|2007 Mansfield 150|
|108 L, 54 M|
|Shortened from 150 L; Rain|
|August 24, 2007|
|10||7||Bobby Grigas, III||Chevy||108||0||running|
|16||13||Billy Pauch, Jr.||Dodge||108||0||running|
|18||5||Ed Flemke, Jr.||Chevy||108||0||running|
|24||20||Andy Seuss||Chevy||22||0||oil pump|
|26||26||Jake Marosz||Chevy||3||0||oil leak|
The 2007 Mansfield 150 was a Whelen Modified Tour event held at Track::Mansfield Motorsports Park on August 24, 2007. James Civali's team played the weather game right, monitoring a coming storm on their cell phone and telling Civali not to pit mid-way through the race. It payed off as Civali claimed the victory when the rains did come, holding off Doug Coby, III. Points leader Donny Lia continued to rack up finishes, driving to 4th to expand his points lead on Todd Szegedy (9th) to 131 markers.
Mansfield, Ohio – James Civali can thank his brother for his third victory of the season.
With his brother serving as his spotter and tracking the weather on his cell phone, James Civali elected not to pit with the leaders and was out front when NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour officials called the rain-shortened Mansfield 150 Saturday at Mansfield Motorsports Park.
“He knew it was going to rain – he just didn’t know how much or when,” said James Civali.
The race was called after 108 laps following several attempts to dry the track.
Doug Coby finished second and rookie Woody Pitkat was third.
Point leader and Budweiser Pole Award winner Donny Lia was fourth and Eric Beers fifth. Ronnie Silk, Matt Hirschman, Ted Christopher, Todd Szegedy and Bobby Grigas III rounded out the top 10.
Coby led the first 13 laps before Civali made the pass. Silk moved to the front seven laps later and led until a lap 54 caution. Silk elected to pit along with the fifth-place car of Szegedy and nine others.
“We were leading and the car was really good,” Civali said. “When Ronnie got by me, the car got free. But then it stayed the same. It had 90 hard laps on it, too. But it never changed that whole run. It looked like Ronnie got free and then kept getting (more free).”
Following the restart, Civali and Coby built a straightaway lead over third-place Pitkat on the half-mile banked oval. The field was bunched briefly following a lap 96 caution. Rain brought out the caution at lap 104 and the red at lap 108.
Lia maintained his points lead at 131 over Szegedy and 139 over Hirschman.
Time of Race: 0 hours 39 minutes 44 seconds Margin of Victory: under caution Fastest Qualifier: D.Lia (117.847 mph, 15.274 seconds) Caution Flags: 4 for 21 laps. Lead Changes: 7 among 4 drivers. Lap Leaders: D.Coby,III 1-13; J.Civali 14-19; R.Silk 20-57; J.Civali 58; D.Lia 59; J.Civali 60-100; D.Coby,III 101; J.Civali 102-108.Standings: 1. D.Lia, 1759; 2. T.Szegedy, 1628; 3. M.Hirschman, 1620; 4. T.Christopher, 1504; 5. J.Civali, 1491; 6. R.Silk, 1470; 7. M.Stefanik, 1386; 8. J.Tomaino, 1366; 9. J.Blewett, 1334; 10. E.Flemke, 1318.