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Donny Lia Leads The Way in Sizzler Qualifying


STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn.  — (April 29, 2006) – Donny Lia of Jericho, N.Y. set fast time in qualifying for the 2006 Carquest Tech-Net Spring Sizzler to earn his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Bud Pole Award of the season. Lia circled the ½ mile Stafford Motor Speedway in 18.600 seconds for an average speed of 96.774 mile per hour in his Huntington Honda Chevrolet. It was the 9th career Bud Pole Award for Lia and his second consecutive for the Sizzler.
    Defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Tony Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. was second fastest with a speed of 96.753 mph in the Kamco Supply Chevrolet. Former champion Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, Conn. was third fastest with a speed of 96.370 mph in the Wisk/Snuggle Ford. Eddie Flemke of Southington, Conn. and Mike Stefanik of Coventry, R.I. rounded out the Top-5 in qualifying.
    The Top-10 qualifiers drew for starting position. Chuck Hossfeld of Buffalo, N.Y. picked the pole and will be joined on the front row by John Blewett, III of Howell, N.J. Mike Andrews of East Quogue, N.Y. will start third. Lia drew the fourth starting
position and Szegedy will start 5th. Stefanik, Flemke and Hirschman will start 8th, 9th and 10th respectively.
    A total of 48 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour cars took time. The 200 lap race is scheduled to begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Sunday April 30th. Tony Hirschman is the defending champion of the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.

STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn.  Starting lineup for Sunday’s 200 lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Carquest Tech-Net Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway showing car number, driver, hometown, make of car and average speed in mph. The Top-10 qualifiers drew for starting position.

 1.  (79) Chuck Hossfeld, Buffalo N.Y., Pontiac, 95.877
 2.  (66) John Blewett, III, Howell N.J., Chevrolet, 96.031
 3.  (36) Mike Andrews, Jr, East Quogue N.Y., Chevrolet, 95.684
 4.  (18) Donny Lia, Jericho N.Y., Chevrolet, 96.774
 5.    (2) Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield Conn., Ford, 96.370
 6.  (13) Ted Christopher, Plainville Conn., Chevrolet, 96.005
 7.    (3) Eric Beers, Northampton Pa., Chevrolet, 96.010
 8.  (16) Mike Stefanik, Coventry R.I., Chevrolet, 96.185
 9.  (10) Eddie Flemke, Southington Conn., Chevrolet, 96.339
10. (48) Tony Hirschman, Northampton Pa., Chevrolet, 96.753
11.   (5) Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon Conn., Chevrolet, 95.658
12.   (0) Danny Sammons, Trenton N.J., Chevrolet, 95.633
13. (12) Jimmy Blewett, Howell N.J., Chevrolet, 95.562
14. (28) James Civali, Meriden Conn., Chevrolet, 95.450
15.   (6) Ron Yuhas, Groton Conn., Chevrolet, 95.213
16. (58) Kevin Goodale, Riverhead N.Y., Chevrolet, 95.208
17. (46) Dick Houlihan, Bridgewater Mass., Chevrolet, 95.208
18.   (4) Jerry Marquis, Broad Brook Conn., Dodge, 95.178
19. (00) Rick Fuller, Auburn Mass., Chevrolet, 95.178
20. (71) Kirk Alexander, West Swanzey N.H., Pontiac, 95.137
21. (41) Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill Conn., Chevrolet, 95.082
22. (14) Mike Christopher, Plainville Conn., Chevrolet, 95.082
23. (91) Frank Ruocco, Cheshire Conn., Pontiac, 95.002
24. (15) Zach Sylvester, Lebanon Conn., Chevrolet, 94.927
25. (29) Kenny Horton, Guilford, Pontiac, 94.927
26. (21) Ken Barry, Griswold Conn., Chevrolet, 94.817
27. (59) Matt Hirschman, Northampton Pa., Dodge, 94.812
28.   (1) Rob Summers, Manchester Conn., Pontiac, 94.682
29. (77) Doug Coby, Milford Conn., Pontiac, provisional
30. (99) Jamie Tomaino, Howell N.J., Ford, provisional
31. (54) Dave Etheridge, Portland Conn., Chevrolet, provisional
32. (06) Steve Whitt, Farmingdale N.J., Dodge, provisional
33. (90) Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury Conn., Chevrolet, provisional

Long Island Notes: #38 Ken Heagy, #05 Joe Hartmann and #8 Glenn Tyler were present and took times but were not able to make the field.

                                      THE END

Source: NASCAR.com WMT PR
Posted:  April 29, 2006




















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