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STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT - AUGUST 3:  Chase Dowling, driver of the #15 15-40 Connection Chevrolet, wins the pole award after qualifying for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Starrett 150 on August 3, 2018 in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
Chase Dowling celebrates winning the pole for the Starrett Tools 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

QUALIFYING: Chase Dowling Scores His Third Career Pole at Stafford

STAFFORD, Conn. — Even though he came a mere few inches away from glory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Chase Dowling is still looking for his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour checkered flag.

Friday, in the most recent stop in the midst of his victory search, the Roxbury, Connecticut, driver put together a lap good enough to score his third career pole. His time of 18.267 seconds (98.538 mph) around the half-mile oval will allow him to lead the field to green from his home track of Stafford Motor Speedway after winning the pole for the Starrett Tools 150.

Dowling is a multiple-time winner in the SK Modified class at the Connecticut oval, and will look to add his name to the list of Whelen Modified Tour winners later this evening.

RACING-REFERENCE: Starrett Tools 150 Qualifying Results

Rowan Pennink, who was fastest in practice for the ninth race of the season, was second in qualifying with a lap of 18.324 seconds (98.232 mph). Pennink is seeking his first Stafford victory, but is a former champion of the SK Modified division at the oval, and knows the track well.

Doug Coby, a 10-time Whelen Modified Tour winner at Stafford, seems to like the number three today. Coby posted the third fastest lap in practice, and followed that up by qualifying in third spot behind the wheel of the No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet.

RACING-REFERENCE: Chase Dowling’s Career

Justin Bonsignore, who has four wins in eight races and leads the points standings entering Stafford, qualified fourth. Jon McKennedy rounded out the top five in the group qualifying session.

Rob Summers was sixth, followed by Eric Goodale, Ron Silk, Timmy Solomito and most recent series winner Bobby Santos.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track for the Starrett 150 at 9:15 p.m. on Friday night. The ninth championship points race of the season is the second of three stops at Stafford scheduled in 2018.