The Chrome Horn News

04/22/2007

NO SOPHOMORE JINX FOR CIVALI

    James Civali of Meriden,  Conn. held off a  last lap charge by Chuck Hossfeld of Buffalo, N.Y. to capture the opening race of the  2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. Civaliís victory in the Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway was his second career win. His last victory occurred at Stafford Motor Speedway in August of 2006.
    Civali, the 2006 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, started the event in the 11th position in the Ramar Hall Chevrolet and took over the top spot   from Donny Lia on lap 98. He swapped the lead with John Blewett, II before regaining it on lap 110 and never relinquished it. A green-white-checkered finish set up by a late race caution allowed Hossfeld, in the Hill Enterprises/ Coors Light Pontiac, the opportunity to make his bid for the win. He fell short of Civali by .26 seconds. The race distance was extended to 152 laps.
    Ronnie Silk of Norwalk, Conn. earned his best career finish with a third place showing in the Major Motion/Silk Plumbing and Heating Chevrolet. Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J. finished fourth in the T.S Haulers/United Crane Chevrolet and also earned the Featherlite Most Improved driver Award. Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. rounded out the Top-5 in the Furnace and Duct Dodge.
   Ted Christopher led the first 23 laps before Lia took over the top spot on lap 24. Lia, who tried to run the event without stopping for tires, held the lead until Civali passed him on 98.
   Eric Beers earned the Powerade Power Move of the Race and Bobby Grigas was the Sunoco Rookie of the Race.
    The next event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is the Tech-Net Spring Sizzler on April 29.

Unofficial Finish of Sundayís Icebreaker  NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Thompson International Speedway showing starting position in parentheses, driver, make of car, laps completed, winnerís average speed reason out if any, and money won.

  1. (11)  James Civali, Meriden, Conn., Chevrolet, 152 laps, 64.455 mph, $7,900.
  2. (17)  Chuck Hossfeld, Buffalo, N.Y., Pontiac, 152, $3,600.
  3. (12)  Ronnie Silk, Norwalk, Conn., Chevrolet, 152, $2,750.
  4. (24)  Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 152, $3,050.
  5.   (7)  Matt Hirschman, Northampton, Pa., Dodge, 152, $2,450.
  6. (19)  Anthony Ferrante, Jr, Franklin Square, Chevrolet, 152, $1,550.
  7. (21)  Carl Pasteryak, Lisbon, Conn., Pontiac, 152, $1,450.
  8. (22)  Jon McKennedy, Chelsford, Mass., Chevrolet, 152, $1,350.
  9. (26)  Bobby Grigas, Marshfield, MA, Chevrolet, 152, $1,500.
10.   (4)  Zach Sylvester, Lebanon, Conn., Pontiac, 152, $1,950.
11. (35)  Eric Beers, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 152, $1,725.
12. (34)  Billy Pauch, Jr., Frenchtown, N.J., Dodge, 152, $1,420.
13. (18)  Nevin George, Kunkletown, Pa., Pontiac, 152, $1,115.
14. (29)  Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 152, $1,110.
15. (15)  Jimmy Storace, Kingston, N.H., Chevrolet, 152, $1,455.
16. (32)  Kevin Goodale, Riverhead, NY, Chevrolet, 152, $1,050.
17.   (1)  Richard Savary, Canton, Mass., Chevrolet, 152, $1,322.
18. (28)  Dick Houlihan, Bridgewater, Mass., Chevrolet, 152, $1,675.
19.   (6)  Todd Szegedy, Ridgefield, Conn., Ford, 147, rear end, $2,200.
20.   (3)  Donny Lia, Jericho, N.Y., Dodge, 147, rear end, $1,625.
21. (16)  Jerry Marquis, Broad Brook, Conn., Chevrolet, 144, $1,400.
22. (23)  Ron Yuhas, Groton, Conn., Chevrolet, 143, accident, $1,550.
23. (33)  Reggie Ruggiero, Rocky Hill, Conn., Chevrolet, 143, accident, $1,225.
24. (30)  Rob Summers, Manchester, Conn., Pontiac, 143, accident, $1,500.
25. (37)  Rick Fuller, Auburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 137, accident, $790.
26. (20)  Eddie Flemke, Southington, Conn., Chevrolet, 133, $1,580.
27.   (2)  Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 131, $1,570.
28. (27)  Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Ford, 131, $1,460.
29. (14)  John Blewett, III, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 118, overheating, $1,150.
30. (25)  Anthony Sesely, Matawan, N.J., Chevrolet, 112, $1,450.
31.   (5)  Tony Hirschman, Northampton, Pa., Chevrolet, 99, accident, $1,550.
32.   (9)  Bobby Santos, III, Millis, Mass., Chevrolet, 71, accident, $1,050.
33. (10)  Danny Sammons, Trenton, N.J., Chevrolet, 68, accident, $1,150.
34.   (8)  Mike Stefanik, Coventry, R.I., Chevrolet, 33, accident, $2,150.
35. (13)  Renee Dupuis, Glastonbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 24, accident, $1,150.
36. (36)  Wade Cole, Riverton, Conn., Chevrolet, 22, ignition, $1,150.
37. (31)  Eric Berndt, Rocky Hill, Conn., Chevrolet, 0, engine, $1,150.

Failed to Qualify: (10) Glenn Tyler * (#8), Jeff Malave (#17), Ryan Preece * (#40), Roy Seidell, Jr (#27), Joseph Hartmann * (#05), Chris Pasteryak (#5), Jake Marosz (#9), Ken Bouchard (#55), Gary McDonald (#26), Ken Heagy (#38).

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 28 mins, 26 secs
Average Speed:
64.455 mph
Margin of Victory:.26 Seconds

BUD POLE AWARD:  Todd Szegedy, 2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford
FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD:  Jimmy Blewett, 12 T.S. Haulers/ United Crane Chevrolet
POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE:  Eric Beers, 94 Newtown Exxon/Sunoco Chevrolet
SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Bobby Grigas *, 09 Triple G Scaffolding Chevrolet
WHELEN ENGINEERING WINNER OF THE RACE:  James Civali, 28 Ramar-Hall/Liberty Limousine Chevrolet
Caution Flags: Laps 19-23; 24-29; 35-38; 69-74; 85-90; 94-97; 100-104; 118-121; 126-129; 138-143; 144-150.  11 for 57 laps.
Lap Leaders:Ted Christopher 1-23, Donny Lia 24-97, James Civali 98-106, John Blewett, III 107-109, James Civali 110-152.
Total Laps Led: Donny Lia 74, James Civali 52, Ted Christopher 23, John Blewett, III 3.  4 changes involving 4 drivers.

Top 20 Driver Points: James Civali 180, Chuck Hossfeld 170, Ronnie Silk 165, Jimmy Blewett 160, Matt Hirschman * 155, Anthony Ferrante, Jr 150, Carl Pasteryak 146, Jon McKennedy 142, Bobby Grigas * 138, Zach Sylvester 134, Eric Beers 130, Billy Pauch, Jr. * 127, Nevin George 124, Rowan Pennik * 121, Jimmy Storace 118, Kevin Goodale 115, Richard Savary * 112, Dick Houlihan 109, Todd Szegedy 106, Donny Lia 103

Next Race:
  Stafford Springs, CT  04/29/07

THE END

Source: Mark Mockovack/NASCAR WMT PR
Posted:  April 22, 2007

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