A Battle to the Finish: Musket 250 Goes to Chase Dowling After Wild Final Turn Crash


Chase Dowling (holding up musket) with David McGrath, New Hampshire Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager (left, pointing) after his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the inaugural Musket 250 at NHMS on Saturday. Photo Courtesy: NHMS/Alan MacRae

Late race leaders, Justin Bonsignore and Ryan Preece, wreck in final turn, allowing Dowling to slide by and take an unexpected win in longest Whelen Modified race in series history.

LOUDON, N.H. – After 250 hard fought laps and numerous lead changes, of course the Whelen Modified race came down to the final turn of the final lap to determine a winner in a wild finish to the Musket 250. When the dust had settled, Chase Dowling sped across the Granite Stripe to win the longest race in series history. The pole sitter Dowling takes home $25,000 plus $100 for every lap he led through the afternoon; quite a haul for the young driver who captured his first ever Modified victory. He nearly took home the checkered flag at NHMS in July, losing the summer race by .014 seconds.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Dowling. “This race is a lot different than earlier in the year. You’re leading one moment and then you pit out and you don’t know where you are when you come out; you just had to be patient.”


McReynolds Takes the Checkered Flag in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race

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Brandon McReynolds reclaimed the lead in the final lap to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Apple Barrel 125; Ankrum captures series championship.

LOUDON, N.H. – A late caution and green/white/checkered finish gave back to Brandon McReynolds what Derek Kraus almost took away during the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Apple Barrel 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“This is a special place for me, but to come and execute means a lot,” said McReynolds. “To have success at a track where my dad has had success is a special feeling.”


Powell, Kraus and Dowling Take Poles for Saturday’s NASCAR Tripleheader at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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Saturday’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend tripleheader will feature the Pinty’s Series first race in the United States, a global K&N race and the longest Modified race in series history.

LOUDON, N.H. – Cole Powell, Derek Kraus and Chase Dowling will lead their respective fields once the green flag drops on Saturday for the Visit New Hampshire 100, Apple Barrel 125 and Musket 250 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

In the first official “Bienvenue” to New Hampshire, NASCAR’s Pinty’s Series drivers from Canada descended on “The Magic Mile” in Loudon to make history and turn some fast laps. In the series’ first-ever appearance on U.S. soil, Pinty’s top drivers didn’t disappoint in qualifying.


NASCAR Drivers Visit Manchester Kids

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LOUDON, N.H. – NASCAR drivers Ryan Vargas and Alex Tagliani visited with Automotive Technology Students at Manchester Community College, pediatric patients at Elliot Hospital and children and teenagers at the Webster House, all in Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday before heading to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for this weekend’s inaugural Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

“I’m so happy that I was able to visit New Hampshire before the race,” said Tagliani. “I have a young daughter of my own, so I know how important it is to spend time with kids, and I hope we were able to brighten their day a little bit today.”