Late Race Spin Ruins Lia's Run Charlotte, NC -- May 21, 2010. Donny Lia was all but assured of a top-ten finish on Friday night in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. With less than fifteen laps to...
Late Race Spin Ruins Lia's Run
Charlotte, NC -- May 21, 2010. Donny Lia was all but assured of a top-ten finish on Friday night in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. With less than fifteen laps to go, Donny had his sights set on the top-five.
Lia qualified the SS Green Light Racing No. 07 Chevy a career-best third and after a lengthy rain-delay, the field of 36 NASCAR Camping World trucks took the green flag after 11:00pm.
In the first five laps Donny held ground and settled into fourth place where he would stay until the races first caution on lap eleven.
Donny would drop back into the pack during the middle portions of the 134-lap race running within the top-fifteen. An equalized right front tire caused Donny to pit on lap 79 and the caution came out as he was leaving the pits. Donny kept his truck on the track during the caution and was awarded a wave-around and returned to the tail of the lead lap.
Working his way back into the top-15, Donny proved he one of the faster trucks on the track and had moved up to 13th when Dennis Setzer caused the races fifth caution. Shortly after the yellow flew, teammate Chris Eggleston lost a wheel when the right front wheel bearing failed and was forced to the garage.
Following pitstops Lia was sitting in 16th when the green flew on lap 116 and Donny was ready to charge to the front. On the restart Donny took to the high side and passed five trucks in just one lap and then went four-wide moving around several trucks into the top-ten on lap 119. Donny dove to the inside of Elliott Sadler and into eighth and then made a move around Taylor Malsam for seventh.
Malsam was right on Donny's tailgate coming out of turn two when the back of Donny's black and red Chevy slid out from underneath him and broke loose sending the New York native into the inside wall ending his strong run with a 26th place finish.
"The truck was on the tight side the whole race," Lia explained. "Every stop Jason (Miller) and the crew loosened it up. We were right on the edge at the end of the race."
The New York native is known for his all-out, get to the front style was humbled following the race. "I'm a little down on myself right now because this is not what this team needed. It was a great effort by the SS Green Light guys. I feel bad because Bobby Dotter and Ken Smith have given me a great opportunity and we don't have a whole fleet of trucks. The guys need to be working to make the trucks go faster and not fixing wrecked ones."
"My nature is to go all out and get every spot I can so I had to go to get back towards the front. When it broke loose, I tried to drive through it because the 56 was right on my tail and I didn't want to cause a big wreck."
"We are a good race team, Jason and I are learning some things and we had a top-five truck. Right now we just need to get the monkey off our backs."
Donny's next scheduled race in the SS Green Light Racing No. 07 will be at the Michigan International Raceway on June 12th.