Tabbed At Last Minute, Returns “Mystic Missile” To Charlotte
It’s well documented by this point what transpired as winter broke in New England and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season approached. Reigning titlist Donny Lia departed Bob Garbarino’s Mystic Missile Racing team for a shot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the famed No. 4 seat became vacant.
Who would Garbarino tab to be Lia’s successor? Would the “Mystic Missile” even return to defend the championship? Those questions were answered when Massachusetts native Bobby Santos answered the phone.
“It was really exciting to get the call last-minute to drive for Bob,” Santos said. “It’s one of the best rides on the Tour, so that meant a lot. It was pretty exciting to do what we did this year and go out and win the championship.”
What Santos and the No. 4 team did was start the season with wins in three of the first four races. First came wins at Thompson International Speedway and Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut – Santos’ home tracks. But it was his third win of the season in his first run at historic Martinsville Speedway that is perhaps the most memorable moment of the season for the third-generation racer.