Fleming and Civali Claim Modified Wins at Bowman Gray

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Chris Fleming and James Civali 
proved on Saturday night that they are two drivers to keep your eye on 
at Bowman Gray Stadium.


    Fleming held off the cream of the crop to take the checkered in the 
first 50-lapper for the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. Civali 
followed up with an aggressive and entertaining win in the second 
Modified race.


    Lee Jeffreys of Wallburg turned the quickest Modified qualifying lap – 
but when the top six fastest drivers drew for starting position, Chris 
Fleming of Mount Airy was placed on the pole with James Civali of 
Davidson right beside him on the outside.


    Civali jumped out into an early lead but tangled during the first 
double-file restart with Fleming. The two banged fenders, Fleming 
grabbed the top spot, and Civali spun.


    10-time champ Tim Brown of Tobaccoville moved up to try his hand at 
overtaking Fleming, but “the Rocket” proved unsuccessful. Defending 
champ Burt Myers of Walnut Cove moved up to third place and began 
pressuring Tim Brown, while Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem moved up to 
fourth.


    The #16 car of Fleming stayed out front to claim the checkered, a 
relieving victory and what Fleming hopes is a sign of things to come. 
“It’s been a long time since I’ve won. I’ve been taken out of several 
races while leading – and these things are hard to win,” said Fleming. 
“This car is phenomenal. I mean, I feel sorry for these other guys for 
the rest of the year because it is just so fast.”


    The “Madhouse Scramble” put rookie Zack Clifton of Walkertown on the 
pole for the start of the second race. Daniel Beeson of Kernersville 
started second, with James Civali right on Beeson’s bumper on the 
outside second row.


    Unfortunately for Beeson, the pressure from Civali caused him to spin 
during the opening lap. A few laps later, Civali battled with race 
leader Zack Clifton to send him spinning as well. Civali then held off 
John Smith of Mount Airy to lead the rest of the way and take the win.
    “It was a good night at least at the end,” said Civali. “We took the 
lead in the first race and the car was no good right from the start. It 
was really loose – something wrong with the right rear tire – and I’m 
thinking this thing is bad. We ended up getting spun out, but we were 
pretty much in the way at that point.”


“We ended doing some swapping tires around corner to corner, fingers 
crossed. We didn’t know if it was going to work, and it worked out 
pretty good for us,” said Civali.


According to Civali, the incident with Zack Clifton was unintentional. 
“The 81 [of Clifton] lost it in three and four, and he went up the track 
– so I filled up the hole. We went down in turn one, and he got loose. 
We started bouncing off each other when we were sideways. He just spun 
out. He drove it in hard – I drove it in hard, and he just spun out,” 
said Civali.


Civali’s aggressive driving style has upset a few drivers, but many fans 
have enjoyed watching his no-holds-barred approach. “Every lap I just 
tell my guys I’m going to burn it to the ground. Use it up. That’s what 
we’re here for – we’re going to use it up, said Civali. “Drive as hard 
as I can. And if somebody’s in my way in front of me, I’m going to go as 
fast as I can. If I bump him, I’m going faster than he is. So that’s 
just the way it is. I’m going to bump you if I’m faster than you.”
In the McDowell Heating & Air Sportsman Series, Robbie Brewer of 
Winston-Salem traded the lead back and forth with Zack Ore of 
Winston-Salem. But Dylan Ward of Winston-Salem moved in to grab the lead 


and take the win in the first 20-lapper. In the second 20-lapper, Mitch 
Gales of Thomasville claimed the lead on the first lap and went on to 
win for the first time since 2011.


Christian Joyce of Trinity nudged Bryan Sykes of Winston-Salem out of 
the way on the final lap of the 20-lap race for the Law Offices of John 
Barrow Street Stock Series. Joyce took the checkered, with David Creed 
of Mount Airy close behind in second.


The Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series had their annual 50-lap race on Saturday 
– the longest and most prestigious race for their class. A.J. Sanders of 
Mocksville led most of the way, with Brandon Brendle of Winston-Salem 
close on his tail. On turn four of the final lap, Brendle moved Sanders 
out of the way as he dashed toward the checkered – a controversial and 
aggressive move that brought out tempers. Brandon Crotts of King 
finished in second, with D.J. Dean of Thomasville coming in third.

Race Results

Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series
1st Modified Race: 50 laps

FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    16    Chris Fleming    Mount Airy, NC
2    83    Tim Brown    Tobaccoville, NC
3    1    Burt Myers    Walnut Cove, NC
4    22    Jonathan Brown    Winston-Salem, NC
5    75    Lee Jeffreys    Wallburg, NC
6    4    Jason Myers    Walnut Cove, NC
7    53    John Smith    Mount Airy, NC
8    5    Randy Butner    Pfafftown, NC
9    79    James Civali    Davidson, NC
10    18    Daniel Yates    Lexington, NC
11    44    Daniel Beeson    Kernersville, NC
12    8    Darin Redmon    Walnut Cove, NC
13    51    Drew Moffitt    Lexington, NC
14    24    Carson Ware    Greensboro, NC
15    04    Brandon Ward    Winston-Salem, NC
16    81    Zack Clifton    Walkertown, NC
17    78    Jody Fritts    Winston-Salem, NC
18    77    Susan Harwell    Jonesville, NC
19    6    Marty Butner    East Bend, NC
20    41    Chris Williams    Martinsville, VA
21    76    William Smith    Mount Airy, NC

2nd Modified Race: 50 laps

FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    79    James Civali    Davidson, NC
2    53    John Smith    Mount Airy, NC
3    75    Lee Jeffreys    Wallburg, NC
4    1    Burt Myers    Walnut Cove, NC
5    22    Jonathan Brown    Winston-Salem, NC
6    18    Daniel Yates    Lexington, NC
7    16    Chris Fleming    Mount Airy, NC
8    4    Jason Myers    Walnut Cove, NC
9    83    Tim Brown    Tobaccoville, NC
10    81    Zack Clifton    Walkertown, NC
11    5    Randy Butner    Pfafftown, NC
12    44    Daniel Beeson    Kernersville, NC
13    8    Darin Redmon    Walnut Cove, NC
14    51    Drew Moffitt    Lexington, NC
15    24    Carson Ware    Greensboro, NC
16    78    Jody Fritts    Winston-Salem, NC
17    77    Susan Harwell    Jonesville, NC
18    6    Marty Butner    East Bend, NC
19    41    Chris Williams    Martinsville, VA

McDowell Heating & Air Sportsman Series
1st Sportsman race: 20 laps

FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    7    Dylan Ward    Winston-Salem, NC
2    4    John Holleman    Winston-Salem, NC
3    2    Amber Lynn    Walkertown, NC
4    19    Michael Adams    Yadkinville, NC
5    12    Justin Taylor    Kernersville, NC
6    21    Tommy Neal    Walkertown, NC
7    07    Kevin Neal    Walkertown, NC
8    02    Derek Stoltz    Walkertown, NC
9    30    Blake Shupe    Mt Airy, NC
10    38    Mitch Gales    Thomasville,NC
11    31    Chase Robertson    Winston-Salem, NC
12    68    Robbie Brewer    Winston-Salem, NC
13    03    Sterling Plemmons    Winston-Salem, NC
14    56    Fishel Dale    Thomasville,NC
15    17    Michael Caudill    Lexington, NC
16    50    Ross Dalton    Liberty, NC
17    92    Kyle Southern    Rural Hall, NC
18    55    Zack Ore    Winston-Salem, NC
19    22    Wesley Thompson    Advance, NC
20    5    Austin Taylor    King, NC
21    9    Ryan Dixon    Yadkinville, NC
22    80    Brian Shupe    Winston-Salem, NC
23    14    Terry Thompson    Winston-Salem, NC

2nd Sportsman race: 20 laps

FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    38    Mitch Gales    Thomasville,NC
2    92    Kyle Southern    Rural Hall, NC
3    12    Justin Taylor    Kernersville, NC
4    02    Derek Stoltz    Walkertown, NC
5    7    Dylan Ward    Winston-Salem, NC
6    2    Amber Lynn    Walkertown, NC
7    68    Robbie Brewer    Winston-Salem, NC
8    03    Sterling Plemmons    Winston-Salem, NC
9    31    Chase Robertson    Winston-Salem, NC
10    19    Michael Adams    Yadkinville, NC
11    30    Blake Shupe    Mt Airy, NC
12    56    Fishel Dale    Thomasville,NC
13    17    Michael Caudill    Lexington, NC
14    4    John Holleman    Winston-Salem, NC
15    07    Kevin Neal    Walkertown, NC
16    80    Brian Shupe    Winston-Salem, NC
17    9    Ryan Dixon    Yadkinville, NC
18    5    Austin Taylor    King, NC
19    50    Ross Dalton    Liberty, NC
20    21    Tommy Neal    Walkertown, NC
21    14    Terry Thompson    Winston-Salem, NC

Law Offices of John Barrow Street Stock Series
Street Stock Race: 20 laps

FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    1    Christian Joyce    Trinity, NC
2    02    David Creed    Mount Airy, NC
3    08    Jacob Creed    Dobson, NC
4    97    Jeremy Warren    Winston-Salem, NC
5    22    Brian Wall    Winston-Salem, NC
6    28    Nate Gregg    Lexington, NC
7    98    Billy Gregg    Lexington, NC
8    19    Corey Rose    Trinity, NC
9    99    Bryan Sykes    Winston-Salem, NC
10    16    Brad Lewis    Winston-Salem, NC
11    33    Dennis Lanier    Lexington, NC
12    13    Kevin Gilbert    Mocksville, NC
13    23    Andy Spears    Lexington, NC
14    2    Willie Wall    Winston-Salem, NC
15    69    Gerald Robinson Jr    Winston-Salem, NC
16    3    Jeff Potts    Lexington, NC
17    40    Taylor Robbins    Winston-Salem, NC
18    29    Bradley Potts    Clemmons, NC

Q104.1 Stadium Stock Series
Stadium Stock 50: 53 laps completed (race extended due to caution)

FINISH    CAR    DRIVER    HOMETOWN
1    43    Brandon Brendle    Winston-Salem, NC
2    69    Brandon Crotts    Winston-Salem, NC
3    33    DJ Dean    Thomasville, NC
4    3    K.C. Myers    Winston-Salem, NC
5    39    Patrick Mullen    Lexington, NC
6    40    Kenny Dixon    Pfafftown, NC
7    16    Stephen Sanders    Midway, NC
8    37    Josh Osborne    Salisbury, NC
9    74    Matt Alley    Walnut Cove, NC
10    03    Cody Gum    Winston-Salem, NC
11    4    Andrew Sanders    Winston-Salem, NC
12    27    Austin Cates    Tobaccoville, NC
13    24    A.J. Sanders    Mocksville, NC
14    81    Chuck Wall    Lexington, NC
15    68    Tyler Bush    Clemmons, NC
16    51    Junior Snow    King, NC
17    80    Luke Smith    Advance, NC
18    2    Jason Everhart    Lexington, NC
19    49    Shawn Hayes    Lenoir, NC
20    47    Tyler McDonald    Thomasville, NC
21    1    Grayson Keaton    Mocksville, NC
22    54    Justin Owens    Walnut Cove, NC
23    22    Adam Thomas    Winston-Salem, NC
24    25    Justin Emory    King, NC
25    31    Kyler Staley    Reedy Creek, NC
26    7    Chris Allison    Mocksville, NC

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