by Cody Heacox
Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to this week’s Bowman Gray Q&A! I had the opportunity to talk to Modified driver James Civali. He’s raced in Quarter Midgets, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and then joined the NASCAR Southern Whelen Modified Tour. Civali also has raced in the Busch North Series which is now called the K&N East Series and also participated in a UNOH Showdown. While Civali has raced at many different tracks and has had success at just about everywhere he has raced, he is still looking to pick up that first win at the Madhouse. After running part-time at the stadium over the years, he is now running full-time.
Q: What got you interested in racing?
A: I started when I was 6 racing quarter midgets.
Q: What is your most memorable race win?
A: The biggest win was my first NASCAR tour win at Stafford beating Reggie Reggerio.
Q: Being from the North, what made you decide to move down here and race at Bowman Gray?
A: I moved down here a year and a half ago with my family and started working at Ganassi Racing and the Hillbilly team convinced me to run at the stadium.
Q: Have you ever considered racing in one of the other divisions at the track?
A: I’m really a modified guy, not one for fenders
Q: What about Bowman Gray stands out from all the tracks you’ve raced at?
A: It’s definitely a hard track, very line sensitive
Q: What competitor do you enjoy racing against the most?
A: I like racing with most of the guys honestly like racing Burt Myers the most he will race me as hard as I race him.
Q: What is the most difficult thing about racing? getting the car ready, making sure you have sponsors, or etc.
A: What makes Bowman Gray so tough is the amount of long time regulars that have a ton of laps around that place and it’s gratifying to be able to run with them, that’s been the hardest thing to compete with.
Q: We’ve seen over the years drivers like yourself, Danny Bohn, Andy Seuss, Bobby Measmer Jr.. do you see it becoming a trend to where we see more drivers from the north coming down to race at Bowman Gray?
A: I don’t know if you’ll see northern drivers come down it’s just not that feasible financially we are fortunate enough to be close by now and it’s probably the best weekly track around to race at