Dowling Delivers Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Award

nwmt-lgTop First-Year Driver In The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2015) – The old phrase goes that once is by chance, twice is a coincidence and three times is a trend. Chase Dowling is trending.

IMG_0794 (2)A rookie of the year at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway in its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modified Division in 2013 and SK Modifieds in 2014, Dowling his kept the streak going by adding 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

Dowling sits ninth in the championship standings with seven top-10 finishes in 14 outings, and with one race remaining, he’s already clinched the tour’s top first-year driver honors.

The highest finishing rookie in a race receives 10 points, second receives nine, third gets eight and so on. After 14 of 15 events, Dowling has an insurmountable 23-point lead on his nearest competitor Max Zachem (117-94).

The 17-year-old has displayed marked improvement as the season has transpired. Through his first six races he maintained an average finish of 18th. In the eight outings since, he’s lowered that number to eighth. Included in the surge was a best run of third at Riverhead (New York) Raceway in August.

“At the beginning of the year we had a lot of mechanical and electrical problems and had some horrible finishes, but about midway through the year things started coming together,” Dowling said. “Everything was new. The team was new, I was new, so there were some struggles. Once things started to click, our team has been pretty stout these last eight races.”

Dowling, of Roxbury, Connecticut, originally got into auto racing by chance. He was racing dirt bikes as a youth when a family friend suggested competing on four wheels. Dowling’s family got him started in go-karts at a local dirt track and things progressed quickly from there.

Dowling and his father and crew chief, Mark, didn’t necessarily have a road map for his career – they just looked to advance as he matched the skill level of the competition. They were unsure how the team would fare in their first modified venture – the Stafford’s SK Light division – with the family-owned team new to that type of racing. But Dowling won seven races in his first season and contended for the division title, so they decided to move up to Whelen All-American Series Division I SK Modifieds. He followed with an impressive first year in that division, and another door opened.

Dowling had a common sponsor with Whelen Modified Tour ironman Jamie Tomaino in Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair. Business owner Doug Dunleavy introduced Dowling to Tomaino, and Dowling eventually began contributing to Tomaino’s tour effort in various capacities as a crew member. Toward the end of last season, Tomaino offered Dowling an opportunity to join the Whelen Modified Tour as his teammate for 2015.

“It wasn’t something that was really planned,” Dowling said. “Three years ago I didn’t have any intentions of being where I’m at right now. We keep proving to ourselves each year that we can compete with the big guys.”

Looking back on his three-year rise in modified racing, and run of rookie of the year honors, Dowling appreciates what he has been able to accomplish.

“Every year I won the rookie award, it wasn’t just given to me either,” Dowling said. “It’s not like we showed up to the track and were the only rookie there. It’s been good competition, so that’s definitely something to be proud of.”

Dowling will receive the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award on Dec. 12 as part of the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The 2015 season will conclude for the Whelen Modified Tour on Oct. 18 at Thompson (Connecticut) Speedway Motorsports Park with the Sunoco World Series 150.


Persistent Rain Cancels On-Track Action at NAPA Super DIRT Week’s Camping World Fast Friday

Super Dirt LogoSYRACUSE, N.Y. – Oct. 9, 2015 – Persistent drizzle is hampering efforts to prepare the racing surface for any on-track activity at this afternoon’s Camping World Fast Friday on the Moody Mile at the New York State Fairgrounds.

A revised Saturday schedule begins with inspection and draws at 6:30 a.m. followed by DIRTcar Pro Stock practice at 8 a.m. The schedule at the Mile will run from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m., with racing at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park still slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.


6:30 am Pit Gates Open
6:30 – 7:30 am DIRTcar Pro Stock Inspection Opens
7:30 am DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Draw for qualifying position opens at Series Command Center
7:30 am DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Championship Drivers and Crew Chief Meeting (Infield Media/Pit building)
8:00 am DIRTcar Pro Stock Series First Practice
8:25 am DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Practice
8:50 am USAC Silver Crown Practice
9:10 am DIRTcar 358-Modified Twin 20s
10:15 am Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Triple 20s
11:30 am DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Time Trials
11:50 am DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Time Trials
12:20 pm DIRTcar 358-Modified Series Last Chance Qualifying Race(s)
12:50 pm Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified Series Last Chance Qualifier
1:30 pm USAC Silver Crown Pre Race
1:45 pm USAC Silver Crown Race (Salt City 78)
3:15 pm DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Salute the Troops 150 Pre-Race ceremonies
3:30 pm DIRTcar 358 Modified Series Salute the Troops 150 (150 laps)
5:15 pm DIRTcar Pro Stock Last Chance Qualifier
5:45 pm DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Last Chance Qualifying Race(s)
6:45 pm DIRTcar Pro Stock Futures Race
7:00 pm DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Futures Races
7:30 pm Twin 25s – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars plus “Win and You’re In” Modified at Rolling Wheels Raceway (Mod Winner Earns 45th starting spot in Syracuse 200)

Seuss Secures Back-To-Back Southern Tour Titles

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 08:  Andy Seuss, driver of the #11 Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet, Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 08: Andy Seuss, driver of the #11 Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet, Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Brunnhoelzl Takes Down Charlotte Win

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2015) – In the closest championship race in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour history, Andy Seuss stood alone at the end of the night at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the 2015 titlist.

With a sixth-place finish in Thursday’s season finale Southern Slam 150, Seuss edged race winner George Brunnhoelzl III by three points in the season standings to secure his second-consecutive Whelen Southern Modified Tour crown.

Seuss, a native of Hampstead, New Hampshire, knew he needed to finish sixth or better going into the race to earn a second title as he led brothers Burt and Jason Myers by 10 tallies, and Brunnhoelzl by 13. With Brunnhoelzl’s max-points effort in his victory Thursday, it left little margin for error for Seuss.

In the end, Seuss held his ground to become the third different driver in Whelen Southern Modified Tour history to repeat as champion.

The Southern Slam 150 marked the 25th career victory for the four-time tour titlist Brunnhoelzl, who previously triumphed on the Charlotte quarter-mile oval in 2012. He led all but one of the 160 laps.

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 08:  George Brunnhoelzl, driver of the #28 Dunleavy Trk & Trailer Repair/Composite Tech. Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Souther Slam 150   (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 08: George Brunnhoelzl, driver of the #28 Dunleavy Trk & Trailer Repair/Composite Tech. Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Souther Slam 150 (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Ryan Preece followed Brunnhoelzl across the finish line in second with Danny Bohn third, Jason Myers fourth and Burt Myers fifth. After Seuss it was Jeremy Gerstner, John Smith, Bobby Measmer Jr. and Dalton Baldwin in the top 10.

With the final three point margin, Seuss’ championship victory over Brunnhoelzl topped the previous closest mark of six points in 2006 when Junior Miller edged Tim Brown.

Seuss finished with a total of 393 to Brunnhoelzl’s 390 while Jason Myers ranked third at 385 and Burt Myers fourth at 384.

The Southern Slam 150 was extended by 10 laps due to the one and only caution in the event which came out on Lap 148. The race can be seen on NBCSN on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. ET.

Seuss and the No. 11 Ideal Racing team will receive the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship trophy on Dec. 12 in the NASCAR Night of Champions Tour Awards at the Charlotte Convention Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame.


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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Southern Slam 150 Results


At Charlotte Motor Speedway Quarter-Mile

Concord, N.C.

Lap length: 0.25 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (1) George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 160 laps, 52.440 mph.
  2. (2) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 160.
  3. (4) Danny Bohn, Freehold, NJ, Chevrolet, 160.
  4. (7) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 160.
  5. (3) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 160.
  6. (11) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 160.
  7. (12) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, FL, Chevrolet, 159.
  8. (5) John Smith 1, Mount Airy, NC, Chevrolet, 159.
  9. (14) Bobby Measmer, Jr., Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 159.
  10. (13) Dalton Baldwin, Dunedin, Fla., Chevrolet, 159.
  11. (6) Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 159.
  12. (10) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, 159.
  13. (16) Trey Hutchens, III, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 158.
  14. (17) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 157.
  15. (8) James Civali, Meriden, Conn, Pontiac, 153.
  16. (15) David Calabrese, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 146, accident.
  17. (18) Mike Norman, Lewisville, N.C., Chevrolet, 144, overheating.
  18. (9) Cale Gale, Mobile, Ala., Chevrolet, 125, overheating.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 45 minutes 46 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.135 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: G.Brunnhoelzl, III (61.291 mph, 14.684 seconds)

Caution Flags: 1 for 9 laps.

Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers.

Lap Leaders: G. Brunnhoelzl,III 1-157; R. Preece 158; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 159-160.

Standings: 1. A. Seuss, 393; 2. G. Brunnhoelzl,III, 390; 3. J. Myers, 385; 4. B. Myers, 384; 5. K. Ebersole, 371; 6. F. Fleming, 360; 7. B. Measmer,Jr., 358; 8. G. Putnam, 343; 9. J. Gerstner, 342; 10. D. Calabrese, 324.


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