LFR AND CHASE
DOWLING RUNNING FOR NWMT CHAMPIONSHIP
15-40 Connection and S&S Asphalt Paving Support LFR Team in
running select races together in 2017, NASCAR driver
Chase Dowling and team owner Rob Fuller have
announced that they will partner to run for a NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) championship in 2018.
“This is something Chase and I have discussed
throughout the season,” said Fuller, President of
LFR. “With the success we had this season, it seemed
like a good decision for both our sponsors and Chase
to go after the championship.”
In just nine NWMT races in 2017, Dowling earned his
first career pole, led 21 laps and earned a
career-best five Top-5 finishes in one season. It
was one of his most productive seasons to date.
“After our accomplishments we had in 2017, I can’t
wait to run a full season with Rob and the LFR car,”
said Dowling. “I feel we were a threat at every
event this season and I look forward to carrying
this momentum into the 2018 season.”
Dowling, a Roxbury, Conn. native, became the
youngest Sunoco Rookie of the Year award winner in
Whelen Modified Tour history in 2015 at the age of
17. In his three years competing in the NWMT, he has
a total of nine Top-5 finishes and 20 Top-10s.
S&S Asphalt Paving and 15-40 Connection will be the
primary sponsors on the No. 15 LFR car. Dowling has
been supported by S&S Asphalt Paving since he began
his racing career at the age of 7. This will be the
sixth year that 15-40 Connection will partner with
LFR to share the message of early cancer detection
with race fans this season making it one of the
longest sponsor/ team relationships in the series.
Stephen Kopcik will serve as the crew chief and the
LFR shop foreman running the day-to-day operations
of the team.
LFR has secured the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
championship every year since its inception in 2014.
Fuller is a 30-year veteran racer with previous
championships including 1998 and 1999 with Dale
Earnhardt Jr. in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
In addition to his full time NWMT schedule, Dowling
will run a LFR SK modified for Glenn Johnson and run
for the SK championship at Stafford Motor Speedway.
“With my everyday involvement at LFR, it just seemed
like the right thing to do at this time in my
career,” said Dowling. “I have been extremely
fortunate to have been with some of the best teams
Stafford has to offer. Glenn is a great guy and has
fielded a LFR car for two seasons and I look forward
to working with Rob and all of Glenn’s guys to build
a competitive SK team at Stafford.”
Glenn Johnson has fielded cars at the Connecticut
short track for over 25 years and is looking forward
to teaming up with his new driver in 2018.
“Chase is a young and very talented driver,” said
Johnson. “I feel we have great equipment and can be
competitive week in and week out with the right
driver in the seat and I now feel like we have
LFR will begin its 2018 race season at New Smyrna
Speedway in February and then start the NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour season at Myrtle Beach on March
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Nealie Stufflet / LFR Chassis
November 16, 2017