DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Long recognized as is one of the most popular tracks in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, Bowman Gray Stadium added to its storied history last Saturday night crowning its 2014 modified track champion.

Since 1996, that prestigious honor has been the exclusive domain of Tim Brown (nine championships), Burt Myers (six) and Junior Miller (three of his six titles came during that span).

Now, Danny Bohn can add his name to that storied list.

Bohn, who moved down from New Jersey to North Carolina six years ago, still can’t believe it.

“I remember the first time I came to Bowman Gray Stadium to watch a race and I just dreamed of the day I could race there. And now I am a champion,” said the 26-year-old Bohn. “It’s unbelievable.”

Bohn also gave veteran car owner Melvin “Puddin” Swisher his first track title as a car owner. Swisher has fielded cars for many drivers through the years and the Kernersville, North Carolina, native won 26 races as a driver in a stadium modified.

“For years and years it has either been a Myers, Brown or Miller that has won the track title at Bowman Gray,” Bohn said. “I am so happy to be able to give Puddin’ a championship to celebrate with us.”

Bohn is the first of two drivers to earn a ticket to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 12 as a track champion. Todd Sherman won his fifth consecutive K&N Modified division track championship at Limaland Motorsports Park, a quarter-mile banked clay oval in Lima, Ohio.

NASCAR will crown 58 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champions across the United States and Canada. In addition, NASCAR will celebrate the top three finishers in the national standings, as well as U.S. state and Canadian province champions, top finishers in the Div. II-V and special award winners in Charlotte.

STANDINGS: NATIONAL TOP 500 | STATE/PROVINCE

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I drivers are ranked by their best 18 NASCAR points finishes in series-sanctioned events. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of – up to 18 cars – and three points for a win, with an additional two points available if the driver starts 10th or lower.

Anthony Anders moved closer to his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship with a pair of asphalt Late Model wins from the 10th starting position at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway on Friday. Anders also finished eighth and fifth at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday.

In 46 starts at Greenville, Hickory and South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway and Anderson Speedway, the Easley, South Carolina, driver has 27 wins, 40 top fives and 44 top 10s. His single-season win total is tied for 11th most in series history.

Greenville has two Late Model races remaining, twin 40-lap features on Sept. 13.

The wins at Greenville Friday were also his seventh and eighth from a starting position of 10th or worse, stretching his lead over two-time defending national champion Lee Pulliam to 10 points.

Pulliam, of Semora, North Carolina, won twice in his asphalt Late Model at Southern National Raceway Park in Lucama, North Carolina, on Saturday. He has 21 wins, 35 top fives and 36 top 10s in 40 starts. Three of his wins have come from 10th or worse.

Pulliam also has wins at Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway in Radford and South Boston Speedway, and North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway in Sophia.

Connecticut’s Keith Rocco won at Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday to push his points total to 690. He has 13 wins, 30 top fives and 33 top 10s in 38 starts. Nine of his wins, including Saturday’s, have come from starting 10th or worse. Rocco also races his asphalt SK Modified at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

Dillon Bassett, who has competed at seven tracks throughout the southeast, moved back in to the top four this week with a pair of asphalt Late Model wins at Caraway, while Ryan Preece (Thompson, Stafford, Waterford and New York’s Riverhead Raceway) dropped to fifth.

Peyton Sellers (South Boston, Langley, Caraway, Motor Mile) is sixth, followed by Kres Van Dyke (Virginia’s Lonesome Pine and Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway) and Tommy Lemons Jr. (South Boston, Southern National, Caraway and Motor Mile). Chad Finchum (Lonesome Pine and Kingsport) moved up one spot to ninth and Stewart Friesen (New York’s Utica-Rome Speedway and Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville) moved into the top 10.

Bohn knew going into Saturday’s season finale he would likely have to win the race and also get a little help as he had to finish as least four positions ahead of Lee Jeffreys – who entered the night as the points leader.

Bohn was near the front most of the race and he was able to make a daring three-wide pass around race leader Tim Brown and a lapped car to take the top spot on Lap 81. Bohn was out in front when a rain shower passed through just three laps short of the finish. After a 45-minute rain delay, they were able to go back racing for the title with Bohn holding off Brown for the win.

“I really didn’t think I had a chance with four DNF’s this year and a blown motor four races ago,” Bohn added. “We just went to work and kept racing hard each week and things just worked out for our team.”

Swisher even got back in the car and took a victory lap himself after celebrating in Victory Lane with Bohn.

“I feel there are three big races a year at Bowman Gray,” Bohn said. “You have the 200 lap weekly modified race, the 199-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race and the 150-lap season finale. We were able to come in here and win two of three and I would say that makes for a pretty good year here at the stadium.”

Bohn won the track championship by six points over Jeffreys (664-658) with Jason Myers third at 625. In the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series North Carolina standings, Bohn moved up to fifth.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 58 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

NASCAR IMC PR – Eric Hylton Photography

 

Top 100 Standings

Pos Driver Starts Wins T-5 T-10 Points
1 Anthony Anders 46 27 40 44 718
2 Lee Pulliam 40 21 35 36 708
3 Keith Rocco 38 13 30 33 690
4 Dillon Bassett 31 12 26 30 649
5 Ryan Preece 39 12 32 36 637
6 Peyton Sellers 29 5 24 29 629
7 Kres Vandyke 28 8 24 26 620
8 Tommy Lemons, Jr 36 6 22 29 611
9 Chad Finchum 26 12 22 23 601
10 Stewart Friesen 19 7 18 18 599
11 Matt Bowling 30 2 22 26 584
12 Matt Waltz 23 12 18 20 572
13 Nick Heywood(R) 22 5 16 22 569
14 Randy Porter 20 6 15 17 568
15 Ted Christopher 29 1 13 24 553
16 Kyle Plott(R) 18 1 16 17 547
17 Jeff Strunk 19 2 13 17 546
18 Burt Myers 21 5 13 17 543
19 Greg Edwards 21 6 18 20 542
20 Brandon Fox 39 0 20 26 540
21 Cory Dumpert 22 11 14 21 539
22 Jason Durgan(R) 35 5 19 31 539
23 Duane Howard 19 5 13 15 537
24 Matt Sheppard(R) 17 4 14 17 530
25 Josh Berry 19 6 15 17 528
26 Travis Bruno(R) 18 3 15 17 527
27 Myatt Snider 31 0 15 21 524
28 Marty Ward 20 0 16 19 522
29 Mark Lamberton(R) 18 4 16 16 512
30 Payton Ryan(R) 27 3 12 22 509
31 Danny Bohn 21 2 11 16 506
32 Ryan Stiltner 26 1 18 24 501
33 Steve Carlson 16 5 14 14 493
34 Craig Von Dohren 19 3 11 15 493
35 Todd Patnode 15 7 14 15 491
36 Mike Darne 24 0 14 19 490
37 Joe Wilder(R) 27 0 7 25 490
38 Lee Jeffreys 21 0 11 17 488
39 Chad Pendleton 18 6 16 16 484
40 Tom Rogers, Jr 21 7 16 19 483
41 Mike Mahaney(R) 18 2 12 17 478
42 Bradley Powell 16 3 12 15 471
43 Timmy Jordan(R) 18 0 9 16 468
44 Donnie Hill 18 6 13 17 464
45 Jason Myers 21 4 11 13 462
46 Spencer Davis 25 0 7 14 462
47 Craig Lutz 19 1 9 16 457
48 Doug Manmiller 19 4 12 13 456
49 Howie Brode 22 3 17 22 455
50 Jeran Frailey 18 8 17 18 452
51 Ryan Partridge 14 6 14 14 450
52 Tim Brown 17 2 11 15 450
53 Ryan Wilson 32 0 8 22 450
54 Larry Wight(R) 17 2 9 16 442
55 Woody Pitkat 19 0 10 14 442
56 Tyler Chadwick 23 1 8 16 441
57 Justin Sorrow 16 2 12 16 440
58 Jamie Lafountain 32 0 12 27 440
59 Jessey Mueller 21 4 11 17 434
60 Daniel Alvarez(R) 36 0 4 27 432
61 Toni Marie McCray 14 5 14 14 431
62 Brenden Queen 29 0 11 19 428
63 Austin Thaxton 17 1 8 14 427
64 Patrick Ward(R) 17 1 7 16 423
65 Ed Puleo 20 2 7 14 422
66 Kyle Purvis 18 2 15 16 422
67 Jase Kaser 18 2 12 18 422
68 Deac McCaskill 23 7 14 17 419
69 Rob Janovic, Jr 19 1 11 11 419
70 Bill Leighton, Jr 18 2 12 18 418
71 Rick Walt 26 9 19 24 413
72 Shane Lee 21 1 8 18 411
73 David Roberts 14 1 11 14 409
74 Leon Gonyo 20 2 12 20 408
75 Mike Brooks 15 5 11 13 407
76 Ryan Phelps(R) 18 0 9 15 406
77 Matthew Parsons 19 0 13 18 406
78 Gord Shepherd 26 6 21 26 402
79 Todd Stone 18 4 14 17 396
80 Rusty Smith 18 4 15 16 392
81 Zeke Shell 15 1 8 12 391
82 Mark Wertz 22 0 13 19 390
83 Lee Tissot 16 1 10 12 389
84 Joey Gada 20 1 3 15 389
85 George Lindsay 17 2 8 16 386
86 David Garborcauskas, Jr 20 1 10 14 385
87 Dave Farrington 14 0 8 13 384
88 Mike Carlson 16 1 5 15 383
89 Brian Richardson 17 9 17 17 375
90 Michael Koeneke 14 3 10 12 375
91 Nick Smith 18 1 13 13 375
92 Josh Krug 15 2 11 15 374
93 Codie Aubin(R) 22 1 6 14 371
94 Kyle James 16 2 8 12 368
95 Josh Oakley 16 3 8 11 367
96 Jason O’Brien 15 4 12 13 366
97 William Byron(R) 19 0 8 11 366
98 Jayson Criss(R) 24 0 3 14 364
99 Randy Culver 11 6 10 10 362
100 Robert Tyler 15 2 9 13 362

NASCAR Division 1 Points Update: Bohn Wins BGS Title