Bob Garbino announced Thursday that his Mystic Missile Racing team will not be competing in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Riverhead 200 on September 13th at Long Island’s Riverhead Raceway (NY).
The decision to skip the event is a move that will hopefully put an end to the team’s streak of bad luck this season according to Garbarino. The famous yellow no. 4 driven by Donny Lia, a Long Islander from Jericho, N.Y., has only finished four of the 10 races this season, and has failed to finish five of the last six events.
“Hopefully we’re just going to break the chain of bad luck,” said Garbarino to NASCAR Hometracks. “That’s really all there is to it. We’ve got to find a way to get rid of this.”
Skipping the Riverhead event will snap the longest consecutive races streak on the Tour. The Mystic Missile has appeared in every single WMT event dating back to the beginning of the 1989 season, and has participated on the Tour since its inception in 1985.
The team will return to the race track at Loudon for the F.W. Webb 100 on Sept. 20th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Lia is a four-time Riverhead WMT winner, but he said he is not at all disappointed to be missing the race at his home track.
“The guys at the shop made the decision among themselves,” Lia told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “And whatever they decide I support them one hundred percent. They feel it’s best for us not to go so we can prepare better for New Hampshire. I just want to do whatever we need to do and whatever’s best for the team.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Regional Editor (Long Island, NJ, CT)- Twitter: @RobBlount.