Chase Dowling Avoids Chaos To Score Musket 250 At NHMS

One final corner and $25,000 on the line

LOUDON, N.H. —  Chaos. While Justin Bonsignore and Ryan Preece made contact and crashed racing for the lead in turn three on the final lap of the inaugural Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Chase Dowling slid by both of them to score his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win.

In July, it was Dowling came off turn four in position to win at the ‘Magic Mile,' but lost the dash to the checkered by just .014 seconds to Bobby Santos III. This time, Dowling edged Patrick Emerling by 0.056 seconds, moments before the yellow flew for the rest of the field.

“It's in me, it just doesn't really sink in yet,” Dowling said of his emotions after winning. “I'm through the roof. It was a pretty crazy race overall. I think it was just one of those things where I was waiting for it to happen. It finally happened.”

Dowling's road to the victory was definitely not an easy one. He started from the pole and led 54 laps, but over the course of the 250-lap distance, Dowling was shuffled in and out of the top five.

Teams pitted more than once under the green flag, something that Dowling had never dealt with in his career. He pitted for the final time on lap 220, and came out in fifth for the restart.

After a caution with 14 laps to go bunched the field up, Dowling found himself fourth heading down the backstretch on the final lap. When Bonsignore and Preece made contact, Dowling cut to the bottom, slid past Emerling and beat him back to the finish line.

“There were a lot of up and down moments,” Dowling said. “You were leading one moment, then pitting and not knowing where you are out there. We just had to put ourself in position to win.”

Emerling also slid by without damage, too.

In his first trip north to New Hampshire, nine-time Bowman Gray Stadium modified division champion Burt Myers escaped the final corner and finished third. Andy Seuss finished fourth, while Preece limped across the line following the crash to finish in fifth driving for Gary Putnam.

Bonsignore was sixth, followed by Doug Coby, Jon McKennedy, Eric Goodale and Ron Silk.

The lead changed 30 times among five different drivers including three times in the final five laps. Bonsignore's Whelen Modified Tour championship lead was cut to 74 points over Dowling with two races remaining on the championship points schedule.

The Musket 250 aired live via a stream on FansChoice.TV, and will air on NBCSN on Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track at Stafford Motor Speedway for the NAPA Fall Final 150 on Sunday, September 30.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status Led Pts
1
1
15-40 Connection / S&S Paving   (Rob Fuller)
Chevrolet
250
running
   
2
3
Buffalo Auto Auction   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
250
running
   
3
8
Dunleavys Truck & Trailer   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
250
running
   
4
6
O.B. Builders   (Bryan Dauzat)
Chevrolet
250
running
   
5
20
Curb Records / TS Haulers   (Mike Curb)
Chevrolet
250
running
   
6
2
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
249
crash
   
7
5
Mayhew / Dunleavy's / AJ Roman's Const.   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
249
running
   
8
9
Accell Construction, Inc.   (Tommy Baldwin)
Chevrolet
249
running
   
9
24
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
248
running
   
10
4
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
248
running
   
11
12
Hoosier Tire East / Fast Track Elect   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
248
running
   
12
22
Nocella Paving / Airgas / A&D Associates   (Anthony Nocella)
Chevrolet
248
running
   
13
18
Sapienza Enterprise   (Judy Thilberg)
Chevrolet
248
running
   
14
17
Horton Avenue Materials   (Pamela Hulse)
Chevrolet
247
running
   
15
13
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
245
running
   
16
27
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Cheryl Tomaino)
Chevrolet
245
running
   
17
15
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
244
running
   
18
7
Starrett Racing   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
243
running
   
19
29
Perf. Engines / Kendall Oil / Ryan's   (Linda Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
238
running
   
20
21
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
233
crash
   
21
19
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
232
crash
   
22
11
Sully Tinio / Olivas Market   (Sully Tinio)
Chevrolet
216
rear end
   
23
30
Performance Engines / Kendall Oil   (Wade Cole)
Chevrolet
202
running
   
24
25
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
116
rear end
   
25
31
Truck Stop Northeast   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
114
clutch
   
26
14
Empower Financial / Gershow Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
106
engine
   
27
28
Lakeland Landscape / TRC Electric   (Sean McDonald)
Chevrolet
77
rear end
   
28
26
O.B. Builders   (Bryan Dauzat)
Chevrolet
20
electrical
   
29
16
Dunleavy Truck & Trailer / Citrusafe Chevrole   (Eddie Harvey)
7
crash
   
30
10
Starrett / Mosquito Free / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
7
crash
   
31
23
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
7
crash