PAINTED POST, N.Y. — Story and Audio by Race Chaser Online New York Dirt Correspondent Steven Ovens — Brad Ovens photo —
We see it all the time, the ‘racing bug’ being passed down from generation to generation in racing families. What we don’t always see, however, is the high-level performance of the older generation get passed on to the younger.
This is what makes the father-son duo of Chris and Jeffery Daugherty so special as they race throughout the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier. Both drivers had incredible seasons this year, with both drivers walking away with championship hardware to close out 2015.
Chris won his track championship behind the wheel of his Crate Sportsman Modified at ‘New York’s Toughest Bullring’ – Woodhull Raceway. It wasn’t a totally dominating season for the elder racing Daugherty. Less than a handful of victories and the won’t give up, won’t go away attack on his fellow competition led Chris to the season-ending championship.
What some newer fans to the sport may not know is that Chris was also a pretty prolific asphalt racer in his early years behind the wheel. Imagine the relief of all the local asphalt drivers, knowing Chris is spending his days dominating on the dirt!
It also doesn’t hurt that when the Daugherty’s do something, they do it right with their first-class dirt operation. Racers will tell you that races are more often won in the shop than duking it out on the track. The beautifully prepared machines for Chris and Jeffery ring that statement true every time they enter the pit gate on a Friday or Saturday night.
Jeffery handed out a butt-kicking in his own right this season- his first behind the wheel of a full-sized stock car. The Elmira, NY teen had tremendous go-kart experience several years ago, but had to channel that experience into a whole other animal in his 4 Cylinder Ford Mustang.
He competed in the Black Rock Bandit and Woodhull Bandit divisions during his rookie campaign, winning track championships at both facilities. Daugherty won 16 features out of 18 in a division devised in the late 90’s by Black Rock Speedway track owners (at that time) Lin and Cindy Hough that allowed youth racers ages 12 to 16 compete in full blown stock cars due to a part in the track insurance that allowed for youth competitors.
This class has produced future dirt track winners and champions like Matt Sheppard, Brady Fultz, Donnie Lawson, Kenny Peoples Jr, Rich Sharpsteen, Dylan Cecce and many many more along the way. Don’t be surprised 10 years down the road, when we add Jeffery Daugherty to that list.
As the youngster prepares for 2016 he has plans of moving up into the adult 4 Cylinder divisions at Black Rock Speedway and Woodhull Raceway. This jump being one that he proved all season long that he is ready for. One of the great skills that Jeffery has behind the wheel is his car control- his car control was unparalleled by his competition this season. While future plans could include Crate Sportsman Modifieds, Jeffery is only focusing on one year at a time.
His father Chris though, has a lot of exciting plans for the future. Chris shared with RaceChaserOnline.com that he plans a full assault on the 2016 Grit Series American Racer tour with select Hoosier tour shows being on the schedule as well. This schedule will be carried out behind the wheel of a Chris Mashewske-owned Crate Sportsman.
Daugherty drove for Mashewske in 2015 on a limited schedule and was within 5 laps of sealing a huge win at Black Rock Speedway during Onyx Summit Weekend. The team also had a very strong showing at Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Series event at Woodhull back in August during the Crate portion of that event.
There may even be some more wrinkles in the Daugherty-Mashewske racing schedule for 2016 that are forthcoming. RaceChaserOnline.com will have full coverage of these developments when they become available.
Chris and Jeffery sat down with the cast of Turn 5 Live at the Woodhull Raceway banquet and logged this audio interview…enjoy!