A Battle to the Finish: Musket 250 Goes to Chase Dowling After Wild Final Turn Crash


Chase Dowling (holding up musket) with David McGrath, New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager (left, pointing) after his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the inaugural Musket 250 at NHMS on Saturday. Photo Courtesy: NHMS/Alan MacRae

Late race leaders, Justin Bonsignore and Ryan Preece, wreck in final turn, allowing Dowling to slide by and take an unexpected win in longest Whelen Modified race in series history.

LOUDON, N.H. – After 250 hard fought laps and numerous lead changes, of course the Whelen Modified race came down to the final turn of the final lap to determine a winner in a wild finish to the Musket 250. When the dust had settled, Chase Dowling sped across the Granite Stripe to win the longest race in series history. The pole sitter Dowling takes home $25,000 plus $100 for every lap he led through the afternoon; quite a haul for the young driver who captured his first ever Modified victory. He nearly took home the checkered flag at NHMS in July, losing the summer race by .014 seconds.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Dowling. “This race is a lot different than earlier in the year. You’re leading one moment and then you pit out and you don’t know where you are when you come out; you just had to be patient.”



MATT DIBENEDETTO – No. 32 Ford Fusion – HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT TEAMS POSSIBLY LOOKING AT OTHER TEAMS’ EFI DATA? “That’s the first that I’ve heard of that. I’d be curious to find out because that could be a lot of interesting information being passed around or looked at.”

IF THAT TURNED OUT TO BE THE CASE WOULD THAT HELP A TEAM LIKE YOURS? “There’s ways that it would help. It wouldn’t do much to make up for the obviously large lack of budget and aerodynamics and things like that, but any resource that you can have at this level, no matter what it is or how small, you have to be so perfect at everything at the Cup level that anything that we can get our hands on is gonna benefit us for sure. We would definitely be on it, for sure, if we could get any sort of access to data.”

Winchester Speedpark set to host season opener for ECS Conx2share Series

Winchester Speedpark set to host season opener for ECS Conx2share Series,
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. (Jan. 12, 2018) – After months of preparation and training, snowmobile racers from around the northeast are ready to do battle once again as East Coast Snocross (ECS) hosts its 2018 season opener on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21, at Winchester Speedpark in Winchester, New Hampshire.

Spectator gates open at 10 a.m. each day. Tickets are $12 per day for adults or $20 for a weekend pass. Children age 7 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes for those wanting an up-close look at the teams and athletes are available for an extra $10.