|2007 Connecticut Classic 150|
|150 L, 75 M|
|May 25, 2007|
|3||7||10||Ed Flemke, Jr.||Chevy||150||0||running|
|19||10||09||Bobby Grigas, III||Chevy||147||0||suspension|
|20||28||06||Billy Pauch, Jr.||Dodge||146||0||running|
|27||13||66||John Blewett, III||Chevy||104||0||accident|
The Race::2007 Connecticut Classic 150 was a Whelen Modified Tour event held at Track::Stafford Motor Speedway on May 25, 2007. Donny Lia continued a hot streak, winning his second race in the last three events by holding off James Civali.
Tony Hirschman proved his competitive fire during the qualifying session, taking the Bud Pole. However, following the post-qualifying redraw, Hirschman would start 5th. James Civali would instead start out front with Ronnie Silk on the outside. Eventual winner Donny Lia would have to come from 6th.
Ten drivers failed to qualify for the 2007 Connecticut Classic 150:
- #29- Kenny Horton
- #1- Rob Summers
- #90- Renee Dupuis
- #5- Chris Pasteryak
- #75- Carl Pasteryak
- #11- Anthony Sesely
- #54- Dave Etheridge
- #93- Rowan Pennink
- #05- Joe Hartmann
- #9- Jake Marosz
NASCAR Race ReviewEdit
Stafford, Conn. — Donny Lia’s success at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway continued Friday night.
Less than a month after winning the Spring Sizzler, Lia picked up his second victory of the season when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to the historic half-mile for the Connecticut Classic 150.
“You can have the fastest car out there,” said Lia, “but if you don’t catch any breaks, it doesn’t matter.”
Lia’s biggest break in his seventh career victory came on lap 113 when leader Eric Beers lost control in turn 1 just in front of Lia. Lia managed to dive low as he went through turn 2 and avoid getting caught up in the wreck. He then led the rest of the way, holding off a late-charging James Civali for the victory.
“I saw him go around,” Lia said. “I whoaed up; cut it to the bottom. I must have missed him by an inch.”
It was Lia’s fifth top three finish in his last seven starts at Stafford.
Eddie Flemke finished third, followeed by Zach Sylvester and Todd Szegedy.
Matt Hirschman, Jamie Tomaino, Dick Houlihan, Richard Savary and Eric Beers rounded out the top 10. Jimmy Blewett (13th) maintained his points lead by three over Civali, 602-599. Hirschman is third with 597 points and Lia is fourth with 584.
Time of Race:1 hrs., 16 mins, 50 secs Average Speed: 58.568 mph Margin of Victory:.46 Seconds BUD POLE AWARD: Tony Hirschman, 48 Kamco Supply Corporation Chevrolet FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Zach Sylvester, 77 Racing Against Cancer Pontiac POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE: Richard Savary *, 20 Superior Oil/Lombardi Inside Out Chevrolet SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Ryan Preece *, 40 F.J. Hubery, Inc. Chevrolet WHELEN ENGINEERING WINNER OF THE RACE: Donny Lia, 4 Mystic Missile Dodge
Caution Flags: Laps 23-27; 32-37; 83-88; 92-98; 105-110; 114-119. 6 for 36 laps. Lap Leaders: James Civali 1-2, Ted Christopher 3-86, Jimmy Blewett 87-90, Eric Beers 91-109, Donny Lia 110, Eric Beers 111-113, Donny Lia 114-150.Total Laps Led: Ted Christopher 84, Donny Lia 38, Eric Beers 22, Jimmy Blewett 4, James Civali 2. 6 changes involving 5 drivers.