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09/29/2013


LIA DOMINATING IN STAFFORD WIN
First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win In Over A Year

Donny Lia flexed his muscle in dominating fashion on Sunday at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

The two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion started from the pole and handled all challenges with apparent ease by outdistancing Doug Coby to the finish line by 3.231 seconds to win the CARQUEST Fall Final 150. The win was his first on the tour since Aug. 9 of last year at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway.

The Jericho, N.Y., driver now has 17 career wins. Sunday was his fourth at Stafford and second in the Fall Final.

Rowan Pennink finished third with Todd Szegedy and Justin Bonsignore trailing in fourth and fifth, respectively. Mike Stefanik, Ted Christopher, Chuck Hossfeld, Bobby Santos and Ron Silk rounded out the top 10.

Ryan Preece carried a 41-point lead over Coby into the race and had an opportunity to clinch his first Whelen Modified Tour title, but after a 17th-place finish due to a late-race mechanical failure, he still has work to do in the season finale. His advantage over Coby is now 26 points.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour closes out the 2013 campaign on Sunday, Oct. 20 with the Sunoco World Series 150 presented by Xtra Mart at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway.

 

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR - CARQUEST Fall Final 150 - Unofficial Results
Sunday At Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, Conn.
Lap length:
0.5 miles

  (Start position in parentheses)
  1.   (1) Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 150 laps, 77.743 mph.
  2.   (9) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3.   (4) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 150.
  4.   (6) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  5.   (7) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  6. (13) Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Ford, 150.
  7. (12) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  8.   (5) Chuck Hossfeld, Ransomville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  9.   (2) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 150.
10. (17) Ron Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 149.
11. (20) Ron Yuhas, Jr, Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 149.
12. (16) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Ford, 149.
13.   (8) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 149.
14. (21) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 148.
15. (23) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Pontiac, 146.
16. (24) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, Mass., Chevrolet, 142.
17.   (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Ford, 135, rear end.
18. (22) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 134.
19. (18) Patrick Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., Chevrolet, 103, engine.
20. (15) Eric Berndt, Cromwell, Conn., Chevrolet, 100, overheating.
21. (19) Ed Flemke, Jr., Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 100.
22. (25) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Chevrolet, 55, rear end.
23. (10) Cole Powell, Mt. Brydges, Ont., Canada, Chevrolet, 23, rear end.
24. (11) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 17, rear end.
25. (14) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Chevrolet, 9, accident.

Race Statistics
Time of Race:
0 hours 57 minutes 53 seconds
Margin of Victory: 3.231 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: D. Lia (98.388 mph, 18.295 seconds)
Caution Flags: 3 for 17 laps.
Lead Changes: 2 among 2 drivers.
Lap Leaders: D. Lia 1-76; R. Silk 77-79; D. Lia 80-150.

Standings: 1. R. Preece, 507; 2. D. Coby, 481; 3. D. Lia, 453; 4. M. Stefanik, 452; 5. T. Szegedy, 442; 6. R. Pennink, 440; 7. J. Bonsignore, 436; 8. R. Silk, 427; 9. W. Pitkat, 427; 10. T. Christopher, 424.

 

  Source: Jason Cunningham / NASCAR
Posted: September 29, 2013

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