|152 L, 95 M|
|Extended from 150 L; Green-White-Checkered|
|April 22, 2007|
|6||19||31||Tony Ferrante, Jr.||Chevy||152||0||running|
|9||26||09||Bobby Grigas, III||Chevy||152||0||running|
|12||34||06||Billy Pauch, Jr.||Dodge||152||0||running|
|19||6||2||Todd Szegedy||Ford||147||0||rear end|
|26||20||10||Ed Flemke, Jr.||Chevy||133||0||running|
|29||14||66||John Blewett, III||Chevy||118||3||overheating|
The Race::2007 Icebreaker was a Whelen Modified Tour event held at Track::Thompson International Speedway on April 22, 2007. It was the season opener. James Cavali started the year off right, holding off Chuck Hossfield for the victory. It was Hossfeld's best run of the year. Eventual season champ Donny Lia finished 20th.
Todd Szegedy was the year's first pole sitter. However, following the post-qualifying redraw, Szegedy would be forced to start 6th. Richard Savary instead would start first while eventual winner Richard Savary finished 11th.
Ten drivers failed to qualify for the 2007 Icebreaker:
- #8- Glenn Tyler
- #17- Jeff Malave
- #40- Ryan Preece
- #27- Roy Seidell, Jr.
- #05- Joe Hartmann
- #5- Chris Pasteryak
- #9- Jake Marosz
- #55- Ken Bouchard
- #26- Gary McDonald
- #38- Ken Heagy
THOMPSON, Conn. (April 22, 2007) - James Civali of Meriden, Conn. held off a last lap charge by Chuck Hossfeld of Buffalo, N.Y. to capture the opening race of the 2007 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. Civali’s victory in the Icebreaker at Thompson International Speedway was his second career win. His last victory occurred at Stafford Motor Speedway in August of 2006. Civali, the 2006 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, started the event in the 11th position in the Ramar Hall Chevrolet and took over the top spot from Donny Lia on lap 98. He swapped the lead with John Blewett, II before regaining it on lap 110 and never relinquished it. A green-white-checkered finish set up by a late race caution allowed Hossfeld, in the Hill Enterprises/ Coors Light Pontiac, the opportunity to make his bid for the win. He fell short of Civali by .26 seconds. The race distance was extended to 152 laps. Ronnie Silk of Norwalk, Conn. earned his best career finish with a third place showing in the Major Motion/Silk Plumbing and Heating Chevrolet. Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J. finished fourth in the T.S Haulers/United Crane Chevrolet and also earned the Featherlite Most Improved driver Award. Matt Hirschman of Northampton, Pa. rounded out the Top-5 in the Furnace and Duct Dodge. Ted Christopher led the first 23 laps before Lia took over the top spot on lap 24. Lia, who tried to run the event without stopping for tires, held the lead until Civali passed him on 98. Eric Beers earned the Powerade Power Move of the Race and Bobby Grigas was the Sunoco Rookie of the Race.
Time of Race:1 hrs., 28 mins, 26 secs Average Speed: 64.455 mph Margin of Victory:.26 Seconds BUD POLE AWARD: Todd Szegedy, 2 Wisk/Snuggle Ford, TIME: 18.457 seconds, Speed: 121.905 mph FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD: Jimmy Blewett, 12 T.S. Haulers/ United Crane Chevrolet POWERADE POWER MOVE OF THE RACE: Eric Beers, 94 Newtown Exxon/Sunoco Chevrolet SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Bobby Grigas *, 09 Triple G Scaffolding Chevrolet WHELEN ENGINEERING WINNER OF THE RACE: James Civali, 28 Ramar-Hall/Liberty Limousine Chevrolet Caution Flags: Laps 19-23; 24-29; 35-38; 69-74; 85-90; 94-97; 100-104; 118-121; 126-129; 138-143; 144-150. 11 for 57 laps. Lap Leaders: Ted Christopher 1-23, Donny Lia 24-97, James Civali 98-106, John Blewett, III 107-109, James Civali 110-152. Total Laps Led: Donny Lia 74, James Civali 52, Ted Christopher 23, John Blewett, III 3. 4 changes involving 4 drivers.Top 20 Driver Points: James Civali 180, Chuck Hossfeld 170, Ronnie Silk 165, Jimmy Blewett 160, Matt Hirschman * 155, Anthony Ferrante, Jr 150, Carl Pasteryak 146, Jon McKennedy 142, Bobby Grigas * 138, Zach Sylvester 134, Eric Beers 130, Billy Pauch, Jr. * 127, Nevin George 124, Rowan Pennik * 121, Jimmy Storace 118, Kevin Goodale 115, Richard Savary * 112, Dick Houlihan 109, Todd Szegedy 106, Donny Lia 103