Civali gets first ‘South’ win at SoBo

Conn. native takes over Whelen Southern Modified lead

S. Boston, VA — After starting the season winning the pole in Atlanta and finishing third in his most recent NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race, James Civali felt his first win of the season was just around the corner.

Civali survived a late-race charge by L.W. Miller to win the South Boston 150 Saturday at South Boston Speedway.

Civali and Miller were out front for most of the race as the pair swapped the lead eight times with Miller getting past Civali for the final time on Lap 144. Civali was able to get back by on Lap 147 and hold on for the win.

Miller finished second, while Andy Seuss recovering from an early-race accident that took him out of the lead to finish third. Thomas Stinson was fourth. Zach Brewer, who won his first Coors Light Pole Award with a track record of 14.765 seconds (97.528 mph), finished fifth.

Civali has four wins on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, where he was the 2006 Sunoco Rookie of the Year. He was making his fifth start on the southern tour and plans to run both full time this season. He took over the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour lead by 18 points over Seuss (505-487). The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour kicks off next weekend.

Tim Brown finished sixth. He started on the point after drawing the pole in the post-qualifying redraw of the top eight spots, but was involved in the early accident with Seuss. John Smith, Burt Myers, Brian King and Brian Loftin completed the top 10.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is off until Friday, July 2 when it races at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.

Sources: Tim Southers/NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour PR

RESULTS | LAP-BY-LAP RECAP | AUDIO OF POST-RACE INTERVIEW WITH RACE WINNER JAMES CIVALI | AUDIO OF POST-RACE INTERVIEW WITH SECOND- AND THIRD-PLACE FINISHERS

James Civali (79) and L.W. Miller (36) swapped the lead eight times over the course of the South Boston 150. Tom Whitmore/Getty Images for NASCAR

 NWSMT South Boston 4/3/10 Results
Race: NWSMT South Boston 4/3/10

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Total Award Status
1 5 79 James Civali Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/LeBleu Water 150 190 10 $2,000 Running
2 10 36 L.W. Miller John Baker Plumbing & Utilities Pontiac 150 175 5 1,800 Running
3 2 47 Andy Seuss Q Racing Oil/Rockingham Boats/MUA Dodge 150 170 5 1,125 Running
4 11 7 Thomas Stinson Cowardin Jewelers Chevrolet 150 160   1,050 Running
5 8 11 Zach Brewer The Berry Hill Resort/McDonald’s Chevrolet 150 155   1,100 Running
6 1 83 Tim Brown Hayes Jewelers/Triad Med. Billing Chevrolet 150 150   850 Running
7 3 25 John Smith Tutterrow Surverying/Rick’s Home Improvement 150 146   750 Running
8 7 1 Burt Myers Capital Bank/Patterson’s Brand Chili Ford 150 142   690 Running
9 13 17 Brian King Adams Towing & Recovery, LLC Chevrolet 150 138   590 Running
10 9 23 Brian Loftin QMF Metal & Electronic Solutions/L&R Trans. 150 134   550 Running
11 12 40 Frank Fleming Jerry Hunt Auto & Truck Center/Lewisville 150 130   525 Running
12 6 4 Jason Myers Wendell Edwards/Moorefield & Trantham Ent. 150 127   800 Running
13 21 98 David Brigati * WPW Grower/Integra Shocks/Oval Speed 150 124   835 Running
14 18 2 Josh Nichols Gershow Recycling/Pen Fair Service Chevrolet 149 121   460 Running
15 4 28 George Brunnhoelzl III Fibrwrap/Oval Speed/PT Ford 149 118   445 Running
16 22 48 Brad Robbins Tri-City Trading Chevrolet 149 115   430 Running
17 19 0 Greg Butcher * Butcher Racing Chevrolet 148 112   420 Running
18 25 77 Gary Putnam * Stock Car Steel Chevrolet 148 109   410 Running
19 24 12 Mike Norman * DMC Auto Exchange/B&G Pie Co. Ford 146 106   400 Running
20 17 31 Gene Pack B&J Builders/Comtech Solutions/Clayton Homes 132 103   390 Accident
21 20 97 Bryan Dauzat OB Builders, Inc. Chevrolet 124 100   380 Running
22 16 8 Jonathan Kievman A Best Forklift Chevrolet 96 97   360 Engine
23 23 15 Darrel Krentz Lucas Oil Pontiac 76 94   340 Accident
24 14 02 Buddy Emory T & C Motorsports Chevrolet 76 94   320 Accident
25 15 44 Brandon Hire Crane & Ripping,Linebach Machinery Chevrolet 64 94   300 Accident

RACE STATISTICS
Fastest Qualifier:
Zach Brewer, Time: 14.765 Seconds, Speed: 97.528 mph
Time of Race: 1 hrs., 3 mins, 54 secs Average Speed: 56.338 mph Margin of Victory: .752 Seconds
Caution Flags: Laps 7-9 (#83, #7 spin in Turn 2); 26-29 (#77 spins in Turn 4); 52-56 (#44spins in Turn 4); 64-74 (#44 hits frontstretch wall); 77-82 (#31, #15, #12, #02 spin in Turn 3); 133-138 (#0, #31 spin in frontstretch); 140-143 (#2 spins in Turn 2).  7 for 39 laps.
Lap Leaders: Andy Seuss 1-9, James Civali 10-74, L.W. Miller 75, James Civali 76-82, L.W. Miller 83-84, James Civali 85-138, L.W. Miller 139, James Civali 140-143, L.W. Miller 144-146, James Civali 147-150.
Total Laps Led: James Civali 134, Andy Seuss 9, L.W. Miller 7.  9 changes involving 3 drivers.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS
COCA COLA MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD:
L.W. Miller, 36 John Baker Plumbing & Utilities Pontiac
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: David Brigati *, 98 WPW Grower/Integra Shocks/Oval Speed Chevrolet
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Jason Myers, 4 Wendell Edwards/Moorefield & Trantham Ent. Ford
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Zach Brewer, 11 The Berry Hill Resort/McDonald’s Chevrolet
* Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

 

 

 

 


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