MANSFIELD, OH -- MAY 24, 2008 -- Team Chevy Silverado driver Donny Lia did not look like a Raybestos Rookie candidate in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) when the green flag flew for the final time with just seven laps remaining in the...
MANSFIELD, OH -- MAY 24, 2008 -- Team Chevy Silverado driver Donny Lia did not look like a Raybestos Rookie candidate in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) when the green flag flew for the final time with just seven laps remaining in the Ohio 250. Restarting in second, the former NASCAR Whelan Modified Series champion, stayed glued to race leader David Starr's bumper but had company in the form of Todd Bodine on his tailgate.
The trio took the white flag and Lia made his move for the lead. Heading in to turn three for the final time, they were three-wide for the lead, but Lia got the nose of his Chevy Silverado out where it needed to be, in front when the checkered flag fell.
Lia, a native of Jericho, New York, made just his eighth career start today and led only one lap to claim his career-first NCTS victory.
Lia is the second consecutive first-time winner for Team Chevy Silverado. His win came on the heels of Matt Crafton's dramatic victory last weekend in North Carolina.
It is the third consecutive win for Silverado and maintained Chevrolet's lead in the NCTS Manufacturers' Championship point standings with seven (7) of 25 races in the record books.
Shelby Howard, No. 13 Bobcat Silverado, scored his highest NCTS finish as well, taking the checkered flag in sixth (6th) followed by three-time NCTS champion Jack Sprague, No. 2 American Commercial Lines Silverado in seventh.
Ron Hornaday, No. 33 Camping World Silverado, was leading the NCTS driver standing going in to the Mansfield race, but an on-track incident early in the 250-lap/125-mile race relegated the three-time and defending NCTS champion to the 35th finishing position.
The next race for Team Chevy Silverado in the NCTS will be May 30, 2008 at Dover International Speedway.
SHELBY HOWARD, NO. 13 BOBCAT SILVERADO, FINISHED SIXTH (6):
YOU GUYS HAD A PRETTY DECENT RUN TODAY. IT LOOKED LIKE YOU GUYS HAD ONE OF THE FASTEST TRUCKS THERE AT THE END BUT JUST COULDN'T QUITE GET UP THERE. "Ah, I think we definitely had a top-three truck and just didn't get it there. When we made our pit stop we only took two tires and I don't know if that hurt us but um there at the end I got into it a little bit with Terry Cook. I got underneath him and lost a couple spots and if it wasn't for that I think we would have ended up top-three but overall it was a good day for our No. 13 Bobcat Silverado. This was by far the best run we had all year and we had our sponsor Bobcat on the truck for the first time this year and you know, it's a good momentum builder for us."
LANDON CASSILL, NO. 46 GODADDY.COM SILVERADO, FINISHED 20TH:
YOU GUYS WERE REALLY GOOD EARLY ON AND MOVING UP BUT IT LOOKED LIKE THAT FLAT TIRE YOU HAD LATE IN THE RACE REALLY HURT YOUR RUN. "Yeah, I mean we're definitely not very happy with 20th but I think the GoDaddy.com Chevrolet was a good truck. We passed a lot of people today and you know it was just good short track racing. But we cut a left, rear tire and that was kind of what ended our day. When you have to go to the end of the line with 50 laps to go there's not a lot you can do so. The team did everything we needed to do and we just had a little unfortunate luck there with the tire or we would have had a great run today."
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