Danny Bohn started off the 2015 Modified season at North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium with understanding that he would not be able to defend his division championship from the year prior.
Gone from the Melvin “Puddin'” Swisher Modified ride that he earned the Modified track championship in last season, Bohn has been nothing but fast in his limited starts in his family-owned No. 659 car at the Winston-Salem quarter-mile this season. Saturday night, the New Jersey native picked up his second win of the season, a season that also included a $3,000 bonus for finishing in the top-four in one of his previous starts as well.
To do it, Bohn led nearly every lap and pulled away from the division’s best when it mattered.
“It’s been one of those years where we’ve had a little bit of luck,” said Bohn. “The car’s been awesome. I love that thing. It’s old, but we’ve won a lot of races in that. We learn something every time we come here and my dad’s (crew chief Eddie Bohn) been chewing on it. I show up and I’ve got the easy job. It’s been on rails the last couple times we’ve been here.”
Bohn started on the outside pole alongside past NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winner Cale Gale thanks to a full-field draw for starting positions. Fast timer Tim Brown, the Modified division point leader, started third, while fellow fast qualifiers Burt Myers (seventh) and Jason Myers (12th) started deeper in the field. While the Myers brothers and Brown elected to join the draw for starting spots, the only of the top-four qualifiers who elected to start at the rear for a shot at a $6,000 bonus earned by electing to start at the rear, then finishing the race in the top four, was Lee Jeffreys.
It was Gale who led the early laps, but Bohn swiftly worked by on lap five and never looked back. A long mid-race green-flag run allowed Bohn to keep a steady advantage over Brown and Myers. A caution with 20 laps to go bunched the field up and kept Bohn honest up front, but even with Brown and Myers lurking, Bohn wasn’t going to be denied a second victory.
“I saw (Brown) in the mirror, but I saw him sideways too,” Bohn told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I was driving straight up off and had good forward bite. He was sideways. I knew if nothing happened on the restarts I’d probably be alright.”
In the closing handful of laps, Burt Myers strategically used a lapped car to trap Tim Brown out of the second position. Myers, who lost the point lead to Brown in the most recent Bowman Gray Modified race, gained more valuable markers on a double-points night.
Behind the top three, Lee Jeffreys cruised to the checkered flag in fourth, earning the season’s final Colors Edge Challenge bonus, which equaled $6,000.
But the big trophy went back home with Bohn, who admitted the success of 2015 would have been nice to put towards a second-straight Modified championship at BGS.
“It’s definitely bittersweet to come here and win like we do on a partial schedule. Part of me wishes I could come back and defend the championship too. It’s not out of the question. It just wasn’t meant to be this year, but you might see me back here full time at some point.”
51 Network was on hand at Bowman Gray and will have video highlights in the coming days on Speed51.com.
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @mattkentfield
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