Lia Controls Stafford’s Fall Final
STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. – Donny Lia flexed his muscle in dominating fashion on Sunday at Stafford 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.