DONNY LIA RIDES THE MYSTIC MISSILE TO VICTORY
Third Win in Five Tour Starts Puts
Lia Into Point Lead
More often the not this season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, when
the race has ended, Donny Lia and Bob Garbarino’s Mystic Missile team
have had to spend time posing for photos with trophies before loading up
their #4 racecar.
On Thursday night, that trend continued at Thompson
International Speedway (CT). For the third time in five Tour races this
season, Lia won the race.
Lia’s association with the Mystic Missile team is also only
five races old, so the victory is just more proof that the driver and
team combination seems to be made for each other.
It was also Lia’s first career Modified Tour victory at
Thompson. He won a RoC Modified feature at the track in 2004, but always
had bad luck keep him from winning there when the Tour would come to
town. Now Lia has won races at all three of the tracks in Connecticut
where he has entered a Tour race.
“I wanted to win a race in Connecticut and that was it, not
we’ve won a few,” said Lia. “ Waterford , Stafford and now Thompson.
“I’m pretty much numb at this point. When we won Stafford ,
it was incredible. Then we won Stafford again. Then we came here and
won. All of that hasn’t really sunk in. I’m not sure if it will sink
The magical start to the season with the Mystic Missile team
has been something that Lia has really appreciated. The combination of a
young and enthusiastic driver with a highly experience team is working
“When I went racing with my own team, if you added up all of
the years of experience with everyone on the team, you might have come
up with, I don’t know…100 something years total experience,” said Lia.
“Well, this team has probably at least 500 years of experience between
“That experience helps with so many little things. Things
that you would never think of make this car go so well and that is from
years and years of racing and learning lessons. They’ll learn something
and not only will they not make that same mistake again, they’ll
incorporate what they learned into the cars to make them better. My cars
never felt like this. They just didn’t.”
Lia is the latest driver in a long line of racers who have wheeled the
#4 to wins throughout the Eastern United States . While that doesn’t
register when he is driving the car, it is a fact that he can appreciate
out of the cockpit.
“I don’t think about that too much behind the wheel,” said
Lia. “But when I’m out of the car and do think about it, that is pretty
impressive. There is a lot of history with this car and a lot of great
drivers have driven it.”
And while Garbarino has seen just about everything in racing
through his tenure as a team owner, he is especially proud of what his
team is accomplishing this season.
“Absolutely,” said Garbarino. “I didn’t know any of these
guys before we started and they all worked very hard to get three out of
Racing is always enjoyable for the owner of the Mystic
Missile, but this season has been just a little bit more so.
“It’s always been fun, but it is even more fun when you win,”
said Garbarino with a smile.
And Lia can think of something that might make racing even
more fun for the team.
“There’s just one thing that this team is missing...they’ve
never won a championship…yet,” said Lia with an even bigger smile.
With his latest victory, Lia moves from fourth in the
standings to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point lead, so that goal is
definitely attainable this season.
Lia and the Mystic Missile team will return to action on the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on June 30th at New Hampshire International
For more information on Donny Lia, please contact Mike Twist
at 207-590-1786 and be sure to visit
Twist/Lia Motorsports PR
June 24, 2007