After launching his career at his home track of Wall Stadium (NJ), Danny Bohn’s racing adventures have taken him all over the East Coast. However, one track that is surprisingly missing from his travels is Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway. While Bohn has been to Florida Speedweeks, competing at Daytona Int’l Speedway in the former Battle at the Beach, Bohn has yet to take part in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
That will all change next week as Bohn makes the trip to the Sunshine State for his first World Series. He will join forces with Phil Stefanelli Racing for all five nights of Tour-type Modified racing.
“I’ve never been there so I’m looking forward to it,” Bohn told Speed51.com. “It’s a place I’ve wanted to race at. It’s been on the back of my mind. I’ve never really been in a situation to go, with it being a whole week, and the financial part of it. This year driving for Phil, they’ve been wanting to go. I got the opportunity to do it and we’re going to make the best of it.”
After joining forces late in 2017, Bohn and the PSR No. 17 team made a splash on the Southern Modified Racing Series, with a second-place finish at Hickory Motor Speedway in September. They soon followed that up by winning the season finale at Orange County Speedway. After such success in a fresh relationship, Bohn sees no reason why it can’t carry over to New Smyrna.
“We got two in-house built race cars that were bringing down there,” Bohn explained. “They’ve done their homework. They’re pretty sharp group of guys and I feel like we should have a shot.”
Though he has never driven a lap around the half-mile, Bohn likes what he sees and is confident that the experience of the team will help to back him up.
“It’s a track that seems to fit my driving style; it’s a faster race track, got some banking it’s got some straightaways, looks like you can move around quite a bit. I’ve been watching video and I think it’s something I can adapt to really quickly,” he said. “Phil was down there last year and ran some. As far as the car being ready to go and setup, I’m confident in them to be able to prepare the car. Of course, the only way I can learn is to get on the race track. I’m looking forward to getting some seat time on Monday.”
But going for race wins and a World Series championship will not be an easy task with one of the largest and most skilled fields of Tour-type Modifieds expected in a decade. For an experienced driver like Bohn, it would make success that much better.
“To win a race or two and maybe pick up the championship would be that much better with the competition level that’s done there. You’re racing against the best of the Modifieds pretty much. If you can beat them, it makes it that much sweeter.”
The Tour-type Modifieds roar to life on Monday, February 12 during the fourth night of the 2018 World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. Speed51.com will have extensive coverage from New Smyrna starting with practice day Thursday, February 8 and then all nine nights of racing beginning Friday, February 9.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Southern Modified Racing Series