February 8, 2013

Donny Lia wins 13.5 Pro Stock @ Snowbirds

Donny Lia wins 13.5 Pro Stock @ Snowbirds

SpeedMerchant team driver Donny Lia brought home the hardware in 1/12th 13.5 Pro Stock at this year’€™s Snowbird Nationals held in sunny Orlando Florida. The unique 24-hour format race features Road Course and Oval broken up into 12-hour intervals and has attendance of up to 500 race entries every year. Due to work commitments, Donny wasn’€™t able to fly down to the race until Wednesday evening, missing all of the organized road course practice.  Using the race qualifiers for gathering your set-up information is never ideal, but sometimes it’€™s your only option. Donny’€™s Rev.7 was quickly on pace and his SpeedMerchant ‘€œNew School’€ front suspension was carving up the track. After some small tweaks early Sunday morning, we knew we had the car to beat in the A-main later that day.

The race went well and Donny’€™s Rev.7 assumed the lead over Corally’€™s Ray Darroch and CRC’€™s Andrew Knapp around the 3-minute mark.  After that, Donny put it on cruise control, fending off one attack by Jason Schreffler and bringing home the win with a comfortable 2-second lead. In 1/12th 17.5 class Steven Boice drove his Rev.7 up to a 2nd place in the A-main.  Steve runs a box stock Rev.7 Sport, and only races 12th scale twice a year, so to finish at the top of one of the most highly contested classes at the Birds is really quite remarkable. Steve and Team Associated’€™s Joe Trandell had a great battle for the top spot that lasted most of the A-main.  Both drivers held 1st place at some point during the race, and in the end it was Joe taking the win by a scant 3-tenths of a second.

Source: SpeedMerchant [teamspeedmerchant.com]


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