The Race::2007 New England 100 was a Whelen Modified Tour event held at Track::New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 30, 2007. Donny Lia was leading when NASCAR made a controversial decision - cutting the laps in the race to make way for ESPN2's Busch Series Countdown. Lia didn't mind - he was the points leader and now had three straight victories.
NASCAR PR Race ReviewEdit
LOUDON, N.H. — Donny Lia’s dream season continued Saturday.
Lia, who signed on with longtime NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner Bob Garbarino just prior to the start of the season, picked up his fourth win in six races with a victory in the New England 100 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
Lia and Co. made the strategic choice not to pit for tires or fuel, while other of the top contenders like Ted Christopher did at various stages and had to work their way back to the front.
“If we pitted today, I don’t know if we could have got through like Teddy did,” said Lia, who had five career wins in 79 career starts entering 2007. “We made our decision and stuck with it. And it was apparently the right one.”
The race was abbreviated to 85 laps due to time contraints. It was slowed eight times for 38 laps, with the last caution setting up a six-lap dash for the finish between Lia, Christopher and Eddie Flemke.
Lia briefly lost the lead to Flemke but used a push from Christopher to get back by and then held off as Christopher and Flemke battled for second. Christopher, who has four Modified Tour wins at NHIS, held on for the runner-up finish. Matt Hirschman and Todd Szegedy were fourth and fifth respectively.
Ronnie Silk, Bobby Santos III, Ron Yuhas Jr., Charlie Pasteryak and John Blewett IIII rounded out the top 10.
Lia holds the points lead over Szegedy by 61 and Hirschman by 63.
Time of Race:1 hrs., 20 mins, 22 secs Average Speed: 67.140 mph Margin of Victory:.273 seconds BUD POLE AWARD: Ted Christopher, 36 Al-Lee Installations Chevrolet FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: John Blewett, III, 66 Blewett Motorsports Chevrolet POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE: John Blewett, III, 66 Blewett Motorsports Chevrolet SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Bobby Santos, III *, 3 Roby's Propane/Cape Cod Copper Chevrolet WHELEN ENGINEERING WINNER OF THE RACE: Donny Lia, 4 Mystic Missile Dodge
Caution Flags: Laps 2-7; 18-21; 24-28; 31-34; 35-38; 63-67; 70-73; 74-79. 8 for 38 laps. Lap Leaders: Ted Christopher 1-7, Donny Lia 8-20, Ted Christopher 21, Donny Lia 22-27, Ted Christopher 28, Donny Lia 29-80, Eddie Flemke 81-82, Donny Lia 83-85.Total Laps Led: Donny Lia 76, Ted Christopher 9, Eddie Flemek 2 7 changes involving 3 drivers.