The Chrome Horn News



   On a recent Saturday evening at Riverhead Raceway a familiar face graced the NASCAR Modified pit area. Donny Lia of Jericho made an appearance and finished 6th in the 35-lap Buzz Chew Chevrolet-Cadillac main event after starting deep in the field. Was Donny just enjoying an off weekend from the Craftsman Truck Series? Yes, but he also had another motive.
   Turns out the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion will defend his 2007 victory in the Miller Lite 140 event at the track where he earned his first of eleven career wins on the WMT. Lia has won four of the past five WMT events in August at the demanding quarter-mile oval. His first came in 2003, which Lia backed-up with wins in 2004 and 2005. Only a victory by Ted Christopher in 2006 interrupted the Lia express, which got back on track in 2007.
   Lia, steering the Huntington Honda #18, will instantly become the driver to beat in the Miller Lite 140 based upon that track record, so his fellow competitors on the WMT may not exactly welcome him back with open arms. Aside from Lia and Ted Christopher among those seeking the victory in the $60,165 event are Mike Stefanik, Eddie Flemke, Ronnie Silk, Todd Szegedy, Chuck Hossfeld, Jimmy Blewett, Tony Ferrante Jr., Jamie Tomaino, Glen Tyler, Joe Hartmann and Ken Heagy. Armed with many laps of experience at Riverhead, Tyler, Hartmann or Heagy might just be able to win their first career WMT race in the Miller Lite 140.
   A strong contingent of Riverhead Raceway drivers who race in the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series are also expected to make a run for the win in the 28-car field include Bill Park, Howie Brode, Chuck Steuer, Wayne Anderson, John Fortin, and Justin Bonsignore.
   Joining the Miller Lite 140 on Saturday August 2nd will be the Chargers and Blunderbusts, who both will compete in 30-lap, double point races and an 8-Cylinder Enduro. Heats for the Riverhead classes will start at 4:30 pm, while WMT qualifying will begin at 5:00 pm with time trials at first, then in the "Flash" event format two 25-lap heat races will be run.
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Source:  Bob Finan / Riverhead Raceway PR
Posted:  July 22, 2008

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