Chase Dowling, Danny Watts Racing Part Ways On Whelen Modified Tour



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

Only two races into the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season and the seat changing is beginning.  

After just five races together dating back to late last season, Chase Dowling confirmed to RaceDayCT Tuesday evening that he will part ways with the Danny Watts Racing team effective immediately. 

Dowling confirmed the split but said he had no other comment on the situation. 

Team owner Danny Watts referred to the team’s Facebook page when asked for comment Tuesday evening.  Asked by text message Tuesday morning if there was anything to rumors that he and Dowling were splitting up Watts replied: “No.” 

The following message was posted on the Danny Watts Racing website Tuesday evening: “As tough as it is we have made a decision to move in a different direction. With all the uncertainty going on with the tour race schedule it appears that there will be multiple conflicts with the other series schedules. We want to make it easier on everyone and have decided to let Chase go race with the other teams he has commitments with. We wish him the best and hope he has much success.” 

Multiple sources have said Anthony Nocella will replace Dowling. Nocella was unavailable for comment Tuesday. 

Nocella would be the fifth driver to regularly pilot the Watts owned car since the 2017 season and the sixth driver overall to drive for the team during that span.

Ron Silk started the 2017 season with the team before parting ways after three events that year. Ted Christopher replaced Silk. Woody Pitkat stepped into the ride in Sept. 2017 after Christopher was killed in a plane crash. Dowling replaced Pitkat in the ride last season. Also, Andy Seuss made one-off start for the team at the Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2019.

Dowling, of Roxbury, replaced Pitkat in the Watts owned ride for last years’s 12th event of the season at Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway. Dowling went on to record two ninth place finishes and an eighth place in three of the final four races of the 2019 season for the team. 

Dowling had a 26th place finish in the season opening event at Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway on June 21 and was 10th at White Mountain Motorsports Park on July 4. 

Dowling has made 68 career Whelen Modified Tour starts with one win since 2015. Dowling also races full-time in the SK Modified division at Stafford Speedway for car owner Dan Avery and on the Tri-Track Open Modified Tour and in selected Open Tour Type Modified shows with car owner Jimmy Paige.

Nocella had a 14th place finish at White Mountain driving for his family owned team. The Woburn, Mass. driver has 33 career series starts dating back to 2015. 

Comments

  1. Sharpie Fan says

    So in other words, if you’re gonna race the tour you can’t race anything else.

  2. There’s more to the story. Don’t believe everything and/or just what you read

  3. Maybe sharpie fan. But dunno. Seems to be a lot of different butts in that seat over a short period. Just kind of makes me wonder….

  4. Looks to me like Chase isn’t content unless he places top 5 every race, something I don’t see the 82 being able to do with consistency.

  5. That car is like the Don King Gong Show.

  6. Obviously this came down to the Stafford Open car vs the WMT car. Two conflicts in August between the two series. A decision was made. If the objective is winning races Dowling might have made the correct decision.

  7. There was only 2 drivers in the din king gong show pool. There’s been 6 in the 82!

  8. Rite you are JD. chalk up another win for the Arute’s and Stafford Speedway.

  9. After sponsoring 8 cars for many yrs. from 3 divisions we are so dissapointed that you, The New London Day. The Norwich Bulletin etc. gave no mention of a 17 yr. old that started racing when he was 5. Even back then trophy after trophy, rookie of the year in every division! We watched him study every driver, his Dad Ed Puleo, Keith Rocco, Shawn Monahan to many to mention! Jon Puleo is respectful on and off the track and one talented driver!! GIVE THE YOUNGER DRIVERS THAT WORK SO HARD LEARNING THEIR CRAFT! RACING IS ANYTHING BUT EASY…THANKS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION!

  10. Just me always knows what he’s talking about so stay tuned. Was Watts lack of interest in Dowlings setup input a factor?
    NWMT you’d think would be the priority but apparently not. Don’t care. If Chase is now unencumbered to prioritize the Paige and Avery rides then so much the better. He might even pop up in the NWMT in the 99 part time deal that Williams was connected with before Skowyra decided to stick his toe in the NWMT.

  11. Hmmm… 🤔 🧐 When the NWMT WMMP race was announced, I seem to recall somebody saying the Stafford Open race would be rescheduled. 🌈JD🌈, does that sound familiar?

  12. When you spend over 250k running the tour you need to be focused or you will run 10th each week. Chase and Fuller had the same issues. They almost won a tour championship finishing second with the best season Chase has had and probably will ever have. It is a good move by both parties. DWR will have a focused, appreciative driver and Chase can do what he wants. We all saw a rookie driver pass Chase and win a race this weekend. It takes a package to win. Driver, equipment and team chemistry. If you don’t win each week you got beat by something. The good teams figure out what that is and fix it. Unfortunately you need to know what’s broke in order to fix it and not just keep making jumps from driver to driver and team to team. These 2 parties need to figure out what’s broke and fix it before they are both names from the past. Another wasted talent story on the horizon and a team that wasted a lot of money and sells everything at the Thompson flea market.

  13. Deb,
    I have no idea what you’re talking about. Jon Puleo has been covered numerous times on this site, including just a few weeks ago when he won his first race at Stafford right up to last weekend when he won again. I can’t speak for the other papers you mentioned, but those papers don’t cover much racing at Stafford and when Jon was racing at Waterford in 2018 management at the track was not really allowing for any media coverage. Deb, you should really know your facts before you start making accusations about people and what they do. And I’m not sure what any of this has to do with you sponsoring cars or why you sponsoring cars should influence what any media outlet does.

  14. DaReal, I know of several drivers who have requested it be moved to Sunday. Will it happen? Maybe not. If Stafford can fill 25% without the WMT teams, there may not be enough reason to change the date. It’s the same take-home ($$) for them. I’ll be at WMMP that night.

  15. Ronny what’s broke is Chase. He needs to realize he’s not a super star driver like he thinks he is. Drivers are only as good as their team. Ask Jimmy Johnson. Chase should have stayed with LFR and continued to learn and mature. His I’m the best driver there is attitude will get old fast. Where does he run in the SK division lately? Anyone have a average finish in the past year or a average finish on the tour post LFR? He made a name for himself working and driving at LFR. Unfortunately it takes more than a year and a half to learn why Fuller’s cars go fast. Little secrete……it’s not the driver. The 82 car should have been a house car for LFR.

  16. Deb, what does your comment have to do with this story about Chase and Danny? Did you randomly decide to pick this article!! Seriously read the site.. Johnny P lightning Puleo has had several recent stories. They are good people. Shawn is a good man providing us race fans this media to enjoy the sport we love! Why are YOU not submitting things to this site or those papers on your favorite young drivers?? Instead of complaining be apart of the solution to your perception of a problem!! I guess it’s easier to write a check for your sponsorship then write an article or actually read what’s on here.. Shawn keep up the good work! I hope Anthony and Chase go on to win numerous races..

  17. Everything I know about Jon Puleo I learned here on RaceDayCT…

    BTW, Go Jon! Nice to see you at Stafford.

  18. A couple people have mentioned it. Chase has attitude, and thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread. A truly good driver can produce results in a car that’s a little off, something Chase doesn’t seem to be able to do. Plus it seems he burns bridges every time he leaves a team. There are allot of talented drivers out there, and few premium seats for them to fill. Give it a few years and it’ll be Chase who? The only thing landing him rides is the money he brings, and to some car owners all the money in the world can’t overcome attitude.

  19. I have to agree with Freddy & Rob p.
    Some people have mentioned in the past (I won’t mention names), that Chase and Steve Kopcik made the #15 run as great as it did in 2017. Well this kind of proves that theory wrong. Chase convinced Danny to buy a new LFR chassis, he helped put it together and he set up the car himself. Well his results hasn’t been anywhere near the finishes he had in the #15. The #15 was successful because of the TEAM, put together and led by Fuller.

  20. There are a few young drivers out there getting it done in the divisions they run. Some of these WMT teams need to grab these kids and hone them from good drivers to great drivers. Moller in SK and Open cars and Puleo, Chapman in SK Lights are all 17 years old and great drivers. Put one of them in the 82 with a good crew chief and they will be back up front in no time

  21. SK ModFan says

    Doug, just for clarification, Chase does not have the option to drive for Jamie in the 99 car. Adam and the 50 team decided to run a partial Tour schedule for 2020 and fill in the off dates in the 99 helping as crew but with Ronnie as the driver. Both teams see Williams as a smart, professional, competitive but respectful driver that any owner would want to work with. As stated, Chase brings money and an attitude that gets old quickly. As a driver, I prefer to see him in the field vs not. Out of the car, he’s different. Owners don’t need that. Anthony will be a breath of fresh air to DWR. I wish them all the best.

  22. David John says

    Rob p, the driver is only as good as the team. Ron Silk walked away after winning, what are the results Ted produced? How did your buddy Pitkat do? Smart decision by Chase Dowling.

  23. .” Chase convinced Danny to buy a new LFR chassis, he helped put it together and he set up the car himself.”
    Or in other words if you’re trying to make the point that Dowling is not all he’s cracked up to be that’s game set match. Maybe a bit of a dirt bag as well if he bailed out prematurely after convincing an owner to invest tens of thousands of dollars on new equipment.
    Owners Dowling has driven for include Katon, Jeffries, Skowyra, Bertucio, Fuller, Watts, Paige, Avery, Kopcik, Tomaino,.Is Chase a bridge burner? Tomaino had him drive a second time and likes him.
    Whereas once he was a young phenom now he’s being judged more harshly based on the moves he’s made. You can judge him full of himself based on his choices and timing but it certainly isn’t based on his public persona that is guarded. His social media presence very measured, race focused and never any petty public squabbles with anyone I can see.
    Pitkat has had a pretty good career hopscotching around and I assume having a lot of fun in the process. Dowling has run up front in the vast majority of the cars he’s driven. Avery thinks enough of him to give him a good SK ride and the Dowling/Paige combo wins regularly. For me if Dowling is in any race it’s a more entertaining event.
    How about this spin? The new LFR chassis deal was with a full season in mind, this season is a mess so the choices are different. Why should the NWMT be the priority when the TTOMS is the top dog this year from a money standpoint and both the TTOMS and Stafford have planned a whole lot better Chase saw a different landscape with different priorities, Watts was committed to the NWMT no matter what, they disagreed and here we are.
    That whole Watts,new LFR deal is quite an indictment. Otherwise it looks like Dowling is dong whats best for him, having fun and it is an amateur sport after all.

  24. Just Me posted: “I have to agree with Freddy & Rob p.
    Some people have mentioned in the past (I won’t mention names), that Chase and Steve Kopcik made the #15 run as great as it did in 2017. Well this kind of proves that theory wrong. Chase convinced Danny to buy a new LFR chassis, he helped put it together and he set up the car himself. Well his results hasn’t been anywhere near the finishes he had in the #15. The #15 was successful because of the TEAM, put together and led by Fuller.”

    Another target rich environment. Where do I begin…

    Fuller ran a car for years and years, and until Dowling and Kopcik ran the car for him, Fuller run cars sucked. Even when Szegedy and Silk drove the 15, the results were no where as expected for drivers of that caliber. Yes, before some of you have conniptions, Szegedy had *SOME* decent results, but it was rare. The cars did not run with consistent high levels of performance. So the 15, when run by Dowling and Kopcik, was pretty darn good and had a run at a championship. Notice that Fuller isn’t running a house car anymore? Cause he can’t get a duo like Dowling-Kopcik to run it for him and make the car look good. Otherwise, it will be a regression back to the days when the 15 house car sucked. Fuller is perhaps trying to stretch the success of the Dowling-Kopcik run 15 a few more years.

    I’ve been saying it over and over here… the competitive teams all run the same equipment and parts, it is the Driver-Crew Chief combo that decides the rankings in the points standings. The rest are minions. Fuller should have learned so much the year that Dowling-Kopcik ran the 15 car for him. Give Fuller credit for realizing he wasn’t getting it done as driver or crew chief, and he had to get out of the way and let people that knew what they were doing run the car. That’s how the 2017 15 Dowling-Kopcik success happened. I doubt that Dowling or Kopcik did everything Fuller told them to do. And given the success the car was having, Fuller wasn’t going to fire them mid-season.

    So, where is that all important R&D house car?

  25. Fast Eddie says

    Dareal, I don’t know that I would say ‘the rest are minions”. There are some Modified pit crews that gain spots on pit road, and some do it pretty often. And many of those guys are working for free! I think Bonsignore’s crew seems to be at the top of that list. It seems the only time he doesn’t gain positions on pit road is when he already has the lead.

  26. Dadope thinks that 2 twenty year old kids made the 15 go , and they got their experience from t he racing hotbeds of Roxbury and Newtown Ct.

  27. Da whatever. Here we go. R and D stands for research and development. The 15 car was as you say a all important house car program that allows you to develop and fine tune designs to insure the product is sound and the best on the market. Not run 5’s and 2’s and hope you win. The House car worked as now there is no real competition for LFR. The 15 car ran for points 1 time. That means that the points mattered and every race equates to dollars so you take what you learn in R and D and apply it. The results were clear. Do I need to explain what see you next Tuesday stands for so you are clear on what we think of you? Let me know if you need a explanation. Until then keep your liberal ass on the couch where it belongs and let the big boys do what they do while you talk. Tell Biden hello for us at the next rally.

  28. Hey Freddy, you clearly do not understand that I do not care what you or “we” think of me.

    Dowling and Kopcik did a great job in 2017 with the 15 car.

  29. I need Freddy’s autograph.

  30. Does Freddy have a fan page where I can sign up? How about T shirts? Tell Solomito to print some “what Freddy said” shirts! Boom!

  31. David John, I agree with you that in the past nobody has had good results driving the 82, and they were all good drivers. But Chase convinced Danny to purchase a new LFR, then bails after a few races. The Chase and Steve showing with the 15 had good results because of Rob Fuller, and Steven Kopcik. Skowyra Motorsports time with Chase was cut short by Rob Fuller putting him in a NWMT tour ride, So we’ll never know if they would have had any success. Given Williams results, I’d say it worked out better for Team 50. Chase gave up running for Tomaino, to drive the 82 so again, can’t tell if they would have been successful.
    Allot of people agree that Chase’s attitude causes friction with the team, and he doesn’t appear to have good results when the car is off a bit, which is something good drivers are able to do. I stand by what I said before. He has an attitude, and all the money in the world can’t overcome an attitude. Give it a few years and it will be Chase who?
    Going back to Danny Watts. Danny invested allot of money to give Chase great equipment, and he bailed after only 2 races. I can’t have respect for any driver who would do that, success don’t happen overnight.

  32. Chase has how many Championships? Ronnie
    Williams 2…Ronnie will win another before Chase wins 1..Ronnie is A great driver,responsible, respectful, and a class
    Act young man….

  33. Freddy
    Love you bro. Spot on.
    Dareal
    They did yes. With Fuller looking over their shoulder and providing his special sauce that the 46 car is liking the taste of.
    Rich
    Let’s hope he does. I’m in
    Rob P
    Good analysis. I hear Fuller helped put the 82 deal together to help.
    Doug
    Yes. Chase is a punk that thinks he can drive WAY better than he can. BUT he will learn and mature hopefully. If he does he will be a force again. If not he can be a landscaper.
    Elect
    Exactly. Fuller was racing longer than those two have been alive. Consider the source of the question. A ass bag that’s on here like it’s his job. I love that Freddys comment left him with a 1 sentence response in opposition to the usual paragraph rambling trying to back out of a redivision’s statement. Victory!!!

  34. Freddy, I refer you to racing-reference.info and you can inform yourself with the factual statistics of the 15. Not very good at all, until Kopcik and Dowling ran the car. It’s all there, go look.

    🤣🤣😝🤪🤪😝🤪😝🤪 🙋‍♂️

  35. Freddy for president!!!

  36. The hype around LFR was all related to the 2 car dominance, the 2 car dominance was all related to Preece getting other opportunities. Coby does not have all those titles if Preece ran full time. The guys winning races are the same guys/teams that won before in other chassis. A lot of guys have purchased lfr/fury/TA-4 cars hoping it gets them to victory lane like it was the key missing piece, and guess what they are still running in same positions they were before, 58,14,25,34,24,66,75,1,76 are just a few off top of my head.

  37. Compared to Freddy, Trump looks like a stable genius.

    Freddy, a year or so ago, I compiled the stats of the 15, not pretty at all, until you get to the Dowling-Kopcik season. Search it up, on this site.

  38. Ronny what’s broke is Chase
    he burns bridges every time he leaves a team.
    Chase brings money and an attitude that gets old quickly
    Chase’s attitude causes friction with the team,
    he doesn’t appear to have good results when the car is off a bit,
    he doesn’t appear to have good results when the car is off a bit,
    he bailed after only 2 races
    . Chase is a punk that thinks he can drive WAY better than he can
    He needs to realize he’s not a super star driver like he thinks he is
    His I’m the best driver there is attitude will get old fast

    This Dowling character seems to be a despicable, no talented bum it would appear. Hey what do I know. Just an an old man, sitting in my barkalounger in the basement. I don’t know anything about Dowling other then what what I see on the track, here and social media.
    Maybe you all know Dowling and the observations about his unjustified arrogance and difficult nature are facts.. I know Rob p has no more clue then I do about his personal demeanor or reasons for his decisions. I also know what he said about Dowlings career with regard to facts are so incorrect they amount to a smear.
    Dowling may have had two races in the new LFR with Watts but he had 5 races going back to last year. Pitkat raced the 82 eleven times, had the win in the blood bath at Wall and ended up with an average finish of 13th. Dowling raced the 82 three times last year and finished an average of 8.33. Nothing against Pitkat because he’s who he is which is pretty great but Dowling did a pretty good job in the three races. This year he had a mechanical failure and a 10th.
    Dowling did not leave Skowyra prematurely he left after a full season. One where he was battling Rocco for the championship, it went down to the last race and Rocco won. We do know that Dowling came in second that season that by any stretch is a good season and was a considerable improvement for the 50 team at the time.He left after the season, it left hard feelings but clearly moving to LFR was a good career move.
    Dowling certainly did not leave Tomaino in the lurch he finished his commitment to Jamie and raced the 82 when there was so conflict. He had 6 races in the 99 and in the 4 he finished with a healthy car he had a 2nd at South Boston and a 3rd in the big Eastern Propane race in Loudon.
    What I’m seeing is Rob p pretty much making very personal observations about Dowlings motivations and demeanor that he clearly cannot know and Steve praising the good analysis that was not correct at all with regard to verifiable facts.
    So who exactly knows what it’s like to work with Dowling and if he is as difficult as he’s painted here? How much of this is fact or is it more a lynch mob.

  39. Doug,

    Just scratching a little deeper here statistically:
    Average finishes for Danny Watts Racing drivers since 2016
    Ron Silk (2016-17) – 11.4 average finish in 20 starts
    Ted Christopher (2017) – 13.5 average finish in eight starts
    Woody Pitkat (2017-2019) – 14.0 average finish in 27 starts
    Chase Dowling (2019-2020) – 12.4 average finish in five starts (finished in the top-10 in four of five starts and had one 26th place finish because of mechanical failure)

  40. Gotta agree with Rich. Yes, good equipment helps, but racing is a Team sport, and your only as good as your team. You can purchase the best if the best, but if you don’t know how best to use it then it’s not going to help you. Crew members have evolved from the guy who just shows up knowing there will be free beer after the race, to guys who are skilled athletes, some who are even paid for their work. It’s a different time now, where every member of the Team matters. Your only as strong as your weakest link.

  41. Blah, blah, blah, blah blah…

    If you don’t have Phil Moran or Ryan Stone as Crew Chief, you are racing for third place in points.

  42. Shawn, thanks for digging up the stats on the 82, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. But I’m surprised, the car has worse stats than the perception. The car gets talked about like it’s a competitor, but the stats put it as a perennial mid-packer even with top notch driver talent. Oh well.

    Good move for Chase. Better to not do something than to do something that isn’t just right.

  43. Doug,
    It’s nice how you can rip on Ronnie Williams all you want, but when anyone says anything bad about your boy Chase you are there defending him. If I was a car owner and had my choice, I would look at the record and have my answer. Williams has outperformed Dowling everywhere but on the NASCAR tour. And even at that, it is only one win vs. zero wins. On top of that , Dowling felll out of his tree at Mad dog and should have been put to the back after he spun himself out on the restart. And he was schooled on a restart at the Stafford open last week by basically a rookie tour type modified driver.Try to look at things unbiased instead of through rose colored glasses.

  44. What does getting facts wrong about Dowlings career or any driver for that matter for the purpose of making him look bad have to do with Ronnie Williams?
    Look at what I said Ed J. Check the record books, RaceDayCt stories and tell me how I’m wrong and Rob p was correct.

  45. Doug, you’re always wrong. Get over it.

  46. WeldingWonders says

    “Well, I hate to say it again, but I WAS RIGHT!!!!! I’M RIGHT AGAIN!!!!!”

    STARRING DAREAL ( NOW WHAT WAS I SAYING?) GOODFELLA

    EPISODE 35: DAREALGOODFELLA-GASLIGHTING OR SENILITY?

    2019

    darealgoodfella says
    May 29, 2019 at 9:40 am
    Just Me, wait, wait, I’m laughing too hard, , having a One thing that is rather obvious is that Dowling and Kopcik did what they wanted to do, and Fuller had a chance to learn from them. The house car did the best, by far, with Dowling and Kopcik.

    OVER A YEAR LATER

    😷😷😷 darealgoodfella 😷😷😷 says
    July 23, 2020 at 8:49 am
    Fuller ran a car for years and years, and until Dowling and Kopcik ran the car for him, Fuller run cars sucked
    .So the 15, when run by Dowling and Kopcik, was pretty darn good and had a run at a championship. Notice that Fuller isn’t running a house car anymore? Cause he can’t get a duo like Dowling-Kopcik to run it for him and make the car look good. Otherwise, it will be a regression back to the days when the 15 house car sucked. Fuller is perhaps trying to stretch the success of the Dowling-Kopcik run 15 a few more years.

    PROBABLY A LITTLE OF BOTH

  47. Freddy posted, “Da whatever. Here we go. R and D stands for research and development. The 15 car was as you say a all important house car program that allows you to develop and fine tune designs to insure the product is sound and the best on the market. Not run 5’s and 2’s and hope you win. The House car worked as now there is no real competition for LFR. The 15 car ran for points 1 time. That means that the points mattered and every race equates to dollars so you take what you learn in R and D and apply it. The results were clear. Do I need to explain what see you next Tuesday stands for so you are clear on what we think of you? Let me know if you need a explanation. Until then keep your liberal ass on the couch where it belongs and let the big boys do what they do while you talk. Tell Biden hello for us at the next rally.”

    Still don’t care what you think of me. You don’t matter.

    Here’s the Fuller #71 & #15 car statistics for you, Freddy.
    Let me know if you spot any typos.
    All statistics are from racing-reference.info

    Freddy is full of 💩. Bigly.

    Unless otherwise noted, Fuller was the driver.

    Remember car #71? It was a sad 😢 car. Bigly sad.

    2009 Fuller Car #71
    Loudon, started 12, finished 33, 66/100 laps, crash. 😢 🤕 💥 🤢
    Loudon, started 19, finished 34, 75/100 laps, radiator 😝

    2010 Fuller Car #71
    Four races, Fuller drove Thompson, Martinsville, & Loudon, Rob Summers drove Bristol.

    Thompson, started 17, finished 17, on the lead lap 🥳
    Martinsville, started 18, finished 31, 91/204 laps, suspension failure 🙃 🤕
    Loudon, started 9, finished 35, 2/100 laps, crash 😭 💥 🤕 🤮
    Bristol, started 17, finished 19, 138/150 laps, rocker arm 😝 🤕

    4 races, 381/604 laps, so sad, bigly sad. 😭 🤕

    2011 Fuller Car #71

    Four races, Fuller drove in all four.

    Thompson, started 22, finished 32, 40/150 laps, engine 😢 🤕
    Loudon, started 29, finished 33, 0/100 laps, did not start 😱
    Loudon, started 15, finished 13, 100/100 laps 🥳
    Thompson, started 32, finished 20, 158/168 laps. Huge attrition in this race, like 12 top cars DNF’d. 😆

    2011 Fuller car #71 WSMT Results, Multiple drivers
    Caraway, started 9, finished 6, 158/158 laps, Corey LaJoie
    Winston-Salem, started 4, finished 16, 10/199 laps, mechanical, Dean Ward
    Bristol, started 3, finished 9, 42/150, crash, Corey LaJoie
    Thompson, started 17, finished 18, 107/125 laps, Rob Fuller
    Tri-County, started 9, finished 15, 150/152 laps, Dean Ward

    Not much competition on the Southern tour.

    2012 Fuller car #71
    Five races, Fuller drove all five.
    Thompson, Started 23, finished 25, 86/159 laps, crash 💥 🤕
    Loudon, started 35, finished 17, 99/100 laps, didn’t crash
    Thompson, started 5, finished 15, 149/150 laps, didn’t crash
    Loudon, started 25, finished 31, crash 💥 🤕
    Thompson, started 16, finished 26, crash 💥 🤕

    Never finished on the lead lap. Need directions to the demolition derby.

    2012 Fuller car #71 on the WSMT
    Fuller drove
    Thompson, started 1, finished 3, 75/75 laps. Not much competition in this SOUTHERN mod race other than Andy Seuss and MH, they finished 1-2. 😝 😆

    2013 Fuller Car #15
    Change the car number, that’ll help. 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣
    Eight races. Fuller drove all but the Riverhead races which Solomito drove.

    Thompson, started 16, finished 28, 61/150, crash 💥 🤕 🤮
    Riverhead, started 9, finished 23, 97/207, overheating, Solomito drove
    Loudon, started 18, finished 23, 79/100, oil leak 💥 🤕
    Thompson, started 6, finished 25, 22/158, crash 💥 🤕 🤮
    Bristol, started 16, finished 18, 104/135, crash 💥 🤕 🤮
    Riverhead, started 1, finished 3, 200/200, Solomito drove
    Loudon, started 21, finished 21, 99/100, didn’t crash 👏
    Thompson, started 9, finished 28, 37/150, crash 💥 🤕 🤮

    Anybody seeing a pattern? 🤯 Point him to the demolition derby.

    2014 Fuller car #15
    Five races, Fuller drove 1, Todd Szegedy drove the rest.

    Thompson, started 16, finished 13, 150/150 laps, RF drove
    Loudon, started 3, finished 22, 89/100 laps, engine, TS drove
    Thompson, started 13, finished 8, 150/150 laps, TS drove
    Loudon, started 5, finished 2, 105/105 laps, TS drove
    Thompson, started 14, finished 24, 130/151 laps, TS drove, running

    Anybody else seeing a pattern yet? Results get better with more outside talent.

    2015 Fuller car #15
    Six races, Fuller did not drive.

    Thompson, started 3, finished 28, 126/150 laps, nerf bar, Corey LaJoie 🤕
    Thompson, started 4, finished 14, 125/125 laps, Corey LaJoie
    Loudon, started 15, finished 5, 100/100 laps, Ron Silk 👏
    Thompson, started 12, finished 27, 136/150 laps, suspension, Ron Silk 🤕
    Loudon, started 16, finished 4, 102/102, Ron Silk 👏
    Thompson, started 24, finished 30, 40/150 laps, crash, Ray Graham 🤕

    Thank goodness for Ron Silk. Or any driver other than Fuller. The less Fuller, the better the results.

    2016 Fuller car #15
    Only two races, both driven by Todd Szegedy.

    Stafford, started 5, finished 2, 200/200 laps
    Loudon, started 33, finished 10, 100/100 laps

    YEA!!!!! Thank goodness for Todd!!!!! 👏

    2017 Fuller car #15
    Ten races, Fuller not driving, car driven by Jeremy Gerstner, Chase Dowling, and Kyle Soper.

    Myrtle Beach, started 8, finished 23, 145/155 laps, crash, Jeremy Gerstner 💥
    Thompson, started 2, finished 25, 133/150 laps, electrical, ⚡️ Chase Dowling
    Stafford, started 6, finished 3, 200/200 laps, Chase Dowling 😅
    Thompson, started 7, finished 21, 91/125 laps, crash, Chase Dowling 💥
    Loudon, started 9, finished 5, 105/105 laps, Chase Dowling 😅
    Thompson, started 9, finished 14, 150/150 laps, Chase Dowling
    Riverhead, started 2, finished 3, 200/200 laps, Kyle Soper
    Loudon, started 14, finished 15, 100/100 laps, Chase Dowling
    Stafford, started 8, finished 4, 150/150 laps, Chase Dowling
    Thompson, started 1, finished 2, 155/150 laps, Chase Dowling

    Anybody else seeing a pattern yet? 🤣🤪😝. Less Fuller, better results.

    2018 Fuller car #15
    16 races, full schedule, Fuller not driving, Chase Dowling drives full season.

    We know how well Chase-Kopcik did with the #15 car in 2018, 2nd place in points. Pretty good laps completed, only 1 lap down in the two races running at finish off the lead lap, and 2 DNFs.

    Anybody else seeing the pattern yet? Less Fuller, better results.

    2019 #15 Modified R&D car is nowhere to be found.

    But, manufacturers are supposed to run R&D cars. Or so he says.

    Fuller Truck Record
    Four races, Fuller driving

    IRP, started 22, finished 20, 199/200 laps 😆
    Bristol, started 16, finished 33, 74/200 laps, engine. 😭
    Loudon, started 27, finished 25, 87/200 laps, crash 💥
    Martinsville, started 25, finished 32, 52/200 laps, crash. 💥

    If not for the talents of Kopcik, Dowling, Szegedy, and Silk, that #71 and #15 record is perpetual amateur stuff. Without outside expertise, that car would run with Heagy, MacDonald and Fifield, if it didn’t fail or crash. See the pattern? 😝

    Whatever happened to the LFR Driver Development program? How many graduated and where are they now?

    Look at the record of the #71 and #15 cars and tell me that was supposed to develop driver talent? 😝 😆 That ten years, with only one competitive season with Dowling-Kopcik, was supposed to develop superior chassis technology? 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

    Look at the points standings… the talent of the crew chiefs and drivers determine the ranking in the standings. Fuller, as Crew Chief, Driver or both were down in the results, far below the competitive cars. The Dowling-Kopcik pairing did very good.

  48. Dowling is on the entry list for this weekend in the Danny Watts #82.

    Is that true or no longer applies?

  49. Darealgoodfella,
    I would say that’s a clerical error by NASCAR.

  50. Freddy? Freddy?

    Freddy?

    Freddy?

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