AUDIO: Multi-Time Sportsman Champion Chris Daugherty Headed For Modifieds In 2017

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2016 Woodhull Crate Sportsman track champion, Chris Daugherty, is ready to tackle Modifieds in 2017 on the High Banks. (Jay Fish photo).

ELMIRA, NY — 2016 was a dream season for the Daugherty-Gleason race team.  Three race teams consisting of Chris Daugherty in Crate Sportsman, Shawn Gleason in the Front Wheel Drives and Jeffery Daugherty brought home two track championships with Jeffery winning Rookie of the Year honors.  Add on over a dozen wins and Jeffery’s first Crate win in September, it was a year that a team will rarely ever have.

When one sits back and looks at what could make 2017 any sweeter than 2016, there’s not much you could change really.  But that’s where Daugherty and his new sponsor Williams Construction and Sprayfoam have stepped in to take the Daugherty team to new heights in 2017.

Chris Daugherty revealed on Turn 5 Live on the Performance Motorsports Network Tuesday night that he will pilot a 370 Modified at Woodhull this coming season to compete in the premier division at the Steuben County clay oval.  Daugherty won’t just pilot any Modified either- their team has purchased the complete car that took Billy Van Pelt to his record eighteenth Modified track championship at Woodhull.

With Chris moving up to Modifieds, Jeffery making his rookie campaign in the Crate Sportsman division, Gleason looking for his second championship in a row and a new Gleason joining the Mini Stock fray there is a lot of momentum coming into a new season.  Dylon Gleason made his debut late last season, in the No. 22 that Jeffery wheeled to a fifth place finish in points during the regular season, and will look to take that car to Rookie of the Year honors again in 2017.

The elder Daugherty talked Modifieds and his big news on Turn 5 Live Tuesday night and how excited the team is to get to work this Spring and Summer.


Listen in as Steven Ovens interviews Chris Daugherty in his Elmira, NY shop:


About the Writer

steveSteven Ovens is the Northeast Dirt Correspondent for Race Chaser Online and the creator and host of the Turn 5 Live dirt track racing radio show, airing at 7:30 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday on the Performance Motorsports Network.

Ovens has spent his lifetime in the sport of dirt track racing, growing up in the garages of the Kerrick and Ovens families. He spent 11 years behind the wheel between go-karts and 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks which brings a unique perspective to his dirt track editorials.

The 30-year-old has a career in the growing health care business world, and is also entering his second season as the full-time announcer and media director for Woodhull Raceway in Woodhull, N.Y.

In addition, Ovens was formerly the announcer and media director for Outlaw Speedway (formerly Black Rock Speedway) in Dundee, N.Y., serving in that capacity in both 2015 and 2016.

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