CIVALI LOOKING TO REPEAT AT THOMPSON
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the Thompson International
Speedway for a mid-week event on Thursday, June 21. The Charter Cable
Internet & Telephone 150 will be the second of five events for the
series at Thompson in 2007. James Civali of Meriden , Conn. , winner of
the Icebreaker at Thompson, is looking forward to returning to the
5/8-mile high banked oval.
“I really enjoy racing at Thompson, said Civali. “If your car
is set up right it’s easy to pass. We had a great setup in April and
we’ll return with the same car.”
Civali, who drives the Don King-owned Ramar-Hal/Liberty Limousine
Chevrolet, is currently second in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour point
standings with one win, two top-five finishes and three top-10s. He
trails Jimmy Blewett by just three points.
“It’s still very early in the season said Civali. “But
obviously this is what we are trying to accomplish for the season – we
would like to win the championship. So I’m glad we’ve had some success
Civali is the 2006 Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the year. He
is trying not to feel the pressure as he emerged as a championship
contender in his sophomore season.
“I really try not to let it get to me”, said Civali. “I know
my car owner has told me there is added pressure when you are running
well – people start to expect it. I’m just still trying to stay
CABLE, INTERNET & TELEPHONE 150 NOTES
The Charter Cable-Internet & Telephone 150 at Thompson International
Speedway is race No. 6 of the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season
Posted awards are $86,505 for the 150-lap race. Bud Pole qualifying is
scheduled for 5:45 pm June 21 to determine positions 1-30. Four
provisional starting positions (two owner & two driver) based on 2007
Whelen Modified Tour point Standings and one past champion provisional
are available for a maximum starting field of 35 cars.
The Charter Cable Internet & Telephone 150 will start at approximately
Todd Szegedy is the defending champion of the event.
The track qualifying record is 18.457 seconds (121.905 mph) by Todd
Szegedy in April, 2007.
The Charter Cable-Internet & Telephone 150 will be the second of five
series events scheduled to be held at Thompson in 2007. James Civali won
the Icebreaker in April.
Thompson International Speedway has hosted more Whelen Modified Tour
races than any other speedway. There have been 92 series events at
Thompson since 1985 including the first series race on March 31, 1985.
Mockovak/NASCAR WMT PR
June 20, 2007