Crank up some George Thorogood because the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is about to get “Bad to the Bohn” this upcoming season.   2012 NWSMT runner-up Danny Bohn is going back on tour in 2016 on a race-by-race basis with plans to run the full season.


pfc-anim1Bohn will be driving Luke Fleming’s familiar No. 40 with help from Bilstein Shocks and Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, beginning at North Carolina’s Caraway Speedway on March 12.


“They called me a week ago and wanted to know what I had in mind for racing this year and I wasn’t really sure,” Bohn told powered by JEGS.  “They kind of mentioned maybe trying to get something put together to run their car.  So I went up there and talked to them a little bit.”


The New Jersey native said he and the team didn’t want to fully commit to the whole schedule because that adds more pressure on everyone, especially when other conflicts may arise.


“I don’t want to fully commit to all these tours and schedules because there’s going to be stuff that I’ll have to do for work and other things that I may want to do,” he said.  “It’s tough to have too many different conflicting schedules.  There’s a lot less pressure and a lot less headaches when you don’t have a schedule that you have to be at.  If it works out and we end up running all of them, then that’s great.  But if not we aren’t going to lose any sleep over it.”


Bohn said he will be at most, if not all, of the Southern Modified Tour races and he plans on contending for the win at all of them.


“Between their knowledge and my dad’s knowledge and their equipment, all the necessary pieces to win races are there,” Bohn said.  “I hate to see Frank step out of the car.  He’s been a fixture on the southern Modified Tour for years.  But he wants to win races.”


The 27-year-old driver only entered four NWSMT races in 2015 after moving back to the Garden State in the spring.


“I had obligations with my job last year,” he said.  “I didn’t have the time to come down here to race as much.  But I just took another job with Ray Evernham so I’m back down here working for Ray again.”


In addition to racing for the Flemings on the Southern Tour, Bohn said he is thinking about running a few races at Winston-Salem, North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium where he is a former track champion.


“I’d love to try to figure something out for opening night,” he said.  “That’s the only race I have not won there.  That’s definitely on my bucket list of things to do.  I don’t have anything else lined up.  Maybe I’ll just run the big shows with my car.  But I won’t be over there on a weekly basis.”


Overall, Bohn said he’s ready to get to the race track for the first time this year in a couple of weeks and maybe even take the checkered flag at the season opener.


“I’m really excited about it and I think it’ll be a great opportunity,” Bohn said.  “I think this is definitely a good recipe to win some races.”


-By Rob Blount, Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

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Southern Modified Tour About to Get “Bad to the Bohn”