DONNY LIA ADAPTS QUICKLY AS MYSTIC MISSILE PILOT
New Combination Leads 74 Laps Before Broken Bracket at Thompson
In Donny Lia’s first outing as the driver of Bob
Garbarino’s Mystic Missile Modified, there was a slight learning curve.
What was the length of that learning curve? Exactly 24 laps
around Thompson International Speedway. That is how long that it took
Lia to get to the front of the pack in the season-opening NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour event. He would go on to lead 73 more laps.
Unfortunately a broken part led to the team being left with a
20th-place finish after having to go behind the wall for several laps to
make needed repairs.
“We hit it right today,” said Lia. “Something on the car
broke and it was something that you really can’t control. Today, we had
a great car. There’s a great crew here and with all of this experience
that Bob has from all of his years of racing that makes for a fast
“A bracket broke and we had to go behind the wall to weld it
up. It was a freak thing. I’ve never seen it, and none of these guys
have seen one break except for during a wreck. We didn’t wreck; it just
broke. It’s a shame because I really thought that I’d have something for
them at the end.”
Lia did not pit for tires at all during the race, but he stands by that
strategy. Even running in second place on old tires late in the race, he
was sticking right with eventual race winner James Civali, waiting for
the right time to make a move for the top spot again.
“I made some adjustments to my line and we would have been
good,” said Lia. “When I shifted gears on the restart, it broke. I was
just along for the ride at that point.
“For us, our strategy was the right one. I wasn’t going to
get any faster if we had come in. I know that some of the guys did. John
[Blewett] changed tires and he was good. Before he started leaking, he
fast. Whoever had the best car would have probably been between myself,
Civali and him. But we’ll never know. That’s how it goes sometimes.
“This place has always had a hex on me. Very rarely have I
finished on all four wheels here. We’re going to have to change that
Lia and the #4 team will now head to Stafford Motor Speedway
for this coming weekend’s Spring Sizzler.
“Next week, we should be just as strong. We’ll pick up where
we left off, so hopefully we won’t have the same problem. I like that
racetrack [ Stafford ] and we should have a good race there.”
The Spring Sizzler is scheduled for this coming weekend.
Qualifying will take place on Saturday, April 28th and the feature race
will take place on Sunday, April 29th.
For more information on Donny Lia, please contact Mike Twist
at 207-590-1786 and be sure to visit
Twist/Lia Motorsports PR
April 23, 2007