Civali Grabs Unexpected Win at Bowman Gray

Thursday night James Civali got
a surprise call to hop in a car at Bowman Gray Stadium. Saturday night,
he won.
    James Civali of Davidson enjoyed a strong season last year – finishing
second in the points standings for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
with one victory and ten top-five finishes. He stepped away from the
driver’s seat for the first part of 2018. Car owner David Hill put
George Brunnhoelzl III behind the wheel. But when Brunnhoelzl and the
Hills parted ways a few days ago, Civali was offered another chance to
pilot the Hills’ #79 car in Saturday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 100.
    “We showed up today and didn’t get much practice. I think we only got
like four laps,” said Civali. “Went out qualifying for the first time,
and I haven’t been in the car since last September.”
    When the Modifieds drew for starting lineup, Civali plucked the outside
front row as his start. Zack Brewer of Winston-Salem started on the pole
but was quickly pressured by Civali. The first caution just two laps
into the race gave Civali a chance to challenge from the outside, and he
capitalized to steal away the lead.
    In short order, Chris Fleming of Mount Airy moved up from fifth to
right on the bumper of Civali. John Smith of Mount Airy took over third.
Over nine double-file restarts, Civali battled off Fleming and Smith –
although Fleming and Smith had a few run-ins with each other.
    After Smith and Fleming spun, Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem took over
second place. With four 2018 wins under his belt and a strong car,
Jonathan Brown was primed and ready to chase down the checkered. But
with only five laps left, Brown’s time was running short.
    Civali’s rear bumper was hammered from behind by Jonathan Brown’s #22
car. Brown ran out of time and couldn’t complete a pass – finishing
second while Civali grabbed the win.
    “At the end there I was just protecting my spot, slowing down in the
corner and letting them push me if they wanted to,” said Civali. “But I
knew I could drive away from them on the straight-away if I kept them
right on my bumper in the middle of the corner.”
    “You know how it is with Bowman Gray Racing. If someone can reach your
bumper with three or four laps to go, they’re going to move you to win
the race. I would do the same thing,” said Civali. “I expected no less –
And that’s why I drove defensively those last few laps.”
    The caution-filled race delivered a dose of bad luck to many of the
points contenders – a sure blow since double points were on the line on
Saturday. Fastest qualifier Tim Brown of Tobaccoville had an emotional
day as he remembered his recently deceased grandfather and resolved to
win in his honor. Brown, however, was involved in a wreck with Lee
Jeffreys of Wallburg and was sent to the pits.
    Points leader Burt Myers of Walnut Cove spun after a run-in with John
Smith. Myers was sent to the rear but battled back to a fourth place
finish.
    In the Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series, Dylan Ward of
Winston-Salem and John Holleman of Winston-Salem each won. Spencer
Martin of Winston-Salem took the checkered in the Law Offices of John
Barrow Street Stock Series. And in the Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series, both
Chris Allison of Mocksville and Jason Everhart of Lexington brought home
a victory trophy.
Race Results
Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
O’Reilly Auto Parts 100: 100 laps completed
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    79    James Civali    Davidson, NC
2    22    Jonathan Brown    Winston-Salem, NC
3    14    Bobby Measmer Jr.    Concord, NC
4    1    Burt Myers    Walnut Cove, NC
5    27    Danny Bohn    Huntersville, NC
6    44    Daniel Beeson    Kernersville, NC
7    31    Zach Brewer    Winston-Salem, NC
8    18    Daniel Yates    Lexington, NC
9    5    Randy Butner    Pfafftown, NC
10    2    Joseph Brown    Winston-Salem, NC
11    4    Jason Myers    Walnut Cove, NC
12    16    Chris Fleming    Mount Airy, NC
13    83    Tim Brown    Tobaccoville, NC
14    53    John Smith    Mount Airy, NC
15    8    Darin Redmon    Walnut Cove, NC
16    75    Lee Jeffreys    Wallburg, NC
17    10    Brian Loftin    Winston-Salem, NC
18    24    Andrew Harrah    Greensboro, NC
19    7    Derrik Hill    Winston-Salem, NC
20    71     Rich Hunter    Winston-Salem, NC
21    41    Jimmy Wallace    Winston-Salem, NC
22    40    Frank Fleming    Winston-Salem, NC
23    77    Susan Harwell    Jonesville, NC
Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series
1st Sportsman race: 20 laps
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    70    Dylan Ward    Winston-Salem, NC
2    01    Amber Lynn    Walkertown, NC
3    07    Kevin Neal    Walkertown, NC
4    19    Michael Adams    Yadkinville, NC
5    02    Derek Stoltz    Walkertown, NC
6    4    John Holleman    Winston-Salem, NC
7    12    Justin Taylor    Kernersville, NC
8    92    Kyle Southern    Rural Hall, NC
9    86    Taylor Branch    Lewisville, NC
10    55    Zack Ore    Winston-Salem, NC
11    2    Andrew Durham    Winston-Salem, NC
12    81    Zack Clifton    Walkertown, NC
13    21    Tommy Neal    Walkertown, NC
14    30    Tanner Tilley    Mount Airy, NC
15    16    Devin Byrd    Mt Airy, NC
16    8    Casey Kepley Jr    Winston-Salem, NC
17    14    Kale Martin    Winston-Salem, NC
18    22    Mike Staley    Belews Creek, NC
19    62    Bubba Tilley    Mount Airy, NC
20    0    David Latour Jr    Advance, NC
21    9    Austin Harris    Yadkinville, NC
2nd Sportsman race: 20 laps
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    4    John Holleman    Winston-Salem, NC
2    92    Kyle Southern    Rural Hall, NC
3    2    Andrew Durham    Winston-Salem, NC
4    55    Zack Ore    Winston-Salem, NC
5    21    Tommy Neal    Walkertown, NC
6    19    Michael Adams    Yadkinville, NC
7    07    Kevin Neal    Walkertown, NC
8    02    Derek Stoltz    Walkertown, NC
9    8    Casey Kepley Jr    Winston-Salem, NC
10    14    Kale Martin    Winston-Salem, NC
11    01    Amber Lynn    Walkertown, NC
12    16    Devin Byrd    Mt Airy, NC
13    86    Taylor Branch    Lewisville, NC
14    0    David Latour Jr    Advance, NC
15    12    Justin Taylor    Kernersville, NC
16    70    Dylan Ward    Winston-Salem, NC
17    9    Austin Harris    Yadkinville, NC
18    22    Mike Staley    Belews Creek, NC
19    81    Zack Clifton    Walkertown, NC
20    62    Bubba Tilley    Mount Airy, NC
Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 19 of 20 laps completed (time limit expiration)
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    5    Spencer Martin     Winston-Salem, NC
2    28    Billy Gregg    Lexington, NC
3    69    Gerald Robinson Jr    Winston-Salem, NC
4    40    Taylor Robbins    Winston-Salem, NC
5    97    Jeremy Warren    Winston-Salem, NC
6    08    Jacob Creed    Dobson, NC
7    09    David Creed    Mount Airy, NC
8    1    Christian Joyce    Trinity, NC
9    49    Steven Berrier    Germanton, NC
10    30    Blake Shupe    Mount Airy, NC
11    15    Nick Wall    Pfafftown, NC
12    29    Bradley Potts    Clemmons, NC
13    11    Hunter Hutchens    Boonville, NC
14    33    Dennis Lanier    Lexington, NC
15    98    Nate Gregg    Lexington, NC
16    13    Kevin Gilbert    Mocksville, NC
17    72    Bryant Robertson    Lexington, NC
18    6    Shane Tuttle    Winston-Salem, NC
19    16    Brad Lewis    Winston-Salem, NC
Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series
Stadium Stock A Race: 15 laps
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    01    Chris Allison    Mocksville, NC
2    2    Brandon Brendle    Winston-Salem, NC
3    02    Wesley Thompson    Advance, NC
4    81    Chuck Wall    Lexington, NC
5    76    Billy Cameron Jr    Salisbury, NC
6    68    Tyler Bush    Clemmons, NC
7    1    Grayson Keaton    Mocksville, NC
8    24    A.J. Sanders    Mocksville, NC
9    27    Austin Cates    Tobaccoville, NC
10    22    Adam Thomas    Winston-Salem, NC
11    61    Jason Keaton    Mocksville, NC
12    3    Kyler Staley    Reedy Creek, NC
13    69    Brandon Crotts    Winston-Salem, NC
14    20    Scarlett Dahmer    Kernersville, NC
15    26    K.C. Myers    Winston-Salem, NC
Stadium Stock B Race: 15 laps
FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    2    Jason Everhart    Lexington, NC
2    60    Brad Mickalowski    Mocksville, NC
3    47    Tyler McDonald    Thomasville, NC
4    6    Dale Patterson    Mocksville, NC
5    51    Junior Snow    King, NC
6    14    Ken Bridges    King, NC
7    10    David Hopkins    Winston-Salem, NC
8    54    Justin Owens    Walnut Cove, NC
9    49    Shawn Hayes    Lenoir, NC
10    00    Daryl Bryant    Pilot Mountain, NC
11    77    Chelsea Adkins    Pilot Mountain, NC
12    91    David Houck    New London, NC
Bowman Gray Stadium PR/Photo Credit Eric Hylton Photography

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