NWMT: Former Champion Donny Lia Leads Final Whelen Modified Tour Practice at Thompson

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THOMPSON, Conn. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Tim Bradbury/Getty Images for NASCAR photo —

Donny Lia was quickest in the final NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour practice on Saturday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Lia drove his No. 8 around the 5/8 mile oval with a fast time of 18.775 seconds (119.840 mph), slotting in at the top of the leaderboard. Just behind Lia was NASCAR XFINITY Series star Ryan Preece, who ran a fast time of 18.792 seconds (119.732 mph).

In just his second practice session with car owner Bob Garbarino, Jimmy Blewett was third fastest in the final practice round with a time of 18.819 seconds (119.560 mph). Flamingo Motorsports driver Timmy Solomito was fourth, with Rowan Pennink, who lead the first session, rounding out the top-five.

Ron Silk, Doug Coby, David Sapienza, Eric Goodale and Patrick Emerling completed the top-10.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track later this afternoon at 4 p.m., with qualifying for tomorrow’s IceBreaker 150. The feature is scheduled to go green around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday

RESULTS: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Final Practice; Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; April 9, 2016

  1. Donny Lia
  2. Ryan Preece
  3. Jimmy Blewett
  4. Timmy Solomito
  5. Rowan Pennink
  6. Ron Silk
  7. Doug Coby
  8. David Sapienza
  9. Eric Goodale
  10. Patrick Emerling
  11. Woody Pitkat
  12. Rob Summers
  13. Shawn Solomito
  14. Bobby Santos III
  15. Chase Dowling
  16. Craig Lutz
  17. Jeff Goodale
  18. Brendon Bock
  19. Troy Talman
  20. Justin Bonsignore
  21. Max Zachem
  22. Matt Swanson
  23. Andrew Krause
  24. Jamie Tomaino
  25. Gary McDonald
  26. Wade Cole
  27. Melissa Fifield


About the Writer

Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.

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