NWMT: Donny Lia Paces Opening Whelen Mod Tour Practice at Bristol

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Donny Lia was fastest in opening practice for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Wednesday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Sypher Motorsports photo)

Donny Lia was fastest in opening practice for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Wednesday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Sypher Motorsports photo)

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Donny Lia, who won the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2009, paced the first of two practice sessions Wednesday ahead of the Bush’s Beans 150.

Lia posted a fast lap of 129.143 mph around the 0.533-mile famed oval behind the wheel of his No. 8 for car owner Mark Sypher. The one-time Bristol winner finished third in the rain-shortened race in 2015 and is hoping tonight he will grab his second Bristol trophy.

Three-time 2016 NWMT winner Timmy Solomito was second in the session behind the wheel of his Flamingo Motorsports No. 16, with a fast lap of 128.658 mph. Solomito has already won at Thompson, Riverhead and Monadnock this season and looks to add the high-banks of Bristol to his list later tonight.

Returning from an injury, George Brunnhoelzl III came home third fastest in the session. Brunnhoelzl posted a fast lap of 128.537 mph behind the wheel of his No. 28 Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair mount. He is driving after being cleared by doctors following an on-track injury at Bowman Gray Stadium in the last Whelen Southern Modified Tour event.

Veteran driver Rob Summers was fourth, with Starrett Tools driver and Stafford winner Jimmy Blewett completing the top five.

Defending race winner Ryan Preece was sixth, with Eric Goodale seventh. Kyle Bonsignore, Bobby Santos III and Todd Szegedy completed the balance of the top-10 in the session.

Defending NWMT champion Doug Coby was 12th fastest, while NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Ryan Newman posted the 13th fastest time behind the wheel of the No. 7 NY.

Teams return to the track for final practice later today at 12:30 p.m., with live updates being found on Race Chaser Online’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


RESULTS: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour First Practice; Bristol Motor Speedway; August 17, 2016

  1. Donny Lia
  2. Timmy Solomito
  3. George Brunnhoelzl III
  4. Rob Summers
  5. Jimmy Blewett
  6. Ryan Preece
  7. Eric Goodale
  8. Kyle Bonsignore
  9. Bobby Santos III
  10. Todd Szegedy
  11. Ron Silk
  12. Doug Coby
  13. Ryan Newman
  14. Justin Bonsignore
  15. Burt Myers
  16. JR Bertuccio
  17. Kyle Ebersole
  18. Jeff Goodale
  19. Chase Dowling
  20. Brendon Bock
  21. Rowan Pennink
  22. Patrick Emerling
  23. Andy Seuss
  24. Bobby Measmer, Jr.
  25. Gary Putnam
  26. Wade Cole
  27. Bryan Dauzat
  28. Matt Swanson
  29. James Civali
  30. Jeremy Gerstner
  31. Max Zachem
  32. Danny Bohn
  33. Gary McDonald
  34. Jason Myers
  35. David Sapienza
  36. Jamie Tomaino
  37. 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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