DONNY LIA, NO. 71 NATIONRIDES.COM/AUTISMSPEAKS.ORG SILVERADO, RACE WINNER DONNY, WELCOME TO VICTORY LANE IN THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES. "Thank you very much, um, I really don't have a whole lot to say except this is an unbelievable day...
DONNY LIA, NO. 71 NATIONRIDES.COM/AUTISMSPEAKS.ORG SILVERADO, RACE WINNER
DONNY, WELCOME TO VICTORY LANE IN THE NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES.
"Thank you very much, um, I really don't have a whole lot to say except this is an unbelievable day and something that I am still trying to believe is really happening. This is an awesome race team; we had an awesome Silverado race truck today. We struggled yesterday and after qualifying I don't know if I had ever been that mad in my life. That just drove me all day today you know and towards the end there we just had an awesome truck and an awesome battle. I can't believe those other guys made it on fuel and have no idea how they did that. I wasn't quite sure if they were going to make it and I just went as hard as I could you know, because they didn't run out. If I would have rode there waiting for them to run out, we wouldn't be standing here right now.
"You know, I got into (David) Starr right there a little bit and hey, that's last lap racing and I'm sure he owes me one now but that's cool. You know if it's the last lap and I'm in his position then I'm going to anticipate him hitting me anyway whether I did it today or not. That's just short track racing and you know, I just can't believe we are here right now it's just really unbelievable."
TELL ME ABOUT THE EMOTIONS YOU'RE FEELING RIGHT NOW. IT'S BEEN A LOT OF HARD WORK, OF COURSE YOU WERE THE MODIFIED CHAMPION AND NOW THIS EARLY ON YOU ARE IN A NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES VICTORY LANE.
"Yeah, I have to give a shout out actually to my modified team cause they won last night with Chuck Hosfeld. But yes, it's been a long road and there is still a lot more road to go so we're just going to keep looking forward and take each week as it comes. I just used everything I had there at the end and I couldn't have driven it any harder. If we did it all over again, there's nothing I would have changed. We just got them on the restarts and got them where we had to get them. We just did everything right today, my crew......everybody. We had a little mishap in the pits today but these guys are awesome and I love each and every one of them. I'm just speechless."
HOW IN THE WORLD WERE YOU ABLE TO DO THAT?
"I have no idea. These guys right here are the reason I was able to do that. With 25 to go, I came over the radio and told the guys I could just feel what was going to happen. I knew I could get him (David Starr) there at the end. So I told my guys the last few laps were for them."
YOU WON A CHAMPIONSHIP A YEAR AGO IN THE NASCAR WHELAN MODIFIED SERIES, DID YOU EVER BELIEVE YOU COULD GET TO THIS SERIES AND WIN THIS QUICKLY?
"I knew we could do it, I wouldn't be driving this truck if I didn't think we could do it. But, so soon -- NO. I can't believe it. I just want to thank all these guys. Chevrolet has been helping us out huge lately and Chevy is number one, what can you say. NationRides.com, everybody that helps with this team. Jason Miller, my crew chief did an awesome job. I don't know what else to say, oh my gosh, I don't know what else to say."
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