It’s not often that caution-free races happen anymore, but that’s what took place in the 150-lap NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway. In what was a physically demanding race at a tough race track, Connecticut’s James Civali fought off back spasms to take the checkered flag.
The win was Civali’s first in six years. His last win came right here at South Boston in 2010.
“I’m just happy for this (Hill Enterprises) team,” Civali said after the race. “They’ve had multiple drivers this year and they’ve been struggling to get to the race track every week. This is a part-time deal, and that just makes it so hard to win.”
Civali moved into second-place just past the halfway mark and appeared to ride behind the polesitter Danny Bohn for quite a few laps. He stayed in second until Andy Seuss tried to unlap himself and got by Bohn. Civali used the hole created by Seuss to work his way into the lead.
From there, Civali started to drive away from the field.
A few laps after Civali moved by Bohn, so too did Kyle Bonsignore. It took a few laps for the gap to start to close, but eventually Bonsignore started to catch Civali.
However, Bonsignore ran out of laps and finished 0.494-second behind Civali. George Brunnhoelzl III, Bohn and Burt Myers completed the top five.
“I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m just out here racing,” Civali told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to win. Now that I’ve won it’s like ‘What?’ This is really big for me. I really had come to terms with the idea that I wasn’t going to win much anymore. Not because I’m not good, but I’m not in it every week. My head isn’t in it every week. I’m not focused every week like these guys are.”
On Saturday night, Civali’s focus was right there with the best of them.
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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150
South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Virginia
|3||28||George Brunnhoelzl III|
|6||74||Bobby Measmer Jr|
|12||14||Trey Hutchens III|