51 Leftovers: East Series & Modifieds from South Boston
Battles, Hard Charges, and First Time Winners
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The Speed51.com staff was hard at work gathering all the stories from the pits at the South Boston Speedway (VA). The action was really busy with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
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Second Generation Driver Doing Well in East Series
Dale Shaw won the 1994 championship in the series now known as the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series and through his career he picked up 19 career wins on the tour. It now looks as if his son, DJ Shaw, is a chip off the old block. After posting a ninth-place finish at South Boston and a fifth at Greenville, Shaw finds himself fifth in points. That also makes him third in the rookie points behind Cole Whitt and Ryan Gifford.
Yellow Stripes Galore
19 of the 33 cars that have entered East races this season belong to rookies in the series. In fact, five of the top 10 drivers in the current standings are rookies. It might not be a surprise to see a rookie score a championship like Ryan Truex did a year ago.
Half and Half at Revolution Racing
The four-car NASCAR Drive for Diversity team is off to a good start with one win and three top-five finishes in two races. Two drivers are off to a great start with positions within the top 10 in points. Ryan Gifford is second and Darrell Wallace is sixth. Wallace could have held the point lead it had not been for a late race flat tire at South Boston. On the other hand, Mackenna Bell and Sergio Pena will be searching for a little bit of good luck as they head to the next race at Iowa Speedway on May 23rd.
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Max Gresham became the second driver in 2010 to pick up his first career win after he won the 150 East race at South Boston Speedway.
James Civali scored his first win in the south at the South Boston Speedway.
Hard charging Jody Lavender, heartbreak for Darrell Wallace Jr., Brett Moffit vs. Cole Whitt. All leftovers from the pits at South Boston.
Zach Brewer Starts Off 2010 Strong
Looking down the 2010 points on the NASCAR Whelen South Modified Tour, we see Zach Brewer sitting there in fifth showing some early season power. Brewer has logged fifth-place finishes in each of the last two races on the Southern Modified Tour.
“The clutch came out of the car at the end and we had to settle for fifth,” said Brewer. “Everyone at Ideaz Racing has given me the tools to win races. Once we get it all in line I think that we can win races.”
Brewer, is a former Dash Series winner, but now he’s on the verge of being a championship contender in Modifieds as well.
Joey Civali Scores Two Wins at SoBo
Max Gresham and James Civali took the checkered flags at South Boston Speedway, but there was one guy who had a hand in winning both races. Joey Civali, James’ brother, was the spotter for both winning efforts at the track. Joey is no stranger to victory lane having won with Joey Logano in the past, but two wins in one day was a first for him
“Max Gresham did a hell of a job today,” said his spotter Joey Civali. “He had a good car and he kept it out of trouble. James did a good job too. It’s pretty awesome to come over to South Boston and win two races. “
We asked Joey about how different the two types of cars and how he has to change his style, but he quickly reminded us that both his drivers practically ran the same race.
“Both races played out the same at the end,” added Civali. “They were both leading at the end and they had to hold off strong cars at the end of the day. We knew they were fast in both races, but we just kept our distance and brought home the wins.”
Spring Break for Southern Modifieds
The NASCAR Southern Whelen Modified Tour will be off until July when they race again at the Caraway Speedway. The long break happens mostly due to the start of the racing season at Bowman Gray Stadium. Opening night at the “Madhouse” is April 24th.
Early in the race James Civali, Tim Brown, and Andy Seuss tangled in the first two sending both Brown and Seuss to the rear.
Cool stories from South Boston, LW Millers near miss and a Cinderella story with Thomas Stinson.