HOSSFELD BREAKS THROUGH FOR FIRST '04 VICTORY by Mike Twist
Mystic Missile Bunch Get Their Season Back on Track, Lia Falls Short
Chuck Hossfeld needed a win badly this season in the NASCAR Modified Series.  Saturday night at the Seekonk Speedway (MA), that’s exactly what he got.
Hossfeld picked his battles carefully and although he stayed within sight of the leader all night, he did not strike with a pass for the lead until just before the halfway point.

Meanwhile, Lia came alive behind him and battled up from seventh, where he had fallen to in the early laps, to battle for the lead towards the end of the race.  Lia found the outside line to his liking and was trying to set up a pass for the lead there when a late race caution flew.  A restart took place with five laps to go, but Lia could not get around the #4 of Hossfeld.
Expectations for Hossfeld had been high entering this season.  The young driver of the Mystic Missile #4 had won three races in 2003 and finished second in the Modified Series point standings.  He started out this season with a third-place finish in the season-opening Icebreaker at the Thompson Speedway (CT), but through the halfway point of the
season had not managed to post another top five finish.

“We’ve been having a year that has just been miserable,” said Hossfeld.  “Everyone’s morale has been down  because we weren’t getting the results that we were used to over the past two years.  I’ll tell you, this win is a real shot in the arm for us.  I feel like a million bucks.  Everyone hung in there and this is what we need to get back on track.”

Hossfeld was not the only hungry driver at Seekonk.  Only one of the starters in the front three rows had won yet this season.  As it turned out, the top seven finishers in the race had not visited victory lane prior to Seekonk.

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“The car needed a couple more laps to come in to where I could pass people on the outside,” said Lia.  “If there were 10 more laps, we would have had a good shot of getting by Chucky, but that didn’t happen so we‘ll take second place.  It was still a great finish for us.”
Donny Lia won the pole position, his second in the past three events, but it was Eric Beers who drew the top starting position in the redraw. Beers used this to his advantage and ran away to lead the first 67 laps.
Hossfeld got to take home a trophy for the first time this season.  (Howie Hodge Photo)
There was only one pass for the lead all night at Seekonk.  That worked out well for Hossfeld (#4) while Eric Beers wished that there weren't any.  (Howie Hodge Photo)
A few drivers that did not have a great finish were points
contenders Tony Hirschman and Eddie Flemke.  Both were solidly in the top five when they got caught up in a turn two wreck.  Hirschman was able to rally to a tenth place finish and take the point lead, but lightning stuck twice in the race for Flemke.  The driver of the #79 was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he got caught up in another wreck.  This time it was in turn four and the result was heavy damage to Flemke’s car.  He lost many laps while making repairs and finished 26th.
Donny Lia (#18) charges past Dick Holihan in the #46. With a few more laps, Lia might have won his first race of the season.  Howie Hodge Photo)
The NASCAR Modified Series next visit’s the Riverhead Raceway (NY) on Saturday night, August 7th.



HOSSFELD BREAKS THROUGH FOR FIRST '04 VICTORY by Mike Twist
Mystic Missile Bunch Get Their Season Back on Track, Lia Falls Short