May 21st, 2017
Chase Dowling Wins Again At Stafford; Roxbury, CT Driver Wins 2 Of The First 3 SK Modified Races in 2017
A www.staffordspeedway.com release
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Dan Avery took the early lead with Todd Owen, D.J. Burnham, Glen Reen, and Rowan Pennink behind him. The caution came out with 3 laps complete as Owen and Burnham spun into the turn 1 wall.
Reen took the lead on the outside of Avery and Cam McDermott was right with Reen and he was now side by side with Avery for second with Pennink in fourth and Tony Membrino, Jr. was up to fifth. McDermott took second on lap-6but Avery came right back and retook the spot on lap-7 as Pennink was looking to get by both cars in fourth. Avery settled into second with Pennink taking third from McDermott on lap-8 as Reen continued to lead the race.
Avery made a move to the inside of Reen to move to the front on lap-9 and he brought Pennink with him to drop Reen back to third. Chase Dowling moved to the outside of Reen on lap-10 and he took over third and then he moved side by side with Pennink for second with Avery still out front. Keioth Rocco was making his way through traffic towards the front as he was up to fifth when the caution came out with 12 laps complete for a spin by Eric Berndt in turn 2.
Avery and Dowling were side by side for the lead back under green with Dowling getting clear on lap-14. Avery now had Pennink to his outside in a fight for second with Rocco in fourth and Reen was fifth. Dylan Izzo and Berndt spun on the frontstretch to bring the caution back out with 16 laps complete.
Dowling took the lead back under green with Pennink moving up to second. Avery moved into third with Rocco in fourth and Reen in fifth. Pennink made a move to the inside of Dowling in turn 4 on lap-19 to take over the lead but that move was negated by the caution flag for spins in turns 1+2 by Membrino and Berndt.
Pennink was able to keep pace with Dowling in the outside groove on the restart before slotting back into second just in front of Rocco. Avery was fourth with Reen and McDermott side by side for fifth. The caution came back out with 21 laps complete for a spin coming out of turn 4 by Berndt, Tyler Hines, and Robert Goulet.
The caution came right back out on the restart as there was a multicar incident at the entrance of turn 3 involving the cars of Jeff Baral, Tom Bolles, Izzo, Tom Abele, Jr., Hines, and Goulet.
Dowling took the lead on the restart with Rocco alongside Pennink for second with Reen and Avery side by side for fourth. Rocco got clear to second on lap-23 with Pennink, Reen, and now Ted Christopher lined up single file behind Dowling, who was still out front.
Christopher got by Reen to move into third on lap-29 as Dowling, Rocco, and Pennink were starting to stretch their advantage over the field out. That advantage was erased by a spin in turn 4 by Mike Christopher, Jr. that brought the caution out.
Dowling took the lead back under green with Rocco slotting into second and Pennink into third. Ted Christopher was fourth and Reen was fifth when the caution came back out for spins in turn 4 by Mike Christopher, Jr. and Goulet.
Dowling and Rocco were side by side for the lead again with Christopher moving into third. As the field hit turn 3, Pennink and Christopher touched with Christopher’s car getting shot up the track into the path of Matt Galko, who hit the wall to bring the caution back out.
Dowling took the lead with Christopher getting by Rocco to move into second. Pennink and Ronnie Williams were side by side for fourth with Reen right behind them in sixth. With 5 laps to go, Dowling, Christopher, Rocco, Pennink and Williams were lined up single file. Christopher was working over Dowling while Pennink was looking high and low for a way to get around Rocco.
Dowling led Christopher to the checkered flag to pick up his second win in three races in 2017. Rocco finished third with Pennink and Williams rounding out the top-5.
April 30th, 2017
Chase Dowling Earns SK Modified Spring Sizzler Victory
A www.staffordspeedway.com release
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Ryan Preece used the outside lane to get by polesitter Tyler Hines on the first lap to take the early lead. Ted Christopher quickly moved to the inside of Hines to take over second on lap-2 and Keith Rocco followed in Christopher’s tracks to pull alongside Hines in a fight for third and he took the spot on lap-3. Hines settled into fourth Ronnie Williams fifth before the caution came out with 4 laps complete for Austin Pickens, who came to a stop in turn 2.
Christopher got a great restart and powered his way in front of Preece to take the lead. Rocco and Hines were side by side for third behind Preece with Williams and Chase Dowling side by side for fifth place. Rocco took third with Williams fourth and Pennink moved up to fifth with Hines falling back to sixth on lap-8. Pickens spun in turn 4 to bring the caution back out with 9 laps complete.
Christopher resumed his place at the front of the field on the restart with Rocco moving alongside Preece for second with Williams and Pennink side by side for fourth. Rocco took second on lap-12 and Williams was able to take third as Preece fell back into a duel with Todd Owen for fourth. Bo Gunning spun through the frontstretch infield to bring the caution flag out with 13 laps complete.
Christopher took the lead back under green with Williams now on the inside of Rocco in a fight for second. Behind them Preece and Dowling were side by side for fourth with Pennink and Jeff Baral lined up sixth and seventh place. Williams got clear of Rocco on lap-16 while Preece and Dowling were still side by side as Christopher continued to lead the race.
At the halfway point of the race, Rocco was hounding the back bumper of Christopher for the lead with Williams third, Preece fourth, and Pennink in fifth. Dowling was sixth with Baral, Matt Galko, Todd Owen, and Hines making up the top-10.
With 10 laps to go, it was still Christopher in command followed by Rocco, Williams, Preece, and Pennink. Rocco was looking high and low on Christopher but was now two or three car lengths behind Christopher as the laps continued to click off the scoreboard. Josh Wood brought out the caution out with a plume of smoke from underneath his car with 31 laps complete.
Christopher took the lead on the restart with Williams moving into second. Pennink pulled alongside Rocco in a fight for third but the caution came back out with 32 laps complete for Matt Galko, who took a spin through the backstretch grass.
Christopher again took the lead on the restart with Rocco now on the inside of Williams to retake second. Rocco then made a move to the inside of Christopher for the lead and the two cars touched which set off a chain reaction behind them and collected several cars including Preece, Christopher, Pennink, and Danny Cates.
Rocco was the leader for the restart but Dowling quickly made a move to his inside and took over the lead. Williams was third with Owen fourth and Dan Avery in fifth. The caution came out with 36 laps complete as Owen and Avery spun in the middle of turns 1+2 and collected the car of Baral, which ended on top of Avery’s car to bring the red flag out.
Dowling took the lead on the restart after a lap side by side with Rocco, who fell back to third with Williams moving into second. Tom Abele, Jr. was up to fourth with Bo Gunning in fifth as Dowling took the white flag. Williams made one last bid for the lead but he couldn’t catch Dowling as he took the checkered flag. Eric Berndt spun in turn 1 and Gunning spun in turn 4 on the final lap, making the remainder of the top-5 behind Dowling and Williams Rocco, Christopher, and Abele.