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Chase Dowling earns first Valenti Modified Racing Series victory at Thompson

Paul Lambert/STS

For the first time in his Valenti Modified Racing Series career, Chase Dowling took the checkered flag after a back-and-forth battle with Ronnie Williams, who finished second, followed by Mike Willis Jr. in third.

An emotional Dowling paraded a black-and-gold No. 13 Ted Christopher flag around the track during a Polish Victory Lap.

“When an owner calls you from a passing of probably the greatest driver in modifieds… it means a lot,” Dowling said after the race. “Last year, we finished second four times in a row… I wasn’t gonna lose this one.”

The race was filled with caution flags, culminating with a three-lap run to the finish. Dowling stayed even with Williams on the restart before muscling his way to the lead coming off turn four, leading the final two laps and taking the victory.

“[The crew] really needed a win,” Dowling said. “They’ve been busting their tails week-in and week-out… We’ve got a small group, but it’s got a big heart in it.”

The Valenti Modified Racing Series will race next at Monadnock Speedway on May 4.

  1. Chase Dowling
  2. Ron Williams
  3. Mike Willis
  4. Todd Owen
  5. Dylan Rock
  6. Jeff Gallup
  7. Artie Pederson
  8. Dan Meservey
  9. Carl Medieros
  10. CJ Bolton
  11. Donnie Lashua
  12. Andy Shaw
  13. Brad VanHouten
  14. Max Zachem
  15. Robert Bloxsom III
  16. Mike Pares
  17. Dave Schneider
  18. Cameron Sontag
  19. Tony Flannery
  20. Glenn Griswold
  21. Brian Robie

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Paul Lambert is an aspiring collegiate journalist. A writer and broadcaster, Paul's excited to cover New England short track racing in 2019. Paul has also been published in Speedway Illustrated and on Autoweek.com.

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