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  1. SK Modifieds at Stafford keep just getting better

  2. Awesome – Good Luck Chase
    Great asset to Friday Night racing.

  3. Ken Latham says

    Great to see a driver that is willing to put a very busy schedule together. Probably will be doing over 40 races. Good to see Also the SK roster just keeps getting deeper and deeper. With the Thompson news, I am so glad of the potential fields at Stafford will be. Awesome news.

  4. Good to see Chase in a full time tour ride again. Good to see he’s landed an SK ride as well. Add in the 00 tour type car, and looks like Chase is gonna be quite busy in 2020. Best of luck.

  5. Dowling in the Watts car could be a top competitor this season. Very interested to see how this plays out.

    What about the LFR/TRF/??? house car and Kyle Benjamin? Never showed up last season. Will the all important house car show up in 2020???? 🤡 🤡 🤡 🤡 🤡 House cars are crucial for R&D.

    🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

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