SHREWSBURY, Mass. – After running select races together this season, Chase Dowling and LFR Chassis team owner Rob Fuller have announced that they will partner to run for the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.
“This is something Chase and I have discussed throughout the season,” said Fuller. “With the success we had this season, it seemed like a good decision for both our sponsors and Chase to go after the championship.”
In nine Tour starts this year, Dowling earned his first career pole, led 21 laps and earned a career-best five top-five finishes, including a runner-up finish in the season-ending Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
For Dowling, 2017 was one of his most productive seasons to date.
“After our accomplishments we had in 2017, I can’t wait to run a full season with Rob and the LFR car,” said Dowling. “I feel we were a threat at every event this season and I look forward to carrying this momentum into the 2018 season.”
Dowling, a Roxbury, Conn. native, became the youngest Sunoco Rookie of the Year in Whelen Modified Tour history two years ago at the age of 17. In his three years competing on the Tour, he has a total of nine top-five and 20 top-10 finishes.
S&S Asphalt Paving and 15-40 Connection will be the primary sponsors on the No. 15 LFR car.
Dowling has been supported by S&S Asphalt Paving since he began his racing career at the age of seven and this will be the sixth year that 15-40 Connection will partner with LFR to share the message of early cancer detection with race fans, one of the longest sponsor/team relationships in the series.
Stephen Kopcik will serve as crew chief and LFR shop foreman, running the day-to-day operations of the team.
In addition to his full-time Tour schedule, Dowling will run a LFR SK modified for Glenn Johnson and compete for the SK championship at Stafford Motor Speedway.
“With my everyday involvement at LFR, it just seemed like the right thing to do at this time in my career,” said Dowling. “I have been extremely fortunate to have been with some of the best teams Stafford has to offer. Glenn is a great guy and has fielded a LFR car for two seasons, and I look forward to working with Rob and all of Glenn’s guys to build a competitive SK team at Stafford.”
Johnson has fielded cars at the Connecticut short track for over 25 years and is looking forward to teaming up with his new driver next season.
“Chase is a young and very talented driver,” said Johnson. “I feel we have great equipment and can be competitive week in and week out with the right driver in the seat, and I now feel like we have that.”
CREDIT: LFR Chassis