DONNY LIA MAKES FIRST STAFFORD MOD TOUR VICTORY COUNT
Racer Wins Spring Sizzler in Second Start for Mystic Missile Team
Ever since he won the Rookie of the Year title on the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour in 2003, Donny Lia has had winning a race at the Stafford
Motor Speedway (CT) near the top of his to-do list. The facility is one
of the most historic tracks that the Tour visits, and it is widely known
as one of the trickiest places on the schedule as well.
Lia had come close to winning at Stafford before. He’s been
fast time after time there, but there has always been something to keep
him from visiting victory lane. He’s been caught up in wrecks and had
mechanical problems. He’s even finished second while crossing the finish
line on three wheels.
On Sunday afternoon, Lia finally broke through at Stafford in
a big way when he won the most prestigious race on the track’s schedule,
the Spring Sizzler.
“When it comes to tracks that you want to win at, this place,
Thompson and Loudon rank right up there,” said Lia. “This is a
challenging track. It has challenged me, and it took me a long time to
feel like I had figured it out. I still haven’t figured it out. There
are always different things to learn here. It’s a driver’s track. I’ve
won Tour races at Riverhead and Waterford . I love those two tracks, I
really do. But it doesn’t feel like this. This track is an icon of the
Modified Tour. To win here really just feels amazing.”
Lia won in only his second start as the driver of Bob Garbarino’s Mystic
Missile #4 car. Garbarino is one of the most accomplished team owners in
Modified racing, and he has won just about everywhere, but Sunday’s
victory was all a first for him. It was the first time that he won the
Spring Sizzler, and Lia was nearly speechless about that.
“I’m proud,” said Lia. “I don’t know what to feel about that
really. I’m just glad that he is having me drive his car. He has been
owning racecars on the Modified Tour for 40-something years. He’s very
highly respected, and he could have anyone drive his racecars. The fact
that he chose me and has faith in me to drive his car really means a lot
“I’m glad that we were able to win today. These guys gave me
an amazing car today. It really feels like we accomplished something big
here today. This is awesome.
“To win so quickly together really says something about this
team, and without trying to sound cocky, I think that it says something
about myself. I always wondered if I’d even get it done here [at
Stafford ]. Sometimes you need a day like this to remind yourself that
you can do it.”
Lia will return to action next Sunday as the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour heads to Wall Township Speedway (NJ) for the next event on
their schedule. Racing will take place there on Sunday, May 6th.
For more information on Donny Lia, please contact Mike Twist
at (207) 590-1786 and be sure to visit
May 2, 2007