Bohn defends NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 199 title at Bowman Gray

Second-Straight Whelen Southern Mod Triumph At The Stadium

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Danny Bohn has made his permanent home in Freehold, N.J.

The way he's raced at Bowman Gray this season he might as well call Winston-Salem home.

Bohn capped off a wonderful weekend at the famed quarter-mile track by defending his NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified 199 title Saturday night after holding off pole-sitter Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn.

Bohn, the 2014 Bowman Gray points champion, decided to move back to New Jersey after last season. He's now won four of the last six races at Bowman Gray including Friday night's second 50-lap race. He's only driven in eight races this season. By defending his title from last year he's also won four of the last five races on the Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

“I think that's four wins in five races, so to come back, like I said with a partial schedule, run the Tour only a couple times,” Bohn said. “To win at Bowman Gray again is pretty awesome after (Friday) night's ordeal.”

Bohn, who qualified second for Saturday's 199-lapper, was referring to his clash with Burt Myers of Walnut Cove in Friday night's first 50-lap Modified Race. Jason Myers, Burt's brother, won the first race Friday night, just before Bohn won his third Bowman Gray race of the season.

“I had some issues last night with, I'm not even going to say their names,” Bohn said. “I guess the best thing I could've did was go out there and beat him and bring this one back to the North.”

Burt Myers had no real response to Bohn other than that he will be back next Saturday to run in the Twin 25-lap Modified races at Bowman Gray.

“I don't really care about anybody but Myers Racing,” Burt Myers said. “Myers Racing is the only thing I'm focused on. You know we'll come back next Saturday night and see if we can't win a race.”

Bohn, like many of the other drivers, had to endure the 11 cautions. George Brunnhoelzl III, the four-time Southern Modified points champion and 2012 Whelen Southern 199 champion from West Babylon, N.Y, was in second behind Bohn with 19 laps left. However, Brunnhoelzl ran into the guard rail coming around turn four.

There was another caution on lap 190. Preece was black-flagged for jumping the start on the restart, but he gave it back to Bohn, so NASCAR rescinded it.

“They told us that if we went before the line they were going to black-flag us. The leader has to beat the second-place guy to the line,” Bohn said.

Preece finished the race with a crushed bumper, and didn't feel like he could bump Bohn the last nine laps.

“We had a fast freaking race car. I want to come back here for a weekly show sometime and have some fun with you guys,” Preece said. “My crew, they gave me a great car. I tried to do everything I could on that restart. I knew whoever got to the race line was probably going to win. I just did everything I could as a race driver.”

Bohn took advantage and cruised past Preece and Jeremy Gerstner of Wesley Chapel, Fla., for Bohn's 11th win at Bowman Gray.

“I've adapted to this place pretty quick and pretty good,” he said.

Burt Myers, despite finishing fourth, unofficially overtook his brother, Jason, for first place in the points race by two points.

“We probably had a fifth- or sixth-place car, so to end up fourth is not too bad,” Burt Myers said. “Everybody was so equal. It was all about track position. Once you got shuffled back at all it just was about trying to work your way back up, and try to catch a break and a caution.”

Jason Myers, who finished a distant 10th, said it wasn't his night.

“We ended up salvaging a top-10 off garbage. It is what it is,” he said. “It's just a shame guys – we run over here every week and manage to race halfway decent with somebody. But you get guys that can't run side-by-side for two laps over here.”

“Like I said, the car was great. We didn't do a mock run in practice, but I knew I had a good car for the race right off the pole,” Bohn said.

The Whelen Southern Modified Tour has held one event a year at Bowman Gray since 2005. Bohn joined L.W. Miller (2010-11) as just the second driver to earn back-to-back victories at the famed flat oval. It was his fourth southern tour win overall.

The Strutmasters.com 199 will be telecast by NBCSN on Aug. 7 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will return to action with the Bush's Beans 150 combination race with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Aug. 19 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Strutmasters.com 199 Results

Saturday

At Bowman Gray Stadium

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Lap length: 0.25 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (2) Danny Bohn, Freehold, NJ, Chevrolet, 199 laps, 38.641 mph.

2. (1) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 199.

3. (10) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, FL, Chevrolet, 199.

4. (7) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 199.

5. (11) Bobby Measmer, Jr., Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 199.

6. (4) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 199.

7. (12) Joe Ryan Osborne, Holland, Pa., Pontiac, 199.

8. (17) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, 199.

9. (18) JR Bertuccio, Centereach, N.Y., Chevrolet, 199.

10. (6) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 199.

11. (19) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 199.

12. (9) Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, N.C., Chevrolet, 199.

13. (16) Mike Norman, Lewisville, N.C., Chevrolet, 197.

14. (20) Trey Hutchens, III, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 196.

15. (3) George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 196.

16. (14) A.J. Winstead, Bon Air, Va., Chevrolet, 186.

17. (5) John Smith, Mount Airy, NC, Chevrolet, 173, suspension.

18. (15) Tom Abele, Jr., Norwich, Conn., Chevrolet, 167, engine.

19. (13) David Calabrese, Toms River, N.J., Chevrolet, 150, alternator.

20. (8) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 146, overheating.

21. (21) Paul Hartwig Jr., Freehold, NJ, Chevrolet, 96, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 17 minutes 15 seconds

Margin of Victory: 1.004 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: R.Preece (68.171 mph, 13.202 seconds)

Caution Flags: 11 for 61 laps.

Lead Changes: 13 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Preece 1-15; D. Bohn 16-23; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 24; D. Bohn 25-29; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 30-82; D. Bohn 83; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 84-111; D. Bohn 112; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 113-120; D. Bohn 121; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 122-146; D. Bohn 147-153; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 154; D. Bohn 155-199.

Standings: 1. B. Myers, 234; 2. J. Myers, 230; 3. K. Ebersole, 225; 4. J. Bertuccio, 225; 5. A. Seuss, 218; 6. G. Putnam, 213; 7. F. Fleming, 211; 8. G. Brunnhoelzl,III, 210; 9. B. Measmer,Jr., 209; 10. D. Calabrese, 196.

 

August 1 , 2015
Jay Spivey / Winston Salem Journal