STAFFORD, Conn. — Chase Dowling finished 10th in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship standings in 2016, but he is now sitting in the middle of the offseason with nothing on the horizon for 2017.
Dowling confirmed to Race Chaser Online on Sunday evening that as of now, he has nothing for the 2017 campaign. Next season will be the first with the merger of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour that was announced in October.
Though Dowling is talking to a few teams about the possibility of getting behind the wheel of their car for next year, he is unsure about what his future will hold at this point.
“I’m kind of lost right now in racing,” Dowling said. “My dad retired and we are trying to sell all the stuff we have. I’m bringing my sponsors wherever we go though. It’s been just us doing it out of our shop and there aren’t a lot of family teams left. It’s not like when people bought their helmet bag to the track and just started racing. When my dad told me he was done racing it made me really go and try to seek out rides.”
This year, driving for team owner Bob Katon, Dowling finished inside the top 10 seven times and also grabbed three top five finishes along the way. He finished a season-best of fourth at Stafford in August and also finished in fifth twice (Riverhead & Stafford Fall Final).
In 2015, Dowling won the NWMT Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award driving for car owner Cheryl Tomaino. That season, he collected eight top-10 finishes, with a career best of third at Riverhead Raceway.
Although Dowling doesn’t currently have anything for the Whelen Modified Tour next season, he is close to completing a deal with a team at Stafford Motor Speedway to compete full-time in their premier SK Modified division and is also looking outside the modified ranks for possibilities to advance his career.
“I’m working on an SK ride at Stafford for Friday nights, I just got off the phone with someone today,” Dowling said. “I’m also working with Ted Marsh to try and find some sponsorship for a few K&N races along the way.”
Race Chaser Online will have more on Dowling’s 2017 plans as they develop in the offseason.
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Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.
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