Saturday’s inaugural Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Whelen Modified Tour was the longest race in distance in the series’ history.
Chase Dowling capitalized on his fellow championship contenders misfortune and captured his first career win at the “Magic Mile”’ side-by-side with Patrick Emerling.
On the last lap, Whelen Modified Tour points leader Justin Bonsignore was racing Xfinity Series driver Ryan Preece for the lead.
Going into the final two corners, Preece made contact with Bonsignore, sending both into the wall.
Throughout the season, Dowling was racking up points and contending for wins. Last July at NHMS, he finished second to Bobby Santos III by just 0.014 seconds.
Justin Bonsignore, who has a 72-point lead in the Whelen Modified Tour championship standings, leads Dowling and Doug Coby with 2 races to go on the season.
Saturday’s race was the first time Ryan Preece was in the racecar all weekend as he was competing in the Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway Friday night.
The car Preece was running, was the same car Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman ran last July at NHMS.
The last two races of the season are at Stafford Motor Speedway (Sept. 30) and Thompson Speedway (Oct. 14).